suburban station to busy city terminal, the platform was the first and last stop
for every passenger. Tall walkways allowed passengers fast and easy access to
and from trains. The hard surface made it easy to wheel baggage and mail carts
into place, as well as supplies for the diner or other cars. And since no one
liked being too wet or warm, a roof provided some protection from the elements.
As an alternate to costly train sheds, American railroads tried three
distinct styles of station platforms including the Busch, Umbrella and Butterfly
types. Of these, the Butterfly (so named because of its up-swept, wing-shaped
roof) was cheaper to build and eliminated the maintenance headaches of other designs.
Providing plenty of ventilation for engine exhaust and just enough protection
from the sun and rain for passengers, Butterfly platforms gained widespread popularity
early in the 20th century.
Now you can build a detailed terminal scene
for your passenger service with this all-new kit. Based on the almost universal
Butterfly design, platforms of this type can be found at stations in big cities
and outlying suburbs where they have served passengers for many years.
The kit includes parts for eight complete platforms and features a modular design
so longer platforms can easily be built to fit your space. To get passengers to
and from trains safely, a pair of optional underground "subway" stair
ways are included to add realistic detail without a lot of work. "Wooden"
walkway crossings between tracks, four platform benches, detailed "steel"
columns, platform signboards and realistic details are all included.
Ideal for use with any steam-, transition- or diesel-era layout, the platforms
look great alongside Union Station (WAL-933-3257,
sold separately) and similar station facilities.
Measures Approximately: 6-1/8" x 1¼" x 1-3/8" tall
(dimensions of one section, eight sections included)
||N Scale Price:
to N Scale Supply catalog page for : Walthers Cornerstone