Narrow Gauge North

2019

White Hill Cement Works

An 0.14/0.16.5 Layout by Mark Hesketh
Size 8' x 3'

White Hill is is based on one of the small cement works that once flourished in the Adur Valley in West Sussex, but have sadly, long since closed.

It represents a typical cement works that was part of a much larger system with all of the various works inter-connected by means of a narrow gauge railway system. The scene is set in the late 1960's when operations were being run down and there was a general air of dereliction about the place, this should be fairly evident in some of the accompanying photographs.

The layout has been modelled in "O" narrow gauge (7mm = 1 foot) and is somewhat unusual in the fact that it is has two entirely separate narrow gauge railway systems, the 2'4" gauge (0-16.5mm) line or as it is more affectionately referred to as,the standard gauge and the 2' gauge (014mm) line. The 2'4" line links White Hill Cement Works to the one at Upper Beeding, further down the line and nearer the coast where there is also a transfer connection onto the rest of the main railway network. Although the odd hopper train can sometimes be seen trundling back and forth, this line is primarily responsible for delivering various assorted raw materials and supplies to the works, plus not forgetting of course, the small compliment of employees to their place of work.

The 2' line heads North to Golding Barn and then onto Small Dole and is used primarily for bringing in supplies of essential raw materials such as chalk and limestone from the quarries nearby. Trains of rugga skips can be seen trundling back and forth with astonishing regularity with the occasional works and supply trains adding a little variety to the traffic.

The service operated is far more intensive than the average full sized railway, which is perhaps why the workers appear so disgruntled.

The 2' line also has the added interest of full loco repair and re-fueling facilities, at the centre of which is a small but fully functional miniature turntable. The little diesels can often be seen entering the loco facilities for Jim the mechanic to try and stem yet another oil leak on these ageing workhorses.

Further information can be found on the White Hill Cement Works web site.