Thursday, March 01, 2018
Building a cottage from a carriage in BRM
Talking about the Spring 2018 issue of BRM, I have to start with the DVD feature.
Howard and I visited the North Norfolk Railway on a freezing cold day last year. Shivering was well worth it though as the first thing we saw at Holt station inspired me to build my main project this month.
The railway have preserved a 4-wheel coach, but not as a coach, as a cottage.
Homes made of rolling stock were very common. Daisy, who looks after the education side of the railway, explains that for a fiver, the company would deliver a vehicle to your land. After that it was time to get the woodworking tools out to make yourself a habitable building.
The NNR version is beautifully fitted out inside as a home from 1943. All the detail is there and visitors can wander around in it's admittedly confined interior. School kids are brought in to get a feel for the way people used to live.
I had to build a model of it.
Using a Hornby 4-wheel coach, I produced something pretty close. It's not a hard job but that meant I had to have a go at the vegetable patch from the "Dig for Victory" days. That took rather longer, especially the potatoes.
Didsbury Green continues with a simple Stick fiddle yard to hang off the end of the model.
Fiddle yards don't need to be massive, especially if you are operating at home, so why over complicate matters?
Finally, in the Tail Lamp section, I'm being provocative by suggesting that you don't really need rolling stock models that are vastly superior to the rest of your layout. In fact it migh be better if you didn't...
Spring BRM on RMweb.