EPSOM AND EPSOM TOWN
By Bob Cummings
"Epsom and Epsom Town" represents the work of one person over 20 years and depicts the late stage of the re-build of the LSWR station at Epsom by the Southern Railway and the last weeks of passenger operations at the former LB&SCR Epsom Town station.
The layout is set in late 1928 to early 1929 during the short time when both stations were in use.
Electrification through the rebuilt Epsom station (which as a route was completed a few years earlier) did not include the route through Epsom Town to Sutton, it wasn't until later in 1929 that the 3rd rail was extended to Sutton, by which time Epsom Town station had closed.
The short time between these stages in the electrification works allows Steam hauled passenger workings to be modelled since after the 1929 electrification work was completed, all passenger workings through Epsom were covered by the new Electric Multiple units.
It should be noted that the Goods yard facilities at Epsom Town remained in use for many years after the Town station closed.
Epsom station remains in heavy use today with frequent electric services to London via Sutton or Wimbledon as well as to Dorking and the South coast. It is essentially a modern version of what the Southern Railway created in 1929.
Epsom Goods Signalbox (Formally Epsom Town until 1931) closed on 3rd October 1967 with all connections to freight facilities abollished.
The station and goods yard site are now very much covered by modern development which now neighbours the surviving lines to/from Sutton and Epsom. Epsom Signalbox (which replaced the old "East" and "West" boxes) opened on 24th February 1929, the new box was elevated across the lines of platform 2 and 3 and was equiped with a 60 lever frame. Epsom Signalbox closed on 29th July 1990 and was demolished in March 1992 due to becoming unsafe. The Signalboxes mentioned above are all modelled to a high standard and featured on the layout.
The Baseboards are of Plywood monocoque construction, and the track is of ply and rivet construction.
All buildings and signals are scratchbuilt using various materials with reference to photographs and other technical material. The locomotives and stock are constructed from both kits and heavily modified "Ready to run" vehicles.
Photos below taken at Scaleforum 2014
This was the layouts first Exhibition outing with both the Epsom and Epsom Town layouts operating together as one.
Photos viewed from top left to bottom right, (Ashted Fiddleyard - Epsom Station - Epsom Town - London end Fiddleyard).
The layouts creator, Bob Cummings receives the well earned award of "Best in show" for his Epsom and Epsom Town layout at the Scaleforum 2014 Exhibition.
A massive achievement for the complete layouts first successful outing.