Railroads often adopted
“standard” designs for line side wood and brick/stone stations, interlocking
towers and maintenance-of-way buildings.
Elsewhere in the Collinwood Shop you will find structure offerings
following “Lines East” architecture.
Besides towers, stations, and section gang shacks, these include phone
boxes and even privies.
Finding usable Lines West
reference material took detective work. We
scoured not only our own archive, but those of the Nickel Plate Historical and
Technical Society, and several historical groups occupying brick LS&MS
buildings. Photos showed us three sizes
of buildings, based on the number of trackside windows used between the
operator’s bay and the ends of the building – two, three or four. For convenience, we added the word “bay” when
discussing each size. The photos above show two-bay structures at North East, PA, and Wauseon, OH.
Our first good drawing lead was the Nickel
Plate’s standard painting diagram, which featured a four-bay station’s
profile. More ‘leads’ came from the
Stryker [Ohio] Area Heritage Council and the National Archives [Historic
American Building Survey].
Six months later came the
“Mother Lode”. While consolidating
mainline rail routes through their downtown area, Lafayette, Indiana moved
their four-bay building eight blocks.
The engineering firm doing the work prepared detailed drawings so they
knew what they were dealing with. It
took eighteen sets of semi-wheels to move the building, which was mounted atop
a new two-level, poured concrete sub-structure.
The N-Scale architect is offering a laser-cut HO model that includes the
roof dormers, operator’s bay, and walls with decorative brick and stone
The stonework is custom 3D printed "castings", while the brick courses are laser-cut into the
sides. The resulting 3D walls will
readily accept washes for brick and stone color, mortar lines, and weathering.