Saturday, 2 May 2015

Change of heart with the Pine Valley Station Building

If you go back a couple of posts, you will find that I had a story regarding the station building at Sunset. I was trying to build a legend to cover the fact that the building was a little too small for its supposed location at the main station for the railroad. I had a lot of problems with the roof of the structure, mostly because I used a water based glue to fix the shingles rather than the recommended double sided tape. The result was that the roof warped very dramatically. I have finally got it fixed but in the process came up with a better idea. here goes:

Up until the lat 1920s, the Sunset and North Eastern ran a small passenger service across the line from Boston to Hartford. With the Wall Street crash, the passenger traffic all but disappeared and eventually they closed up the station building as they finally decided to stop all coach traffic on the line. That's how it stayed until the birth of the RDC. The New Haven bought some of these and realised that they could have a quicker route to Boston than the current route over their own and the B&M tracks if they got some trackage rights over the S&NE. Suddenly, the S&NE had to make some provision for passengers at Sunset. The station building was, by now, too run down to resurrect so they did the simple thing - the put a platform down and left it to the New Haven to manage ticketing, etc. on the RDCs.

I got this idea from trips I have made on the New Haven. I have a business colleague/friend who lives in Windsor Locks, CT. I have made a few trips into New York with him. The "station" at Windsor Locks is just a car park and a slightly raised platform about 50' long.

Anyway, I am some way into completing the building. It still needs some extra weathering and settling onto its platform and then settling the whole thing into the ground. This is where I am:

Sunset Passenger Station (partly derelict)

I have blocked all the windows up. I am going to put a few warning signs around. It should end up looking quite good, I think.

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