Kingsway Models Inspirations

real places recreated in card

Inspirations - dioramas built by you

 You could have a photo of your models featured here - see below.

Scroll down this page to see what others have built!

 

This page contains photos I have received from near and far of Kingsway kits which have been built by customers. Some have been altered and/or extended.

Many show excellent use of the basic Kingsway Models kits and  a great selection of model road vehicles. Truly shiny pearls have been created from sheets of card! My grateful thanks are due to all who have contributed.

If you have some photos of what you have built and would like to see them added to the site, then please email me through the Contact Page on the main site for further instructions.

 

An Underground layout on Jersey

Derek Lawrence from Jersey has built this impressive London Underground layout. Behind the R stock train can be seen his Clayhall Station , built using the ECM kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the embankment behind the R stock and tube stock trains is a tramway along the High Street, with Embassy Cinema, Woolworths and the Large Department Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The centre of the town with Clayhall station on the left, Burtons and the Railway PH (built from the QV kit) at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek has used two ECD Ealing Common train depots joined together here.

 

 

 

Swanley becomes Bridgewater

 There is a large range of London Transport bus garages in the Kingsway Models range. This reflects my own interests , and was how the business began.

Whilst many bus garages from other parts of the country have been added, remember it is possible to relabel , extend, 'kitbash' or otherwise adapt kits for other purposes!

This is just what Andy Simon has done with the SJ Swanley bus garage from the LT country bus garage  collection.

 He has relabeled the front of the garage Western National, and has adapted the office building as a rear extension.

 The yard is full of an extensive collection of Western National and Royal Blue vehicles.

Many of the various bus garages in the Kingsway range could be adapted, some very easily indeed. Remember that you can find bus company signs to download and print from halfway down this page.

 These can be used for renaming.

Busy in Carmarthen

The Carmarthen Modellers Club have been busy! This detailed, traffic laden, London scene uses many Kingsway Models kits, including the free download Walford East Underground station which is still available on the main Kingsway Models website.

Below the street the TSN tube station kit has been used to show the unimpeded progress of the Underground - it reminds me of a classic poster once used by London Transport!

A greatly extended Southdown Hilsea bus garage has been built from the Kingsway kit shown below, alongside which can be seen a very neat detailed diorama built around the LCW Little Chef Wansford kit. 

The club covers a very wide range of modelling pastimes - if you live in the area then you can find further details about them HERE.

Crosville Flint depot

  Peter Greaves has sent some pictures of his latest bus garage diorama, based on the CFNT Crosville Flint depot. He tells me that the model has won a local competition in Australia.

 

Extended fire station

Garry Cone has been busy working on an extended version of the Norfolk rural fire station. Still a work in progress is his three bay version which is seen here.

Now with the new roof added (rear view)

 

 

Park & Ride terminal

 The SPR Park & Ride terminal building was suggested to me by Brian Mason, who very kindly supplied me with a complete set of photographs of the real thing. He has had an early copy of the kit and here are photos of what he has produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Brian has carefully removed the printed window areas from the thin card, and added clear plastic sheet behind to give glazed windows. Notice the wheelie bins.

 

 

 The kit includes some internal detail, notably the toilet doors and barrier wall (seen to the right). Brian has added flooring, benches, passengers, leaflet racks, wall radiators, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

The building is lit with a strip LED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not finished yet, but an indication of how the complete scene will look.

 

 

 

 

 

The SPR kit is based upon a park & ride at Sheriffhall, in Edinburgh, but similar facilities can be found in all parts of the UK.

Tramway layout

This tramway layout by Richard Bertin, features various Kingsway Models along the entire street.

Lighting for the street, and some of the buildings, has been installed.

The track plan is a very simple and the small size of trams (compared to trains) means that it is possible to fit an interesting operational layout into a small space. Trams of course are able to simply reverse when the end of the track is reached. Detailing of such a scene can keep the builder occupied for a long time adding suitable items to help to recall an historical setting. Such a layout provides a good way to display the growing number of model road vehicles that are now available.

 

Corwen - Crosville NBC

 

The popular kit of Crosville's Corwen depot has been built and photographed by Robert Wooding.

Suitably blinded vehicles and attention to detail with figures and scenic items gives an air of realism. Look at this cropped black & white version.(Left)

A reminder of North Wales in the seventies.

