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Illustrated 12 page Generic Construction Guide & 11 page Cardstock Modeling Guide.

Printable color patterns - the cheapest way to go. Print to cardstock for paper model or mock-up. Examples: Plan 821, Plan 1200

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Half price Introductory Special: $3.95
Back in 1876 you could get a one way ticket on the New York and Long Branch Railroad from Matawan, New Jersey to New York City for under a dollar.
The Matawan depot was one of five identical stations using the same mid-Victorian design. The freight shed shared the same ‘half-hip’ roof style, and is similar in design to many such railway buildings across North America.
Click on the links to see the various construction techniques using our Plan Package. Click Here for details.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 730 - NYLB Matawan Freight Shed
Model Builder Templates included

model train structure

Plan 1023 - Orbisonia Firehouse

PDF Plan package: $7.95

The Safety Hook & Ladder Co. Firehouse was a one engine firehouse in Orbisonia, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Orbisonia was once a terminus of the East Broad Top Railroad, a narrow guage railway which ran from Mount Union, Pennsylvania to Orbisonia, in the 1870's. The lines were constructed to haul coal from the Broad Top Mountains to the Pennsylvania Railroad in Mount Union.
Garden Scale version shown is available at www.ScaleModelBuildings.com. Sign graphic file is included.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1023 - Orbisonia Firehouse
Model Builder Templates included
 

All of our plans print to standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Some of the larger scales use 8 1/2" x 14" sheets for the included pre-painted Cardstock models, but everything else will print to ordinary letter-size paper. See the Q & A page for details.

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Railroad/Trackside Buildings:

 
 

Plan 444 - Grand Trunk Pacific Bunkhouse

PDF Plan package: $7.95

The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was formed in 1903 as a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway. The GTP mainline ran from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Financial difficulties led the GTP and the GTR to merge with the Canadian Northern to become part of the Canadian National Railway.
Bunk houses such as these provided sleeping accommodations for railway work crews along the routes. Several railroad lines on both sides of the border used similar designs, which were sometimes modified to be used as portable stations.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 444 - GTP Bunkhouse
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 606 - Grand Trunk Railway Depot

PDF Plan package: $8.95

The Grand Trunk Railway and it's many subsidiaries operated in several U.S. States and Canadian Provinces. The GTR main line operated in Maine, Ontario and Quebec. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway operated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, while the Grand Trunk Western Railway operated in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
The Grand Trunk Railway Standard Station Type No. 1, as shown in the cardstock version, and the slightly larger Type No. 2 version serviced some of the smaller stops along the various routes. The Garden Scale version is available at ScaleModelBuildings.com.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 606 - GTR Depot
Model Builder Templates included

N Scale customers contact us for a free roofing material download. We know that it is sometimes difficult to find suitable roofing material for N scale structures, so we will include a sample on request. Existing customers just include your registered email address and mention "free roofing" in your request.

 
Central Ontario Railway Z scale model train

Z scale using Model Builder HO scale using Model Builder

Plan 735 - Central Ontario Railway

PDF Plan package: $7.95

One of several smaller railways that ultimately became part of Canadian Northern was the Central Ontario Railway. One of the focuses of this railway was to service the various mines in the area. With slight alterations to window and door placement, this model could represent COE Hill, Frankford, Marmora, or others along the Central Ontario routes.

Shown in Z Scale (from N Scale plan package)

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Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 735 - C.O.R. Depot
Model Builder Templates included

Scale Model Building: Charlbury Station OO Scale

Plan 821 - Charlbury Station

PDF Plan package: $8.95

Although not an exact replica, this train station is very closely modeled after the Charlbury Railway Station in the town of Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England. Opened in 1853 by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway, the station is still very active and is operated by First Great Western along the Cotswold Line.
Shown in OO Scale cardstock construction, package also includes  plans and templates for construction in wood or styrene.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 821 - Charlbury Station
Model Builder Templates included

Scale Model Building: Princeton Station - OO Scale Model

Plan 879 - Princeton Station

PDF Plan package: $7.95

The Princeton Railroad Station was constructed for the Florida Eastern Railway around 1904 by the Drake Lumber Company, who also built several other similar depots along the FEC line. Some of these are still in existence.
This example was constructed with textures generated by Model Builder software.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 879 - Princeton Station
Model Builder Templates included

