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A 4mm Scale Model of Bristol Barrow Road Engine Shed in P4

 

 

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Sand Dryer Tiles

The self adhesive tiles produced by York Modelmakers are excellent, easy to use and look the part. The last building I tiled, Sheep Pasture Engine House, had individual tiles which I cut from 5 thou plasticard. They look good but would be a daunting method to adopt for all the roofing on Barrow Road Shed so I am pleased with the results produced by YM's tiles.   Anyway here are a few photos of the Sand Dryer during the tiling process.             I have since noticed I forgot

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Sand Dryer test colouring

I managed a bit of time today to carry out the test colouring of the end wall of the sand furnace. For a colour guide I chose to use some of my own colour slides from October 1965. These were taken using Agfa film which was always a little on the blue side so I have corrected this using Photoshop.     I have used an assortment of Berol Karisma crayons of various brick shades, some for the engineering brick and others for the more common 'red'. Having fixed the corbels I realised the crayo

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Sand Dryer Roof

I have now received the sub roof parts for the sand dryer and so decided to take a break from constructing the office complex to complete the sand dryer.   First I attached the mdf substructure to the locating lugs on the internal structure     then I cut pieces of 20thou plasticard to form the hipped roof and fixed these to the mdf.     the next task will be to add plastic rod over the joints before adding the tiles. These come in self adhesive strips which can be cut to fit using a

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Sand Dryer Ridge Tiles

I have now managed to add the ridge tiles to the sand dryer and in consequence have repainted parts of the roof. The roof on the buildings have been painted using air opaque Badger air brush paints which I apply using a brush. I tend to use a palate of their greys [nos 7.07 & 7.06] and black.           It started to rain whilst taking the last two photos.... spot (sorry!) the rain drops on the roof!   The sand dryer building & chimney is now finished apart from final wea

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Sand Dryer progress

Further progress on the Sand Dryer walls over the past few days with all four walls now ready for assembly.                 The detail on the wall adjacent to the shed building has been omitted because it needs to be a flush fit.   I need to find a way of making the ventilation slats in the clerestory roof of the sand dryer and have decided to make a seperate unit out of brass.... further posting to follow.

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Sand Dryer More Progress

Having assembled the carcase of the building I have now fixed the four walls into position. The building is now awaiting final finishing with the attachment of the roof. Unfortunately the laser cut parts for the roof have not arrived yet so I will now switch attention to the sand dryer chimney... watch this space.   Here are a few photos to be going on with...   The prototype..      

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Sand Dryer Kit

It's been a few days since I last did any work on the model, not that I've been idle. I have been doing some more research with a trip to Bath Green Park Station to measure up and photograph the roof support columns. Thanks to the Taunton MRC with their Superb 'Bath Green Park' layout; seen recently at the Wigan show; I have a ready made source of white metal columns. A package arrived this morning from Colin alias Alan Gibson Mk2 complete with a Christmas card... a nice touch. I'll add a photo

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Sand Dryer front elevation

More progress this afternoon with the front elevation of the sand dryer now complete. There are two 'I' girders above the window which I chose to fabricate from two pieces of brass section soldered together. The larger girder was cut and shaped from a piece of 4mm square section brass tube whilst the smaller one was cut from 3mm wide channel section.   Once finished the construction followed that of the end wall posted yesterday, with the only additional work required being the forming of the

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Sand Dryer Chimney

The drawings for the shed and all the associated buildings were made using a combination of plans, from maps I have in my possession, counting bricks from photographs and information from other sources. In the case of the chimney I got the drawing wrong.   The laser cut parts for the chimney were cut to my drawings to form a structure 44ft high tapering from 3ft square at the top to 6ft at the bottom. I then received a new photograph taken from a new angle and closer position....... where has

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Office, Mess, Stores Roof

Having finished the sand dryer I can now return to adding the roof to the Office complex. As with the sand dryer I chose to use plasticard over the mdf sub roof and set about cutting and glueing pieces of 2othou plasticard to form the hipped roof. I also attached lengths of plastic rod on the ridge joints in preparation for the ridge tiles. The plastic rod also makes it easier to accurately cut and fit the tiles.     You will see I have added roof glazing - I forgot to cut the openings for

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Office, Mess, Stores - progress

I have been unable to post anything since Monday so I'll do this post while I have access.   Here is a good photo of the Office block; the section at the front with the lower hipped roof; whilst the Mess and Stores are at the rear, the stores being nearest to the shed building. The model is sectioned along the centre line of the Stores/Mess part of the building in line with the sectioned roundhouse.     I have made some progress with the two elevations which make up the model, namely the

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Office, Mess Stores - further photos

Here are a few more photos of the office complex.           All that remains now is to paint the roof tiles.   There are two additional brick built chimneys to add to the higher of the two hipped roofs and two vents/chimneys. These will be made and added at a later stage.

