Every good rail-yard needs a switching tower and with the expansion of Stacy's and my layout this year, it was time to add one. Order and control must be maintained inside the LEGO rail-yard or we'll have trains derailing all over the place. It's the switchmaster's job to ensure everything goes smoothly. From the second story of this building, he can see everything that is going on and make sure that the trains go where they are supposed to.
This MOC was actually based on a model railroad switching house that I found on a UK model railroading site. The model I based it on is a kit from Hornby. Many thanks to DaCheese for helping me find it. Here is a picture of the Hornby model.
I think my favorite part of this build was getting the stair railings to look just right. It took a little bit of playing around, but I like the result and they are really sturdy! That's a good thing since one of the ways I judge my MOC's is how delicate they are. Mine have to be capable of being played with for me to like them.
Here you can see the inside which is furnished. I'm thinking about going back and redoing the inside. It was kind of a quick job before Brickworld, but it works. If I have Stacy redo it, I am sure it will turn out much nicer!
More (and larger) pictures are available on my Flickr Photostream.
Edited by Cyclone Breezerider, 27 July 2009 - 02:00 PM.