The Biscuit Shed

I've been working on the “Biscuit Shed”, the first of the buildings for my new Farthing layout. It is inspired by the “beer shed” in the GWR Goods yard at Stratford on Avon, which was used as a loading facility for beer traffic from the Flower & Sons brewery.

The biscuit theme draws on the so-called “biscuit siding” in Gloucester Old Yard, which served a small loading shed that was used by various industries over the years, including Peak Freen’s biscuit company.

Every building has a history, and so it transpires that the Biscuit Shed was the original train shed of the erstwhile North & South Junction Railway's terminus at Farthing. When the GWR took over that line it was decided to keep the shed as a transshipment facility for the area’s blossoming industries, and in 1899 the GWR entered into contract with Badger's Biscuit Company for just such a purpose.

This non-standard history allowed me to use some roof trusses with a  "Queen Post" pattern from an old Airfix station canopy kit.

The side was built using laminated styrene and braced as per the beer shed at Stratford on Avon. I've only just discovered microbrushes (the green thing), they are proving quite useful.

I used a small jig to make the supporting timber posts. The jig was developed with input from NASA engineers and proved an excellent way of gluing the posts firmly to, er, the jig! :-)

I liked the “waisted” appearance of the timber support columns in the beer shed at Stratford at Avon, so I tried to copy this by fitting a hollow section of square rod around the bottom of each post, filed lightly at the top to add an angle. This was also a convenient way of hiding any inconsistencies in the height of the support posts (purely theoretical, of course!).

Still working on the loading dock, it will have a polyfilla surface and sleeper-faced sides.

The footprint of the dock is a bit odd as the building will be located in the front left corner. The white pipes on the roof marks the join of the Wills slate sheets. Once painted grey I hope they will blend in - sometimes I think it is best to hide a join in plain sight, so to speak.

So just a little more work and then it's time to paint it before embedding it on the layout.


  1. That's an interesting building, made even better by your neat workmanship Mikkel.

    Have you tried using the Iain Rice method of joining those Will's slate sheets? He suggests flooding the joint with solvent, then pressing both sheets firmly together. The idea being, that the solvent will melt the plastic, which will then fill any gaps between the sheets. Leaving you with a slight ridge of plastic along the joint, the latter is then rubbed down to give a near invisible joint.

  2. Thanks Geoff, I enjoyed building it - it was all fairly straightforward as you can imagine.

    As for the Will sheets, yes I have in fact tried the Iain Rice method. My problem is that I can't make the tiles align, which keeps catching my eye. That's why I prefer a bit of plastic rod as it disguises the lack of alignment and the join. But I haven't given up, next time I will see if there is a way of aligning the tiles better.

    1. I have found that not all the sheets in the packet match up Mikkel. Don't know if you have experienced that, but its worth checking them all for the best possible match. If only they were twice the length we would be laughing.

      I'm using these on my new station building,

    2. Ah! I now see what you mean Geoff, some of them line up better than others. I have never thought to check that. Well that gives me hope for the next effort. Or I might try the York ones - they look good, thanks for the tip.

  3. Hi Mikkel.
    I appreciate you sharing the techniques you use for your models. Another beauty taking shape. Peter

    1. Thanks Peter. Looking at your site, I would be happy to get anywhere near your wonderful buildings and realism!

  4. A lovely structure and its charm comes through even in the natural state. I love the waisted column pediments, a very nice touch. Everything looks totally authentic and right somehow for the period. I think the roof will look fine and dandy just as it is, but I got fed up trying to match the Wills sheets as I never can :-) so I now use the York Model making ones too. Looking forward to seeing this painted.

  5. Hi Iain, thanks very much. So they're called "column pediments", thanks for that, I couldn't find the appropriate word. My idea with this layout is to have the buildings indicate a bit of the history of Farthing. So the plan is to have some standard GWR structures (to folow later) alongside some non-standard buildings from an early independent company.


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