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Model Railroad Structure Plans - Scratch building made easier!

Each scale model plan package contains the following PDF files (unless otherwise noted):


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Detailed set of scaled plans, enabling true "scratch-built" construction.

Accurately scaled templates, allowing you to trace out and build to your choice of materials.

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

Free Cardstock/Hybrid version available with purchase of scale plans. Examples:Plan 835, Plan 606

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* Pre-colored printable cardstock patterns are included as a free bonus and are not factored in to the cost of the plans. Click here for details. Colors may differ from models shown.  Contact us for color information and availability on individual plans. The Intellectual Property License Agreement allows you to print multiple copies for your own personal use, as well as construct multiple copies or variations, for your personal use, of each Plan purchased.

All of our plans print to standard letter size paper.


Plans 190 & 390 - Foot Bridges

PDF Plan package (includes both bridge plans): $4.95

Stone arch bridges have been around since the beginning of recorded history. There are several famous stone arch railroad bridges and viaducts, and were often made with limestone or granite blocks. Some of the earlier stone bridges were simple, single arch bridges meant for pedestrian or animal crossings, and were sometimes made using fieldstones.

Constructed using balsa and basswood. Stone bridge is finished in gray acrylic with Grimy Black Doc O'Briens weathering powder.

* This plan package includes both foot bridges but does not include a cardstock version or Model Builder templates.

Evan Designs MB program templates available

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Greymouth Signal Box using Model Builder

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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.

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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.

Evan Designs MB program templates available

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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.

Evan Designs MB program templates available

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All of our plans print to standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper. See the Q & A page for details.

Download the FREE window and door template.  Simplify locating and cutting out door and window openings.

Plan 1590 - Plate-girder Bridge

PDF Plan package: $10.95 (includes both deck-girder and plate girder bridges)

Plate girder bridges are probably the simplest of railroad bridge styles, but add so much to the realism of any layout because they are so common. Almost any railroad or line you can imagine has at least one style of plate girder bridge.

Plate girder bridges get their name from the components of their simple design. This is also how they get their structural integrity. The vertical plates provide a significant amount of strength, and the girders, or glorified I-beams tie them together to provide their significant load-bearing capacity.

Included are instructions on making simulated "rivets".

* There are no Model Builder Templates or cardstock versions with this plan.

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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 I-beam from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. but can be made with strip-wood as well.

* This plan does not include the generic construction guides, cardstock version or Model Builder templates.

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Building a new Model Railroad layout?

Want to get the most mileage for your money? Our License Agreement allows you to build multiple instances of each scale model plan you purchase for your own layout. Not only can you build the included Cardstock version, in addition to a scratch built version using the included templates or scaled plans, but you can try the same model building plan using a variety of materials to create another unique model building. Check out these examples of the Plan 2455 - East Broad Top Railroad Blacksmith Shop.

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