Your model has the potential to be STELLAR! Keep us posted on the progress of this future work of art.
When I called this a "VERY long term" project, I wasn't kidding! With my job and keeping up a 87 year old house, plus playing with grandkids, I don't have the time I would like to have to work on trains. However, some progress has been made since the photos were taken about a year ago. I added outside details on the upper portion of walls, plus the turret on track side:
Also rain gutters that are copper on the prototype. I used styrene shapes:
The fireplace on the women's side of the lobby was a focal point, and is still in fantastic shape. Here's the model with the only interior photo I could find, taken somewhere around 1900:
The ornate ticket booth will be added "sometime"
I've made the roof removable, as well as the second story's floor. So here's where I had to imagineer what it may look like. As stated before, the present day's owners won't let anybody upstairs due to the HVAC equipment there:
The second floor access stairway is tricky to ascertain, but I think I have it. I was able to open a door that was unlocked to see the beginnings of the stairway before I was discovered. I also made the turret accessable as it would have been back in the day:
Making measurements of the actual depot, the baggage building and freight building was fun. I drove there in my pickup before the restaurant opened up, and the staff was preparing for the day's customers. I donned an orange vest, hard hat, and carried a clip board with a 50' tape measure. I proceeded to take measurements of all three buildings and nobody questioned me. The staff even waved. As did the Amtrak engineer when his train rolled through after picking up passengers at the next door Amtrak station. Carry a clip board, and everybody thinks you're official. I learned that in the Army.
I don't mean to take up thread time, so I hope you guys find it interesting. This is a great thread, and the work involved in making all the passenger stations is amazing.