Two Anchor Designs with Metal

by Fred Hartjes

AV Hartjes has been been interested in Anchor sets and buildings which use metal parts.  Thanks in large part to his efforts, Rob Buis has reproduced all of the metal parts from the DS and Bridge Set (12/1894).  This page will feature two building which contain a great deal of Fred's own originality.

The first building is a glass-covered railroad station from the patent drawings of Julius Weiss.

This picture shows Fred's reconstruction of this design.  I must admit that Fred is a better builder than he is a photographer.  One wishes that AV Jan van der Werff had taken the pictures for Fred.
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The patent drawings by Julius Weiss.  Anchor builders will recognize problems with these drawings.  The large arch has a ¼ unit notch at each of the upper corners.  No such stone was ever made.  And the overhead view shows a symmetrical (two sided) station while the side view is of a single sided station.
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Fred redrew the design to fit the realities of Anchor stones.  Note that the scale of the building dictates a two track layout. 
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Fred drew layer plans so that all AVs can reconstruct this station.
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AV Tobias Mey found some unpublished building plans for the sets above DS # 29.  One of these was an "English Castle" from DS # 33 (29B).  Both views were found (above and below), but they were uncolored -- just the black lines of the future lithographs.  Thus Fred had no clue, other than the contents of a GK-NF # 34, DS # 29 and # 34D (for VE, not DS), as to which stones were red and which were yellow.  
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The finished castle.  Fred's main interest is the DS roof construction.  The two sided construction of central roof section is very unusual.
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The  front entrance.
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The roof.
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