26E Bacup Shed 1950 – The Layout
The idea of doing another layout actually came from one the members as we wanted another project once the extension of Ramsbottom was finished.
We were at first planning on doing 26D Bury Shed but once Keith had managed to aquire some boards to build the layout on it was soon learned that we just wouldn’t be able to fit the shed onto these as it had an 8 road steam shed and a 5 road electric car shed. So our focus switched to another local shed….26E Bacup Shed.
The type of layout will be an end to end layout which has a start and a finish point at each end. The layout will be DCC controlled which is a first for our club and should be an interesting project. The layout will have the later reroofed 4 road engine shed, coaling stage, sidings and a turntable. This is an engine shed layout which will have working points, turntable, buffer stop and shed lights.
The shed was stared on the 06/01/2011 with our chairman Alan Garside making the first measurement and cutting on balsa wood to form the front and the rear entrances of the shed.
The following week on the 12/01/2011 Alan had now made all the sides and will begin to start wrapping them in stone paper by Metcalfes.
Since the last update unfortunately Roger Wilson has passed away and to be honest to the project was abandoned whilst we grieved the loss of our friend. But 2 weeks ago we decided to kick start this project again and it has gathered speed.
On July 26th 2012 Keith, Alan and Alex made a start on the baseboards for this layout. The following week we managed to recruit a new member called Peter Hankinson and is very enthusiastic about the new layout. This frame work will be in 3 or 4 sections depending on the size of the final layout. One section will be come out slightly larger than the rest to add the main line that runs from Bacup to Rochdale.
The frame work is made from 2inch x 3inch soft wood which is glued and screwed using 2 inch screws and standard pva wood glue. The frames then have 3 or 4 cross members added made from 2inch x 2inch soft wood to add strength to the section.
When the frame work has dried and is finally ready for the board to go on. It is then glued around the frame using pva glue again with the mdf sheet placed on top and panel pinned down and allowed to set.
The current progress on Bacup Shed is that now all four sections have been made, we have track plan but will have to alter the track layout to fit to the size of our boards. We will try and keep all the major areas such as the coaling stage, offices etc. The shed will also have a roof that is removal with pits runing through its entire length. There will be a tunnel at the other end and this will form part of the scenery.
The layout is as follows :-
- All the shed roads have had holes running the full length of the shed cut into the base boards. These have had pits placed into them. The pits are made by Peco.
- The turntable has been fitted and after a few weeks of alterations it finally runs correctly. This has resulted in the turntable well having to be strengthed and straightened. The motors gearing has been uprated with a meccano drive and work gearing. A special thanks to Peter from Heywood Model Railway Group for some much need advice.
- Track work has been laid and is still ongoing. The track work is Peco code 100. Where points are to be fitted, holes have been drilled through the baseboards to make access easier. These have been wired.
- Ballasting has been started in areas such as the shed area and some of the sidings. This is a mixture of fine and coarse with dark grey and black scatter giving a dirty ash gravel effect.