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Kingsway Inspirations - bus garage dioramas

K Kingston bus station 

 Ready  built dioramas.

I can supply built up dioramas based on any of the Kingsway Models range. Prices vary - but will usually start at about £50 depending upon the amount of work involved and detail required. It is often possible to produce a larger scene than a standard kit represents, or indeed, to design a model that is not in the range, but the amount of work involved in designing new items will inevitably increase the cost.

I am happy to discuss your requirements, and suggest what might be possible. I will usually submit diagrams of a proposed model to meet your requirements.  Email me in the first instance using the Contact Page on the main site.

Most dioramas are by their nature unsuited to posting! They can be collected from Buxton Derbyshire.

The pictures on this page are examples of my work. Some of the models have been specially commissioned by customers, some have been adapted from the standard kits. Some are little more than the basic kits with the minimum of additions - to show what can easily be achieved.

If you are building your own model then the photographs here will give some idea of how a little extra detailing can greatly improve the finished result. Many useful items can be found in model railway shops which can really bring a scene to life.

 

Don't forget to look on the Inspirations from you page to see what others have done!

 

Real or model? 

NS Romford (North Street) garage just as I remember it from 1976. 

 

Peckham by night

I confess to a slight cheat here - the headlights and illuminated blinds have been added to the photograph! However the illuminated Peckham bus garage is real enough. I've used some LED Christmas tree lights to illuminate the model by replacing the printed card windows with paper versions. 

A small bit of photo manipulation has added the headlights and blind sets.

Here's the original version of the same photo.

 

Chelsham Garage

The Chelsham (or Godstone) LT country garage kit has recently been revised to give a much deeper garage area. These photos are taken of the new model. It is shown in classic LT colours, but included in the kit are overlays to present the model in LCBS form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garage doors are fitted into deep slots and can be repositioned as required. The 7" garage depth will now easily accomodate a bus length.

 

 

Although this model has been built as CM Chelsham, alternative parts are included to build Godstone; the left hand end is identical. Godstone was home to the 410 route which for many years had to be run with lowbridge RLHs, as seen above.

Wandsworth garage

Wandsworth has operated trams, trolleybuses, and buses. In fact it operated trams and trolleybuses together from 1939 - 1950. The tram to trolleybus scheme being interupted by WW2. In 1950, buses replaced noth types of electric traction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garage did close in 1987 but has reopened since being responsible for the sightseeing tour vehicles. Although the building frontage has been altered from ttram days, it is now listed as being of architectural interest.

Garage interior scenes

The download page on the main Kingsway Models website gives you access to free download sheets which can be used to enhance the inside of your Kingsway bus garage, or to simply build a garage interior.

The diorama shown in this section has been built using the PITS kit with the addition of some of the interior wall and backscene sheets available. Use mounting card to glue the prints onto and assemble the usual way using Bostick adhesive.

The diorama has made use of the PITS kit from the Kingsway range. The doored section has been opened and an extension added using the sheets available from the downloads site.

 

 

An overall view of the diorama can be seen below.

 

 

 

A view from the pits into the garage.

 

 

  A diorama such as this can be easily made, and provides an authentic setting for posing and photographing model buses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walthamstow garage

Walthamstow had operated trams, trolleybuses, and buses at different times. Originally it housed the municipal fleet of tramcars, which were taken over by London Transport in 1933.

The main building was of the 'large tin shed style' like several of the trolleybus depots. In due course, new Routemaster buses replaced the trolleybuses.

 

 

 

 The layout of the buildings mean that this is a large model. It is advisable to fix at least the large structure of the tin shed to the baseboard, in order to give it some rigidity. The layout means that there is a large yard area, ideal for displaying buses.The entrance to the garage was on the bend of the main road, and this could give scope for enlarging the scene, if desired.

 

Isleworth trolleybus depot

Isleworth ran trolleybuses until 8th May 1962, the same day as the larger Fulwell depot closed. For a while in the fifties, Isleworth ran solely Q1 class vehicles, until these were sold for further service in Spain and replaced by older buses.

This diorama is little more than the standard kit on a baseboard given a road surface, and with the addition of a cosmetic overhead.

 The overhead wiring is made using some cheap galvanised wiring from the local pound shop. This has been used for the span and running wires. It is passed through holes drilled in the poles, and is assembled using a hot glue gun.

