Following the Scalefour Society AGM I have had a short break from modelling - no I haven't been away, I've spent the past 4 days up and down a 6.7m tower scaffold painting the gable end wall of the house.
Now that job is finished I have made a start on the shed workshop which is at the rear of the shed.
The workshop is a feature of most Midland railway roundhouses and was used to repair the small Midland railway locos up until grouping and continued to do so through LMS days - although by then major jobs went to the works.
During Midland days they were known as 'outstations' and carried out work similar to a main works - here is a photo of the 8 bay workshop at Grimesthorpe Sheffield to give you an idea of the interior.
The workshop at Bristol was a 4 bay version - I have only found one photo taken inside showing a Sentinel - either 47190 or 47191 - these engines were used on the Avonside branch as were the L&Y Pugs.
Here then is the latest work on the Workshop. You will note I have made two sets of doors open and intend to make them operational - these are on bays 2 & 4.
[ These are temporarily fixed with masking tape in their closed position]
During BR days bays 1 & 3 had their rail access removed - the 20ft loco turntables were removed - leaving rail access via bays 2 & 4. At least this means I only need to model 2 turntables!
During the post war II period the Workshop carried out minor repair work but latterly had a wheel lathe so that wheels sets removed on the wheel drop could be rolled into the workshop for turning.
I have added an internal wall to the building as I have since discovered there was a seperate smith's shop at the roundhouse end of the buidling.
The colouring process is now under way - here are two photos showing the two 'opening doors' and the front wall part finished.