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W C Greene
Recently I visited the Zaner Robinson Historical Museum in Royse City, TX...where I now live.
I had built a 1:48 model of the town's 2 room jail house (photo later) and wanted to donate it to the museum.
Deloris Ballard, the curator, accepted the model and placed it on display.
She then asked if I might be interested in building a model of the Royse City MK&T station,
which has been gone many years (in the 1960's I believe).
Well, OK...I would build a copy of it, there is only one small photo of the station taken in the early 1900's.
A very ornate structure with ventilation "windows" at each end, and one in the center of the cupola (it is believed),
and some kind of curved "gingerbread" roof support on the cupola (see above photo).
The photo was given to me by Mrs. Ballard. I "scaled" the model from this one and only photo.
Here is what I built.
I originally took Mrs. Ballard a piece of foam core with the station's footprint (estimated at 24' by 60') in HO scale...
she asked if I could make it larger so I said yes.
I appreciated this plan since HO is not compatable with my eyesight or temperment any more.
And the scale was chosen since Grandt Line (now San Juan) has the correct 6 over 6 windows,
and the RGS depot door appeared to be a good stand-in also.
The bay window portion was very persnickety to build and it has a sheet metal roof
(again what it looks like in the old photo).
Mrs Ballard also told me that the color was a "funky kind of dark yellow with brown mixed in", Floquil Depot Buff!
An internet search of local MKT stations revealed everything from oxide red to maroon, to bright yellow,
and a couple painted with depot buff.
Also, most all (except the red ones) had green trim and window frames.
The station sign reads Royse City, the little burg began using this name in the 1920's or so.
There is a sign where the station was, between some tracks, which is lettered that way,
and I imagine that museum visitors can relate better to Royse City than just Royse.
I did the best I could with the baggage doors, following MKT station doors.
The ventilation windows and curved roof support on the cupola had to be guessed at,
again I used "modeler's license".
From the old photo, it appeared that the roof had shingles of asbestos,
they looked to be far too "regular" for wooden shingles and other stations had these also.
I was prepared to make the stinkin' shingles,
until I found that Plastruct made 1:48 scale asbestos shingle material...Oh Happy Day!
The roof supports and other trim pieces were built of wood in plastic jigs.
The little museum is only open Thurs-Saturday and I can't take it there today so next week is the time to visit.
I do hope Mrs. Ballard can find a place for this big station...it is taking space on my dinner table at the moment.
In all, this was a very interesting project.
I spent some dinero on supplies for this and the time it took to build it,
would make it an expensive proposition if someone wanted me to build one for their layout, etc.
But in the spirit of helping out a local museum, what else could I do but build it for free?
Oh hell, it was fun, but I did learn some new words!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSEUM by visiting, or donating, or doing what most of you like to do...
build a model of something.
I can confirm that your 'museum piece' is exactly what us Brits. think a U.S. depot looks like !
I was in love with them from a very young age, after seeing zillions of Saturday morning westerns !
Plus I couldn't face bringing yet another 'Superquick' Station Building card-kit into the World !
You seem to be getting on very well with Deloris.
I'm sure the museum doesn't need some of it's older dusty Royce City exhibits.
Play your cards right & Deloris might get rid of some & you could build another layout there !
Very nice looking model Woodie ...
... & it's not all falling apart, with rotten boards hanging orf & rust everywhere ...
... those Big Bend miners just don't look after their buildings, like they did in Royce City !
W C Greene
It's all I could do to NOT WEATHER this building.
I love the run down, seedy old things but this one needed to be nice.
I'm just glad that it's done!
No layout planned for the museum, someone else can be "in charge" of that.
Great looking depot,
good to see you helping out your local museum too!
Well done Woodie, looks very nice.