Anyone familiar with my models will know I’m a bit of a ‘Shed’ nut and this is another one. In response to an article in Railway News last summer I’d set my heart on a depiction of a locomotive works once my Barrow Hill layout was finished. The fact that I also grew up in Birmingham has something to do with a fascination for factories. It seems the industrial areas of my home town have left an indelible mark that just can’t be ignored even though I now live in rural Ireland.
Horwich Works – an Ivatt Mogul being brought out of the erecting shop via the traverser. This is basically what I want to emulate. The photo is from the October 2012 issue of British Railways Illustrated.
Stage 1 – the traverser and interior area. The traverser is a simple piece of 3mm Perspex with a piece of Code 100 glued on top. The wheels are upside down bogies from a couple of Lima Mark 1 carriages.
Heljan Class 33 atop the traverser unit. Two pieces of electrical wire hang down from the underside and connect the traverser track with the middle running tracks below – this allows the trains to run by their own power along the traverser deck and on to the internal shed roads.
The first wall section and the internal over head crane support beams in place. The windows are Brassmasters – these have been doubled up with a piece of plastic between so they can be viewed from inside and out. All the brickwork are good old Scalescene's textures - Painted and Aged Brick.
Couldn’t resist including this exterior effects shot. It’s the good old Dapol plastic kit of a 9F. I drilled a hole in the underside of the boiler and pushed a straw into it – the straw extends down under the baseboard so smoke could be blown up into the boiler and out of the double chimney. The top of a Superquick Coaling tower cab be seen above and beyond the external wall.