This model of an imaginary
steam loco depot with a half-moon style roundhouse was inspired by memories
of visiting a particularly grotty shed of this type in Bulgaria and also the
late Peter McBride’s award winning N-gauge model.
Most British loco sheds were either “straight
sheds”, a series of points leading to parallel lines into the shed, or
“roundhouses” in which the turntable was positioned centrally inside a
square shed with lines radiating within it. The “half-moon” type, with the
turntable positioned outside the shed and lines radiating within it, was
very common in continental Europe and the Americas but rare in the UK – St
Blazey in Cornwall being the best known example.
This model demonstrates the operational issues of
bringing a steam loco on to shed with fire/ash disposal, coaling, moving on
to the turntable and into the shed. When required, each loco exits the shed,
collects fresh water and sand then departs. The turntable was built from a
Metalsmith kit but all buildings are scratch built. Structures include the
shed itself plus boiler house, water tower, sand furnace, coaling stage and
repair shed. An interesting novelty is the use of a Panther excavator to
empty the ash pit.
The breakdown train is at the front, awaiting a
summons to some unfortunate happening elsewhere.
The period is around 1947-1950 and the place can be
deduced by examination of the number of LMS locomotives and a few from the