Its been a year since Gipswijk found its new home. This is just an update as opposed to the planned celebration of the event.
About this creation
Okay, its been very cold in these parts, pretty much every day since October and visits to the town have been few and very far between. Also I've been kept busy with a multitude of other stuff. Although much has changed around town since the last update, its more to do with the fact the last update was ages ago than because I've been hard at the Lego graft. This here is the Gipswijk space port. I have a lot of redundant old school curved rails, so I've I've tried utilising them in as many projects as I can. This is the third such.
The dockside crane has been given wheels, it can now scoot up and down the dockside like a midshipman's little son. It is also quite beneficial to the many trains unloading their containers (often packed with illegal immigrating Uruk-Hai).
This is an all now block of flats, above a row of currently unoccupied retail units. The previous building on the site was rather ill-considered and I had wanted to rid myself of it almost as soon as I had built it. I really need to do a special Gipswijk then and now feature, then the actual progress will be easier to see.
This another view of the new block, the streets are uncharacteristically quiet. Not sure where all the cars are. There isn't sufficient parking space around town, so I guess there must be one helluva traffic snarl up somewhere.
The Gipswijk Police seem to have closed this street, perhaps it is connected to the lack of traffic. The also unoccupied shops are beneath another building that has been recently improved. By improved, I generally just mean made taller. Like many cities whose boundaries are constrained by physical obstacles, the only way is up. The labour party once claimed that, but alas have been proven wrong.
A citroen DS four wide I have been intermittently working on for months but never looks quite right. It's better than the outgoing model, probabaly.
The grim industrial area is coming along nicely, well it looks grim and industrial anyway.
This bar, now finished, unusually does have an interior, maybe I should have photographed it. Oleg from Body Parts frequents it, so I think there is an interior shot in episode 4.
Another shot of the yellow shops. I should try and organize the photos in this presentation a tad better, I really should.
Why is there always someone in town lying down on a road. Maybe the smart car has just run over him, although that does seem unlikely. He is wearing protective head gear whatever, I'm sure he'll be just fine. The posh red house did have a tree in its front garden but this seems to have vanished. The house has the beginnings of a usable interior but the proximity of the railway would still put most people off from actually living there, even if it does have off street parking.
Another view of industry. I need to purchase some blue 32x32 base boards, I'm fed up with brown carpet coloured water. It may look more appropriate, especially in the heavily polluted docks but it just isn't appealing to my eye, or my other eye.
Curve rail project number one. A hangar-cum-warehouse affair that now adjoins the space port.
These canal side shops whilst not entirely fitted out are getting there and the even have new (vintage) signs to attract punters.
Gipswijks third and least glamorous railway station is Gipswijk City, this is it with a train at the single platform.
The first proper high rise building in town. I'd be surprised if it's the last but the others, whilst on the way, wont be arriving anytime soon.
A view over the park, looking towards the town square.
The tram line stopped just shy of this road crossing, to the left of the picture. Now it carries straight across and goes through the old vehicle entrance to the post office, there's a a ramp for that sort of thing around the back.
Gipswijk City station, without the train but oddly the same passenger on the platform. Maybe the picture was taken before the other one, it probably wasn't.
Tall building again (Yes, order would be better)
The park has been considerably truncated to allow the tram line extension.
This is the starting point of the tram line now. It made more sense to have this next to centraal station.
Curve rail project 3 is the other end of the tram line.