Update: Smaller non-link pics in post 6.
Sorry this is a bit late in coming. I promissed a Brickington update for the beginning of December, but I've not been around EB much the last month or so. As is often the case, my pics are fairly crap, so I have provided links to better (and larger) pics taken by other members of NILTC. I think you'll agree that clicking the links to see the new ferry and mountaintop development is worth it.
The Story of Brickington Continues...
Having seen first hand the booming tourism industry that resulted from downtown renovations and the addition of a small seaplane airport, the town of Brickington Island has decided to add regular ferry service. Formerly only sporadically visited by ferrys vising the larger islands of the Brick Sea, Brickington is now serviced twice daily by the inter-island ferry service. It is hoped that the ability of tourists and residents to access the mainland more eaily "by car" will result in an increased number of visitors to the island and more outside investment.
Here is a port-side view the Ferry in the harbor, loading up cars and walk-ons for the trip to the mainland. You can't see it in the pics, but the ferry has a full interior. Stairs connect the car deck to the passenger deck which has full seating acomadations and a vending machine. Staris then lead up to the wheel house which has a full complement of navigation equipement and a small lounge.
Here is a starboard sive view. On the right side note the small ticket shack and the que of walk-on passengers waiting their turn. The Ferry has quickly become a necessary part of daily life.
The ferry was a necessary development, but the construction of a ferry landing was not without difficulty. The town board realized the benefits for locating the landing adjacent to the downtown area, but the current residents of the proprty were not willing give up their land without a fight. Thankfully, a comprimise was quickly reached. The township acquired the property by granting the current residenta larger plot of land on the bluffs overlooking the harbor. (please ignore the magnificent star wars buildings in the back, they are part of pepaquinn's display and are not my MOC's)
Some members of the board thought that paying for the moving of the existing residence and stabilizing the land atop the bluffs was a bit too large an expense, but seeking to begin construction on the landing quickly, and to avoid any unpleasant legal wrangling, the agreement was accepted. The house was moved to it's new cliff-top location where the new owners have begun to raise horses on a bit of land adjacent to an existing corn field and christmas tree farm.
I'm not sure why one of the christmas tree loggers is cutting up the corn field, but sometimes these things happen on Brickington Island...
Edited by Phred, 19 January 2012 - 05:28 AM.