 

Youngest modeller?

 

 Some photos received from perhaps the youngest person yet to appear here. Dominic who is twelve years old, has completed a large number of Kingsway kits.

Many people find assembling the LT bullseyes to be a fiddly job to say the least. Look at the example shown above, outside Swanley bus  garage. 

 

Here is another view of Swanley with Staines garage alongside. 

And a portrait of Dominic, himself! 

 

Retail Park

 Matt Hill has used the recent modern period kits depicting retail park units and a fast food restaurant in this large, well detailed diorama.

 The scene would not be out of place in any part of modern day Britain. Careful use of various street furniture items, signs and road markings adds to the authenticity.

 Further photos of Matt's work can be seen on his flickrstream.

Norwood LT garage

 

Nostalgia is a great driving force in our hobby. Many of us have a few cherished photos of scenes familiar in our youth, perhaps taken when the cost of photography was much more significant than it is now! Stephen Kennett has such a photo from the seventies (above right) and has recreated it (left) using the Kingsway Norwood bus garage kit, even picking some appropriate adverts for the Routemasters and numbering RM 1015 accordingly! Now where can he get a Hillman Avenger? 

A wider view of Stephen's model showing some additional work and some tram tracks as well. 

Southdown - Portsmouth Hilsea

This fine model of Southdown's Hilsea garage has been built by Peter Greaves.

 

 

 Close up of Peter Greaves' model of Southdown Portsmouth Hilsea.

Crosville Corwen - an 'anonymous' garage for general use

 These are a couple of photos showing the Crosville Corwen depot used anonymously to house a fleet of East Midland vehicles owned by Stephen Read. The building can easily be constructed without the signs, or indeed the signs can be replaced .

This is just a small part of Stephen's diorama which has been built by his son, Michael. Altogether a very detailed model environment for the display of vehicles well worth a  look- further pictures can be found here.

 

Amlwch, Anglesey

 Arfon(Welsh Bus) has extended the standard Corwen kit to make the similar Amlwch depot.

 

Leicester Southgates

Tony Gallimore has made a very promising start on this scene representing Midland Red's Leicester Southgates depot.

Leslie Green Underground station

A Leslie Green station kit built by Roger Shaw in position on the Cobham Bus Museum's model bus diorama. The NS buses are from Roger's 'Cornflake fleet', built from cereal box card by a friend, and detailed by Roger. To the right is a specially ordered 'mirror image' version of the Kingsway Queen Victoria public house.

Bus garage interior

 

Some very atmospheric photos from Les Bishop, who has used the PITS kit along with interior garage walls available free from  the main Kingsway Models website.

 

 

 

 

 

The photo of the B type at the fuelling island shows how with the addition of a few lengths of plastic micro-rod (or wire) and some plastic barrels, a convincing scene has been created.

I've recently been looking at some early photos of a few LGOC garages, and these views seem very reminiscent of those indeed.

Here are two views over the pits. The scene here is of a 'state of art' garage with a 'north light' wall to illuminate the working area. Les says he will be working on a series of 'buses through the ages', which hopefully I shall be able to feature here.

A garage scene like this is suitable for almost any model bus, and can be adapted to the size you require very easily.

Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pictures of a Walthamstow model that now resides in Canada as part of Mick Parsons ever growing collection.  Mick regularly drove buses to terminate here, when working from LT's Leyton garage.

 

 

Hornchurch garage

This extremely well detailed model of Hornchurch RD central bus garage has been built by Steven Duhig, former resident of Romford, now living in the USA. He has added all the small extra items like  fire alarm bell, lamps , and most bravely, some very subtle weathering of the masonry at the top of the front wall - very realistic.

 Hornchurch ran RLH (low height double deckers) on routes 248 and 248A. The former ran under a low railway bridge at Cranham, the other did not, but had the distinction of being the shortest LT central area route.

 

Looking as though it has been left parked at the back of the garage for a very long time, a very scruffy Routemaster is eased into the sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

 A noted resident at nearby Romford North Street NS garage, for  a while was RT 2776. This vehicle had toured America when new and uniquely had been fitted with extra ventilation grilles, seen above the front windows. Steven has recreated this special vehicle.

 More of Steven's work may be seen here.

Kingsway Modeller extroadinaire!

A photo of Mick Parsons who now lives in Ontario, which appeared in his local paper. You can see some of Mick's large collection of Kingsway bus garages and other models further down this page.

