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Plan-sets offered to construct carts and wagons.
Wagon - Delivery Van •••• Vans were used for delivery by: baker’s, butcher’s, bottler’s, used for advertising and delivery of dry goods, flowers, furniture, ice, mail, milk and by butchers, peddler’s, and police. Plan set include: 3) super B sheets and 8) A size sheets which include a material list, prototype information construction photos and suggestions.​
Wagon - Heavy Duty Dray •••• Drays are the strongest type of commercial freight wagons pulled by a team of draft animals. Generally they were used in and around the “big city" to haul heavy loads well into the 1920s and beyond. Floors were flat with smaller wheels than a Farm Wagon for easy lower loading of large machinery and parts and even a casket if no hearse was available. The Pullman RR Car Co. used Drays to move wheel sets and other Pullman Car parts around their factory complex. This design is a model of a ten-ton capacity Dray with a full-circle fifth-wheel which provided greater maneuverability within crowded city streets. Plan set options include different style stakes and a Turning Seat. Booklet includes: 9) super B size sheets with all details shown full scale to be used as templates, material list,Wheel  Jig drawings 21) super A 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ sheets of prototype information and construction suggestions sheets.
Plan-Set consists: of 9) super B, 6) super A size, sheets only.
Wagon - American Farm •••• These are very detailed plans down to the nuts and bolts. There is no way to compare a finished model built from these plans compared to a laser cut built kit. It is reported that there were almost a 1000 wagon builders across American in the late 1800’s. Obviously there was some variation in construction details but the basic wagon changed little over the years. These plans allow for the modeler to also vary details, but build with metal and wood just as they did over 100 years ago. 
Booklet includes: 8) super B, 40) super A size, sheets which include Bill of Materials, 3-D renderings, construction instructions and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
Plan-Set consists: of 8) super B, 5) super A size, sheets only.
Plan-Set ONLY $18  
Booklet with Plan-Set $34
Wheels - Jig Fixture for Wagon •••• Plans for a fixture that allows building of model wagon wheels in virtually any scale. Plans include: 1) super B construction templates, and 2) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ size instruction sheets which include photos, 3-D renderings with steps by step instructions. (This plan-set is included with some Wagon plan sets)
Buggy - Steel Lumber •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Crowell Lumber Ind. mill in Longleaf, LA. This saw mill operated into the 1960’s which would make this design appropriate for later operating saw mills. Plans include 3) A size sheets with a material list for fine scale brass construction or styrene would be an alternative material.
Buggy - Wood Lumber •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI which would make it appropriate for saw mills operating at the turn of the century. Plans include 1) A size drawing.
Wagon - Lumber Buggy •••• The name “buggy” as used here is a lumber-mill term. These wagons were used at saw mills, lumber yards, woodworking plants and general farm use. These wagons carried their load balanced over the rear wheels. They were heavy springless wagons. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been three tons. Because of the many places where such wagons were used it continued in use many years longer than most types of wagons. Plans include 4) super B size sheets with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. 10) A size sheets with prototype information and construction suggestions.​
Cart - Parts •••• This dainty cart flat bed cart is ¾ʺ x 1 ½ʺ. Every layout needs a cart for moving items. This cart can be seen in the VCLCo Engine House. 1) A size sheet is all that is needed which shows required materials.
Cart - Tank •••• This Tank Cart would be appropriate for fire fighting at a factory or out in the woods. Or, used for weed killing.

Picture shows a Visible (manual pump) gas pump that could have been found in the 1920’s, which is not covered within this plan sheet. 

