Now then I finally cranked myself up to make this scenic diorama which I've been mulling over all this year, so now it July and it has to happen or it will be just another talking shop, the real motivation came in the recent Parcels Office build which set me back up working in plastic again. So Leek is a subject which often rears its face on here as a talking subject, basically the station is or I ought to say was pure North Staffordshire Railway and rebuilt many times reusing the original dressed Hollington Stone seams of which are found in Checkley, Tean and the Churnet Valley. I,m going to start simple, this station needs a lot of space and so priority for me is to focus on only what needs modeling to capture the scene and spirit of a lost place, I'm lucky in as much as I have copies of a whole load of hitherto unknown build elevation plans which not so long ago came to light. These plans date from various different time periods starting in 1848 and culminating in 1912 when the wholesale redevelopment of the main station was reformed the plans are not all complete but they offer vital measurments which confirm that the model will be accurate, the downside was the copies I have are on digital compressed file format and won't print any larger than A4 which is utterly hopeless when trying to work out the scale. So to the rescue came Mr Sollis backed up by Fruit and his enormous collection of old photgraphs and hey presto we now have readable size plans to work from and check against the photos. The start point is the Rudyard platform Down line Waiting Rooms and Toilets, this structure was completed in 1895 and we have the main elements of the build plans, so to work I set converting and resizing the drawing into 7mm to the foot scale. I wanted to do this mainually and the old fashioned way not only because to me that is quicker but also because it is more enjoyable, so it was sketch out parameters in pencil first then overlay using black ink and my trusty Issograph lining pen set. Here is the first results... the end elevations to the waiting rooms. This is the North end elevation and looking back towards the Cheddleton and Uttoxeter direction.