Scratch-built Station in N scale

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by absnut, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. absnut

    absnut Member

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    In spite of missing the traveling we've done for two years, it is good to be back railroading.. I decided to take a little break from layout wiring, and get back to scratch-building. This station was inspired by (but not an exact copy for want of measurements and more than one photo) a turn of the century Boston and Maine station in Danbury NH. Rather than have a typical semaphore signal, I decided I had to have an old ball signal (a real test of my patience!!) However, I was pleased with the results. When I run across some better shingles, I will re-roof. Also, will need some scribed wood (or styrene) for the platform. The entire building is constructed with sheet styrene and Grandt Line windows, wire for the drains, and shingles printed off the net. The ball signal is a retired Atlas telephone pole, strip styrene, 2 lb. test fly fishing leader, four Micro-Trains brakewheels, and two beads from my wife's hobby desk. I really dreaded cutting clear acetate for all those windows but, then I remembered I had bought some Micro Kristal Klear (Microscale) and... WOW!.. does it make great windows! A bulletin board, a few posters, couple of people, station sign, and assorted platform "stuff" will gussy it up for my layout.


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    Dick
  2. steamhead

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    Hi Dick. Great job on that little station..!! I hadn't seen one like that signal before. Could you please tell us how this worked..?? Again, congratulations on this little structure..!!
  3. absnut

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    Thanks, Gus. Can't tell you too much about the ball signals as they are quite old, although a few still exist here in New England. I do remember seeing one in Westbrook Maine (Cumberland Mills on the MEC) as late as the 50's. There is one still in existence in Whitefield NH and a few in museums around the country. The signal is quite simple: if the ball is raised, the track ahead is clear, if not, then it's occupied. My signal is for two tracks. I'd like to have made it work but, in N scale, it was tedious enough to make a static one! I have seen photos of some that had a hand lantern suspended just below the ball.

    Dick
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    That's very cool. I admire you guys who have the patience for scratchbuilding. Your station reminds me of one I like near Willow Grove, PA. I especially like that little red flatbed around the side. What is that.... a 1923 or so?
  5. absnut

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    Thanks. I believe it's a 20's something or other. I's an English white metal kit I bounght back in the 80's. Doesn't look out of place on a U.S. layout.

    Dick
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    Absnut, the entire structure is nice, but it is definitely the signals that take it way over the top. High Ball isn't slang on your layout! It's just a shame their isn't really nice commercial track to compliment your station.
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    I'm hoping the setting will look better when I advance to the scenery level on my new layout!
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    I'd look mighty nice with a SR&RL Nn2 2-6-2 ;-) Or a 56.5" 2-8-0.
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    'Scuze my lack of ignorance.....Is that where the term "highballing" comes from..? From the red ball being up high..?? Learn sumpin' new everyday....!!
  10. absnut

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    Gus,

    we are ALL members of the School of Life-long Learning!!!sign1

    Dick
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    And, I presume, "Red Ball" models...?? I have two little Red Ball metal ore cars..

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    Yup, and I remember Howell Day and the Red Ball line of kits! Way, way back in my HO days! LOL

    Dick
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    Dick..Very nice scratch building!!..yes I remember Howell Day from my HO days...I had a rail bus made of brass that ran like a jack rabbitt and I put together a Milky Way reefer a pretty good kit with paper sides...Cox 47
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    Also if you don't have any Micro scale Kristal Klear you can use Sobo Premium craft and Fabric Glue it works just like KK and is only a buck a bottle at Wally World in craft department...Cox 47
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    Yep! That is exactly its origins.
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    Thanks for the kudos, gents.

    Cox 47,

    Thanks for the Sobo tip. Yes, and I also remember wood and paper boxcar kits I believe were made by Strombecker (Sp.?)

    Dick
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    Cant believe your still squinting along in N scale Dick :mrgreen: LOL

    Super Job on that 1 1/2 story, Its going to really look great placed in its element and with a lotta little people getting on with their day........:thumb:

    So, hows it feel to crawl back out into the light of day?? :wave:
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    Thanks, TG! Too late to switch scales now (and too costly!) It's good getting back into the swing of things... I'll miss the traveling but, we have plans for shorter trips. More time to devote to my new layout!
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    Yes Dick I have a wooden Strombecker HO Rock Island Rocket..Blocks of wood with paper glued over and dummy trucks...Over 50 years old and still looks pretty good...Cox 47
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    Hi Dick,
    Long time no see. :D Glad to see you are still modeling. Great looking station by the way. Those FT's will look great gliding by.

    Greg