Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Hull Paragon

Yesterday I briefly went to Hull Paragon - picking up tickets for today's trip to Manchester - I'm currently on the train home from there!

Hull Paragon is a rather intriguing station - although its surroundings are typical 'big city' surroundings the station itself has an altogether different air in places. The station buildings are a mix of ages, ranging from the original 1840 structure to the new canopy which has replaced the rather ugly office block at the front of the station. The train shed is an elegant structure and hasn't been disfigured by electrification - although not all of it is still rail served, closures during the 'sixties reduced the amount of capacity required.

The old excursion platforms now provide an area for stabling Tampers and other on track machines (OTM) - they sit in a quiet corner of the station and provide a contrast with the sometimes bustling areas in the station.

I often think this would make a nice feature on a model, complementing an otherwise busy urban setting. The different and old types of track present would look impressive with weeds and grass slowly taking over the ballast. Would certainly be good fun modelling such a scene!

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