Westerham & Chevening Halt

CNV00026_med.jpgScale/Gauge : 4mm 00
Length : 14' x 6' - 'L' configuration
Width : 18"



This compact layout was the group's first venture into DCC loco operation and has given us the chance to learn the advantages and disadvantages of this system of control. Points are operated by traditional probe and stud method and signals by discrete switches.






Inspired by the well known former Southern Railway Westerham Valley branch line, the layout has been given a twist - it is a representation of how the stations may have appeared had the line survived closure at the end of October 1961, and features 3rd rail electrification.







Originally built as just the Westerham terminus the layout has been extended to include the halt station at Chevening, which being more rural has a character all of its own.

 


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We aim to run a rolling timescale, roughly from Nationalisation to present day, and progress through motive power appropriately.

Stock to enable us to achieve our traffic aims is still under construction so there may be gaps in the timescale at present.


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Passenger services, originally steam powered pull-push sets, are now operated by third rail electric units.

Freight traffic, also originally steam hauled, is now in the hands of  diesel or electro/diesel (class 73) locos, as available. 





Palletised freight traffic can be handled by the brewing and agricultural supplies companies on the industrial estate that has developed adjacent to the former goods yard. A coal merchant still operates from a cramped site at the further end of the former yard.



 

 



Apart from electrification Chevening Halt remains relatively unchanged, a quiet halt with its busiest period being the commuter trains in the morning and evening rush hours.









For a little more of the history of the branch see the Kent Rail website pages on
Westerham, Brasted and Dunton Green

A video of  Westerham at the East Grinstead Show 2011 Youtube Vimeo.
A video summary of the 2011 Chatham featuring Westerham Youtube Vimeo.
The images on Vimeo seem of higher quality. (Videos open in new window)
Thanks to Paul Burkitt-Gray for taking and posting these.