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The London Broad Street homage.


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Snow is falling, which is reason enough to assume air-dried modelling clay will not cure properly in a freezing cold garage as ballast, so I have put the viaduct passenger station frame in situ, and come indoors for a cup of tea and an early brandy paanee.  The station, of which one will see little of the building, is to be my homage to Mr William Baker's 1865 London Broad Street, the memory of whose derelict, un-loved, Renaissance atmosphere still haunts me.  Quite whether it will be worthy, only time will tell.

 

The frame was a case of 'one step forward, three back', as I glued and hammered, then re-glued what had fallen off, then removed and reattached mistakes and intrusions as the structure grew more complex.  However, when I can buy some more track, I hope to get started on the scenery on this level.  Already, I am wondering about removing the plywood side on the right (under the station) to use as a stiff back for the row of eight Wills brick arches that need to be attached.  However, it looks adequate so far, so I hope this will be of interest.

 

The passenger station site.  A carriage siding will be on the left, and a milk siding on the right, up against the retaining wall (all yet to be built):

 

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A view of the full length:

 

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This end, nearest the camera, will be hidden behind a warehouse and silos, to mask the trains departing from the station, where the 'Hand of God' will be used to un-couple and reverse them.

 

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I remember walking up the steps onto the deserted concourse of Broad Street station.  There was a large model locomotive in a display case which could be made to turn it's wheels on dropping a penny into the slot.  I think it now resides in the National Railway Museum at York.  I have never heard the station referred to as 'London' Broad Street, only Broad Street.   The station could also be accessed from Liverpool Street Station next door by way of a footbridge which crossed the platforms of Liverpool Street Station and passed through a stone archway and onto a footpath between the two stations.

 

Terry

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I was concerned not everyone would know the location if I wrote just "Broad Street" - the years are passing so fast, would the youngsters here know of it?  My father used to take me on an annual tour of the London termini when I was at an impressionable age, and this station's atmosphere of melancholy neglect has been something I have wanted to convey in a model ever since, quite apart from the architectural style (although I have no space to construct a full building).  I am pleased to say there are several photographs on the internet of the station in its last days, better able than mine to portray the gloom.  We used the east side staircase to get to the concourse, not discovering the central exit until seeing other photographs many years later, although I do remember the lifts locked out of use.  I did not know of a foot-bridge from Liverpool Street.  Like my demolished N.H.S. mental hospitals around the U.K., I wonder where the development windfall of funds went from this site...

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