Another result of the work session on Saturday past, was a decision about part of the station scene in Aylmer.
As I've blogged earlier, http://elgincarshops.blogspot.ca/2012/05/bit-of-mystery.html, the actual date for the destruction of the Aylmer station still remains a mystery. I'm getting closer, in that I've eliminated some options.
I've gone through the Fire Hall minutes book as far back as the beginning of WWII. That's Sept '39 for those of us who aren't in the US. And there's no record of a fire. I'm now thinking that perhaps a fire occurred during the depression. With times being tough I can see the railroad not wanting to spend cash on a new structure, rather less money to move the train order board adjacent the elevated crossing tower and passenger ticket sales, such as it was, to the freight shed just to the south of the original station. It's worth noting that it was during the '30s that a daily mixed from St Thomas to Glencoe was canceled, most likely due to lack of passengers.
So regardless of the actual date of destruction, I've decided to model the footings. In spite of the likely hood that the footings would have been dug up by the timeframe I'm modeling, 1951.
And it's a little different, but not beyond the realm of possibility.
However this scene is not fanciful.
If you go to this location today, you can still see the rails in the ground that made up part of the support for this structure.