82G (Bristol) Templecombe Road Shed

Gauge: 'O' | Period: 1960s | Region: Western/Southern | Operating team: 82G team

82G (Bristol) Templecombe Road Shed

Back in 2001, after almost 10 years on the exhibition circuit with the Loco Clinic, the original group decided that we needed something on which to exhibit and run our completed locomotives, set in the “real” environment. Being predominantly locomotive modellers, what better than a loco shed layout.

A location was needed that would realistically accept locos of the former Great Western, LMS and Southern railway companies and the area around Bristol seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Rather than trying to think up a fictitious name for the shed, we decided it would be nice and somewhat different to stick with the shed code as its title, so the next available WR code was chosen and 82G was born. Ask us about this! The story is not a simple as you may think!

Our modelling interests predominantly centre on GW, SR and LMS steam between Nationalisation and the early to mid-1960’s, hence the preponderance of motive power in the standard B.R. liveries. But it’s not all B.R. steam by any means. We do have some locos running from the Big Four pre-BR era, as well as some in the early BR experimental liveries and transitional brandings. We’ve also have quite a few diesels, so steam doesn’t get all its own way. At exhibitions, the scene transitions during the course of the day, progressing slowly from pre-Nationalisation, through the various BR periods, then incorporating the introduction of diesels into the British Railways portfolio, concluding with the sad decline and end of steam, and full dieselisation.

82G (Bristol) Templecombe Road Shed

Regarding the layout and track plan, at the longer RH end (the original Phase 1 area modelled) the track layout is an adaptation of that found at Bournemouth (SR) (without the Station), with the layout being heavily Westernised, but still retaining a few Southern touches, such as the famous lifting shed and hoist often seen in photographs of the time. At the end of 2010, about 10 years after layout construction first started, the layout was further extended by over 60% (the newer section being at the LH end – Phase 2), enabling us to complete the shed buildings, provide a new link between the areas at the front of the layout and the addition of more sidings and stabling points. At the same time, we also converted to DCC, which has allowed more operational flexibility and portrays the sounds, as well as the sight, of a working locomotive depot in steam (and diesel) days.

82G (Bristol) Templecombe Road Shed

Work on a layout is never complete! Little tasks remain, but also a larger task of upgrading the coaling facilities, which should be completed in the next 12–18 months.

To those of you attending this exhibition and visiting 82G (Bristol) Templecombe Road Shed, don’t forget to bring your Ian Allan spotter’s book with you and despite the vastness of the shed and its environs, please do keep an eye open for the ever-vigilant shed foreman!

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