 

 When complete, the wiring was painted a light grey colour.

 The trolley poles were made using old paintbrush handles and round headed mapping pins. They are glued into holes drilled in the MDF baseboard.

 

 

Swanley garage

Like many of LT's country garages, Swanley had a 1930s style round ended building to house the offices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garage building was rather older, however. It was transferred to London Country and later closed although the building still exists in 2012. This diorama is essentially the standard Kingsway model with a few extra details added.

 A final view of the Swanley model set against a photographic background.

Crawley Garage

One of London Transport's smaller country garages, Crawley relied on the use of a yard alongside the building to store vehicles. It's also a fairly small (and relatively easy) kit to build. Here I have simply mounted the model on a sheet of grey painted MDF, and added some paving from the Kingsway PAV kit. The grey road surface has been lightly weathered with charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The images here have had a photographic sky added behind, but it would be just as easy to print a suitable background picture and mount it on a piece of hardboard or similar. A short length of railings has been fitted. Other roadside furniture - streetlamps, bus stops - and a few figures would improve the scene further.

 

Tottenham garage

 

Well, having saved my pennies to buy a resin FRM model, it seemed inevitable that I should build a Tottenham model for it! 

Here it is posed with an EFE XA on route 76.

Amersham Garage

 

Amersham was the subject of one of the very first KIngsway kits. The standard model depicts just the frontage of the garage. 

This model was built to a customer's special order and shows the whole garage (though in reduced depth). It has been built with a removable roof unit which has clear rooflight glazing. The interior has been fitted with Kingsway interior brick available from the main KIngsway Models website which gives some interior detail.

 

 Amersham was built to replace an older adjacent garage. It was built to the then new standard design for country garages. This included a private run-in road which allowed buses to wait off the public highway after finishing service, before being washed and fuelled and parked. They would also wait there prior to entering service. In common with many LT country garages the offices had a round ended art deco building.

I used plastic film to give real 'glazed' rooflights. 

With the use of a modern compact digital camera, it has been possible to take some atmospheric internal views showing the vehicles lined up.



 The Amersham model was built for Jeff Davies. He has fitted it to a base and added much extra detail. A few of his photos are seen below. Many others may be found here - well worth a look.

Just to the left is a model of the old Amersham garage that Jeff has added. Jeff has researched the routes that ran and has a comprehensive fleet of vehicles to display.

 

 A former STL tree pruner is parked in the garage entrance, whilst a regal looking lady waits at the bus stop.

The garage is much reduced in depth compared to the real thing, but still provides plenty of space. The RLH is entering through the side entrancewhilst RFs wait on the forecourt. A central area 2RT2 on training duties waits alongside the building.

 

 

 

I can construct a model for you. Please Contact me to discuss your requirements.

Leyton

 Leyton garage was damaged during the war and subsequently rebuilt during the fifties.

The rebuilding produced a large main entrance and exit, which provides a place for buses to wait before entering service.

 This meant that the war memorial was resited to one side of the entrance.

 

 The model of course also provides a large area for the display of several vehicles.

Upton Park

Upton Park was one of London Transport's  largest garages. The Kingsway Models kit depicts the larger entrance in Redclyffe Road.Here the model has been fitted with paving from the PAV kit and placed on a sheet of charcoal grey mounting card - to provide a road surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular model has had the depth of the building increased by fity percent and has a rear wall with a single entrance added, as can be seen behind the Routemaster (above right).

 

 An RML stands outside the garage on route 15, whilst an RT waits at the garage entrance on route 101. Also visible are driver training vehicles in the shape of an RTW and standard RT.

 

Dunton Green LT country garage

This Dunton Green diorama shows how just a few extra details can make a tremendous difference to a basic model. The building has been glued to a baseboard which has been sprayed with grey car aerosol primer. When dry this has then been rubbed with charcoal to give a weathered surface. Kingsway Models PAV paving has been added along with a boundary wall and some greenery. Theinterior of the garage has been fitted with a garage backscene available to freely download from the main Kingsway Models website

 A carved matchstick makes a bus stop post and the flag has been added from the Kingsway LTS bus shelters kit which provides six LT shelters (and loads of bus stop flags).

