Down At The Station, Early In The Morning…
What would prompt a person to build a model of his home town railway station? Perhaps the nostalgia of train trips to Boston to attend a Red Sox base ball game as a child. Or maybe reliving the days when a lot of folk took a train rather than drive a car. But in this case the model was constructed to be the centerpiece of a large train layout that never got built.
I started this scratch built project in 1992 and having no architectural training it was a “close-enough-for-government-work” build. I could find no blueprints of this 1910 New Haven railway station and only had a few photos of it in it’s glory days. I visited the abandoned station and took measurements with a 30 foot tape measure, making notes as I went along. At one point some guy came out of the building and asked me what I was doing. When I told him, he asked why I wanted to build a model of the place. “Why not?” was my reply. He gave me a “look” and disappeared back into the station.
I used a lot of plastic brick sheets as well as aftermarket “N” and “HO” windows and doors. Having never done a build like this before it was a bit of a challenge. The real station sits over the tracks so I had to prepare each step of the build as once a piece was glued in place there was no correcting it. The base is insulation foam sheeted with plastic, built from the ground up. The station itself was built across the tracks and was the last thing constructed. It took about six months to complete it all, the interior concourse had some detail like benches, passengers, shops and lighting. But once the roof went on there is little to see. Oh well…I lost interest in this tiny “N” scale when I saw my first “G” scale locomotive. The station model is now displayed at the local historical for the public to view.
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