Boston Lodge - well not quite!

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BOSTON LODGE

I have been helping my good friend Mike build his Garden Railway since he moved to Somerset in 2017. There was a long term loose plan for the line including Garden Sheds, Garage and Mountains. Once we had got to the stage of actually putting in the line with help from me before the dreaded C kicked in, holidays of 2 trips a year generally matching WSR Gala’s and much work in between by Mike. As we got to height of roughly 2-3 ft from the ground an area in front of one of the Sheds was allocated to be a Steam Up Bay, somehow by general consensus it became known as Boston Lodge as there was to be a connection from the Portmadog Station. The rest of the line is Swiss based!

Thus after my in between lockdown visit last year a loose concept was thought out and a diagram scribbled on paper with many pics of the Lodge being downloaded from the internet to my iPad. These are such useful devices as the pics can be taken to wherever work is being carried out and was open in the Garden, Garage and Workshop when working on Lodge projects. Has to be said that things are not completed as yet but a good start has been made and hopefully much more on my next visit hopefully sometime later this year. A bit of honesty about a bo bo also needs to be made, the picture that I mostly used was discovered to have been printed about face on the net. A fact that I had not realised till looking for more detail and catching just a small part of the elusive in picture terms buildings that I wanted to create. Oh well it was never intended to be a slavish copy of the real site but a sort of ‘get the feel of the place’ cameo.

Mike had ordered some white plastic coated foamboard prior to my visit and I spent a lot of time in the evenings scribing slate and block-work into the sides that had been cut in the garage during the day. So far 2 buildings have been put together and are now living in the garden, one has been scribed but awaits construction after the final side is scribed and the roof made. A final building has not yet been started. All this was created during my 2 weeks stay plus completing many feet of Concrete Mountains during the day whilst the weather was hot and sunny.

The buildings so far planted, once completed were placed where they will go with Silver Kitchen Foil on the base and concrete ground built up to about 10-15mm to represent the typical Lodge landscape. As there are tracks behind at the same level and higher the buildings need to be removable for access to the low level ones. A planter has been added over the low level one to disguise the line and the outbound line crosses this on a Mike built x xing before going under the high level to emerge at Portmadog. Both lines have concreted entries, one as a tunnel and the other as just a rough edge to help disguise things from the normal Lodge view. A Steam Up storage area for junk (gas oil etc) has been made out of brick clean off Chipping's generated during cleaning up of recovered bricks from varying house renovation works. The cleaned up bricks themselves plus any other salvaged have been used for the raised rockeries that the line sits on. At the exit to the Lodge a bit of old Celcon Block has been sawn with lines joined up to make stonework. A similar tactic was used on a square to make a chimney and some more made a boiler house. All seen in the pictures. Colouring is by a liquid Black Brick Dye sourced locally from a builders yard mixed with SBR Bond, water and some concrete.

The rough plan that I created and the picture that was used for the inspiration.
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Here is a picture of the site after Mike has laid track showing roughly where the fake Turntable will be. Rail is predominantly LGB, but the 2 sidings of the TT use Gauge 1 Rail as this was kicking around spare and these tracks are only meant to be cosmetic.
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Here you can see that the Turntable has been roughed in with the use of an unwanted Music CD, I think it was Pink Floyd not one of my favorite bands! Oh that bit of Celcon was squared up and scribed for the Chimney seen later.
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Then the building work started with the Steam Up utility in place first. This has been placed to put all of that junk associated with steaming up a loco out of the way rather than on the track As often happens at Steam Ups. It has used the old brick clean offs, previously mentioned. These are glued together with no-nails of cheep and dubious makes then cemented behind to make secure when dried. It helps to keep the white of the no-nails to the rear of the blocks as it is unsightly when seen.
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This was the first if the FR Lodge buildings to be completed, a standard plasic coated foamboard job using 5mm thick foamboard. you can see the Silver Kitchen Foil used to ensure that the cement base does not adhere to it so that the building can be removed.

The first of the larger buildings part built is seen in the second picture.
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Here is the planter that goes over the track behind to disguise it, as there are hills behind the real Lodge this seamed like a reasonable ruse. It is a piece of UPVC soffit board plonked on a couple of off cuts of cement blocks and cemented over. The pipe is for drainage of the top which will be planted out. The remaining gap when the other buildings have been added will likely be a removable scribed building flat to disguise the track behind.
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Now the second building is in place with the Chimney next to it. The final picture shows the bigger bulding in scribe mode with my chosed scribing tool and flat working surface. All scribing done when supported on my knees.
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My next update to this project will be after my next visit to Somerset sometime in the Autumn.
 
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The rough plan that I created and the picture that was used for the inspiration.
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My next update to this project will be after my next visit to Somerset sometime in the Autumn.
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Inspiring work there.
That old photo of the works had me confused for a moment until I realised it is a mirror image.
 

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The rough plan that I created and the picture that was used for the inspiration.
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My next update to this project will be after my next visit to Somerset sometime in the Autumn.

Inspiring work there.
That old photo of the works had me confused for a moment until I realised it is a mirror image.
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Yes it never occurred to me Till I was half way through the build, but it does fit the needs of the sight!
 