Crosville Flint depot

A nicely finished and presented model of Crosville's Flint depot in North Wales. This model has been built by James Brady, who first suggested Flint to me as a possible subject.
James has given the frontage a later (?) stucco finish, than that in the standard kit, and also a rather spectacular Welsh background.The garage and forecourt is stocked with a great selection of suitable vehicles.
 

Art deco layout

 

Photos above by Father Mark Warrick of part of his art deco themed model railway layout, showing a Kingsway UCT shops model in the background. Further pictures from Mark may be found on his flickrstream.


Woolworths 'down under' on video

 A video from Mr Shanetrains in Australia.

 

Models in Canada

Mick Parsons in Canada has a growing collection of Kingsway Models he has built over the last few years during the cold winters.  Here is a motorway scene using the Kingsway MWB bridge.

 

 Above is Streatham AK garage with a varied selection of passing traffic.

 Tottenham AR features next with an interesting selection of vehicles including FRM 1, RM 1368 and an XA.

 

 Next is the original Loughton L garage shown here with RFs , RT and MB.

 

 

 Stockwell SW is a demnading model to build - here is the outside.....

 

 .......................and the inside ofthe model built by Mick Parsons.

A large diorama

Roger Shaw has started work on what is likely to become a large diorama with a number of buildings. Evident here is an extended U Upton Park garage, along  with some of Roger's large collection of historic model buses. To the back can be seen the rear elevation of a special 'mirror image' version of the Queen Victoria QV public house.

I've added a computer sky to the picture.

 

Dorking

Peter Greaves from Australia has sent me this picture of his latest diorama - a model of Dorking garage showing the large forecourt bus station.

It's good to see the attractive archictecture of Dorking modelled. It was something of a prototype for the new country garages and incorporated many graceful curves (which make the modelling just that little more tricky!). Later country garages were less curvy.

Peter's model won second prize in a model bus club competition, only losing out to a model of St Albans - oh dear! Perhaps the owner of St Albans would like to send me a photo?

Kingston Bus Station

 

Renamed as Bridge Street bus station, a Kingsway Models Kingston kit featured on Gerald Warner's new tram layout on display for the first time at the Kew Festival of Model Tramways in September 2011. One of Gerald's LCC trams is seen pasing above.

In the bus station are a mix of LT vehicles. From the right is a Greenline RT , a rather nice kitbuilt LT single decker in country livery, and an STL whose wheels appear not to touch the ground! This is due to the STL having a Tenshodo SPUD mechanism fitted which enables it to use the tram tracks and run along the street.

These photos were taken at the 2011 Festival of Model Tramways at Kew. Tragically Gerald was taken ill during preparation for the show, and sadly died a week later.

 

Underground Station

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall, I came across this little diorama built using a TSN kit, at the Mevagissey 'World of Model Railways' exhibition. It had been entered into a competition to produce a railway diorama that would fit inside a Ferrerro Rocher chocolate box. This poor photo through the glass cabinet as well as the plastic choc box just about shows a clever model, albeit with a rather unsavoury character at the extreme left!

Model by Andrew Rathbone.

Cobham Bus Museum (Redhill Road)

 This example of the London Bus Preservation Group's Redhill Road Museum has been built y Lloyd Rich who has severely weathered the building to represent the rather run down appearance. This building has now closed pending the transfer of the museum to new purpose built accomodation at Brooklands.

 

Lloyd has begun to add aome extra detail to the model - wooden coffee stirrers have been used to represent the display of Greenline route boards that hung on the wall.

Any London bus enthusiasts (who are not already aware of it) should visit Lloyd (LEDLON)'s Flickr photostream which is full of interest - click HERE. Lloyd provided a useful set of photos when I was researching the model.

Isle of Man Ramsey Bus Station - converted to Scott's Garage

 

 

An interesting conversion to the Isle of Man Ramsey Bus Station kit by Janett Scott, who has used the building as a garage premises with some nice interior detailing.

 

Some additional pictures - with more added detail:-

 


 Janett has used petrol pumps from the KG Kingsway Garage kit here.

The idea behind the model - by Janett Scott.

It was while I was sorting out Kingsway's 'Isle of Man Bus Garage', for a friend who wanted it built in 7 mm. scale for his 'O' gauge collection of OB Coaches, that the idea of making mine a Country Service garage and car sales around the 1960's period.