Footprint 2 ⅝ʺ x 1 ⅞ʺ. 1) A size sheet is all that is needed which list suggested materials.
Wagon - Tank •••• Tankers collected lamp oil (kerosene) at the train depot, sold it to shops and peddled it by the gallon to city folk. Also, in the heat of summer they were used to sprinkle dirt roads in a city when the dust became too thick to breath. They were also used for delivering water to residents where wells were not available. Fire fighting for Sawmill and logging operations. Plans include 9) super B size sheets with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. Options include: wood and steel tanks, brakes, single and double horse eveners and lazy back spring seat. 12) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ A size sheets with prototype information and construction suggestions.​
This page was last updated November 23, 2015
American Farm Wagon CDs or DVD •••• This is a pair of two no frills CDs or one DVD of over 850 photos and pictures of many types of of wagons drawn by draft animals (a few photos are of museum quality wagons, many photos are of wagons which have seen better days). Some wagons have as many as a dozen pictures showing details of how they were built by different American Wagon manufacturers. These pictures are for your edification and inspiration to..........
two (2) CDs  = $12 or one (1) DVD =  $10
Running Gear shown above.
Farm Wagon Purchasing Options:
Evener shown above.
Building and Modeling the American Farm Wagon and a few other Horse Drawn Vehicles Book •••• This spiral bound book contains over 180) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with over 350 illustrations, pictures and drawings. Items covered in this book include; American Wagon types • horses, harness & teamsters • scaling these wagon plans into other scales • how to build your own model wagon wheels, painting wagons, Wagon Works Manufacturing, kitbashing commercial wagon kits, & a DVD of over 800 wagon pictures. Chapters include: Running Gear • Eveners & Shafts • Seat, Step, Tool Box, Trailer Hitch & Brakes • Buckboard • Express Wagon • Buckboard • Dray Wagon • Cord, Heavy Duty Log & Lumber Wagons • Delivery Van Wagon • Dumper Wagon • Flare Type, Flare Type, Grain Tight Wagon • Tank Wagon • 4-Wheel RR Station Platform Wagon, and American Farm Wagons.
available Winter 2015, pre-publication price of $87.
Wagon - Cord and Heavy Duty Complete Log •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the farm wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, but with brakes for hauling logs from a hilly Pinery to a Loading Deck. Some additional ways of displaying a Logging Wagon other than by your Saw Mill would be to show it by a roadside restaurant. They could also fit prototypically within an oil well scene hauling pipes or derrick timbers and in the construction of city buildings. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been eight tons. Plans include 8) super B size sheets showing details full scale to be used as templates, a material list and Wheel Fixture drawings 17) A size sheets of construction suggestions. Plans include options for modeling another Log Wagon as a trailer with a 4-horse hitch and brakes.
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Is this a "Wagon Train"?
Wagon models are splendid prototypes for the modeler who works on a kitchen table.

  • Our wagon plan-sets show how to build these wagons of wood, metal with N-B-W (castings) just as they were built a 100 years ago.
  • Wheel Fixture drawing set is include when commercial wheels are not available.
  • Wagon plan-sets spiral bound booklets include five pages of suggested construction instructions.
  • Plan-sets contain conversion factors to convert to other popular scales.
  • Plan-sets include full size details which can be used as templates.
Dray Wagon Purchasing Options
CDs or DVD
Wagon - 1906 Dumper ••••This is a contractor’s suspension body dumping wagon following illustrations in the May 1906, Carriage monthly. These wagons were designed for contractors, especially in cities to cart away refuse, ashes, and garbage. This wagon could carry 3 to 4 tons of anthracite coal. Contractors also used these wagons for road construction hauling earth, sand gravel. (This was an era when earth was worked by men with picks and shovels.) Until coal was readily available these wagons would haul firewood to residents which were often found in sawmill towns near forests. Sawmills also used them to haul slash and sawdust to refuse burners. Mining operations used them to haul ore.
To increase capacity, slanting boards panels are shown as an option in these drawings. These boards can be modeled stationary or removable.
Crossbars and Pillars were mortised through sills to reduce breakage/repairing of the rough handling of these wagons.
Called Dumping Wagons is obvious. (Sometimes referred to as tip carts.) Dumping was accomplished by sticking a robust timber between the spokes of the hind wheel, pulling the Tail Gate rods, rotating the Latching Hook; then a Teamster backing the team unbalancing and dumping the material within the wagon body, dumping the load. Resetting the wagon body was accomplished by reversing the process.
A full-circle fifth-wheel is included which provided greater maneuverability, with the front wheels being low for sharper turning and more accurate placement of material being dumped.
These wagons were pulled by two, sometimes four, heavy draft animals such as Clydesdales, or Ercheron horses.
Plans include: 10) super B size sheets which includes a Bill of Materials,  and all details shown full scale to be used as templates, 10) A size sheets with prototype information and construction suggestions.​
CD & DVD wagon picture types include:
  • Box
  • Brewers
  • Delivery
  • Dray
  • Dumper
  • Farm
  • Freight
  • Goat
  • Grain
  • Lindsay Logging
  • Logging
  • Lumber
  • 1) Market
  • 1) Mining
  • 1) Peddler
  • Platform
  • Pony Cart
  • running gear
  • Tanker
  • Van
All 1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
Wood Lumber Buggy and Steel Lumber Buggy •••• Purchase both plan-sets at a discount and save $4 building a hybrid Wood cart with Steel wheels. Lumber Buggies in general were used at Saw Mills, Planning Mills and Box Factories last century.
Wagon - Delivery Van •••• 1:12 scale van as described above. Plan-set include: 4) super B sheets which include Wheel Fixture drawings and 8) A size sheets which include a material list, prototype information construction photos and suggestions.​
Big Wheels •••• 
Wagon - Flare-Type, Grain-Tight Farm •••• The “Flare-Type” Wagon is a variation of the boxes found on Farm Wagons. This type of box became popular as the use of mechanical corn pickers became available.

