Building King’s Cross station – Part 3

This is the third and last post covering my King’s Cross MOC (my own creation). In the previous posts, we’ve looked at the facade, the roof design and some of the interior details from when it was under construction. Now it is time to have a look at the completed model…

With the model now finished and through its first public display, I’ve been able to take a lot of photos for this third post.

If you have missed the first two, you can find them here:

  • Part 1 – Background and building the facade
  • Part 2 – Building the roof structure and interior details

Since those posts, most of the additional work has been done on completing the inside, so that will be where I start this post.

Inside the station

Part 2 of this series covered some of the interior created for the station. But let’s have a look at the sections that were completed afterwards.

Firstly, I have created barriers with doors that only open for ticket holders. Flash your ticket and and the green light will come up opening the gates. If you have issues, ask the friendly lady at the back.

Once through the doors, they will close again.

The sign over the exit (and a similar one is at the entry) is from the 2018 Hogwarts Express set.

In the main hall of the station, I had two empty squares. I could simply just tile the floor and have it as a nice open space. But travellers need a place to get coffee, or they will get grumpy. So I designed a cafe. Access to the station hall was somewhat restricted, so I did the design separate on a few plates to try out some ideas. Below is the model I landed on in the end. I has a nice looking coffee machine, a fridge with extra milk, and a small selection of croissants and cookies to complement the coffees.

As barista, I ended up using Gunther from Friends – partly because the figure was relatively cheap, but the character is also a barista and I’m a big Friends fan as well.

Once I was happy with the completed model (I was also waiting for tiles for the floor), I added it to the main model. It sits perfectly under one of the clocks hanging from the ceiling.

The other empty square (seen with the light purple floor to the right on the photo above), I needed a similar sized structure to fill that space. I thought of a ticketing stall, but already had a few of those. It could have been an information counter, but in the end I found a tile with a Newsstand sticker in my collection and decided it should be small newsstand, where travellers could get a newspaper, a magazine or maybe a soft drink or a chocolate bar for the trip. Here is what it ended up looking like.

As will the coffee shop, I did most of the design on plates to nail the design. And once I was happy with the outcome, I moved it across to the main model, sitting under another clock hanging from the ceiling.

Now the main station hall was complete. Next up was the platforms.

Entering platform 9¾

A key part of the display (and by far the one that got the most interest when displayed the first time) is the inclusion of Platform 9¾.

Before showing that, I will share an interesting fact I learned about some of the platforms:

The area around King’s Cross used to be a village known as Battle Bridge. It got its name from supposedly being the site of the final battle between the Romans and the Celtic-British Iceni tribe led by Boudica. According to some sources, Boudica is buried where platforms 9 and 10 are now located and her ghost is reported to haunt passages under the station, around platforms 8–10.
Source: Wikipedia

That is an interesting story that makes Platform 9¾ sound even more magical.

As for the entrance to the platform, I’ve previously (see the first post) covered that the real platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross aren’t even in the same building.  So when the movies were done, they used one of the archways between platforms 4 and 5. The photo below is from when I visited London a few years back.

And here is a screenshot from the scene in the movie where Percy is moving through the wall (soon to be followed by Fred and George).

Here is a similar shot from my build with George running through the wall.

From this angle, you can see Fred is almost through to the other side of the wall and onto Platform 9¾. The tickets Harry and George are carrying look really awesome and came in the 2021 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar.

I should really add Ginny standing next to Molly as well, though that part of the station is starting to get a bit crowded.

As a reminder, here see a video showing what it whole scene looked like in the movies.

Below you can see more of the platform, with a few key characters from the movie standing waiting to board the train in the background. I’ve used the 2018 Hogwarts Express train as the backdrop here, though I’ve added a second carriage. Its size is perfect now. My MOC version of the train is quite a bit longer and would have looked out of scale.

Neville Longbottom has already boarded the train- and still has his toad Trevor with him. I’m sure it will run away soon.

Hermione’s trolley is loaded up with books as you would expect. Professor Lupin has an emergency bar of chocolate (bought at the Newsstand), just in case dementors should be coming.

Also waiting on the Platform is the Malfoy family. Draco is about to start at Hogwarts and is accompanied by the proud mother and father. I’m sure Draco’s father is going to hear all about what’s happening Hogwarts once Draco gets there.

Here you can better see the train parked next to Platform 9¾.

In front of the station

That pretty much covers the inside of the station, and I returned to the outside to see if there was anything more to be done there.

The most important improvement I could think of there was adding a larger plaza in front of the station. For that I needed tiles.

Putting tiles on the floor inside the station resulted in me going through my stock of light bluish grey tiles very quickly, leaving huge unfinished gaps in the main building, and prevented me from doing any additional extensions on the outside. So I went shopping…

With new stock of tiles in hand, I completed what was needed inside and started on an extension to the plaza in front of the building. I wanted that to be a step down to “normal” baseplate height and didn’t really model it after anything particular. It shouldn’t be all tiles though, so I added some street furniture, lamp posts and ultimately a stature as well.

To begin with, I was using one from a Ninjago City MOC I did year’s ago (left photo below), but have now changed it to something more traditional European (right photo).

Here, I’m testing the new plaza in front of the building. The train track along the side of the station is because its first display was going to be part of a large train layout, which would have trains running around a big loop on the outside.

The completed model

So, how did it end up looking? Here is a nice view (almost from the same angle as above) – though still with the glass roof off.

The roof sits loose on top and is made out of door frames with transparent glass panes held together with hinges to allow it to follow the curve of the supporting roof structure.

And here it is finally with the roof on. The red train shed to the left is an addition for the train display and has nothing to do with King’s Cross station.

With the roof added, it looks stunning – in particular when you look in from “ground” level. Otherwise it does block the view somewhat, so I may sometimes display it without the roof.

Building models like this, one of my favourite parts is adding small stories to the MOC. Below I will show some of the ones I’ve added so far.

Inside the main station hall a fiddler is playing and collects quite a bit of money from the travellers. He must be very talented!

A fiddler is playing and collects quite a bit of money from the travellers. He must be very talented!

Here you can see workers doing maintenance on the cabling next to the tracks.

And it is not just minifigures. Animals thrive on stations like King’s Cross too. I’ve added plenty of pigeons (about 20 of them) and a few rats too.

Finally, I’ve added the scene where Harry asks the train conductor for directions to Platform 9¾. That didn’t go well…

That was all. I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts, looking at some of the design choices (and challenges) I faced during the build. It was a blast to display it for the first time. The lighting there was terrible, so I won’t have many good photos to share. I’m hoping to have a video review soon though.

Till then, Build the Magic!

One of my favourite photos of the completed model

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