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Postby scotia47 » Sat May 15, 2004 11:45 pm

Incredible! 8O 8)

Now if we could only get the real station looking as nice as that... :(
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Postby gridrunner » Sat May 15, 2004 11:53 pm

Those images are really quite beatuiful, I can't believe I never knew they where there!
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Postby dazza » Sun May 16, 2004 6:11 am

Nice! I'd be interested to see what you'd make of this though:
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Postby rosco » Mon May 17, 2004 12:08 am

dazzababes wrote:Nice! I'd be interested to see what you'd make of this though:


yes. that's my next challenge. :? :cue dramatic music:

another work-in-progress update:
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Yes, the bricks on the arches and the side of the air vents are the wrong way round.... :roll: Takes so bloody long to render :cry:
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Postby Sharon » Mon May 17, 2004 7:03 am

its looking ace Rosco...the textures work well!

Maybe slightly finer on the platform floor itself?

I look forward to the next render :D
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Postby james73 » Mon May 17, 2004 10:48 am

Cool. 8)






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Postby rosco » Mon May 17, 2004 5:53 pm

And then there were stairs...

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Still some texture things to sort out and wee details to add, suggestions appreciated. I want to get some more colour into it, maybe some old adverts or posters. And I'll try to put people and maybe a train in at some point - there hasn't been a train down there for years. :roll:
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Postby Fossil » Mon May 17, 2004 5:59 pm

r 8) osco
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Postby scotia47 » Mon May 17, 2004 11:29 pm

Incredible. Just incredible. Keep it up! :D One thing though, IMHO it looks a little too clean at the moment. It would probably have looked (slightly) grubbier due to the steam and smoke from trains combined with the relatively confined environment.

Over the last couple of days, I've concocted a plan that would reopen the real station and line, and restore the station to its former glory, minus steam and smoke. Not that it's ever likely to happen of course. I'm seriously considering changing my middle name to "Pipe Dream". :oops:

Nevertheless, I can explain my ideas if anyone's interested.
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon May 17, 2004 11:32 pm

Explain away Scotia :D
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Postby scotia47 » Tue May 18, 2004 12:13 am

crusty_bint wrote:Explain away Scotia :D


I'd be delighted :D

The section of line the Botanic Garden station served ran along a tunnel under the city that emerged at Finnieston, near the site of the SECC station. The long-abandoned tunnel still exists, it's mentioned on this site that it was responsible for the flooding of Glasgow Central Low Level in the early 90's (talk about the past coming back to bite you in the...).

I was having a look through SPT's page describing the reopening of the Larkhall line (http://www.spt.co.uk/microsites/larkhall) when I noticed this line:

"The first stage of the new service will be operational from December 2004 with the Hamilton to Anderston services increased from half hourly to quarter hourly, making sure that the benefits to the local community are felt as soon as possible."

Presumably, the idea is that sevices terminating at Anderston will continue to the SECC station and use the turnback siding there. This got me thinking. Why not run a few trains past there, up the Gibson Street tunnel and stop at Botanic Gardens? And, assuming it's still physically possible, run further north to terminate at Maryhill shopping centre, where space has been left underneath it to squeeze in a station.

As I see it, this could have the following advantages:

1. It would make it easier for people living in the area surrounding MSC to get into the town. Assuming they can be tempted away from the numerous bus services.

2. If people going to the Gardens or to Glasgow Uni travelled via Glasgow Central, this would create a more convenient way to reach those places instead of having to make the hike over to St. Enoch Subway station and travel that way. This would also take some of the pressure off the Subway system, which has sometimes suffered from overcrowding over the past few years.

The way I see it, it would work as a single line branch from Finnieston, similar to the North Berwick line if you've ever been there. I'm thinking stops at Botanic Gardens and (possibly) Maryhill. There might be demand for stops elsewhere, I'm not sure of the exact route the tunnel takes between BG and Finnieston. Trains (electric ones, obviously) would run at least every half hour, assuming the timetable can be adjusted to fit them in alongside both existing and proposed services.

Plus, I would have the BG station done up in 30's style similar to rosco's renderings. Nice and retro. :D

Like I said, a pipe dream... :(
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Postby Sharon » Tue May 18, 2004 7:06 am

the lines been built on at Kirklee, the Botanics is as far as it would get. :(
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Postby scotia47 » Tue May 18, 2004 9:31 am

Sharon wrote:the lines been built on at Kirklee, the Botanics is as far as it would get. :(


Darn. :(
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Postby james73 » Tue May 18, 2004 10:38 am

scotia47 wrote:
Sharon wrote:the lines been built on at Kirklee, the Botanics is as far as it would get. :(


Darn. :(



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build new roads... :roll:

[railbore]

As for your idea, I like it. It could also take some pressure off the bottleneck
between Hyndland Junction West and Yorkhill. You could then have a Larkhall
to Botanic Gardens/Maryhill Central service combined with the current
Milngavie to Hamilton and Helensburgh to Motherwell(?) services all running
through Central Low Level.

An issue with your idea would be the layout at the SECC station itself - it
would probably need modifying, as it currently only has one track emerging
from the tunnel with the junction inside, the one that braches left at
Yorkhill. If timetabled correctly, they could probably get away with using
the eastbound platform as a bi-directional platform, but there is room for
another platform at that part of the station. Interesting stuff (to me anyway).

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Postby crusty_bint » Tue May 18, 2004 11:19 am

Scotia... maybe you should write a letter to someone?

Rosco... Amazing stuff, well impressed!!!!!! Here's a little pic of the Botanic Gardens Station under construction
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I also found this pic of Kelvinbridge Station... fancy giving that a go?
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