 

I looked at John's photos of the finished model he built and planned the changes to make mine as a 'Service and repair shop'.

 

I looked at various other kits’ I had that had spare parts left over, plus a lot of 'Scalescenes' download PDF files.

I built several trial runs, before settling on the dimensions I wanted. And the period I was aiming for.

I used several idea's from other kit's such as Metcalf kits and some of their scenic sheets, and as mentioned Scalescenes kits.

In building Scott's Garage, I did not need to make it as long as the original kit, but I did need to build it slightly taller.

So my first bit was to build the front and rear end panels to the measurements I wanted, and to build in the car showroom on the right front, and garage door's on the left front. With the customer entrance between the two. Once these had been made and I was satisfied with the look, I then used the measurements to build the two side walls. All the window glazing was carefully worked out using Presswork’s on my computer and when they lined up with the cut out's on the model, I then printed them out on special acetate sheets for printing on with an Ink jet printer. This way you can choose which colour you want the window frames to be in.

As I was planning on having full interior detail and a removable roof, I also had to make roof trusses and wall buttresses to support the roof trusses, these matched up with the outside details of the original kit.

Once I was satisfied that that the front, end and side panels all fitted properly,  I then painted all over the outside of the whole garage before fixing any of the pieces together with a silk finish cream paint. When the paint was thoroughly dried I then lined the inside walls with interior white brick paper, after fixing in place the window glazings, and then glued the four panels together.

I was then ready to fit into place the interior details. I had made the base on the model, to incorporate the floor details, such as concrete for the workshop floor, tiled floor to the Car Show room and customer passageway. The car show room was made to fit the right hand front corner of the garage, with Red Brick walls, a door to the main garage, front opening glass doors for the show room, the salesman sitting at his desk, with bookcases lining the walls, picture of car's on the walls and a carpet in front of his desk.

 

The workshop proper had Folding front opening doors, with a roller door panel at the rear side entrance to the workshop. Inside was an office block with an office for stores and toilets, plus notice boards and advertising signs. Along the walls were work benches and tool boxes, and a hydraulic car lift in the centre.

The roof trusses were made from card panted and lined up with the roof supports on the front and end walls.

The roof itself was made from a single piece of card, folded down the middle with cut out's for the skylights. The slate tiles were from a 'Scalescenes' 'Slate tile sheet', these were cut in strips and laid on the roof card up to the centre ridge where ridge tiles were glued, this gave an impression of loose tiles. When the glue had fully dried out, the window openings were then cut out of the tiles, window glazing, made from strong acetate sheeting from a chocolate box, was glued to the back of the roof, a roof under lining printed from my printer was glued into place and a frame for the skylight was printed onto still card and cut out to size and glued into place.

All the finish details were Praiser figures, and garage accessories, Oxford and Base Toys, cars and Lorries.

 

A model to grace any diorama.

Odeon Cinema

Mick Parsons says he never noticed an Odeon to the side of Leyton Garage when he drove there, but nonetheless he couldn't resist adding the Odeon, which is apparently showing the ideal film for RT fans!

Walworth Garage

 A nicely detailed model of Walworth garage by Peter Edgar, who has used a garage interior picture to add depth to the scene.

Harrow Weald Garage

Peter Edgar has incorporated a number of garages into his model railway layout. Here is Harrow Weald with a collection of Routemasters and RFs.

 

 

  

 

Swanley Garage (now Chinfield)

Another of Peter Edgar's Garages on his very well served railway layout. this time, Swanley Garage has been renamed Chinfield, and has an interesting mix of LT country area vehicles.

High Wycombe Garage

Peter Edgar's High Wycombe garage has been incorporated on a bridge over the railway, alongside a fire station.

Merton Bus Garage

An absolutely stunning model of London Transport's AL Merton Garage as it was in 1959 long before one of the centre  pillars was demolished to make it easier for modern vehicles to enter. This was built by Clive Greedus, who has skilfully added a backscene that blends in so well that one has to look to 'see the join'. It's hard to imagine that this diorama occupies just a few square inches of the end of a bookcase.

Bexleyheath Garage

 Mick Parson's Bexleyheath is shown as a bus garage, but is that a trolleybus in view?

