One of the things I most like about our hobby is the great variety that it offers; if I get bored with weathering I can do some wiring, or if I have had enough of signalling, then I can work on the scenery.
With Churminster Shed largely complete - OK except for the chimneys! - I have been spending time working over on Stowe Magna shed; although the buildings here were largely put together around 8 or 9 years ago, I had never ballasted or detailed the area, even though the running lines that pass it were long since completed. This picture was taken in 2009 and things had only changed marginally since then.
Stowe Magna locoshed is made up of four main buildings, starting with a small 2-road, single length, running shed adjacent to the (Heljan) turntable, a large coaling tower, the main 3-road, triple depth maintenance shed, and a single loco repair shed. All of these except the running shed (which is a Scalescenes cast resin building) were made from Townstreet plaster castings and I mention this for a reason!
The main shed was all but completed some years ago, although it lacked a floor and any detailing - this shot from 2015, but later that year disaster struck!
The building was hit by a large ar$e which backed into it - and being made of plaster, the nearside wall shattered into 5 main and a number of smaller parts!
As a result, the shed looked like this until very recently:
Fortunately, I had retained all of the bits, but I was reluctant to re-build it in case it befell the same fate again, especially since it is close to the narrowest access point between this and the adjacent baseboard. More recently, however, I have acquired some "low-rise" clear perspex sheets and have started to fit these along that edge of the baseboard to provide protection for both rolling stock and fragile buildings; so I live in hope!
And so, having finally got around to ballasting and detailing the shed area, I have finally fitted the shed floor and rebuilt the side wall, with just the end and the roof remaining to be refitted.
At present the cracks where the building was damaged are visible, but these areas will soon be repainted.
So overall Stowe Magna shed is beginning to look a bit more businesslike and more like it would have been "back in the day":
A few jobs remain, aside from finishing the re-build; I need to add lighting to the main and repair sheds, plus a floor in the repair shed. There is more detailing to do, and I really must do something about that awful coaling tower! I have considered throwing it in the bin (or getting an ar$e to sit on it), but I now think that I will finish building it properly, weather it and see if I can make it blend in. More pictures to follow once it is done.
Looking at the pictures really makes me want to get this area completed.
Edited by Tony Teague, 06 December 2017 - 21:19 .