Running gear shown are clipped with bracing at all stress points to avoid breakage and misalignment. The front gear has a large, steel, full-circle fifth wheel, making for a solid unit to prevent tipping and excessive rocking. The hind gear has long hounds to assure “true tracking.” Both front and hind bolsters are “well ironed” (reinforced).

This design has up-and-down tie rods securing the box to the bed. Adjustable chains and rods were used to to prevent the sides from spreading under load. Box ends and sides are cleated and riveted.

Plans include 11) super B size sheets with all details shown full scale to be used as templates, material list and Wheel Fixture drawings 6) A size super detailed optional dimensioned items.

Lumber Buggy Wagon
plan-set consists of:
  • Assembly Drawing
  • Brass Details
  • Construction Instructions
  • Double Tree
  • Lumber Buggy Information
  • Material List
  • Running Gear
  • 3-D Renderings
  • Wheel Construction (7/8 scale)
  • Wood Details
7/8 Scale Lumber Buggy Wagon •••• As described above but plan set consists of 9) super B size sheets, Wheel Fixture and 12) A size sheets.
Flare-Type, Grain-Tight, Wagon plan-set consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Box Details
  • Construction Instructions
  • Grain Elevator Schematic
  • Lazy Back Spring Seat
  • Material List
  • 3-D Renderings of:
​            Evener
            Trailer Hitch 
            Running Gear
  • Super detailed dimensioned optional items
  • Step
  • Tool Box​
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Wheel Construction
American Farm Wagon plan-set consists of;
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Bolster options
  • Construction Instructions
  • Double Box option
  • Evener or Shaft options
  • Farm Wagon Information
  • Lazy Back Spring Seat
  • Material List
  • 3-D Renderings
  • Running Gear with Templates
  • Step
  • Tool Box
  • Trailer Hitch
Delivery Van Wagon plan-sets consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Construction Instructions
  • Delivery Van Information
  • Details shown in full scale as templates
  • Material Sheet
  • Running Gear
  • Wheel Construction (1:12 scale)
Heavy Duty Dray Wagon plan-set consists of:
  • Prototypical information
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Construction Instructions
  • Dray information
  • Evener - 4 horse option
  • 5th Wheel Details
  • Material Lists
  • Running Gear
  • ​Super detailed dimensioned optional items
  • Turning Seat
  • Wheel construction
  • Painting suggestions
1906 Dumper Wagon plan-set consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Body Details
  • Construction Instructions
  • Dumper Operation
  • 5th Wheel Details
  • "Iron" (brass) Details
  • Material List
  • 3-D Renderings
  • Body Spring Details
  • Tree Details
  • Wheel construction
Complete Heavy Log & Cord Wagons plan-set consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Construction Instructions
  • Evener
  • "Iron" (brass) Details
  • Log Wagon Information
  • Running Gear
  • Wheel Construction
Tank Wagons plan-set consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Brake Details
  • Construction Instuctions
  • 5th Wheel Details
  • Lazy Back Spring Seat
  • Material List
  • Seat Details
  • Single Tree option
  • 3-D Rendering
  • Tank Size options
  • Tank Wagon Information
  • Wheel Construction
7/8 Scale Flare-Type, Grain-Tight Farm Wagon •••• As described above but plan set consists of 18) super B size sheets, Wheel Fixture and 6) A size sheets.
Express Wagon •••• 
Purchase both Tank and Parts Carts plan-sets at a discount and save $4. Parts Carts can be found in any industrial setting no matter what era you model. This cart could be found in an urban setting as a play thing. 
Gruber Wagon Works - 1883 to 1910 DVD  •••• Need buildings to show where your American Farm Wagons were built? The factory was located near Keading, Pennsylvania in Berks County, and is an example of a factory that operated at full production through 1910. The drawings show the location of the wood working machinery that were used to manufacturer wagon using the "American System."

