The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes

Building the new service station

About 12 years ago or so, I saw a neat gas station in 
Garden Railways magazine. Jack Verducci did it and I 
copied the design as well as I could from the one photo. 
Made it out of some wood materials I should not have
sed and it finally fell apart.
This time I'm using MDO sign board, much tougher, 
plus covering the bottom edges with sign vinyl(wife had
a sign biz). BIt larger in size also, could hardly get a
car under the other. 5" tall.
Planking it with redwood, using small nails 
and Liquid nail
Basic parts assembled. More details to follow as
I get it made. I hope!
Here are some shots of the primered gas station. The roof is 
composed of some leftover sign material. It is aluminumn on 
both sides with a plastic hollow core corrugated material.
Cuts real easy with a jigsaw. Great to use on flat areas. 
I plan to make new corrugated roofing to glue onto it,
using copper foil that I will 'corrugate' in a paint tube 
winder. That's what I used on the old one. 
You can get the snap on edging I used to cover up the 
edges. Might check with your local sign shop. You can
get it in 4x8 sheets, but I'm
sure they would sell you some scraps cheap.
I like these John Deere pumps I got at Walmart. 
Wish I could find them in Texaco, but could not.
I started bending the copper foil for my gas station's corrugated roof. I'm using a tube winder you can get at an art or crafts store. Just don't use too much pressure and it cranks through pretty good. Note the one that is curved too much, that was my first one and I was pressing too hard. I buffed the pieces first with steel wool to remove any protective finish. I will give them a green patina once they are glued on with silicon caulk or Liquid Nail. Any ideas as to which is best?
 Jerry painted the trim of the gas station with artist's acrylic paints(he was an art teacher). The Texaco gas pumps are from a Christmas light set he got last year. He was happy with how they looked all lit up, should look good on the layout this spring. The station also has an interior light and one under the overhang. He will soon cut the plastic for the windows.
   Jerry got some repro signs off ebay that had been put on magnetic sheeting. He cut them to size and 
put them on the building.
Sets off the building nicely.
Back of the station, these were a bit big, but break up the space. Gluing on the corrugated roof sections is next, but company is coming. 
Jerry finished up the gas station with a corrugated metal effect, using copper foil that he ran through a paint tube crimper. The pieces were attached with silicon caulk.  The copper will weather to a nice brown color.   He will put it outdoors this spring, the railroad is covered with snow at the moment.
The station is placed outside and equipped with cars/people.
Here you can see the station with some of the other 
buildings in town. All the other buildings are made of clay,
the Texaco station is made of wood and metal.

The New Texaco Service Station
Jerry had made two stations using wood products, each eventually rotted away. This time he went with plastic.

 The base is a gas station kit from Colorado Structures. It had brick texture molded into it which he didn't want. He glued plastic pieces on to simulate the gas station he worked at as a teenager.  The awning is  metal signboard and the pieces on top are plastic.
He got the Texaco sign from ebay. It has a LED light on each side of it and
is wired into the station which has LED lights inside and under the canopy. The lettering on the station was vinyl cut by his wife.
A busy station that is all done. Jerry got the figures online and the Texaco trucks from ebay. Various smaller items came from Larry's G Scale. Note 
the vinyl oil stain in front of the Mustang. Figures are working on the race car to get it ready for a drag race on Sunday.
 Note the figure filling the coke machine from the bottles resting 
on the trash can.  Station also sells tires
Here you can see the pump island with it's air pump and oil can rack
The Texaco station is a busy place at night, all lit up for night time
full service. Check your oil, clean your windshield and fill it up 
with .29 cents per gallon of gas.


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