Hayling Island Southdown Depot

 

It was Mike Hart who suggested Southdowns Hayling Island Depot as the subject of a kit. I had to borrow whatever vehicles I could for the initial photoshoot of the new kit, but here at last is Hayling Depot with the correct buses.

  

 

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 Mike tells me that these scenes represent the period from 1948. The Bedford OBs were new at this time. Leyland Cubs and open toppers were used due to a weight limit on the Hayling wooden trestle bridge.

The Cub and particularly impressive TD1 are kits 

 

 Later 1950s view showing a 147 terminating alongside the depot having arrived from Southsea Pier. 

 



Nigel Ridout has also built a diorama based around the SHAY Hayling Island kit.

Nigel has added a small bus station to the right, using part of a railway platform building.

 The little details make all the difference. Close up of Nigel Ridout's Southdown diorama.

 

 

Station Parade shops

 

 The Station Parade shops kit is typical of buildings all over the country. Here, 'Man of Yorkshire',  has used it in a High Street setting alongside a railway embankment and bridge, to provide a convincing urban background. The view above has another building to the right adding depth to the scene, but look at the shot below and the difference that a few figures make alongside the street furniture. The  posing of the vehicles has even recreated the habits of the typical Ford Capri driver!



Clive Woosey has also used the RSP Station Parade and RSPX extension kits, together with WWMD Woolworths to create a High St scene.

 Clive has very carefully cut out the printed shop window areas of most of the shop units, adding glazing and begining to add some interior detail.

He has also fitted glaing to the flats above, and illuminated some of the flats.

Close up of part of the detailed RSP/RSPX Station Parade model built by Clive Woosey.

Ealing Common Underground Depot

 

Nigel Ridout has used the ECD kit on his Underground layout. A battery locomotive is seen leaving the depot passing a Met Bo Bo loco.

Catford Bus Garage

 

Shown here as a work in progress is a the TL Catford Garage kit, being built by Colin White. Bus garages tend to be big places and it can be difficult to decide exactly how much can reasonably be included in a kit. The standard kit comprises the building to the right and just the first two brick bays of the extension building. I have parts for the remainder on file, for anyone like Colin who wishes to rise to the challenge. He has also used some extra brick and tile paper from me to deepen the building somewhat. The entire length of the building had a forecourt used as a bus park, so the scene when complete will be full of interest.
If you wish to enquire about the availability of spare parts or matching brick paper sheets then please email me through the  Contact Page on the main site.
Below can be seen the building with posed vehicles showing just how impressive the completed model will be. 

 

 

 

Clive Greedus has also built a model of Catford. The model is  displayed on a bookshelf so there is less space available and the extension building is consequently smaller. Look carefully at the photo below - can you see the join? Clive has used a trompe l'oeil printed backdrop on the end wall of the bookshelf (just beyond the furthest flowerbed).

Today the flowerbeds have long gone being covered by concrete.

The entrance to the main garage. Clive remembers the interior as something of a labyrinth to explore. Even within the constraints of a standard bookshelf he has managed to convey this feeling.

 

A further view of the entrance showing a Ford 300E publicity van and a prewar RT trainer on the forecourt.

Clive believes the block building was used to house the pump for the bus washer.

 

Leslie Green style Underground station

Many of the early tube stations were built to this general design, which was adapted accordng to site. Nigel Ridout has used a fictional name: Halton. A busy street scene has been produced using paving and fencing. The taximen's shelter is a plastic Wills kit. Suitable vehicles complete the scene.

 

 

 

  


Geoff Roberts has also used the Leslie Green kit, this time for a corner site building. It forms the entrance to a complex station comprising a subsurface main line and also a tube line. The buildings were designed with a steel frame in order that further stories could be added above, although, as is the case here, this option was not always taken.
Designing such an arrangement involves one in a task not too dissimilar from the engineers who build the real thing! The tube station platforms are adapted from the Kingsway TSN Northern Line Station kit.
 
This view taken during construction shows the other tube line platform. When building a sectional model like this, one has to decide which parts to expose to view.
 
 
A view of the tube platform on Geoff Roberts Underground layout. The station tiling comes from the Kingsway TSN kit, and with the figures and lighting adding to the scene the location is immediately recognisable.

Leytonstone Fire Station

 
The LEY Leytonstone Fire Station kit accurately portrays the building with two engine bays. Here, though, two kits have been used to make a four bay station by Nigel Ridout. He has also added the drill tower on the right which is included in the ROM Romford Fire Station kit. 
 
