"Between trains, the station building slumbers peacefully."
indent It is always dangerous to generalise but it seems to me that most GWR branch terminus buildings were made of brick. Although there were standard Great Western designs at various periods, many branch lines were promoted independently and either had services run by the larger company or were eventually purchased by them. These usually had buildings provided, and often designed, by small local contractors and so could be almost any shape. Typical of the type which did not include housing for the stationmaster is the old Airfix model which we've used here. However, rather than use it "as is" we felt it would look better with a few alterations so we set to the unmade kit with a razor saw. By replacing the rear wall with plain card, we can pick the best bits from both front and back walls to make the arrangement of doors and windows we want. In this case we have the waiting room on the left, a lamp-room/stores in the middle and the station/booking office on the right.
indent I was happy with the kit doors but the windows are well, shall we say, "showing their age"? To increase the depth of the model I gave both doors and windows frames of 10 thou plasticard before replacing the windows with new hand-made ones. Until the mid 30s the Great Western used white for its windows with framing and other woodwork in two shades of "stone" (light and dark!) although there were some minor variations at different periods and in some places. Along with the bold new loco and carriage liveries of the pre-war period came a new one for stations as well so we painted the building in the now familiar "chocolate and cream" so beloved, often incorrectly, by the average 30s modeller.
indent An addition I felt
worthwhile was to add half of a Wills "Victorian Gents" since I remember from my
youth that many country station's "facilities" were open to the elements; a
small boy in short trousers remembers these things! Often with a
long-established patina of algae by the 50s, I have modelled them in the condition in
which I suspect most were in the 40s - much the same but slightly less so! They
weren't all the same of course; was it Paddington or Waterloo which had goldfish in its
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