Walther's Union Station

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  1. FrankG

    FrankG Member

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    Just looking for some opinions.

    I already have a large station for my layout, but just picked up Walther's new Union Station to repurpose in my urban setting.

    I've thought of the following possibilities:

    1.) Public Library
    2.) Museum
    3.) Post Office (there is one is Salt Lake City with almost identical architecture but I think the Walthers kit is a bit large)

    So, which of these ideas do you think could work best work or any additional ideas that might work better?
  2. 2-8-2

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    The architecture and size of the building is more along the lines of a museum. I suppose if your urban setting was that of a large city, it could be used as a post office or library as well.

    My first impression was that it resembled some sort of government building, like an FBI branch office.
  3. jetrock

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    Not too far off the mark...here's what the Sacramento main downtown post office looks like today:
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    And here's the Walthers union station:
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  4. Blake

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    That's a pretty cool idea. Could also be a town hall or county seat building.
  5. FrankG

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    The one idea I like about doing a museum, is that I can run those long flags down between the columns that they use to promote an exhibit.

    Also, because the Union station roof is almost entirely skylights, I thought a museum or library would offer some cool interior possibilities.

    But for some reason, I'm still stuck on post office.
  6. csxengineer

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    Museum

    I'd say museum of natural history. You could then have a mini dinosaur out front promoting the Jurassic displays.
  7. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

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    Here's one..

    Carnegie museum in Pittsburgh...

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    The Union Station would make an excellent courthouse.

    Eric
  9. 2slim

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    Frank,
    Haven't opened my kit, is the 'UNION STATION' cast in the front wall? It looks like it is in the illustration.

    2slim
  10. FrankG

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    No....it's not part of the mold. Union Station is a decal. They also include one for Grand Central Station as an alternative.
  11. spitfire

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    Frank, I think the museum idea is an excellent one! And I like your idea about banners. Since you mention skylights and interiors, maybe that would be a good place for the dinosaur. Or, it could be a King Tut exhibit. You could have some school busses or tour busses parked outside, a hot dog vendor - maybe even a fancy awning.

    On the other hand a post office, courthouse or library would work too - I just think the possibilities with a museum are more interesting. :D

    You mention you have an urban setting. That's what I'm into too! :) :)

    Would love to see some pix if you have any.

    Val
  12. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

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    Hmmm....
    I'm trying to make an Urban layout myself.
    I was going with the "Refresh the rundown docks" and the "NEW" style tourist hotels across the channel. Actually going to put a riverside shopping on one side of the channel.

    The Musuem sounds cool. Drop some lights in it to show off what's inside.
  13. Puckeringswine

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    I don't know youre era but, the Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office was part of the Union Passenger Terminal and was rail served, just a thought.
  14. FrankG

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    Val....about the urban layout.....I've literally JUST started into this hobby -- N gauge. I done a good deal of modeling in the past, but not railroads. So, right now, I'm just concentrating on the key structures. The big ones that will take up a good amount of space or will get important placement. Then I'll do the track and fill in from there. So, no pictures as of yet. But I have seen what you've done and it looks fantastic.
  15. spitfire

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    Thanks for the kind words Frank! Perhaps a few pix of your structures? Pleeeeaaase :) No pressure - whenever you're ready. I just can't get enough of urban modelling.

    Val
  16. I_LuV_AliyA

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    well speaking of Jurrasic ideas, i found two small jurrasic park cars that are in perfect size for my HO layout so im amkign a little section for them! I am also looking for a boxcar to paint metalic and put dinosaurs in for shipping!