A shed and a lock-up
gwr speech house road long marston scratchbuilding
I’ve scratchbuilt some more buildings for Farthing.
First up is this small goods shed, adapted from a prototype built by Eassie & Co. at Speech House Road station on the Severn & Wye. The contractors Eassie & Co. had an interesting history, nicely described in this PDF file by the GSIA.
The prototype had a brick base, but I decided on a timber base and a few other detail changes to suit my tastes. The roof is detachable so I can detail the interior.
The doors are modelled open so you can see what’s going on inside. I like the effect but it does add to the time and cost as you have to model the interior walls and framing too.
One reason I chose this prototype was the potential for a nice view through the open doors across the tracks, in line with my preference for “see through” structures at the front of layouts.
There’s also a view through the side door. The prototype had the door right up against one corner, probably to save space inside. It looked odd in model form though, so I moved it. If only the real world was so easy to change!
My version is some 25% larger than the prototype, in order to add a bit of mass.
I normally use the Wills sheets for slate roofs, but on this lock-up I thought I’d try out the slate sheets from York Modelmaking. I have seen them used with very convincing results, not least on Iain Robinson’s wonderful creations.
Unfortunately I had forgotten how sensitive paper can be to glue stains and bending/fraying at the edges. Experienced card modellers would no doubt have made a better job of it!
Here’s a direct comparison between the Wills sheets (left) and the York Modelmaking strips (right) before painting.
I’m really not very happy with the roof, and may give it another try. Incidentally the prototype photo doesn’t seem to show any gutters or drainpipes, which puzzles me a bit.
The original plan was to use these buildings on “The sidings” – the latest of my Farthing layouts. But meanwhile I've found another prototype which I think will fit the purpose better. So I think I’ll save these ones for “Farthing Road”, another layout that I’m planning.