I am an old man. I recall seeing this station work-project in one of my mother's magazines and feeling pangs of jealousy of those that had someone build it for them.
The entire set includes a park with a drawbridge and an abstract piece of sculpture; a rocket launch platform with a retractable roof; a conveyor belt that moves via a hand crank; a living area, including a working elevator and trick staircase; a spring-loaded personnel launcher that “catapults figures into space”; a solar power unit featuring a mass of plastic aquarium tubing; and, perhaps coolest of all, a monorail, that symbol of ’70s futurism, made from a soda bottle and a six-foot length of aluminum shelving bracket.
Reading the original article describing this station and downloading the building instructions can be found here.
I wonder if anyone on the site is handy enough to build it - as I certainly am not.
There was a second time this magazine discussed play-sets but it wasn't as cool as this one was. (I can bring that one up folks are interested but links can be found through this I linked to above.)