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Thread to discuss KenS 's project and updates.

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KenS

My station for the contest will be the Commuter Line station in my Riverside Station scene (a pair of two 2-foot x 4-foot tables that together make a 2-foot x 8-foot scene, which extends a bit at each end).

 

The station itself is a subset of the scene, filling about a six-foot (2m) section of the back half of the tables, from about where the subway tracks cross below to the far right end.  In the station are a pair of split island platforms.  At the left end is the station entrance, and right now I'm planning a pedestrian overpass linking that to the two platforms.  At this end, the four tracks are all on the same level.  Moving to the right, the two outer (blue on the track plan) tracks descend almost to river level, while the two center (yellow) tracks climb an equal amount, yielding roughly a 2-inch (50mm) vertical separation by the end of the platforms.  Each island platform thus has to split, with half angling down, and half angling up (see the station plan end view below).

 

All of this was inspired by Ochanomizu Station on the Chuo Main Line and Chuo-Sobu lines (see photo below).  In the real station, a four-track route splits, with two tracks (the Chuo-Sobu line, with yellow-stripe trains) climbing and curving left over the river to Akihabara Station and the other two (Chuo Main aka Chuo Rapid line, with orange-stripe trains) ducking under and turning to the right, eventually to Tokyo Station, while the Marunouchi Subway line runs below and across the river.  I'm not going to try to replicate that station exactly, but I'm certainly going to draw inspiration from it.

 

I have a couple of Kato buildings I'm going to kitbash (I think) to make the station entrance and pedestrian bridge.  The platforms will of necessity have to be scratchbuilt.  Track will be my usual unballasted Unitrack.  There will be a pair of starting signals at each end of the platform (these probably won't be live during the timeframe of the contest, but eventually...)

 

It's an ambitious plan.  Considering how slowly I tend to work, it will be interesting to see how far I get by the end.

 

Photo 1: the overview of the Riverside Station Scene.  The green tracks are the Express/Shinkansen Line on the other side of the river, and the Red tracks are the Subway Line crossing the river below the Commuter and Express/Shinkansen Lines.

 

Photo 2: The subset of the scene that is the Commuter Line Station.  The yellow tracks are the Commuter Line itself, and the blue tracks are the branch that connects (off-scene) to the Subway Line, allowing run-through service.  The blue track gets a bit complicated at the far right end as it actually forks to allow an eventual connection to the not-yet-built storage tracks.  That bit won't be part of the station.

 

Photo 3: The Station Plan, as described above.

 

Photo 4: Ochanomizu Station (from Flickr)

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Bernard

Ken - it really is a joy watching the development of the station area and each time it's looking more and more like the photo.

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KenS

Thanks. Someday I'll even get to the station.  :grin

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quinntopia

Ken, what design program are you using?  It looks like RailModeller, but not sure.

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KenS

Ken, what design program are you using?  It looks like RailModeller, but not sure.

 

Yes, RailModeller on a Mac.

 

Works pretty well for my fairly basic needs.

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Krackel Hopper

Ken -

 

No worries on not finishing.  At the end of the day, that is really not the whole point of the party.  The idea of the party is just to get people involved.  Picking a theme helps get everyone on a similar mindset and similar page.  You may not even start the actual station - but I'd like to think that the project party helped nudge you along with your progress.  You may have already had the whole thing planned out.. but finding the time and motivation to work on it is where a lot of us fall short. 

 

The progress you have made on the retaining walls looks pretty spectacular and I'm sure will make a great scene once complete!

 

Jon

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KenS

You may not even start the actual station - but I'd like to think that the project party helped nudge you along with your progress.  You may have already had the whole thing planned out.. but finding the time and motivation to work on it is where a lot of us fall short. 

 

Very true.  I probably wouldn't gave gotten as much done this summer without the "I need to finish this so I can work on the station" motivation.

 

And I still don't have it planned out, although I think my ideas are a bit more firm now than they were back in June.

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