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

 

 

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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 - Lever Frame and Instrument Shelf

All 47 levers are now in position so here are a few photos:-     This one shows the frame in position inside the box - trial fit only at this stage.     The instrument shelf has been fabricated from nickel silver strip. the shelf is laminated from pieces of 3/4 & 5mm x 0.3mm strip whilst the supports are made up in a jig from 1mm x 0.3mm strip. The round part is formed from modified High Level 2mm CSB etches... the only thing of appropriate size I could find in my metal stock.  

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Bristol Barrow Road - The Shed Foremans's Office

Having spent some time recently converting RTR models to P4 I decided I needed a change so here is a bit of scratchbuilding. The office for the shed foreman was situated in front of the roundhouse entrance. Looking at the maps and the photographs in my collection, I noticed a discrepancy in size of the shed and realised that around 1949 the length of the building doubled.  This being confirmed by an aerial photograph in my collection. n.   Using photographs I produced a scale

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Bristol Barrow Road - Ash Plant Buildings 2

The next building on my list is the brick built shed next to the ash plant which I believe housed the plant control equipment.   The model is made from plasticard with overlays of Slaters english bond brickwork. The ladder rom the ground to the roof of the building together with the longer one to the platform on the ash plant are scratchbuilt using 1mm x 0.3mm nickel silver strip whilst the steps are 0.45mm wire. The mortar course is a wash of black acrylic which is then sand back to l

Bristol Barrow Road - Lawrence Hill Junction Signal Box - Update 3

Since compiling the set of drawings for the box guess what - yes I have found a better photo of the front of the box and yes there are a few differences. First the lower windows are higher up and second the toilet is bigger - must have had large signalmen Thanks to Paul for pointing this out as it's better to know before rather than after. The new toilet is scratch built using the internal formers provided by York Modelmaking. A few hours work and the modifications are now complete with

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Barrow Road - Update

For those of you who have seen the MRJ 200 thread you will see it contains an article about my layout. It was originally intended to include a second article on the laser cut/etched buildings but this has been held over to a forthcoming addition - hopefully MRJ 201. If this is the case it will fit in nicely with this years Scaleforum where I will be demonstrating part of the layout with other members of the Glevum Area group of the S4 Society.   As promised here are some more photos of the she

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Barrow Road - S4 AGM Bristol

I have finished the rear elevation of the shed by adding a section to the wall to match with the end wall of the Workshop. This has been achieved by glueing a shaped piece of mdf to the top of the wall and overlaying a piece of Rowmark etched with 'english bond' brickwork. This is a modification to the kit as supplied. Also added for the first time is a shaped piece of clear 3mm thick acrylic fixed to the edge of the board to protect the sectioned wall of the Roundhouse.   As the layout is due

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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 - Ambulance & Mutual Improvement Hut 2

I've been a bit busy on DIY this past week decorating the bathroom - my regime has been decorating in the morning modelling in the afternoon. Remembering I promised some photos of the Shed in situ here are a few. Keep safe, Robin                     Repainted the darker patch on the door wall as the photo shows it up as too dark.    

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Bristol Barrow Road - Sand Dryer

Further work on the buildings continues with the 'new' sand dryer building, which from aerial photos in my my possession was built in the late 1940s   .     I found a stock of old Formcraft bricks which I decided to use to build the front with it's pillars and use slaters english bond sheet for the remainder. On reflection this was probably not my best idea as it took rather longer to build than anticipated.           

Barrow Road Track South Exit

Here is the Templot for the South Exit to the shed which consists of a B6 turnout and a Single Slip onto the mainline.     The full size template attached to 6mm ply ready for fixing the ply sleepers.     That's enough for now - back to the workbench.

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Barrow Road - Lawrence Hill Junction Signal Box - Update 4

Further progress has been made with the signal box over the past few days with the steps now completed and painted. I had to do a few modifications to the handrails and the platform as my drawing did not match the latest prototype photos.   The roof shell has been fitted with it's Rowmark plastic to form the surface onto which the tiles will be added. I am toying with the idea of using individual tiles cut from 5thou plasticard. I have used this method on the stationary winding house of

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Bristol Barrow Road - The Ambulance & Mutual Improvement Shed

Following completion of the Foreman's Hut my next building for Barrow Road is the Ambulance & Mutual Improvement Shed which was situated in the shed yard adjacent to the viaduct carrying Barrow Road itself.   With time during the current situation spent between house decoration and modelling this model has taken about a week to produce. Construction uses two layers of plasticard - a 30thou base structure laminated with a 40thou layer of 2mm [ 6in] Evergreen V Groove sheet.

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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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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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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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Barrow Road - STOP sign

I have spent some time researching the wording for STOP sign that is at the entrance to the roundhouse at Barrow Road.   This appears to be a standard sign at most Midland Roundhouses but obtaining a clear photograph has proved a challenge. Last night I found a good colour photo of such a sign at the entrance to Toton Shed and have identified the following wording.   MIDLAND RAILWAY NOTICE TO ALL (DRIVERS FIREMEN) AND ALL ??????????????????? STOP. ALL ENGINES ?????????? TO ENTER

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Bachmann Patriot 45504 Royal Signals

I have now completed my second Patriot conversion to P4. This loco belongs to a friend who asked me to do the conversion for him. The decoder arrived this morning, now fitted for it's first run on DCC.   Here is the youtube video link.   45504 Royal Signals passing Bristol Barrow Road Shed     4 Jubilees and 2 Patriots outside the roundhouse.  

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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Barrow Road Update 2

Following a visit by friends in the Scalefour Glevum Group here are some photograhs taken with some extra stock including a fabulous rake of coaches.   Johnson tank and Blood & Custard rake courtesy of Morgan Maroon rake courtesy of Paul

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Bristol Barrow Road - Lawrence Hill Signal Box - Update 7 - A night on the tiles

The kit of parts from York Modelmaking included a set of their self adhesive tiles of the type I used on the shed sand dryer and office complex. I could have used them again on the box but using at the available photos to measure the size of the prototype tiles I found they were 9 or 10in wide, whereas the self adhesive version are a scale 12in. I decided to use my tried and tested method using 5thou plasticard and set about making a plasticard jig to assist cutting individual tiles to a cons

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