Small Station

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by absnut, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. absnut

    absnut Member

    A dozen or so years ago, after dropping my youngest boy off at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, I stopped at the BAR yard in Searsport to take some pictures. In the intervening years 'tween then and now, I hadn't paid much attention to the shots but, a while ago, I was intrigued with the old, run-down station I found there and an equally run-down coach turned tool car (another project). I decided, like the car, I had to have one for my layout. I didn't have the foresight to take measurements so, I had to guess at them but, having one that kinda looks like the original is good enough for me. This is what I saw at Searsport:

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  2. absnut

    absnut Member

    And this:

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  3. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    Its about time you posted that PIc of that old station......Neat...:D :D :D :D :D Rich
  4. absnut

    absnut Member

    Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos during construction. The basic building is styrene (clapboard siding and various strips). I used Grandt Line station windows and doors. Not having a good deal of courage and not able to find half round windows in N scale, I opted not to do the half round windows.

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  5. absnut

    absnut Member

    Other side:

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  6. absnut

    absnut Member

    I'd like to thank the many friends on the Gauge who encouraged me during this project but, a special thanks goes to Bill Pontin who solved a roofing problem by sending me some roofing material he cast himself. As you can see, it's just perfect for this building. The finished building before placing on the layout:

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  7. absnut

    absnut Member

    I tried to make it look run-down but, yet, still leave open the possibility that it might still be in use. One last view:

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  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nicely done! :cool:
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Very nice work, Dick!
    It captures the look & feel of the original perfectly!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  10. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    This is a beautiful little station, Dick - even when it looks run-down and neglected.
    And your modeling is first class, too!

  11. rguyett

    rguyett Member

    nice work looks good
    I think you got the effect you wanted it looks a little run down but still in use
    thanks for sharing
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    That's a real beaut, Dick. You doin' that in O? :D :D :D
  13. philip

    philip Guest

    Dick: yee ha! lookin nice. Whats the industry in the background?

  14. absnut

    absnut Member

    Thanks, Friends, for all the kind comments. It was a fun project.

    Philip: the photo was taken in the BAR yards at searsport looking south towards the docks. There are two there, one for freight and one for the unloading of coal (at one time) for the Sprague Company. The docks would be just to the left and out of picture, Sprague Co. to the right and out of the picture. The machinery you see is probably the conveyors for unloading coal from the ships that frequented this ice free port. Presently, to the right, are a number of oil storage tanks.
  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A neat project well done absnut
    Too bad these old prototypes are left to rot.
  16. txcavgr

    txcavgr Member

    dick, nice work. you will have to bring that one up next time the maine contingent hooks up!

    you need to get fred to get an evergreen display for the store!

    did you use 0.040" for the walls? I wish I could get 0.020" scribed siding, make my life much easier. I am almost ready to start the nightmare I mean roof on my gorham station....
  17. absnut

    absnut Member


    What I used for the walls was Evergreen #4031 Clapboard, .030" Spacing, .040" thick (1.0 mm). Easy to work with.
  18. txcavgr

    txcavgr Member

    thats what I am using for gorham station. wish I could find a thinner material. cutting in windows etc. is a pain in the butt.
  19. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    My station in Lucky Hell

    I have just seen the beutiful pictures on this topic. For my layout I was looking for a small depot, so why do not to build this one. And it happened since last Friday.

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  20. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member


    long time no speak!.. thats an amazing looking little depot! congrats!. Your inspiring me to do a little scratchbuilding!


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