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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.
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Plan 730 - NYLB Matawan Freight Shed
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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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Plan 2076 - Kaslo City Hall

PDF Plan package: $9.95

Like many historic BC towns, Kaslo BC owes it's beginnings to logging and mining. Various railways serviced the Kootenay Lake region, including the Columbia and Kootenay Railway, Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, and the Kaslo and Slocan Railway, which was originally operated by the Great Northern Railway, and later by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The Kaslo City Hall is the oldest functioning city hall on the mainland of British Columbia, and second only to the Victoria City Hall on Vancouver Island. It was constructed in 1898, to house the municipal council chambers and administrative offices, the provincial court, the fire and police departments, and jail, and was declared a National Historic Site in 1984.

This is the N Scale version, done in scale siding from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co.
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Plan 2076 - Kaslo City Hall
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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.
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Plan 444 - GTP Bunkhouse
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HO SCale model structure

Plan 445 - Geymouth NZ Signal Box

PDF Plan package: $8.95

Greymouth, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, is the western terminus of the Midland Line from Christchurch. It is also the terminus of the TranzAlpine, a tourism orientated rail journey often considered to be one of the most scenic in the world.

As technology encroaches on the traditional rail traffic control systems, signal boxes such as this one are either demolished, or if good fortune prevails, are declared heritage sites and restored to their former glory.

This is the HO Scale version using textures from the Model Builder software program. Visit Evan Designs for details on purchasing Model Builder .
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Plan 445- SIgnal Box
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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.
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Plan 606 - GTR Depot
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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

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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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Plan 735 - C.O.R. Depot
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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.
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Plan 821 - Charlbury Station
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Scale Model Building: Princeton Station - OO Scale Model

Plan 879 - Princeton Station

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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.
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Plan 879 - Princeton Station
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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.
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Plan 892 - CNoR Section House
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Plan 1042 - Coaling Station

PDF Plan package: $9.95

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. Coaling stations were regular sights along rail lines. This is a 25 Ton capacity tipple capable of filling about three to four locomotives a day. Coal was dumped from a hopper car, then shoveled into a skip bucket, which was raised to the top of the tower by an electric winch.
* Note: The cardstock version will require some balsa components. (N Scale lumber version shown)
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Plan 1042 - Coaling Station
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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)
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Plan 1046 - GTP Station
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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.
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Plan 1144 -Control Tower
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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.
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Plan 1390 - Water Tower
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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)
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Plan 1438 - Engine house
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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).
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Plan 2008 - CNR 3rd Class Depot
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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).
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Plan 2054 - CPR Depot
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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.
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Plan 2062 - CNoR 2nd Class Station
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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.
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Plan 2455 - Blacksmith Shop
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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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