Rather than make my own baseboards, I decided to use Grainge and Hodder plywood kits, which make up into light, strong box sections. Two 1200 x 400mm units would be big enough for the shed, a point and a length of track, and still fit in the car.

As you can see, the first job is naming of parts. Laser-cutting means it all fits together fairly easily, with a bit of encouragement from a rubber mallet, size medium. Wood glue keeps the structure solid.

Proper modellers do a lot of research and draft a proper plan, with drawings, photos and the like. So far I've just taken a lot of photos of the shed and had a bit of a think. Rather than a static model it would seem more interesting to have some movement of a train in and out of the shed, operated perhaps by an electronic shuttle unit.

And lo, Fosworks (previously Timpdon) have such a unit, which looks just what is needed. It uses reed switches on the train and magnets on the track to control movement.

It seemed a good idea at the time. The Railway's carriage shed is a heritage item of some note, one of the early buildings erected to house some of the stock, particularly the coaches, the brake van and a few of the diesels.

It's starting to show its age, and will need replacement in the years to come. So now seems a good time to try making a model. The chosen scale is 1:19, which is the same as that used for the 16mm:1ft live steam layouts which inhabit the engine shed on gala days. I was tempted to model it in 'as is' condition, complete with missing/split boards and elegant lean, but eventually decided to keep it simple, and 'as new'.

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