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How do we remove thoroughly dried and adhered "liquid nail" from a 40-year-old plaster ceiling? Redo?

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The big question is what RR is the guy interested in? If NE Ohio, he may be a Nickel Plate Road fan, or a New York Central man - find out. You will really piss-off some guys if you build something that looks like the property of a railroad that rivaled his favorite. Almost all the old "fallen flag" roads have a web page, and from there you can get many photos of stations and lineside buildings.

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I have a customer that is looking to have a work and storage shed built to look like a turn-of-the-century train station. Any sources or ideas you may have for plans would be appreciated.

Thanks, John

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John -

I am not so well versed in architecture that I know whether most turn-of-the-century train stations look the same. The style that springs to my mind is that of Frank Furness, an architect who I greatly admire (possibly the only one). Furness designed a large number of buildings for the Pennsylvania Railroad, which may have included some in Ohio, or at least his influence may have extended that far.

There is an excellent book called "Frank Furness: the Complete Works" published by the Princeton Architectural Press. A search of his name on the internet will also turn up a bit of stuff, including some pictures. I would also guess that a search for info on train stations would turn up a huge pile of information, as there are some people out there who are really wacky about trains.

Furness was an interesting man, apparently quite knowledgable about building techniques and engineering, capable of directing the day-to-day work on the buildings he designed in a way that left him still liked and respected by the workers at the end of the day.

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What if he comes out some morning and finds a bunch of people standing around waiting for the train?

Perhaps you could check out some of the model railroad sites. This would be a nice turn of events. You could use 4" thick solid cardboard and plistic "I" beams. And then buy 1000's of bottle of Testor's paint.

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There's an old train station in town that was probably built around the turn of the century. There's a picture of it at:

Train Station

Sorry it's not a very good picture. I'll try to come up with some more if you think it's along the lines of what you want.

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FWIW, it seems to me FHB just had a photo (back cover) of a house based on a RR station.


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get some back issues of Model Railroading or Model Railroader The Shortline Gazzette is great too..

Almost every issue of the Shoreliner ( the magazine of the New Haven Historical Society ) has a picture of one of their stations...

I like the type of stations you can still see in a new life in New Hampshire and Vermont..
one story.. large overhangs.. huge brackets to support the roof..

if you strike out send me your fax number and i can fax some pictures.. but no plans as they would have to be scaled down to storage shed size..

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How do we remove thoroughly dried and adhered "liquid nail" from a 40-year-old plaster ceiling? Redo?

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Rich Beckman