One more item knocked off my list of improvements to be made to Brickington before Brickworld. As always, here's the backstory.
One of the main municipal improvements to Brickington has been the updating of the train station. Formerly, a simple covered platform dating back some 70 years, it now has received restoration and remodeling to include a ticket booth, and a second platform in between the second rails. All that remains of the original building is the red roof and the arched supports. Residents were quite pleased to see that the new middle platform was built to complement the style of the main platform.
The new station has proved quite popular amongst the locals and especially tourists, who appreciate being able to interact with a transit employee and have all their questions answered before purchasing a ticket. It has also proved quite popular amongst the conductors who -as a resut of tickets being purchased before boarding- spend much less time selling tickets and making change, and much more time doing their more favored activities of keeping their coaches clean, and reprimanding rambunctious hooligans.
Now for the pictures:
Here's the whole station. In my former module, there was a road passing through where the station now is (despite the backstory, this is an entirely new MOC), so I have redirected the road over the tracks so it doesn't stop abruptly.
A close up of the front. It's hard to see, but in order to accommodate the 1/2 brick setback from the tracks, the upper platform overlaps the lower step by a half a stud.
Rear view of the station
South side of the station
North side of the station showing the ticketing booth
Roof removed from waiting area to show the interior. I tried to build in a way that would allow me to have more studs for mounting minifigs. Also, it's hard to see, but the arches impede the opening of the door, so I mounted the door still facing out, but on the inside of the door frame so that it opens inwards, but still faces outwards.
All but 4 of the buildings in Brickington are modular in the style of Market Street. That means that they are all built on a stackable 16x16 or 8x16 stud base. Here you can see the pieces of Brickington station disassembled. Both modules are 8x16, and the base will accept any of my other 8x16 modules. the roofs are larger than 8x16, but they can sit on top of any 8x16 module, and can be slid sideways to overhang whichever way the neighboring buildings may require.
There you have it. I'm pretty happy with it, but I think it might be a bit plain, so any suggestions for improvement or enhancement are welcome. I'm also considering rebuilding it as two 16x16 modules, but that would fill the space awfully tight, and this has to fit in my layout right behind the "Shark Bar".
Edited by Phred, 07 September 2011 - 02:51 PM.