Railroad stations, both freight and passenger, usually were designed buildings: specific rail companies commissioned firms to design buildings that could be replicated throughout their system. Some companies had architectural divisions that produced any kind of structure. These designs used manufactured elements common to the industrial vernacular system. Stations were often designed and built in bays, so they could be adjusted to fit a town of any size. Most were domestic in scale, with low roofs and common cladding. Stylistically, these stations were modest structures intended to convey an image of confidence and service. Stations could, however, use local materials and absorb historic styles. 2. A precisely located reference point over which a surveying instrument is centered. Also called instrument station, set-up.