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Plan 892 - CNoR Section House

PDF Plan package: $8.95

Railway section houses took various forms and could be used for anything from railway worker housing to storage or maintenance of railway equipment. The CNoR Railway, (later to become part of CNR), built several combination Station/Section Houses which were often used as accommodation for the Stationmaster and his family. This version included a passenger waiting room on the main floor.
Siding, windows, and doors are from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 892 - CNoR Section House
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 1046 - Grand Trunk Pacific Type E Station

PDF Plan package: $9.95

The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was formed in 1903 as a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway. The GTP mainline ran from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Financial difficulties led the GTP and the GTR to merge with the Canadian Northern to become part of the Canadian National Railway.
This is a N scale model done in balsa wood, finished with Rust-Oleum Multicolor Textured paint. (Roofing material print out is included with N Scale version)
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1046 - GTP Station
Model Builder Templates included

HO Scale Model Building: Santa Fe Railroad Control Tower in HO Scale

Plan 1144 - A, T & SF Railroad Control Tower

PDF Plan package: $9.95

This Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Control Tower was one of several constructed in the early 1900's.
Originally these towers housed manual interlocking systems, but were later outfitted with electric systems.
Siding and doors are from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1144 -Control Tower
Model Builder Templates included

N Scale Model Great Stone Viaduct

Plan 1190 - the Great Stone Viaduct

PDF Plan package: $9.95

The Great Stone Viaduct in Bellaire, Ohio, was constructed between 1870 and 1871 by the B&O and Central Ohio Railroads. The viaduct consists of 43 stone arches, providing a rail link between Ohio and West Virginia.
The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society is working to restore and preserve this National Historic Site. Please visit their site at http://www.greatstoneviaduct.org
This N scale model is constructed entirely in balsa.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1190 - The Great Stone viaduct
Model Builder Templates included
 
Download the FREE window and door template.  Simplify locating and cutting out door and window openings.
 

Plan 1290 - New England Covered Bridge

PDF Plan package: $7.95

Anyone with a hint of nostalgia would not be able to take a trip across the Maritimes or New England without visiting a covered bridge. This HO scale model captures the details of two of my favorites – one in Eastern Canada, the other in the Eastern States.
The plans indicate the original dimensions of the structure but can easily be modified to fit individual layouts.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Click for Building Footprint *This plan can be modified to accommodate extended spans.
Plan 1290 - Bridge
Model Builder Templates included

N scale model 40,000 gal water tower

Plan 1390 - Water Tower

PDF Plan package: $8.95

In the days of steam locomotives travel distances were limited by the available on board storage of fuel and water. Tenders attached to the locomotives were designed to increase this capacity, allowing a train to travel greater distances, but regular stops were still necessary. Water towers were regular sights along rail lines. This example is modeled after a 40, 000 gal. tower common to CNR, CPR, and many other railroads across Canada and the U.S.
This is an N Scale model constructed with 1/32" clapboard siding from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. Roofing texture was generated by Model Builder software.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1390 - Water Tower
Model Builder Templates included

Model Railway Bridge

Plan 1400 - Covered Railway Bridge

PDF Plan package: $7.95

Covered railway bridges came about as a plan to extend the life of the structures by protecting the critical components from the elements. As the concept caught on they began appearing throughout the world, but probably the greatest number being in Canada and the United States. This example does not represent a specific structure, but takes it's design from the many thousands of similar bridges constructed in the Eastern United States and Canada during the 1800's.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1400 - Bridge
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 1438 - New Haven Railroad Engine house

PDF Plan package: $9.95

The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, sometimes referred to as just New Haven Railroad, was a consolidation of several smaller railroads in the Northeastern United States during the late 1800's.
This engine house, on the New Haven "Wrentham Line" half way between Boston, Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island, operated from 1892 to 1938. Although it still stands today, it now serves only as a storage warehouse.
This N Scale version is constructed with balsa covered in printed brick paper, with windows from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. The modular plans allow for anywhere from one to over twelve bays, depending on your available space. (*includes 'photo-texture' cardstock sheets)
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1438 - Engine house
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 1790 - CNR Truss Bridge