 A close up of the garage entrance showing a GS single decker entering. The interior backscene can be seen in this view.

 


 

Staines bus garage

 One of London Transport's classic country garages, Staines incorporated all of the features that were common amongst the country buildings of the nineteen-thirties. Unlike most of the other garages however, the layout was compact and beautifully arranged for a model!

 This is the private access road with offices either side. Buses could be prepared for service in this area, but more importantly could be parked here on returning at the end of the working day.They could then be moved into the garage by the shunters, without blocking the public roads nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view through the garage from the other entrance into London Road is seen below left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The end of the approach road was decorated by two brick towers with LT bullseyes. Above right, a central area training bus from Chiswick is parked whilst it's trainees sample the fayre of the garage canteen.

 A modernised RF coach waits for departure time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were two entrances to the garage from London Road, and a small yard at the side of the garage.

 An overall view of the Staines garage diorama.This is the model, the construction of which is detailed on Building a Kingsway kit on the main site. The base and rear wall of the diorama is constructed from 6mm MDF. The road surface has been sprayed using grey car primer aerosol. Paving has been added using the Kingsway PAV paving kit in the High Street range. The backscene was made up of photographic images put together in an image editing program and printed out.

Stockwell Garage

Stockwell is certainly not the most straightforward kit in the range to build. But like the real building has a certain beauty unexpected of a bus garage. My prototype example built some years back still sits on my shelf serving as a repository for much of my LT fleet. The real building was often used to store spare vehicles as well. Here a 36' foot long Merlin in Red Arrow livery is parked in front of a group of RTs, latterly allocated to Enfield, judging by their route blinds.

 

Stockwell was involved in trialling new types of double decker buses on route 170, in the eighties. Amongst the vehicles tested was M 1442 , shown here amongst Routemasters and Fleetlines.


 

Eastern National Wood Green Depot

 

Eastern National took over the Wood Green depot from City Bus Co. and for many years continued to provide a service from London out into Essex. I was never an Eastern National enthusiast as the 251 was always associated with the visit of an unfavourite 'auntie'.

The depot featured in outside shots in the TV series "On the Buses" when it was resigned as Luxton District.

This is the standard kit built up and fixed to a baseboard. The garage interior scene can be freely donloaded from the Kingsway Models website.The barriers and shelter supports are simply made from plastic covered paper clips.

Norwood Garage

The old Norwood garage was demolished in1981 and replaced by a new building. The Kingsway kit represents the original one dating from 1909, which featured a forecourt area.
This is the standard kit with the addition of a few plastic railings and PAV paving from the Kingsway range, mounted on an MDF base measuring approximately 13" by 16".
 

Dartford Garage

This diorama is based on Dartford LT country area garage. and was built to a customer's order. It measures 30" wide by 13" deep. A simple photographic backscene gives some additional depth to the bus yard at the side of the garage building.

 

 


View of the bus parking yard with staff cars alongside the garage.How do you make model wire fences? - Look on the Modelling Tips page.

St Albans Garage

St Albans  was a distinctive country area garage with a bus station fronting onto St Peters Street. The view above shows the standard Kingsway Models kit. It includes the Charles Holden designed bus shelter which incorporated the slope by being in three stepped sections.

But this is an extended model, built for a customer. As can be seen from the view above, the yard and garage entrance off of Grange Street is also modelled.

 

The tree that dominated the bus station still survives along with the wall but is now surrounded by modern housing.

 

 

 

 

 

A line of three RFs waits in the yard. 

 

 

One of the entrance gates to the yard showing typical London Transport signage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red RTL training bus lies over at St Albans whilst the learners take tea in the canteen. A green RT on route 321 returns to the garage.

An RF leaves the yard to take up duties. To  the right is the end of the large office block that divided the bus station from the yard.

  

 A selection of vehicles waiting in the garage entrance. 

 

 

A final view of the bus station in the shade of the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD Harrow Weald Garage

 
Harrow Weald garage was an example of good simple LT design. This diorama is approximately 15" by 14" and features the concrete bus shelter included in the basic kit on the front pavement. Harrow Weald had originally been intended to receive some of the first Routemasters, but in the event it was to be many years before they arrived.

HD did operate lowheight RLH vehicles which were required to cope with a low bridge on route 230

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 A couple of images with a computer added sky, just for fun!

