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JohnBoy
Joined: May 14, 2008
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posted on Feb 13, 2010 12:45 PM:
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I like to call this an "O-Gauge interpretation" of Washington DC's Union Station - definitely not an accurate model, but selectively compressed to fit on a 4' x 8' table, and not overwhelm my basement layout.





Planning and computer vector drawings began in early 2004, with the first lasercut styrene elevations arriving from the lasershop in late 2004. A whole set of web pages has been previously dedicated to this multi-year project, and can be found here:

O Gauge Washington Union Station Model Project





It is comprised mostly of laser-cut and laser-etched styrene sheets, painted and lightly weathered and then assembled with square wooden dowels.





About a quarter of the way into the project, Mike Casatelli influenced me to proceed with a finished interior. I'm glad he did, because I've had a lot more fun with it.





There are 24 white LED platform lights along the edge of each track gully behind the station. These blink (dim to bright) when a train is behind the station, and then remain dim (unblinking) when the train leaves. This is modeled after the subway stations in Washington DC, but the real Union Station does not have them. The effect was achieved using a 555 timer chip, and a special solid-state relay. A more complete article on this sub-project can be found here: Blinking Platform Lights





Because I don't yet have a "permanent" layout to really flesh out, I've been spending my time and effort on modular projects like big city buildings, Conway Bridge, and this monster train station. Someday I have to figure out how to integrate all of these creations together to form a cohesive train layout...

John
 

   

Jeff78rr
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posted on Jan 12, 2011 02:08 PM:
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Wow!!! Now that is beautiful!! Great work there John- unbelievable work and it looks so authentic!! great job!
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on Feb 20, 2011 10:30 AM:
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Thanks for the kind words Jeff. It was a lot of work! (And it's still not done!)

John
 

   

Zeke
Joined: Nov 16, 2010
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posted on Mar 17, 2011 10:53 PM:
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John - there are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe your station. It is out-of-this-world magnificent!
 

   

NECMike
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posted on Oct 8, 2012 04:49 PM:
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Stunning work! I love all the details! I myself have always had a passion for urban modeling but I have never produced anything like this! Union Station was always one of my favorites.
 

   

t8afao
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posted on Oct 17, 2012 09:59 AM:
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Very very very nice. Words cannot describe the station. Or as my 8 y/o said HOLY COW BATMAN. I have no idea where he learned that one. Are those lights in the sidwalk on the second to last photo. Have you thought about sending photos into one of the Train mags, like CTT, OGR or model RR. Thanks for sharing. Nick
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on Oct 17, 2012 02:01 PM:
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Thanks t8afao, it's nice to hear it can inspire and engage other hobbyists. Wish I had more time to continue and finish it: as it stands, the station is barely half complete on the interior.

(sigh)

Some day...
 

   

The Portland Rose
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posted on Jan 1, 2013 04:07 PM:
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A model for the ages! Truly a marvel to behold!
 

   

The Portland Rose
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posted on Jan 1, 2013 04:08 PM:
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A model for the ages! Great interior and lighting!
 

   





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