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M shed

Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

M shed  
John England EM gauge 4mm scale

The M Shed is the home of the industrial collections of the Bristol Museum, based in the last warehouse in use on the Cities docks basin. It includes Bristol Harbour Railway which runs from the M shed to SS Great Britain along the dockside and to Ashton Bridge along the New Cut.

M shed today offers "a train trip on Britain's only dockside steam railway behind one of our Bristol built locomotives." The layout shows those trips and other activities around the harbourside. Don't miss the working steam crane, dockside crane, wagon hauling capstan and other museum items. There are also four eating establishments, although I doubt your hunger will be satisfied!

I built the layout as an entrant into the EM Gauge Society's 60th Anniversary Challenge, although since then the length has been doubled to include two stations. I have taken some liberties with the actual track plan in order to fit a working representation of the shed and railway into the space allowed.

Locomotives include an example from each of the Bristol manufacturers, Peckett and Avonside. Together with the Ruston diesel these normally work passenger trains. Other vehicles include the passenger train as operated today and a selection of others that could have visited the docks in the past.


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