Kennebec Central Railway: “Chelsea Station”

Soon after I started getting serious about entertaining the idea of On30 I decided I wanted to try another structure. Again, I wanted something simple but I wanted something on which to try some new techniques I had been thinking about. It’s hard to be interested in Maine’s two foot gauge railways and not fall for the five-mile-long Kennebec Central Railway. The KC had only one station between it’s terminii, Chelsea. Chelsea was a flag stop and only one picture is know to exist. It satisfied everything I wanted in a test project so I started.

Drawings

I had the picture of the prototype and some notes I had read from articles on the KC. Based on those I drew myself a set of plans for the station first.

Windows
The jambs are cut from an old file folder and the jambs and casings are slightly thicker stock (Raisin Bran box).

The finished product
The building’s walls and roof panels are covered with shingles I cut from heavier paper one-at-a-time, argh. Here’s how it turned out:

Final Thoughts
The colouring. There are a lot of great Maine narrow gauge discussion groups out there and they represent so much of just how much knowledge there is of and enthusiasm there is for these railways. Naturally I turned there for help first. Understandably this little flag station never really figured too heavily into anyone’s notes and we’re all guessing about it’s colours. The schemes range from the grey and white used on Randolph station to raw shingles to boxcar red. I chose the red. I’m happy with the colour but I’m not really pleased. If I did it again I’d attempt something more like raw shingles…or maybe cheat a lot and use the Maine Central grey and green used on the Sandy River’s buildings. My parting shot on the colouring is the weathering, I kept floating on more layers of colour and the thing just kept getting darker and darker. Too bad.

More than the colouring I discovered two other things I’ll need to adapt as I build more in 1/4″ scale. First of all, I need to use thicker paper for my shingles and clapboards. The page divider stock I used is just too thin. “Too thin” is a really nice change, for me, from the “too thick” that plagues so much of N scale modelling. One minor detail that is really bugging me about this model as well is the way the windows are installed. From my schooling and passion for old buildings I know that exterior window casings usually are flush or barely proud of the surrounding siding. On this model I did what I’ve always done building kits in the smaller scales and I placed the windows in their openings on top of the siding. The result is a window that is just too far out from the building. It’s minor and next time I’ll plan ahead.

My current layout is really narrow and won’t afford for much in the way of structures, and none that are full-depth. I’d really like to incoporate the KC Randolph station, or something like it. Wish me luck!

/chris



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