Train World

Brussels

Brief/Challenges

Train World is Belgium’s national train museum which opened on the 25th September this year after many years of planning and construction. The opening ceremony was attended by Philippe, King of Belgium. 

Train World is located within Schaerbeek station, one of Brussels’ historic secondary stations, incorporating a new 8,000m2 building to house the exhibitions and utilising the fully restored central hall from 1913, which serves as the welcome area. The famous artist, illustrator, designer and scenographer François Schuiten has devised the displays for the future museum together with the Brussels design company Expoduo.

Commission

Paragon was commissioned to design and build the scenography and our workscope included scenery, props, dioramas, figurative, set dressing, cementitious plaster spraying and the design and build of bespoke railway interactives. 

The scenography contract was awarded to us by Potteau Labo, market leaders in the field of laboratory furniture, interior fit- out of hotels, museums and exhibitions. Our scenographic team used sprayed cementitious plaster on site, applying over 92,000 individual pieces of ballast around three engines in one of the main galleries.

Our Client: SNCB/NBMS Group 

Designed by: Expoduo and Francois Schuiten

We are social

STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1
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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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