- Custom-built ready to run EMUs
- Kit-built DMUs
- Kit-built, conversions and scratch-built EMUs
- Kit-built, super-detailing, conversions and scratch-built locomotives
- Mass-produced and custom-built ready to run electric locomotives and electro-diesel locomotives
- Mass-produced ready to run diesel locomotives
- Southern Electric resin buildings
- Mass-produced ready to run DEMUs:
- Kernow 2H
- Mass-produced ready to run EMUs:
- Bachmann 2EPB
- Bachmann 4Cep
- Bachmann MLV
- Bachmann Class 450
- DJ Models HA (Class 71)
- Early Models
- EFE Isle of Wight Stock
- Hornby Dublo
- Hornby 2Bil
- Hornby 2Hal
- Hornby 4Vep
- Hornby Class 395
- Hornby Brighton Belle
- Hornby Eurostar
- Hornby Networker
- Kernow 4TCs
4mm scale Resin Buildings
Below are illustrations of 4mm scale ready painted and detailed resin buildings produced by major
manufacturers that are of specific relevance to the Southern Electric system. It is not the intention to display pictures of model buildings that are relevant to the Southern Railway, its predecessors or successors, nor to the south of England generally.
Details of how to contact manufacturers and suppliers can be found in our modelling contacts section.
Hornby's and Bachmann's cast resin building ranges in 4mm and 2mm scales have been one of the most significant developments in model railways in the past decade. Whilst they may not be as well detailed or accurate as a skillfully constructed scratch-built model building they are by common acclaim stunningly good models and represent excellent value for money. You can populate your model railway with well detailed buildings very quickly and with a bit of additional detailing and repainting they can be "individualised" and look even better. It is true by using these a lot of model railway layouts will have identical buildings, but it was ever thus with building kits, and besides, for instance, my 1930s house is very similar to 1930s houses the length and breadth of the land.
The majority of these buildings are "generic" rather than being absolutely accurate scale models, however with model buildings this can be credible whereas with model rolling stock such an approach tends to be glaring. Firstly the majority of us do not have barns or aircraft hangers in which to locate our model railways, so modelling locations dimensionally accurate is not feasible. Buildings and scenery lend themselves to selective compression and if done skillfully and sympathetically the eye readily accepts this artifice. Secondly common designs to buildings are common, but they are necessarily modified to fit their specific locations, so the sort of tweaks modellers need to make can be credible.
So if you want to model a specific location accurately these buildings are not for you. However, if you want to portray a location by its look and feel, these buildings are a big help.
To view any picture larger (max. 150kB) - click on the picture and it will open in another window.
Bachmann 44-038 "Carriage Shed".
This model is regularly illustrated with one of Bachmann's 4Cep models peeking out. Being only about one car's length, this model has cover pieces which allow sheds to be joined together.
|Unlike this model a fair number of Southern asbestos clad sheds had about half a dozen course of bricks at ground level but, with or without, this definitely has echoes - albeit selectively compressed - of sheds at Gillingham, Grove Park, Orpington, Littlehampton, Bognor, Ore, Fratton, Farnham, Bournemouth, Clapham Junction and East Wimbledon.|
Bachmann 44-061Z "LSWR Type 4 Signal Box (brick)" exclusively from Kernow Model Rail Centre.
Of all the models illustrated here this is believed to be the most authentic. The Kernow Model Railway Centre commissioned this representation of the signal box at Bude, just about as far off the Southern Electric system you can get , however similar examples were/are throughout the electrified area of the south west division. So this will look very at home in a small to medium sized location on the south west division provided the line was not one of those built by the Southern Railway in the 1920s and 30s!
The signal boxes introduced during the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme had common themes about them and compare with our picture in our East Kent resignalling feature and you will see this is very close, but not quite identical, to the signal box at Faversham.
Buy the from Modelzone.
Hornby R8713 "Terminus Station Building" and R8714 "Terminus Station Offices"
these pictures courtesy of www.BloodandCustard.com
These Skaledale buildings were sold separately as a centre building and a pair of wings.
The Southern Region's diesel electric multiple unit operation was considered part of the electric fleet and as such we can include buildings on non-electrified lines served by DEMUs. This collection of buildings is identifiably Rye station, albeit selectively compressed and significantly undersized. The chief compromise on this model is the centre building's roof being about half a storey lower than on the real thing. When set alongside other scale model buildings this also unfortunately appears diminutive, whereas the real station dominates its vicinity.
Note, certain other Bachmann buildings are either misleadingly publicised with Southern Electric models, or mistakenly believed to be of Southern types. The "Art Deco Station" collection of buildings is actually a representation of a 1930s London Underground station in the style of Charles Holden, and the "Hampton Hill Signal Box", which also has a strong Art Deco look, is a London and North Eastern Railway type 15 design of 1944.