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Railway Carriage

  • Sheddie:

    Brian Angus
  • Location:

    Ewell - Surrey
  • First entered:


Looks lika railway carriage, includes a relaxation area

Other info

My neighbour had two small sheds but still couldn't get his car in the garage. The idea was to use walls from the existing sheds to create a larger square - so we'd only have to buy materials for the larger floor and roof. Dave wanted something long and thin instead, to suit the space so I thought of a railway carriage.

I had helped friends in the New Forest make a large shed into a small shed with a generous roof, and brought back the spare walls and floor. We adapted walls from these various sheds to form the unseen side and end of the new.

We used treated 4" x 2" beams to form a rectangular base and re-used various floor and roof sections to make the floor.

The roof length is 36' the deck area 4' and the cabin area 31' - allows for 6" overhang. The roof is 6mm ply - just thin enough to bend, just strong enough for the job. We found this ply bends far more easily when run lengthways so we had to join the sheets in pairs. We added 6" strips of thicker ply along the edges a) because we'd made the cabin slightly too wide, b) because it formed a firmer edge for the roof felt.

Doors at either end should allow stuff to be packed into the centre. The design lends itself to shortening - a 19' cabin under a 24' roof looks quite attractive on paper.

The original design had a door from the cabin onto the balcony before we decided instead that a gap in the handrail would make it more accessible. A round-ended table should follow when funds are replenished. Treating the new shiplap timber is an earlier priority.

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