The 16mm carriage shed

January 18th - the scenery

More fiddling, this time to complete the ballasting on both boards and add some assorted varieties of grass and mud.

The points now have operating levers and connecting bars, and two people have reappeared, plus a loco and driver.


The other three staff members are waiting for the paint to dry on their new tea mugs

- the original set are somewhere about, but it was quicker to just replace them.

A blog on building a model of the West Lancs carriage shed.

January 14th - the big push

Lots of fiddly woodwork added, ready for the tin roof to go on. Beginning to look the part don't you think?

January 11th - growing the structure

The left side and extension walls are up, and a start made on the roof supports, secured with a combination of filler and glue. The flickering back light is already irritating.

January 4th - the panels

The holiday season has been put to good use, with all but one of the wall panels and doors complete and ready for installation (spot the odd one out). Big decision looming on how to get them all vertical and rigid.

December 20th - the walls

At last the building proper gets under way, with the first of the wall panels going in. I decided prefabrication was the easiest way, ensuring all the glue was set first of course.

December 12th - the electrics

Some cable knitting today, with multicoloured wires and four LEDs, one flashing to represent a failing light, overdue for an electrician's TLC.


Also did a trial laying of some scale ballast, held in place with PVA glue.

December 10th - the doorway

Back to the cool of the workshed. The cement floor has been laid, using wall filler, and the doorway assembly cautiously erected into place.


Painting of the coaches is also underway, using a similar colour scheme to the West Lancs prototypes.

December 4th - the locomotive

Some dining-table modelling on a chilly winter's day, and yes India was great, thank you for asking.


The loco is a PDF Models kit of the NCB loco Alf, which will form the motive power for the shuttle, assuming all the electronics will fit.

November 7th - the workers

The figures are by Motley Miniatures, with tea mugs courtesy of the Lego Group. Any resemblance to current members is entirely coincidental.


There will now be a short intermission whilst I visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and other eastern delights.

October 30th - the layout

A publicity photo for the newsletter, showing the shed's foundations and the end wall and doors, the latter rather precariously propped in position. I may need more pliers.

October 20th - the track

With the baseboard boxes complete, much playing about with point angles and track lengths produced the layout shown in the photo.

The shed will go where the coaches/brake van are, with the train running back and forth from there to the left hand end of the track.

Also shown are the wired-up shuttle unit and the first part of the building, the left-hand door.

October 12th - the baseboard

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.

October 11th - the plan

Proper modellers do a lot of research and draft a comprehensive 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.

October 10th 2019 - the beginning

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 rolling stock.


Currently it shelters two coaches, the brake van and some 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 the live steam layouts which inhabit the engine shed on gala days.


I (your humble webmaster) was tempted to model it in 'as is' condition, complete with missing/split boards and elegant lean. Eventually however I decided to keep it simple, and go for the 'early years' look, with some rust and faded paintwork but otherwise in fair nick.

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To be continued...