Evolution of a Scene
|When this project started the available space was a corner of our basement and in this case function followed form. Where the tracks enter Liberty Street at St. Louis Avenue on the West end, or, left side of my little switching layout, there is a sharp turn to the left onto the ''Wabash Yard staging area''. Here it sits in it's original home. No backdrop, no track, just an idea and some cardboard cut-outs for buildings.|
The most prominent building on Liberty Street is the Ryley Wilson Grocers warehouse on the corner of Liberty and St. Louis Ave. Lucky for me the building still stands as it did in 1895, great round logo and all. This building is plainly visible on the1895 birds-eye panorama of Kansas City found in the American Memory collection of the Library of Congress.
This is a photo of the actual side of the building which was cropped, printed and applied to the side of the model.
RUDY PATRICK SEEDS
At this end of the layout is the transition from the staging area representing the Wabash, U.P. And M.P. Yards and in fact the rest of the world. In the real world this was mostly open space to the Missouri Pacific/U.P. yard. However, what was needed here was a way to frame the open end and visually close it off. Using pictures and mock-ups on card stock gave me a chance to try out various alternatives.
After searching the West Bottoms for a suitable structure to fill the space, I finally settled on a composite of a number of buildings to create the Rudy Patrick Seed Co.
One of many covered docks in the bottoms.
A street side loading dock on the old Rudy Patrick building.
There are actually several buildings once owned by Rudy Patrick Seeds in the ''Bottoms''. Any one of them would make for good models.
The final corner with the new Rudy Patrick building. There is always room for added detail but I am fairly satisfied with the outcome. The overhead crossover section acts as a sort of doorway fully blocking the transition to the ''fiddle yard''.
Across the street the Ryley Wilson building is the focal point of the area.
The background images are photos of the actual St. Louis Ave. (but from the opposite vantage point) printed and laminated to card stock and then attached to the backdrop. I chose the Southern view as the Northern view today is rather boring with modern structures, etc... ....another compromise for the good of the overall effect.