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Laser Cut Model of Barrow Road Shed


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blogentry-6970-1261011394906.jpgI 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 making accurate scale models.

 

The specification for this model of the shed is to have fully detailed brickwork - english bond - on the exterior and interior of the shed, detailed roof with roof trusses and fully detailed windows and roof glazing. The shed walls consist of two layers of mdf, one 3mm and the other 2mm, whilst the window frames and doors are laser cut from Rowmark, a hard plastic used specifically for lasers and engraving. The shed window frames consist of two layers of Rowmark which sandwich a layer clear acrylic sheet for the glazing. These three layers are, in turn, sandwiched between the two layers of mdf to form a scale 2ft thick wall of 8mm.

 

The project includes not only the roundhouse but the sand furnace and chimney, the office/mess/stores complex, a further store at the rear and a boilerhouse. At the rear of the shed there will be a four stall workshop of Midland Railway design to be accessed by 20ft loco turntables.

 

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All these photos show the parts temporarily assembled and held together by masking tape in order to test the fit of all the current parts.

 

York Modelmakers can be found at:-

www.yorkmodelmaking.com/modelrailway.html

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Hello :)

 

That looks absolutely fantastic! Its really well thought out too by the sounds of it. One quetion though, Rowmark is a manufacturers name for a range of laser friendly material, do you know what type of material they specifically use? I am guessing its something called ADH but am not sure.

 

Missy :)

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Hello :)

 

That looks absolutely fantastic! Its really well thought out too by the sounds of it. One quetion though, Rowmark is a manufacturers name for a range of laser friendly material, do you know what type of material they specifically use? I am guessing its something called ADH but am not sure.

 

Missy :)

 

Hi Missy,

 

Thanks for your kind comments. I have looked up Rowmark on google but am not able to find any details of the chemical make up of this laser/engraving friendly plastic. It is Trade Marked so I assume the manufacturers are protective of their product.

 

Incidently I owe you a big thank you for an introduction to laser cut buildings as my friend Morgan, who has been in contact with you, directed me to the excellent buildings you have on you own 2mm layout.:D

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A friend of mine saw these parts; wow factor!!!!!

Sincerely, and have a superb Festive Season. looking forward to seeing the finished item in 2010.

Sincerely, 36E

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Absolutly bl**dy stunning.

I would say that you have the makings of a museum quality model there.

 

I have been looking at york modelmakers website, whilst thinking about the buildings that I need, the only problem is trying to find enought time to do the drawings in the first place.

 

I hate work!

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That's amazing. I love this thread since Barrow Road was such a name to conjure with to us as young spotters. I mean...Bristol? Who would EVER get to Bristol? I only ever saw one loco allocated there, 45685, "Barfleur", on a returning "Devonian" one sunday evening, having waited for it for an hour at Wath North, in the old West Riding. It must have worked up the previous working, why it didn't get taken off at Birmingham, or Derby I don't know.

 

Can't wait to see the next instalment.

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Can't wait to see the next instalment.

 

Thank you all for your kind comments.

 

I have been speaking with a former railway employee who worked on the coaling, ash plant and turntable at the shed in the 50's today and have found the turntable inside the shed is a 60 ft Cowans Sheldon unit not the 57ft I thought.

As a result I emailed the Cumbria Records office today and received a prompt response by close of play today.

They have records and drawings of the turntable which are now ordered. Good to find out before the shed progresses further.

 

Incidently I am told a Garrett crossed the turntable during one of the classes frequent visits to the shed in the early 50's. Now there's a challenge!

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