PDF Plan package: $8.95

This bridge near Hope B.C. is a common truss type, spanning approximately 180 feet across the Coquihalla River. It is shared by both CN and CP Rail as the route from the Fraser Valley to the west heads north along the Fraser River. This style of bridge is common to just about every popular railroad, and can be found in single spans, or multiple spans resting on concrete piers. The plan can easily be extended for increased span. This N Scale version was constructed using 1/8" I-beam from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.
* This plan does not include the generic construction guides, cardstock version or Model Builder templates.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 1790 - Truss Bridge
 

Plan 2008 - CNR 3rd Class Depot

PDF Plan package: $9.95

The Canadian Northern Railway, (later absorbed into the Canadian National Railway), built various versions of their 3rd Class Depot from as far west as Fort Langley, B.C. down into various locations in Minnesota. One of the reasons for the popularity of the design was the integration of living accommodations for the agent's family.
The dormers brought light and extra space to the upstairs bedrooms. The kitchen was located in the rear addition. This Fort Langley version uses milled basswood siding and handmade "barn" shakes, which were common on the West Coast of British Columbia. Some of these depots were originally finished in stucco, so this model could be constructed with foam core as well.
Package includes plan for hand-made eave brackets and platform. Windows and siding available from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. Shakes are hand made (See tutorial).
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 2008 - CNR 3rd Class Depot
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 2054 - CPR Depot

PDF Plan package: $9.95

The CPR station in Blyth, Ontario was once a stopover between the cities of Goderich to the west and Guleph to the east. The design followed CPR's Plan 10, which was repeated in several other locations throughout Ontario.
Passenger service from Goderich began in 1907, declining by the 1950's, to be replaced by a mixed freight/passenger service.
This is an N Scale example using 1/32" Lap siding and HO Scale windows and doors from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.  (See Window Chart on using HO windows for N scale structures).
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 2054 - CPR Depot
Model Builder Templates included

Plan 2062 - CNoR 2nd Class Station

PDF Plan package: $9.95

Although not as common as the CNoR 3rd Class design, there were roughly thirty 2nd Class Stations scattered across Canada and down into Minnesota. Like the 3rd Class version, these were combination depot/section houses, often accommodating the Stationmaster and his family.
This example is modeled after the station in Radville Saskatchewan, where the original is being restored by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 2062 - CNoR 2nd Class Station
Model Builder Templates included

Trackside structure: East Broad Top Railway Blacksmith Shop - HO Scale

Scaled lumber version Model Builder version

Plan 2455 - East Broad Top Railroad Blacksmith Shop

PDF Plan package: $8.95

The East Broad Top Railroad was a narrow gauge railway established in the 1870's to haul coal from the Broad Top Mountains to Mount Union, Pennsylvania. As the demand for coal diminished the railroad ceased operations, but was resurrected as a tourist attraction by the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association.
The blacksmith shop is shown here in HO scale.
Windows and siding from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.
Download plans in either N, HO, OO, or O Scale
Scaleable to Z, TT, or S Scale - click for info.
Plan 2455 - Blacksmith Shop
Model Builder Templates included

 

Special Edition - Rural Retreat Depot

This project was custom designed for the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation fundraiser. All proceeds go to restoring this historic depot in Rural Retreat, Virginia.

Click here to donate to the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation fundraiser and receive your copy of the HO Scale Cardstock model.

(This model is exclusive to the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation and is available in cardstock only from the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation website.)

 

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Coming next month: Coaling Station

 
 

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Building a scale model structure for your model railroad layout or diorama from scratch can be a very rewarding experience. The satisfaction comes not just from the economical savings, but from the fact that you built it from scratch.  It may not be as difficult as you think either. If you have ever constructed a model. whether it's a car, an airplane, or a model structure, you know that all the pieces do not necessarily fit together as they should, and you end up doing some extra cutting, sanding, or customizing to make them fit anyway. Depending how you look at it, building from our plans only involves a few extra steps, and the benefits are worth it. Each plan is applicable to a variety of materials. You can use one set of plans to build several distinctive buildings just by choosing different building materials. Give it a try. Beginners Welcome!

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