 

Amersham Bus Garage

Views of an Amersham diorama owned by Roger Shaw. Mark Adlington built the kit and also the scratchbuilt model of the original Amersham and District building which stayed in LT use and in fact outlasted the newer garage building. A few figures and other vehicles make an authentic setting for Roger's collection of historic LT buses. The pictures show an interesting prewar collection of buses.

  


Clive Greedus has also built a model of Amersham. The vehicles shown here date the scene to the late fifties.
 
The variety of the Amersham fleet can be seen here as can the interior detail that Clive has added. 

Upminster art deco shops

 

The UCT art deco shops kit is typical of similar buildings all over the country. Here Nigel Ridout has shortened the kit and used it to set the scene to a busy urban high street. Using suitable vehicles, he has depicted a busy diorama showing a London 'Bendy Bus' that has just disgraced itself by catching fire. Many of the Kingsway High Street range of kits could be used to build variations of this type of scene.

 

 

 

Leyton Bus Garage

 

Many bus garages are very long lived and have survived the war and the subsequent redevelopment that has taken place around them. Such is the case with London Transports T Leyton Garage. After war damage the building was repaired. Clive Greedus who has built this scene has researched  the area and has scratchbuilt the clothing factory that once stood to the side. Later this was demolished and the site used as an additional bus parking area.


 

Mick Parsons has also built the T Leyton garage kit. His version has the bus parking area where the factory once stood.

 Mick was at one time an RF driver based at Leyton.

He has since sent some photos showing some updates - Woolworths has opened up nearby. 

St Albans Bus Garage

 
St Albans was a distinctive country area garage with an attractive bus station that featured a stylish bus shelter designed by LT architect, Charles Holden. This SA Kingsway kit has been built by Mick Parsons.
A diverse collection of country vehicles is joined by a red RT that has travelled from Arnos Grove on route 84.
 

Dartford Garage

 
 
This version of the DT Kingsway kit has been built by Neil Craig.
 
Dartford garage had been built by Maidstone & District and later taken over by London Transport.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Neil has added a representation of the bus parking area to one side of the garage. 

 

 

 

 

Maidstone & District Tunbridge Wells Depot

 

This nicely detailed diorama of the St Johns Road Maidstone & District Bus Depot has been built from the Kingsway MDSJ kit by Peter Greaves.

 

Grays Bus Garage

 

More of Mick Parson's work; this time Grays country area garage. I wonder where those coaches at the rear have come from!

Staines Bus Garage

 
 
Many of London Transports country area garages were built during the nineteen-thirties. Certain architectural features were used time and time again. The arrangement at Staines shows many of these characteristics.
This model of the ST Staines Kingsway kit has been built by Peter Greaves.
The garage was designed so that incoming vehicles could enter directly via two entrances whilst buses due to leave could be prepared in a separate 'run out road' with various offices alongside. The building was carefully styled to blend into the neighbourhood. Notice how the outer roof sections are tiled whilst the hidden sections are of a more utilitarian (and practical) industrial glazed design.
 
  
Peter has provided plenty of roadspace around the building in which to display various vehicles.
Bill Miller has also built the ST Staines kit and it is shown below with something of a traffic problem!

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 Staines Garage as modelled by Mick Parsons with RLH and 10T10 in the exit road. 

Reigate Bus Garage

 

A stunning model of Reigate Garage the headquarters of LTs country bus division. This has been built by Clive Greedus using the Kingsway RG kit.

For ease of construction. the Kingsway kit has been designed for assembly on a flat surface. Clive has carefully put back the slope of the original. His model is housed in a bookcase and strategic positioning and the use of photographic images at either end show the model off to best advantage.

 

 

Here is a busier scene on the same diorama. Two contry RTs can be seen as well as a Green Line RF coach. Just inside the garage is a 4RF4 airport coach for use at Gatwick. At the back of the garage forecourt in front of the doors that never seemed to be opened is a red RT staff bus ready for a long journey to Aldenham works.

Anyone familiar with Reigate will appreciate just how much careful work has gone in to the building of this nostalgic scene.


 Another Reigate, this time built by Mark Addlington for Roger Shaw. The forecourt has been fitted with the distinctive fencing that surrounded the original. 