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My recent 2.5 weeks trip to Somerset has resulted in a lot more work with Boston Lodge, being pretty well complete at least building, track and scenic wise. Just some tidy up and distressing of stonework colour on the Machine Shop and Wagon Works, well I do have to give something for Mike to do. I will,post more later but in the meantime I repeat the original plan to show the varying buildings and their respective real names to help get your bearings. Note that the Paint Shop/Loco Shed is 90 degrees different to how it was in real life. Also a different building to that envisaged on my original sketch. This was because Mike wanted a Loco Shed at the site. A water tower, coaling bin and oil tank have also been squeezed in.
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After my last visit I described the building of the Wagon Shop, Boiler House, Chimney and Machine Shop/Pattern Loft. Also I had scribed the main part of the Erecting shop, completing this and the Paint Shop (Engine Shed) together with Coal Stage and Water Tower were my main labors this time. This post I will show the Erecting Shop construction.

This was a big building but not such a rask for scribing except the roof as it is only 1 story at the front. The basic shape had been cut out and scribed on my last visit so constructing the base became the first job, here and below I have started on internal strengthening as it is possible that a Cat (Pickes) may use this as a landing point when jumping from the mountains! Yes sometime we get strange requirements on our work. You can see to the right how this building is linked to the Machine Shop/Pattern Loft. This made cutting the rood somewhat complex later on. 706E61B4-DA64-4215-9E8A-62635E664902.jpeg
I have now completed the inner strengthening and the building is placed with Clingfilm to keep the conctprete ground structure from locking the building in place. All of these buildings need to be removable for access to the track behind.
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Scribing roofs is a much simpler process than the slate and stonework on the sides. I effectively draw a line at 20mm intervals and scribe that for the horizontals. The verticals are marked 15mm apart with a line separated by a tile at a time along the length going up. Sometimes I get this wrong when scribing, but a bit of attack with the knife to make a broken time covers those odd sins. Note that I got some of the supports wrong failing to allow for the roof lights. But these were later made with opaque glass so no harm done. Those gaps will be filled with a replication of lead flashing. I use tops of pudding pots cut to width and painted after fitting, the ones on this building have only be glued to this roof leaving the connection to the next building just pressed into place.
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I will show the completed job later as there are pictures of it with the Paint Shop (Engine Shed) that I want to describe next. Oh the celcon block in the first picture was to stop the building being blown about by wind, hopefully with this second one in place we may not need that anymore. But if things do get blown about the some ally angle will be screwed to the base with pins from brass wire will be used to hold things in place.
 
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Next up was the Loco Shed or former Paint Store that ended up being a Loco Shed for quite a few years. Mike sent me this as a rough sketch of what he was looking for prior to my visit.
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Note the doors that I forgot! A job for my next visit. Also the roof vents that are very BR mainline shed ish which were altered to match something more in keeping with the pics that I have of the real one at Boston Lodge. This is another building the wrong way round and clearly much shorter due to space limitations.


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This was another few evening of scribing the flat Plastic coated Foam, but quite a saving in time on this building as I did not need to do the other side to this or rear as this is not see from normal views. But I did scribe up a couple of short inside sections to give an impression of the wide walls that were present by the entrance. You can see that I have also done internal roof profile for possible cat walking on the building. I also saved on material by using the half sections for these giving similar profile. You can just make out where they have been joined in the middle. Also pins were used to strengthen the construction but these also form an important function of holding things together while the glue dries.

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Boston Lodge is begining to take its mini self look now.
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The water tower gets a look in here in its early test guise.
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The shed is now roofed and compete. Also the beginings of the water/coal structure can be seen. Another evening or 2 of scribing. The water column Celcon has also had the attentions if a saw and screwdriver to make up some stoneworks.
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The final jobs were to do some sort of piping for the fuel and water supplies, I used old sprue from Pola/Piko kits for this joined up with bkack heatshrink. I also fabricated a water tank to go on top of the coaling location, this was a box of Foamboard with some plastic corrugated siding bent round the ends, glued in place with a few nails to hold things and clothes pegs till the UHU dries. I am happy to report the the UH did not attack this as it did when Mike used some Roofing Slate siding, clearly plastic modelling materials are differently effected by UHU, I did a test on the corrugated before I glued it in place. Mike liberated a lump of coal from somewhere that I smashed to pieces to fill the coal bin, this had an initial base glue of external PVA full strength the a dose of builders I think SBR. The isnide of the water tank was all sealed up with PVA and a dodgy colour slopped inside, some varnish may be added by Mike to represent water.
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The fuel point has had a flat plate of Foamboard added for two reasone, screws go up and hold the tank to it then in place at the rear scres go down into raw lugs in the Celcon to hold that tank on the top.
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Final 2 pics this time show a view from the rear. This shows all the horrors that cannot normally be seen.

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Then a final view from the Garden giving a different perspective. This was taken before I had embedded all the buildings in the cement base, I used broken slate and some of the sweepings from the shed roofing felt to give some indication of a slate hauling railway.
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This is about it till my next visit next year.
 

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I think that I may have missed a picture plus those above show some colour texturing that was done using varying colours of Acrylic Paints, slate is very variable in colour as can be seen in this picture. Clearly more work with the paintbrush will be required next time.
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Very, very atmospheric, when it has been naturally weathered, it will look absolutely fantastic
 

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Very, very atmospheric, when it has been naturally weathered, it will look absolutely fantastic
Thanks Paul, I never mentioned the odd bits of moss that are littering the site and I am hoping for some Mind Your Own Business between the buildings to soften things up some.