Over the past 20 years, the EM gauge model railway layout Rye Town has come to be widely recognised as one of the finest models to capture the ambience of the Kent & East Sussex Railway in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

View of layout

Rye Town at Tolworth, November 2002.

'The Kent & East Sussex Railway had and has an appeal all of its own. Rye Town brilliantly captures the feel of a railway that, by the late 1920s, was down-at-heel, run on a shoestring and yet plainly loved by its employees.'
Tim Shackleton, Editor, Model Railway Journal

'Rye Town is a superb model railway. It really captures the quiet countryside atmosphere with not much happening, but a few people working away on the land. The modelling is also first rate. One of the best model railways I've ever seen.'
Albyn Austin, Colonel Stephens Society

Although infrequently seen on the exhibition circuit today, Rye Town is still available for occasional bookings. This site is still a work in progress, but is intended to provide a brief description of the layout and a short history of the railway it represents.

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