New downloadable kit sets me thinking...
Having been hard at work building a mini layout, with a small station building at the heart of the plan, seeing this great new kit from Scalescenes has set me to thinking. Perfect for a post-1970s commuter station, it could form the basis of a minimum space through or terminal station with a DMU or EMU service. Maybe as part of a modern park and ride location... I've been wondering about a tiny layout based around such a facility, mainly as a means of running some of the post-1980s multiple units that I've been hoarding. And there's also the chance of building something with catenary, but on a small scale.
Even a through station could have operational flexibility, with something like Hazel Grove - a station in the Stockport suburbs - where electric units can terminate on services from Manchester, while diesel units continue towards Buxton or the Hope Valley route to Sheffield. In fact, this kit actually looks a little like the building at Hazel Grove.
It costs less than £4 and can be printed as many times as you like, and there's a choice of brick shades to suit different parts of the UK. There's also a choice of signage and fittings that span the BR, sectorisation and privatisation eras. The interior is fully detailed, with ticket office window (and self-service ticket and vending machines), tiled floor and even an external air con unit. Great stuff!