Late last month I took advantage of a business trip to Europe to take a day off for train-spotting and (maybe) some shopping! On my way t...
The Station - Where all this is going
A quick post to share my thinking and planning for the passenger terminal moving forward. The below photo should demonstrate why I need to get the passenger platforms completed before moving forward on to the 'loop tunnel/station area urban setting'.
I've got a lot basically mocked up in the below. You can see towards the end of the platforms some ideas I printed off for some potential shops on the track level of the station. You can see where the new double track will enter into a tunnel on the left (and come out just to the right in the photo.
Stepping back a bit, you can see a broader view of the station/platforms
and tunnel entrances. Also placed on the layout are the large
passenger terminal canopies from Kibri (Item 37760). I'm waiting on two
more so that I have enough to complete the canopy on the area of the
terminal closest to the station. I've debated the use of the canopies
which will be a bit more obvious in the below photo....
Behold my next scratch-build! A bit primitive at the moment
as only the basic outline is really apparent, but I think it should be
fairly obvious that I'm working on a very modern-style station with a
large, curved glass atrium. Alas, this is where integrating this modern
station with the obviously older station platforms above will be quite
tricky. I think it will work...the obvious story is that the
municipality of Quinntopia built a new station to replace their old
one. Will it work? Time will tell!
This area will consist predominantly of much older building stock. While there are a few older buildings in the main downtown area, over here in the new station area, I'm imagining it to be much more like a station situated amongst older buildings. Fairly typical really!
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!