I must confess to being a bit of a masochist when it comes to furnishing my railway with buildings, or anything else for that matter. There are some fantastic building kits available at very reasonable prices, however I more often that not build my own from scratch. I do get a lot of enjoyment from building kits, however I find the challenge of building from scratch even more fulfilling and consequently all buildings on the BSLR are scratch built, except of course where otherwise indicated.
Brynton Station - This was the first building constructed for the BSLR. It is made from aerated breeze block which has been sawn into 1 inch slabs, then cut to form the side and end walls. The brickwork effect was then scribed on before gluing the whole lot together. Doors and windows were made with scraps of wood and coffee stirrers. The roof is made of ply covered with strips of roofing felt cut to represent roofing tiles. Lighting is achieved by a couple of battery powered LEDs.
Loco Shed - The main body of the loco shed is made from instant concrete - the dry-mix stuff that is used for shed bases. Having knocked together some shuttering from some old scrap wood, the dry-mix was poured in and reinforced by galvanised wire mesh. Once everything was just right water was sprayed over the dry-mix and the brickwork effect scored on to the surface. The casts were then left to cure over three days. The four sides of the shed were then stuck together using expanding foam with lengths of aluminium to act as bracing. The roof is ply covered with roofing felt. The window, doors and rood vents are made from scrap wood, ply and coffee stirrers.
Loco Shed Water Tower - This was built from a kit purchased from Lineside Delights, sadly no longer trading. Superb though this kit is it has been modified to actually dispense water when the chain is pulled.
Snaed Station Building - Made from plywood covered with ice-lolly sticks. The roof is plywood covered with corrugated aluminium which has been sprayed-painted and sprinkled with iron filings whilst still wet for that authentic rusty look.
Signal Box - Made from scrap wood, ply, coffee stirrers and roofing felt. Lighting is provided by two LEDs powered by two AAA batteries secreted in the cupboard and the point levers are made from rivets glued into a wooden base. Other details include books and manuals, clipboards and a Signalman. The signal box stands on a base carved from aerated block.
Wobbly Wharf Office - This is the simplest building on the BSLR as it was purchased; all yours-truely had to do was paint it. It is solid cast concrete and weighs a ton (well, a good few pounds) and stops the garden blowing away in high winds.
Quarry Loco Shed - The construction is of ply covered in corrugated aluminium cut to represent corrugated iron sheets. This was then spray-painted and, whilst still wet, sprinkled with iron filings which eventually gives a real rust effect. Details inside the shed include a work bench, various tools, oil drums and an acetylene torch. Lighting is provided by two battery powered LEDs.
Church - This building is made from aerated breeze block and is constructed using the same method as that used for Brynton station. The doors and bell tower louvres are made from ply and coffee stirrers. The roof of the bell tower is aerated breeze block while the roof over the knave is ply covered with roofing felt. The windows are clear plastic with a hand-painted stained glass effect. Lighting is provided by two battery powered LEDs.
Terraced Cottages & Village Shop - These are constructed from aerated breeze block, however instead of sawing the blocks into 1 inch slabs I have instead used solid blocks. Recesses have been carved out to fit windows and doors and where internal lighting is required the blocks have been hollowed out behind the relevent windows. The doors and windows are made from scrap wood, ply and coffee stirrers. The roof is ply covered with roofing felt. Lighting is provided by eight 12v grain of wheat bulbs wired to a 9v transformer.
Lineside Hut - Made from ply faced with weathered hardwood stripwood. The roof is covered with roofing felt.
Smugglers Inn - Constructed from aerated breeze block using the same method as the shop & cottages. The doors, shutters and pub signs are made from scrap wood, ply and coffee stirrers and the window were purchased. The roof is ply covered with roofing felt. Lighting is provided by four 12v grain of wheat bulbs wired to a 9v transformer.
Brynton Garage / Scrote's Motor Repairs - Made from plywood covered with coffee stirrers. The roof is plywood covered with corrugated aluminium which has been sprayed-painted and sprinkled with iron filings whilst still wet for that authentic rusty look.