Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Service Break

As I mentioned last time, we made a tentative start at the weekend on what will be, in time, a diesel servicing depot. It meant that we had to break through a portion of the embankment that we had constructed only a few weeks ago but this was done before we had the idea of extending the layout into the area that is currently used as a work surface. 
Therefore, when this working area is no longer required for that purpose, it will definitely be put to good use and a diesel depot is certainly something that we ought to have, especially since we have an ever-growing fleet of locos now.
All of the track to the right of the points is, of course, only temporary as we were just trying to get some idea of how it might look and I think it will be just perfect for what we want here. 
We are intending to use Bachmann's Modern Servicing Depot, when it is available again, together with their Depot Crane and Fuelling Point - please see below.
So, watch this space for further developments although, I daresay, not much more work will be done until such time as the rest of the town area is completed and we have finally gotten around to finishing Sueston.
Modern Servicing Depot
Depot Crane
Fuelling Point


  1. Will you keep locos there as well?

    I guess so given there's a shed although I was interested to learn that at many steam sheds the actual 'engine shed' was used for servicing and repairs and not just stabling, with the result that many locos were kept outside.

    Mind you, the Midland Railway was very keen on Round Houses which would have had space for all the engines - but those were only built at bigger places - and where there was space.

    Just wondered whether diesel and steam sheds were operationally that different.

  2. Actually, I am not sure if steam and diesel sheds were operationally much different although I would hazard they probably were not.

    I love those old roundhouses and, given the space and the era, it would be great to model one. It's a shame that dieselization did for them really and many were then bulldozed to make way for roads - urgh! Thankfully, though, some have survived and been put to good use.

    As for whether we will keep our locos in the new depot, we may store one or two there, temporarily. Most times, however, all our locos are wrapped in cloth and bubble wrap and stored in boxes to protect them from dust, dirt and damp. Not that we molly-coddle them in any way, of course!