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Station Update Part 2
Progress on the station feels slow...but there are just so many little elements that need to go into this that its actually probably about 10 or so different little projects! So these "10 little projects" are what have been keeping me busy since my last post! For example, you may be able to make out in some of the photos the elevator shafts, which will have elevators with an SMD light on each elevator car. You can see I've also got the stairs now set up to match my two level platform and retail area.
Below is a top-down view showing the general orientation of the surface station and the descent to the platforms. Again, the 'little projects' that go into this are somewhat amazing because its the things you don't notice right off, but need to be done before proceeding to the next step! Thinks like making sure the paint on the stairway looks like it would (or close enough) to these type of stairs in real life, that the floor is cut correctly, that the elevator shafts and stairs don't land in front of one of the retail establishments....it all seems to add up!
The below photo illustrates that I've got the bottom floor set up and lit, but the second level still needs lighting details, and all the other little things to make it all fit correctly. Note that nothing except for the bottom level is glued or attached at this point.
The below view shows the platform and station from the opposite side. Again, the stairways that aren't aligned in the photo are just placed there for the photo...they aren't attached yet.
Here's the main entry/ground level of the station. Work is on hold on this until the rest of the interior and below ground sections are complete as I suspect modifications may be necessary once all the lower elements get closer to a finished state.
In addition to the station itself, work has been done on the new double track loop that now goes under the terminal area of the city. Mainly, ballasting as well as the addition of a couple of support posts to hold up the new city ground level above these tracks. The route that descends from the upper level to the platform level will be attached so its flush with the wall of course. You may be able to see a bit of graffiti on the walls, which not only felt like the right thing to do, was also kind of fun to apply! :-)
At the opposite end of the loop under the city, I've been playing with the idea of using this Greenmax tunnel portal which I painted and started to weather. I expect I'll use this as well. Note also the graffiti on the inside of the tunnel....my, the taggers are really getting around lately!
I'm into N Scale to have fun. Growing up my Dad was really big into HO (U.S.A. of course, mostly Western U.S. roads like Great Northern, Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific, etc...) and he built me a small N Scale layout which I enjoyed as a small boy. Of the various trains I had at the time, the brand 'Minitrix' stuck in my head. As the years passed, N Scale was forgotten as new interests took my time.
As a new parent, I got back into model trains through O Gauge (Lionel and MTH). However, the cost of this scale, and the space needed for the sort of layout I wanted, made it a very frustrating hobby. Then one day at a hobby shop in California, I came across the Trix 2003 catalog; Inside this catalog were beautiful models of trains across Europe shown on beautiful layouts - and I was converted! It took a few years, but most of the O Gauge was sold (or stored) and I used the funds to start my new fantasy in N Scale.
Soon, I also discovered the amazing trains of Japan in N Scale, and begin my quest to build an interesting urban layout in a complete fantasy setting where the great trains of the world can run side by side!