Instead, sparsely populated habitations dotted along railway branch lines were often provided with a simple station halt, usually with a short, narrow platform to facilitate passenger movements.
If a platform shelter was present it was often a wooden structure, in many ways similar to a bus shelter, offering the minimum of passenger comforts. The most basic station halts had no shelter at all to offer protection from the elements. In the years leading up to the closure of many branch lines some wooden shelters in need of repair were removed leaving even more bare platforms.
Some of the rural station halts had wooden platforms. The Scenecraft 42-005 Market Hampton Halt is a good example of this type of structure. Whilst restoring an old N gauge model railway layout I left a space next to the track for this short wooden platform to provide an excuse to run rural passenger trains, detailed in my blog post dated 03 December 2013.
A miniature example of a pagoda building made from corrugated iron and typical of many owned by the Great Western Railway was meant to sit on top of the wooden platform, but alas, I did not have one. I could have left the platform bare but thought that building a platform shelter would be an enjoyable exercise.
A piece of the plank effect styrene sheet which measured 40mm x 15mm was used for the rear of the platform shelter and fixed to one long edge of the cardboard base using impact adhesive.
I painted the underside of the roof and the exterior of the platform shelter with a few coats of burnt umber.
The roof was fixed to the top of the shelter using a blob of impact adhesive at each corner.