The last post of the year or first of 2019 depending on when you are reading this. Thanks to everyone who has read my scribblings this year and made me feel that it’s not been such an insane idea to put this blog together.
I’ve been busy over the last couple of months building an engine shed for my layout. It’s nearly finished, but I thought I’d share with you as I’m rather pleased with how it’s turned out. Importantly I have to give full credit to Ken Grondahl Lassen on the Lego Rail Facebook group, who’s design this is and was kind enough to take several photos of his build in order for me to have a crack at building it.
The fun has been in translating those photos into an actual structure and adding a few little wrinkles of my own. As my wife will readily testify BrickOwl and BrickLink orders have been arriving on a very frequent basis with the roofing alone requiring nearly a thousand 1×2 tiles.
The structure sits on four 32×32 base plates with four lines of track. One is a passing section on one side (as seen in the picture above); two lines run into the building (though only one passes through) and the fourth is a siding in front of a short platform/loading bay – as seen below.
The roof is supported by a clever rib system, which is made of 1×2 plates. This gives it both great flexibility to form the curved spine and is surprisingly strong.
The actual shed itself has opening double doors and a central platform for minifigs and maintenance equipment. It comfortably will hold the longest Lego locos and on the through side will probably hold a steam loco and tender.
The final build will be making its debut at the Keighley MRC show in March, in a joint Brick Brothers layout, so come along and have a chat.
If anyone feels inspired to have a go at this design, please contact me and I’ll be more than happy to give you a more detailed breakdown of the design and bricks used. If any of our readers have made their own engine shed (or any other Lego Rail designs), please send me some pictures and notes to include on the blog.
Finally , thank you for the 8000 plus views on the blog this year, with nearly 5000 seperate visitors from 80 countries. What started as a record of building my first show layout has grown and evolved this year and I’ll be back again in 2019. Happy new year and keep on building.