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Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« on: March 11, 2008, 09:11:17 PM »
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I'd been using the old Atlas station for my PRR Middle Division's fictional town of Lewisport, PA...  But it always bothered me because by the 1950s, nearly every surviving depot on the PRR Middle Division was brick.  Yet very few decent brick stations were offered in N that could be made to look Pennsy.

The new Walthers Pella depot is a nice little kit they offer in both HO and N.  When I first saw it I thought it could be converted to look a little like a Pennsy depot (such as their plan B-2).  The main thing that bugged me was the weird blank dormer.  I know it's true to the Iowa prototype, but it looks strange to me and also is unique to this model, so says loudly "I am a kit."  I decided it had to go.

Here's the stock version as shown on the N Scale Supply website:



The main things I did were to remove the base for the dormer by shaving down the plastic tabs, sanding it flat, and hand-scribing the roof slate detail across the blank area where the dormer would go.  I also painted the structure's trim w/ PRR two-tone brown and red window sashes.  Concrete trim was painted with PolyScale D&H Gray.  I used that same color to paint the mortar lines; I applied the paint full-strength to the walls prior to detailing and window installation, and then buffed it off the bricks with a damp rag.







The depot signs were made in PowerPoint and printed on heavy photo paper.

Here's the old Lewisport scene:



The platform details (benches, baggae cart, etc.) come from the old Atlas depot and the people, obviously, are seperate.

Here's a test-fit of the new depot with the new parking lot (made of styrene):



I know there's a HUGE GAP between the platform and the ballast edge...  That's the next step; filling it in so the station looks like it belongs.

One parting shot:



Compare that with the first shot.

Obviously, this isn't a Pennsy prototype structure.  But for a two-day project, it comes somewhat closer than did the Atlas station.  If the bay window had straight sidewalls instead of canted in at 45 degrees, we'd be even closer.  Lastly, I may add some of Pennsy's peculiar rounded dormers at some future date.  Since Lewisport is freelanced, the depot can be as well.  Additionally, some of the real depots on the PRR Middle Division looked even less Pennsy.  For example, Mifflin(town) had a large mission-style brick depot that looks an awful lot like the Walthers Santa Fe depot!

Now I need to spruce up the westbound platform.

Anyway, check out this kit if you need a brick station.  I was pleased.
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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 09:23:54 PM »
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Dave, I agree with you, the Santa Fe depot looks a ton like the PRR's Mifflin station.
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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008, 10:07:47 PM »
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I purchased this kit as a stand-in depot as well.  I'll probably leave it as is except maybe add a tar paper hip roof w/o any overhangs and a small covered walkway over some stairs to a basement.  That should be good enough for a while.

Your depot looks great.


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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2008, 10:37:12 PM »
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Very cool Dave.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008, 10:45:01 PM »
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Nice job, Dave, I've considered using that one myself, but would add  a long low window on the dormer, as a bunch of PRR stations had odd dormers. I also agree with Jerry Britton that the ATSF depot looks very PRR if you grind off the cross-in-circle logos.  PRR had many more square agent's bays than angled ones though.
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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008, 11:05:41 PM »
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Right...

Lee suggested perhaps buying a second one so I can build the square bay window.  I could use a section of the back wall with the double window.

Typical of a station this size would be those strange round-roofed low dormers.  I may add them later.  For now this was a fun "quickie."

Those of you with small layouts like mine will empathize...  Sometimes I just get the urge to build, even though my layout is essentially "done."  I'd almost forgotten that I'd ordered this kit from my LHS until I got a call 2 weeks ago.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008, 11:29:37 PM »
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Dave, great job on the station kit, looks really good.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2008, 11:48:40 PM »
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Those of you with small layouts like mine will empathize...  Sometimes I just get the urge to build, even though my layout is essentially "done."

Amen bro, amen...

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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2008, 06:03:49 AM »
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I like it. A big improvment over the first station. It blends into the surrounding cityscape better.

Now if only I could figure out how to build this:
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2008, 07:39:07 PM »
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I like it.
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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2008, 10:07:15 PM »
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Looks very Pennsy-ified fer sur'  ::)

You might want to look into the N-scale Architect's line of PRR stations. They've done a number of them and Merchandise Service (I think) had at least 1 or 2 more done for them.


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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2008, 02:16:20 AM »
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Dang... a "Jim Crow" depot that I wouldn't have to kitbash (at least not much)...  Wonder how this one got by me???

Actually I am looking at the Clarkesville depot myself, though I can see some advantages with this one as well... and what you did with it... WOW!!!

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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2008, 09:16:01 AM »
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this is a my challenge:


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Re: Pennsy-fying the Walthers Pella Depot - lotsa pics!
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2008, 03:05:23 PM »
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nice job!  Now, tell us about how you did the brickwork/mortar?

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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2008, 03:09:43 PM »
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We may not agree on every topic , but your modeling skills are awesome as is that depot .