Acton Fire Station

Alan Jakulis has built this model from the Acton kit, adding lift up doors, and building the model around a wooden framework. Here is a shot showing an early sixties scene.
 

Fire Station

An interesting conversion by Bob Vandereyt who has converted the SCHR Southdown Chichester bus garage kit to represent a fire station.

 

 

He has replaced the original roof with a pitched corrugated metal roof. Bob says it represents a National Fire Service station that would have been built during the war.

Ferodo Bridge

 
 
The Ferodo Bridge was a famiiar sight across the country. This FB Kingsway kit has been built by Mick Parsons. He has added a railway line to the top. This could be connected to a model railway layout or even modelled as an abandoned line.
 
Mick has since incorporated the bridge with other models as seen below. 

Barking Garage

 This nicely detailed model of Barking has been built from the BK Kingsway kit by Clive Greedus. The standard kit represents the garage as it was in 1979 when the last RTs ran. Clive has changed some details to suit an earlier period. This includes a rather crude block building that was situated between the two entrances. Some plastic fencing completes the scene.

 

Upton Park Garage

One of the largest LT garages, this model of Upton Park has been  built by Clive Greedus. The real garage is difficult to photograph being located in a fairly narrow street. No such problems with the model.

To the right can be seen the prototype Routemaster RM 1 serving as a training bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nigel Ridout has used the U Kingsway kit in front of a viaduct carrying Underground trains. A bus wash has been installed in the centre entrance. 

 
 Here is the same model with modern vehicles in place.

Peckham Garage

This diorama of Peckham garage is another model built by Mark Addlington and owned by Roger Shaw.  Peckham was one of a number of postwar garages built by London Transport. 

 

Windsor Garage

 Another stunning example of Mark Addlington's work, owned by Roger Shaw. This is Windsor showing the bus station with wartime vehicles.

 Wartime in Windsor with a central area STL helping out at the country area garage. 

 

 

Tottenham Garage

The triangular elevation of Tottenham Garage was a distinctive feature which has now been truncated in recent years. This is another excellent diorama from Clive Greedus. 

 

A view inside the murky depths of AR garage shows the interior detail that Clive has added to the model. 

 Here, Clive has used a printed backdrop to give some sense of the size of the garage.

 

 

Fulwell Depot

 Whilst London Transport buses were housed in garages, trolleybuses and trams lived in depots. Very often depots were converted to garages. Here Clive Greedus has modelled FW Fulwell depot including an accurate representation of the trolleybus overhead wiring.

Evidence of tramway occupation can be seen on the ground. In 1962 when the trolleybuses were replaced by buses, Fulwell became a garage.

 Here is an AEC Mercury tower wagon used for overhead repairs on both the tram and trolleybus networks.

A panoramic view of Fulwell trolleybus depot, housed on a bookshelf.

 

Morden Underground Station

 Morden Underground Station is the southernmost station on the Northern Line extension that was built in the twenties. Here Charles Holden's 'folding screen' design becomes a flat facade to symbolise the end of the line. The MOR Kingsway kit can be built in a number of different versions to represent different periods. Here it is shown with the office block that was added in the sixties. In the foreground is the busy bus station.

This diorama built by Nigel Ridout.


 Below is another Morden, this time built by Peter Greaves, and without the office block. Over the years the buses 'changed direction' in the bus station.

 

 

 

Kingston Bus Station

 Always a favourite with enthusiasts, Kingston featured a bus station in front of the garage. A journey to Kingston gave an opportunity to travel through the garage to arrive in the bus station.

 

The two photos above show how a scene can remain the same over a number of years, with just the vehicles changing. The top view represents the sixties; the lower view shows TD single deckers reminiscent of the fifties.


 Roger Shaw also owns Kingston bus station built by the late Mark Addlington, and it is shown here with even earlier vehicles in residence. 

 

Roger has an extremely impressive fleet of vehicles. Here is STL 1793 which ran from Kingston during and after the war having been rebuilt for a pay as you enter experiment with seated conductor.

 

STL 2284 was a later experiment with separate entrance and exit doors.

To see more of Roger's wide range of models click HERE.

Garage Inspection Pits

This adaptation of the Kingsway PITS kit has been built by Nigel Ridout. He has fitted lighting to the pit areas and also various accessories sourced from model railway shops

 


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