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Office, Mess & Stores Walls

I have now coloured the walls using my favoured method with coloured crayons. The Berol Karisma ones are no longer available so I have substituted some from the Faber Castell range which have proved to be better.         The building substructure is now assembled and I will add these walls to it shortly.

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Office, Mess & Stores Block

After having a few problems with postings I will take this opportunity to add a few photos of progress on the Office, Mess & Stores building at the front right of the shed.   This shows the parts of the kit with the roof sections at the top, the carcase to the left and the front and side elevation to the right, complete with the box at the top. This shows, from the top of the building downwards, the corbelling, the single string of bricks around the windows and the plinth. More to fo

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Office Complex - the finished article

Here are some photos of the finished building - except for the 2 chimneys and vents previously mentioned. Final weathering will take place once everything is built and in place on the layout.   Thanks for all the positive comments.   The next installment will be the roundhouse and workshop itself.               I now have to wait a few weeks before I take delivery of the main shed and workshop...... watch this space.

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Office Chimney

At last... I can add another entry!   Here is the office chimney which I have constructed form some old Formcraft/Alan Gibson/C&L brick parts.     The chimney is constructed from 4mm scale english bond brickwork parts - see photo - which are placed over lengths of plastic rods, which fit through the holes in the brick parts, to assemble a convincing chimney. I have a stock of these parts which I have previously used to build the water tower on my Sheep Pasture layout.    

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Laser Cut Model of Barrow Road Shed

I took my Sheep Pasture layout to the Wigan Show at the weekend - what an excellent show and a big thank you to the organisers.   York Model Makers attended the show and brought with them elements of a kit of laser cut parts for the roundhouse at Barrow Road Shed which they are making for me. The kit of parts is well on the way to completion so here are a few photographs to show the standard of work that can be achieved by this relatively new method - at least to the model railway world - of m

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Heljan D9500

Having received a set of Ultrascale 18.83 wheels for this loco I decided to do the conversion. Thanks to all those on the Heljan thread who made the task a lot easier.   I decided not to do a 'how too' photo session because this can be found on the other thread. Suffice it to say the Ultrascale conversion is easy to do provided you follow their instructions. Mine ran ok first time - highly reccomended and sorts out problems of erractic running experienced by others.   I decided to fill in th

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First Show - Bristol Scalefour Society AGM

The Scalefour Society AGM was held today in Bristol. Thanks to the Bristol Area Group for inviting the embryonic Barrow Road to it's first show. Assembly of the legs and boards were complete in a record 20mins - positioning the shed buildings, coaling tower and stock took a while longer, but I am very pleased with the ease of assembly.   Thanks go to Chris and Morgan of the Glevum Group for assistance and to Morgan and Dave Holt for the lone of additional stock - photos of some of their locos

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Bristol Barrow Road- Lawrence Hill Junction Signal Box - Update 6

Some pre-formed guttering arrived from Eileen's Emporium yesterday so I decided to sort out the the roof. This guttering is very good and having filed down tube for the loco shed on my Sheep Pasture layout I don't mind taking short cuts this time. Having initally fixed the fascia board using 2.5mm x 1mm plasticard I decided it was oversize and removed it, replacing it with 2mm x 2mm brass L angle strip. This is more acceptable and nearer to scale. The top edge of each of the 4 pieces of fascia

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Bristol Barrow Road Update

For those of you who might be wondering about the lack of any post for the past couple of weeks the answer is I am on an enforced break from modelling due to the need to redecorate two rooms in the house   It's not all decorating as I have found some time to investigate how I am going to make replacements for the mdf roof trusses as supplied by York modelmaking, not that there is anything wrong with their laser cut items, it's just that I have decided the roof will need to be removable in ord

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Bristol Barrow Road Shed

I have just started on the turnout complex in front of the shed.   This George Heiron photo shows the three 'zig zag' turnouts which are the subject of this update.   The next two photos show the relevant part of the Templot track plan of the shed, followed by the ply and rivit sleepers positioned on the template.             This shows the reduced Templot plan of the relevant trackwork.       More to follow in the next few days.

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Bristol Barrow Road Shed

Having successfully transferred my Bristol Barrow Road shed thread front the old site perhaps I should give an update on progress since my last entry.   I have spent some time over the past week producing drawings for the various elevations of the shed, workshop, office/mess/stores block, boiler house and sand furnace. These have been sent to a new company, York Model Makers, to produce a kit of laser etched parts for all these buildings. For those of you who attended Scaleforum this company

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