The laws of Physics are time-reversible, making no qualitative distinction between the past and the future -- yet we can only go towards the future. This apparent contradiction is known as the `arrow of time problem'. Its resolution states that the future is the direction of increasing entropy. But entropy can only increase towards the future if it was low in the past, and past low entropy is a very strong assumption to make, because low entropy states are rather improbable, non-generic. Recent works, however, suggest we can do away with this so-called `past hypothesis', in the presence of reversible dynamical laws featuring expansion. We prove that this is the case for a toy model, set in a 1+1 discrete spacetime. It consists in graphs upon which particles circulate and interact according to local reversible rules. Some rules locally shrink or expand the graph. Generic states always expand; entropy always increases -- thereby providing a local explanation for the arrow of time.