 

 

 

 

AM Plumstead Garage

The Plumstead garage kit has a triangular plan with the entrances that led to Wickham Lane and Kings Highway. This site is today used by a DIY store. The garage was built in 1913 and closed in 1981 being replaced by new premises.

This diorama  is relatively compact measuring just 21" by 11".
 

 

An RTW trainer leaves the garage into Wickham Lane.

 

Plumstead had operated an experimental single deck Metro Scania in 1970 and later operated a number of the double deck MD class.

DS Dorking Garage

Dorking Garage was the prototype for a design of country area garage. A stylish rather curvacious building resulted including a bus station on the forecourt. Other newly built country area garages would not be quite so lavish in design. The bus station provides a suitable display area for several country area vehicles, and if set in the early sixties could be host to a central area RT on the summer extension of route 93.

UX Uxbridge Garage

 The original Uxbridge central area garage was out of town, in the country bus area.

This was the original building built in fairly primitive style from blocks and corrugated sheet. An extension was built to the left hand side, with some offices between the two.

 

 Period staff cars can help to provide a great deal of  interest in the scene.

 

 

AL Merton Garage

 
A commissioned model of AL Merton garage. The standard Kingsway kit is used at the front. The strange course of the building is approximately correct, and allows for the inclusion of an adjacent shop. In reality this entrance leads to a large garage. This small section is about 30" deep. Built in it's entirety the garage would be getting on for eight feet!
The interior views show how a simplified set of roof trusses can be quite effective, with the roof lights, creating interesting shadows!
The two rear roof sections lift off for access.

 

Most bus garages are big but Merton was one of the largest central area garages.

This scene is only a small representation of the whole but shows how atmospheric such a scene can be.

 

 

After completing the first, I was asked to build a second Merton diorama but this time including the public house to the side. On this model the garage is less deep, but of course the road and pub car park provide more space for displaying vehicles.

 

 

Another Version! - 

 A third Merton diorama contains the Kings Head advertising the disco in 1996 at which my customer met his wife.


 

 

 

AP Seven Kings Garage

 Seven Kings Garage was built in 1913 in the LGOC house style. Until rebuilt in modern fashion in the eighties it was unable to accomodate large vehicles and so had one of the last large allocations of RTs.
 
The garage was situated in the busy Romford Road so the diorama is suitable for showing off the Romford Green Line vehicles as well as central buses.
 
 

K Kingston Bus Station

 

Kingston Bus Station was a favourite of many LT enthusiasts. Single deckers were especially prevalent with a large variety having been operated over the years. It was also the subject of the very first Kingsway Models kit, and is always one of the most popular.

 

RFs and RTs survived well into the seventies. The bus station lasted a little longer but is now the site of a multi-screen cinema. 

 

 

Next to the Bus Station was the Kingston Kinema, rebranded as Studio 7 for the seventies. It is now also available as a kit in the Kingsway range, and together with the bus station makes it easy to reproduce a small part of Kingston of the past.

 

 

 Kingston bus station interior

RD Hornchurch Garage

 Hornchurch Garage was originally known as Romford which is the source of the garage code. The building had distinctive patched brickwork as a result of rebuilding. In the early fifties postwar house building in the area meant that a new garage was built in North Street, Romford, and so RD was then known as Hornchurch.

Hornchurch became the first LT garage to be completely OMO (one man operated) with SMS and DMS vehicles having replaced the RTs of just a few years earlier.
Wth Romford, Hornchurch was involved in the Multi Ride ticketing experiment, during which the first T Leyland Titans were introduced into service.

The Hornchurch diorama shows how most of the garages in the Kingsway range can be shown to their best by mounting on a baseboard. The surface is coloured using grey car aerosol spray and paving (see the PAV kit in the range) has been added along with some posts and a little fencing and greenery. 
 

 

NS Romford (North Street) Garage

Romford (North Street) is a still surviving example of classic postwar LT architecture. The Kingsway kit depicts the entire North Street frontage which despite lacking any entrances (they were round the sides) provides a large area to display buses. The scenes here are set in the seventies when due to a shortage of serviceable RTs, the usual SMS and DMS class vehicles were joined by ex-British Airways Routemasters for a year or so.

 

 The long layby outside the garage was (and still is) the scene for crew changes.

 

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