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About our South Coast Simulations – Ford, Yapton and Barnham Jct.

General

Three of our Simulations (Ford, Yapton and Barnham) are located deep in rural West Sussex on the former London Brighton and South Coast line from Portsmouth to Brighton. Since they constitute three adjacent ‘boxes, you have the chance to experience the same timetable from three very different viewpoints. Despite the location, this is no railway backwater – In the even in the 1950s, before the concept of long-distance commuting took hold, this line saw a train service of almost 230 passenger trains daily supplemented by local and through goods, newspaper and parcels traffic, plus the inevitable light engines and empty stock movements. On summer Saturdays, this figure was considerably increased – service trains being joined a procession of excursions – many of them steam hauled - the handling of light engines being complicated by the fact that the servicing facilities at Littlehampton had been closed, necessitating a return trip to Bognor Regis.

Beyond the normal Saturday excision traffic, another special feature at in the area resulted from Barnham's proximity to Goodwood Racecourse. As a consequesnce, following the closure of Singleton station in the 1930s, Barnham become something of a centre for race traffic on Goodwood Race Days creating plenty of extra excursion traffic. Our Ford and Yapton simulations include timetables for Goodwood race days whilst it is planned in due course to make such timetables available to Registered Users of the Barnham Simulation.

All this means that for the Registered Version of these simulations, our timetables ensure that all of this will keep you very pleasantly busy!

Ford

Ford is the junction for the short double track branch to Littlehampton and, at the time modelled in the simulation, possessed a small goods yard, and a loop allowing Down trains to overtake and trains from the East to reverse. Additionally the electrified Down Siding was extensively used for the storage of EMU stock. The layout of the junction presents certain challenges and the signalman must take special care with clearing points and conflicts when accepting trains from Arundel Junction.

Ford station is very much open for business today, the signal box which forms the subject for this simulation however, closed as long ago as 1979

Degree of difficulty – 5 out of 10

Barnham

Barnham is the junction for the busy double track branch to Bognor Regis and possesses a loop for the use of the Branch Trains, a small goods yard and berthing sidings for the storage of EMU stock. A key feature of operations at Barnham is the joining and splitting of trains to and from Portsmouth and Bognor. This aspect plus a succession of local shuttles on the Branch coupled with local and pick-up goods services create endless variety.

Barnham signal box was still in operation in 2008 – but it its days as a working box came to an end in 2010 as new technology marched in!

Degree of difficulty – 7 out of 10

Yapton Crossing

Yapton Crossing was a small box breaking the section between Ford and Barnham and, as small box, offers opportunity for beginners to experience the busy traffic patterns of this area without the more extreme challenges which the other two boxes present BUT, there remains plenty to think about – the Southern Railways system of routing bellcodes means that the Yapton Signalman must choose his bell codes with care as he is responsible for advising the adjacent junction boxes of the routing of trains – see how long you can go without making a mistake on the bells!

Degree of difficulty – 2 out of 10