Hi Everyone,

Have a few Plasticville stuctures from my boyhood layout.  I'm thinking of using the passenger station (don't have accompanying platform) with OGR's storage shed on a short spur line.  Don't like the original station and I'm looking for ideas on modifying it.  Welcome your input and any pics of what you have done to it.

Thanks everyone!

Bob

 

 

 

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Cut it off at the top of the platform and "pour" a ground level concrete pad for it to sit on.  Changes the appearance considerably.  You  can find a modern attached covered platform and do the same thing.  Put one on each end of the station for a larger appearing structure.

Don't forget portable steps so passengers can get on and off of the cars.

Also you can cover all of the exterior walls with brick paper for a very nice and unique look.

Tom

Somewhere back in the archives of photos in here are several of these l kit bashed to death....creating L shaped, V shaped, two story, and others. And l remember a lot of other kitbashes that were posted. Dunno if a search will pull them up?

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Not sure if this is what you are thinking but I have a Plasticville station that barely survived six younger brothers and is now in its second century.  It was missing one side and the platform but I wanted to use.  I made one side and the platform out of some thin sheets of wood, painted and added lights under the roof.P1010227

Steve

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Steve,

That's a great station!  Like what you did.  I have Plasticville's suburban station(white with green roof) from the early 1950's  and not a lot of room on a short connecting rail line.  I'm looking for ideas on modifying it somewhat-perhaps the exterior walls,platform. etc. and adding lighting.  Any other input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Bob

Bob,

Finally found where I had packed the station away.  Looks like it largely survived the move.  When I did this several years ago it wasn't with any skill, just seeing what others did on this forum, finding things I had on hand and giving it a whack.

The exterior wall, building interior floor and platform are made from thin luaun, painted with craft paint (no idea what at this point).  The bulbs I had picked up at a train show and were easy for me to hook up.

When I get to the point of putting buildings and scenery on the new layout I'll probably repaint the exterior and may have to fashion a new platform as the first one was made to match up with Fastrack profile.  Instead of the bulbs I used I would also look at LEDs.

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Steve

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Nice job! With some paint and weathering Plasticville buildings can look great, especially if you are running traditional size trains. You can put together a whole town in a small area, which just isn't possible with scale buildings. I have a mix of building types on my layout, many of which are Plasticville, purchased at swap meets for a few dollars each, then repainted. IMG_1270

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I have a Plasticville house that was missing a roof when I bought it in a bunch of Plasticville stuff at a train show. I found some plastic material that looks like roof tiles and glued it in place for the roof on the 2 story house, also put a roof on a grain elevator that I had for a few years as it seems that I lost the roof for it in the 2 or 3 moves since I left the 2 story house we used to live in. Had to cut another piece of plastic for the 2 story house so the chimney would fit correctly and glued it in.

I have some Plasticville railroad signal bridges that I can't find certain parts(lower bracket) for so I used some plastic zip ties(or tie wraps) to attach the signal heads to the platform with. I use them in the back side of the layout so people won't notice the zip ties.

Lee Fritz

Philadelphia & Reading Railway, one of the first railroads in the USA, first to have a double track system in the USA.

Forty Rod posted:

Cut it off at the top of the platform and "pour" a ground level concrete pad for it to sit on.  Changes the appearance considerably.  You  can find a modern attached covered platform and do the same thing.  Put one on each end of the station for a larger appearing structure.

Don't forget portable steps so passengers can get on and off of the cars.

Also you can cover all of the exterior walls with brick paper for a very nice and unique look.

I'm working on that very thing right now.  I should have the base platforms for one station and two passenger shelters shortly.  Let  me know if you are interested.

BTW, the Plasticville Collectors Association just had a sale on a whole batch of stuff from a storage locker.  Really great prices. I got most of a small town for just under a hundred bucks.  Lots of bashing material there.

 

Now, if I only had a place to put it all.    

Tom

Back when there was a lot of P-ville bashing on here, l thought l would give it a shot.  I generated several P-ville stations, large and small. I think they show what an imagination can do with P-VILLE.

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I used Plasticville station parts out of junkboxes for all of them, but to get rid of the "stucco" surface, l sheathed the two story in Evergreen board and batten.  Some others were sheathed, too.  Probably most difficult was shaping the roof on the Y station.  Some Tichy or Grandtline doors and windows were added, too. Just a lot of cutting and fitting.

 

 

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EmpireBuilderDave posted:

The challenge with Plasticville is they did not make it to 1:48 scale unfortunately.  Some of their structures had some really nice detail but once you put figures or a vehicle in the structures look obviously small.

This isn't necessarily a disadvantage. Placed in the background, slightly-underscale structures, vehicles and roadways can be very useful to introduce a mild bit of forced perspective into a layout, producing the impression of increased expansiveness. It is not uncommon for folks to use HO (or even smaller) structures in the far background, such as on a "distant" mountainside. The trick is to be locally-consistent.

This scene is way in the background on a mountain -- I build everything at 3/4 of the proper scale:

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My intention is to go with the "Plasticville” look for at least one of my towns. And, I want to combine elements of the Plasticville buildings to create something unique.

The park entrance you created is unique and an outstanding idea;  which I intend to incorporate. 

Thank you 

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