This is a very basic DVD of nine (9) drawings, and over 50 photos of the Gruber Wagon Works. Plus over 100 catalog etched cuttings of machines that were available over 100 years ago to manufacture wagons.

The DVD is broken down by folders: Axle • Bolster • Boring • Equalizing • Gruber Wagon Works building drawings • Hounds & Reach • Hub • Mortising • Shafts + Poles + Trees • Spoke • Strap and Wheel.
one (1) DVD =  $15
Classic American Buckboard Wagon •••• are a distinctively American vehicle. It was of simple construction (and, the easiest of our wagons to model) meant to be drawn by a horse, mule or other large animal. The “buckboard” is the front-most board on the wagon.
A true buckboard had no metal springs, its suspension comes from the springy boards that make up the floor/body. It has been reported that this springy action was of equal comfort over rough roads, which kept manufacturing costs down. Much of the charm of this ruggedly constructed vehicle is its functional versatility. 
Modeling options included: brakes, boot chest, buggy whip, cushion(s), small stake sides, side steps, even a luggage rack or maybe a lamp or two. A buckboard wagon often had a seat for a driver and a “back seat” for the rest of the family. 
The Buckboard became the economical and versatile “family utility car” of its time for easily going into town and back with the family essentials. They could be found in every 19th century settlement, be it a farm, mine or a Sawmill and logging camps.
Booklet includes: 6) super B and 10) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ size descriptive sheets which includes the Wheel Fixture plan and instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 6) super B, 7) super A size, sheets only.

1:24 Scale Classic Buckboard Purchasing Options
Classic American Buckboard Wagon plan-set consists of:
  • Facts about the Buckboard
  • ​Instructions to build a Buckboard
  • Scaling Plan-Sheets
  • Decimal Inch - Fraction Conversion
  • Isometric Rendering
  • Classic American Buckboard Drawing
  • Assembly Sheet
  • Wheels, Bolster & Boot Chest Detail Sheet
  • Seat, Tongue & Side Step Detail Sheet
  • Brake, Lamp(s), Luggage Rack & Bill of Material Sheet
  • Details & Buckboard Renderings
4-Wheel RR Platform Wagon plan-set consists of:
  • Facts and Options of Platform Wagons
  • Scaling Plan-Sheets
  • Decimal Inch - Fraction Conversion
  • Assembly Renderings
  • Bolsters & 5th Wheel Details
  • Stays & Handel Details with Renderings
  • Metal, Wood & Wheel Details
  • Bill of Material & Finescale Details with Renderings
Wagon - 1:24 scale 4-Wheel RR Station Platform •••• Such wagons were used for luggage and freight at Express, Freight and Passenger Depots. Every depots needs a Platform Wagon. Options include Mail and Milk platforms. They go a long way toward livening up the action at station platforms, creating a lot of interest for visitors. Plan-set includes 6) super and 6) super A 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ descriptive sheets.
Wagon - 7/8 scale 4-Wheel RR Station Platform •••• As above. Plan-set includes 8) super B and 5) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ A descriptive sheets.
Every model diorama prior to 1920 should have a Buckboard!
Wagon - 7/8 scale Classic American Buckboard •••• As above. Booklet includes: 8) super B and 9) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ A descriptive sheets.
Plan-Set consists: of 8) super B, 5) super A size, sheets only.
1:13.7 Scale, Classic Buckboard Purchasing Options
Every Freight, Express & Passenger Depot should have a 4-Wheel RR Station Platform Wagon!
Plan-Set ONLY $17  
Booklet with Plan-Set $28
Plan-Set ONLY $16  
Booklet with Plan-Set $21
Plan-Set ONLY $15  
Booklet with Plan-Set $21