represents an attempt by the Southern railway to create a Blackpool type resort
across Poole harbour to Poole, in order to increase the Dorset traffic by
providing a less genteel resort. The Southern tried this a few times, the best known
being Allhallows on sea which was supposed to rival Southend. Like Allhallows
the resort never developed as it should and the end result is a somewhat
not that the weather is bad, the Sun always shines at Batcombe but with a brassy gleam that fades paint and makes
people fractious. Itís not the fault of the Southern or BR/S that the people
who have set up restaurants and Cafes are the ones public health have not yet
caught up with. †Indeed it is said that
William the conqueror forbid the including of Batcombe
in the Doomsday book in case people thought the place belonged to him. Iím sure
that the rumour that birds migrate round Batcombe
rather than over it, or that when the tide goes out it has to be bribed to come
back in are not true, but I have no proof.
So welcome to Batcombe where
the tide is out, the cafť off putting, the Sun shining, the pub closed and
above all there is nothing to do. Batcombe really is
the place you always NEVER wanted to go on holiday to.
The layout uses modular standards from the DOGA south east area group. This
allows it to be from 12 to around 30 feet long and in both straight and L
shapes. The track plan for the station is based on Hayling
island with net sheds from Hastings †it
then passes over Batcombe creek (based on Rye) before exiting the
modelled scene (in the most popular setup) through the walls of Fort Batbridge
( based on the Portsmouth forts). Before curving round to the fiddle yard
mounted behind the layout giving it its width of 7 feet. A minimum crew of 4† is needed for a
show to operate the layout.
add to the potential there is a find it activity (for those less interested in
operation) and areas which change regularly to allow patrons to see something
new at each showing. The line is operated to a time table based on swanage.
Contact: Colin Snowdon at email@example.com by
phone on 02082449410 or by post at 62 Dowanhill Rd. Catford SE6 1SX