The W&A may not be a physical railroad anymore, but that doesn't mean it's entirely dead either. While the On30 railroad certainly fulfills it's role, and has been well received, there is something about the W&A the calls to me.
Recently, a need has arisen for the old White Fang depot to come back into existence. The depot was one of the first structures I built, and it looked it. Pulling the structure out of storage, it was in a very sad shape. Bits of the old building where held together with brushed on white glue, which was drying out and peeling away. The roof was actually sitting cockeyed, and the wooden platform had boards broken, missing, or peeling off the plastic sub base.The structure had been left in it's stock plastic color, with a splash of dusty weathering added that while adequate at the time, appeared very tired.
So, the first step was dissembling the structure. Using gentle persuasion, the whole building was brought down to it's individual pieces. The parts where cleaned and hit with a mix of warm soapy water and detergent to remove any traces of glue. Once each part had been cleaned, they where laid out on a paper towel and left to dry overnight.
Over the course of disassembling the structure, it was found that a multitude of peaces had gone missing over the years. Some parts would have to be fabricated, others hidden.Some parts where a bit out of place to the building's 1890s appearance.
The stock telephone booth was inclosed to create a wooden shed, and the telephone re-sculpted to look like some sort of electrical equipment relative to the depot's telegraph. The light fixtures with their saucer like hoods where all removed, and the platform was once again coated with wooden boards to represent a wooden platform. The building was then painted, with a coat of boxcar red with black trim.
The roof was painted a deep flat black, and a light amount of weathering was added. The platform boards where weathered using the "scratch back" technique. The while thing was given a wash of black paint, and then sanded with some light grit sandpaper. This removed the heaviest of the black paint and outlined the grain in the wooden floor boards.
The windows and doors where left white. Thus putting the building in (my) W&A's official building paint scheme of deep red with white trim.
One of the missing items happened to be the windows on each side of the bay. They left a fine impression of where they where supposed to be, so I lightly outlined the window imprints with white paint. Representing the window frames with the windows themselves (hopefully) appearing as if they where open.
One final touch was the brick chimney. The chimney was hit with brick red, and then a wash of white was painted over it. Gently wiping away with my index finger revealed the brick red, with the white paint settling into the cracks to act as mortar.
The roof was then reassembled, takeing extra care to keep the gables in line. Gorilla liquid glue was used, with application from the tip of a bent paperclip. This should prove a much stronger bond then brushed on Elmer's white glue, and shouldn't yellow over time. The depot walls where assembled with clear acetate in the windows, and finally the roof was attached. The finished structure looks beautiful and stands as a testament to the old W&A RR. There are some plans for this structure, as well as a few others in regards to a small re-birth of the W&A. But for now, those will have the remain a secret.