Unique model railroad structure Plan-Sets designed in CAD.
Vilas County Lumber Company
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Factory - Bow Roof •••• The prototype for this factory is the McNeely limestone quarry planning mill in Adams, Indiana. As a generic factory it would look good in any industrial setting. As modeled here, it is shown with weathered wood siding as built in the late 1800’s. It survives today clad in rusty corrugated steel. Basic footprint is 64ʺ x 24". Building options include the 5ʺ x 10ʺ Powerhouse, shown here and a 32ʺ x 24ʺ lean-to addition, not modeled here.
Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B, 18) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D renderings, adhesives, construction and finishing photos, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 5) 13" x 19" super B, and 2) super A size, sheets only, with an indoor and railroad garden material list.the all details shown full scale and bow roof template in full scale.
Catalogue - VCLCo Unique Model RR Structure Plan-Sets •••• An alphabetical hard copy lists over 90 1:24 scale plan-sets (a few 1:20.3, a couple 7/8 and a 1:12 and an HO and O scale plan-set) that you find on this web site. Downloaded 23 pages free or purchase a large formatted 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ 44 page spiral bound hard copy which will be mailed free for $30 or eMailed free. The 44 page version has more illustrations.
Click on VCLCo Plan-Set Catalog to view and/or download 23 page .pdf version dated 12-07-16 free. Be patient, this is a large file (5 MB ).
Bucket - Coal •••• This free 13" x 19" super B size “drawing” consists of construction pictures and instructions on how to solder brass Coaling Buckets for a Coal Bucket facility. Styrene would be an alternative material. Instructions, photos with scale rivets for a fine scale model.
NOTE: When gluing in rivets you’ll probably ask yourself is this really worth it? Yes it is. Wait until you paint your buckets. The rivets will jump out at you. This will result in the best looking Coal Buckets you have ever seen!
Booklet - CNW Coal & Oil House Construction •••• This a C. & N-W. Ry 1914 Standard Coal & Oil House that would have been found at small terminal complexes for many years. Footprint is 9ʺ x 4ʺ. Plan-Sheet is 1) 13" x 19" super B sheet, and 10) 8-½" x 11" A size spiral bound Booklet pages, with a material list, and 20 illustrations detailing on how this award winning very detailed model was built .
Bucket - Fire •••• Fire Buckets at the turn of the century were cone shaped so employees were discouraged from removing them from a factory for use at their home. Instructions, photo and plans are on 1) A size sheet with material to construct is the plan itself.
Footprint Layout - C. & N-W. Ry Small Terminal **** includes; Coal House, Coal & Oil House, Culvert, Depot, Hand Car set off, 2-story Section House, 130΄ Freight & Passenger Platform, Tool House, 60΄ Turn Table with a Cinder Pit, Well Pit, Water closets and a 47,000 gallon Water Tank. Drawing is 1) A size sheet.
House - Ice with Icing platform •••• This is a freelance stand alone building which can be use with the “Three Story Generic Factory” to supply ice for reefers shipping products across the continent. Also included on the Plan-Set is an Ice Platform. Ice houses were found near a water supply where the ice could be cut into blocks in the winter. Since this was before “refrigeration” the insulating values of Ice House walls was very important. Studs were placed on the outside of walls because studs don’t have the insulating value of the state of the art insulation of the day, saw dust. Also note; no windows, small doors and a cupola to let summer heat out. Footprint is 9-½ʺ x 12ʺ with a 27ʺ long Icing Platform. Plan-Set includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B size plus 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size plan-sheets which includes a Bill of Material and a 3-D construction rendering.
Footprint Layout - Meat Packing Complex •••• includes; Animal Pens, Boiler House, Covered Stock Bridge, 3-Story Freelance Packing Factory, and Ice House, Stock Car Ramps, Reefer Icing Platform and a pile of coal. Drawing is 1) 13" x 19" super B size sheet.
Derrick - Wood Quarry •••• Such vintage Derricks could be found at large rock quarries across the US. Construct for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens with the same materials that they were built with over 100 years ago. Plan-Set includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B, and 3) A size sheets, a material list, construction recommendations, operation diagram and finished derrick photos.
Chart - ½ʺ Scale •••• Converts 1:24 scale dimensions to G scale (1:22.5), F scale(1:20.3) & 7/8 (1:13.7) Downloaded free 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheet.
Plan-Set ONLY $11
Booklet with Plan-Set $16
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Factory - Acme Anvil •••• This will make an interesting frame building which could have been built in any era as an industrial factory or a generic residential building. plan-set shows construction with milled basswood siding for indoor layouts and textured pattern styrene for a Railroad garden. Footprint as designed is 24ʺ x 16ʺ.
Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B, 18) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include material list, 3-D renderings, construction, painting and weathering instructions and all details shown full scale with an indoor and railroad garden material list. to be used as templates.
Plan-Set consists: of 6) 13" x 19" super B, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets only with an indoor and railroad garden material list.
Plan-Set ONLY $10
Booklet with Plan-Set $17
Powerhouse - Masonry •••• This masonry building with a standing seam metal roof as shown was designed as a turn of last century prototypical Power House which could have supplied electricity to an industrial complex or early sub-station of the electrification of an urban area. Or, just a generic brick building. The plan-set illustrates how to build this structure as a simple box or with an open wall that shows a post and beam interior. Footprint as designed is 17” x 15”.
Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B, 16) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D construction renderings, adhesives, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 8) 13" x 19" super B, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets only, with an indoor and railroad garden material list.the all details shown full scale construction sheets to build Powerhouse of foam board.
Plan-Set ONLY $14
Booklet & Plan-Set $19
Why the name "Acme Anvil"? I've used anvils as details in many vignettes and obviously, they need to be manufactured somewhere!
Factory - 3-Story Slaughterhouse with stock pens and ramps •••• This factories elements include; a bridge, lean-to, office, penthouse, power house and a clock tower. This building can be built with or without any of these elements for an even more unique model. Designed as a Packing Plant in the Meat Packing Complex as shown or use as a generic factory in any industrial complex.
A railroad spur in front of the plant is for Stock Cars as shown to unload Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, etc. (or other raw materials for a generic factory). Herded into pens and up a ramp (not shown) to enter the second story by the clock tower/elevator shaft.
Another railroad spur is located behind the factory for shipping the meat or other products into Reefer railroad cars or Box cars to markets across the country. You can see at the corner of the plant behind the Clock Tower the whitewashed (reflects the suns heat) Ice House which supplied blocks of ice for the Reefer railroad cars off of an Icing Platform.
This 3-Story Factory was originally built with a masonry power house and a clock tower. Clock Towers were designed into many large factories so employees could see what time it was from a distant, and therefore get to work on time for a 10-hour work day! This factory had many additions over the years which include; a bridge, a lean-to, an office building, and a penthouse options for the modeler.
Footprint 68ʺ x 19ʺ as designed. Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 9) super B, 28) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D illustrated construction renderings and photos, adhesives, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions. Plan-Set consists: of 9) super B, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets only, with foam board and textured styrene for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens.
Outdoor Adhesives & Finishes List, •••• A two (2) page list of recommended adhesives, paint and UV protection.
Outdoor Materials List, •••• A four (4) page list of recommended materials that are substantial enough for Railroad Garden structures. Included are ABS, Acrylic, HDPE, Styrene, PVC plastics, different types of foam boards and wood species.
Chart - ½ʺ Scale Conversion into 22 Popular Scales •••• Designs being offered are often drawn in 1:24 scale, which has a scale name of “Half Inch.” In other words 1 inch of a model equals 24 inches full (real time) scale. This Scale Conversion Chart lists the factors for converting 1:24 scale dimensions to popular scales from 1:8 to 1:220 (includes Gn15, 1”, 7/8”, Gn30, Fn3, S, OO, HO, TT, N, Z) for measurements or when making copies of our drawings to print full scale for modeling in other scales. Download or eMailed 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ A size sheet free.
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Derrick - Steel Lattice •••• This is a "modern" Derrick that could be found at large rock quarries across North America in the 20th century. They were also used to dredge log ponds at sawmills and in the construction of early Skyscrapers. Steel Derricks replaced wood derricks as they broke and steel became more economical. The prototype for this derrick was built by the Bedford Foundry & Machine Co., Bedford, IN. Construct is finescale soldered brass commercial shapes. Plan-Set includes: 13) 13" x 19" super B, size sheets, a material list, construction recommendations, operation diagram and a finished derrick photos, plus 1) A size painting recommendation sheet.
Combination Steel and Wood Derricks were not uncommon until wooden masts and booms broke or finally reached their useful life. Purchase both Plan-Sets, create a combo and save.
Warehouse - Three Story •••• This warehouse could be built with as many stories as you have room for. The length can also be modified by increasing or reducing the number of bays. Large warehouses have always been found in an urban environment. End doors are large enough for trains to enter for operations or use this structure for storing trains in a RR Garden. Footprint as designed is 80ʺ x 15ʺ.
Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B, 16) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D illustrated construction renderings and photos, adhesives, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 8) 13" x 19" super B, and 2) super A size, sheets only, with an indoor and railroad garden material list.
Building with Foam Board Booklet •••• We offer a package describing how to use foam board, and textured styrene with commercial doors and windows for some of our buildings with free shipping. Included are 20) 9½" x 13" pages and over 40) illustrations of acceptable materials, adhesives, and finishes for Railroad gardens. NOTE: Not all of our offerings use these materials. The offerings that use these materials get the appropriate sheets included.
1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
House - CNW Coal & Oil •••• 1) 13" x 19" super B, Plan-Sheet and 2) 8-½" x 11" size pages.
Purchase the 3-story Factory, Ice House and Footprint plan-sets as described above and save $5.00
Jail •••• Small Jails such as the one shown could be found in small Company Towns. The one in Winegar, WI has only been documented as being used once! Foot print is 10' x 16'.
Home - President’s •••• This was the home of the VCLCo’s 2nd President, William S. Winegar, from 1910 -1920. 1st President was John J. Foster, from 1905-1910. Obviously it is a typical home from the turn of last century. Foot pint is 30΄ x 52΄.
Home - Supertendent’s •••• This was the home of the VCLCo’s Superintendent, 1st Henry E. Daily, 2nd Richard Shier. This is a typical home that could be found in any town 100 years ago. Foot pint is 32΄ x 52΄. The following men report to the superintendent: Mill Foremen, Master Mechanic, Lumber Grader, Yard Foreman, Barn Foreman, Woods Foreman, Bookkeeper, and Shipping & Supply Clerks.
This is the Fosterville/Winegar, WI first school, a one-room school house, built in 1906. A footprint of 20’ x 32’ with an 8' x 8' entrance to remove muddy shoes. The number of children at each grade level varied as the population increased in Winegar. This is a simple frame construction with a bell in the cupola. Contrary to popular belief wood frame schoolhouses were usually painted white, NOT red!
The blackboard was probably “black boards”, made of wide planks painted black cut at the village Sawmill. It was not until much later that slate was used for chalkboards, although students often had individual slates to practice their writing.
The teachers that taught in these one-room, rural schools were very special people. During the winter months they would get to the school early to get a fire started in the potbelly stove, so the building would be warm for the students. It was so cold and snowy in Winegar at times it was necessary to wear snow shoes to get to the school which also required her to wear breeches. They even occasionally prepared a hot, noon meal on top of the stove, usually consisting of soup or stew of some kind. They took care of their students like a new mother hen would care for her newly hatched chicks; always looking out for their health and welfare.
A typical school day was 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with morning and afternoon recesses of 15 minutes each and an hour period for lunch. The older students were given the responsibility of bringing in water, carrying in coal or wood for the stove. The younger students would be given responsibilities according to their size and gender such as cleaning the black board, taking the erasers outside for dusting, plus, other duties that they were capable of doing.
Transportation for children who lived too far to walk was often provided by horse-drawn kid hack or sulky, which could only travel a limited distance in a reasonable amount of time each morning and evening, or students might ride a horse, these being put out to pasture in an adjoining paddock during the day. As time went by students would have ridden bicycles.
House - School •••• This is the Fosterville/Winegar, WI first school, a one-room school house, built in 1906. A footprint of 20’ x 32’ with an 8' x 8' entrance to remove muddy shoes. The number of children at each grade level varied as the population increased in Winegar. This is a simple frame construction with a bell in the cupola. Contrary to popular belief schoolhouses were not usually painted red, but most were painted white.
The blackboard was probably “black boards”, made of wide planks from the Sawmill painted black. It was not until much later that slate was used for chalkboards, although students often had individual slates for writing practice. --continued below--
Home - 1-Story Company •••• This is the basic home provided for those working for the VCLCo. Rent was deducted from the employees salary. Footprint is 18΄ x 24΄.
Home - 2-Story Company •••• This “Company Home” is the largest of the two homes provided by the VCLCo. Rent was deducted from employees salary. Plans will provide the different options residents incorporated into their homes such as porches, “L’s” and build outs. Basic footprint is 20΄ x 28΄.
Hotel - DeFoster •••• This is the boarding house where new employees would stay until a permanent resident could be established and for Lumber Jacks that came out of the pinery on weekends. Renamed and expanded into Fremsted Boarding House. This Hotel/Boarding House was know for its dinning room, especially when waiting for the next train to arrive from Mercer, WI. Basic footprint 30´ x 110´ with the 25´ x 30´ “L” dining area.
Hall - Winegar’s Dance & Pool •••• Winegar’s Hall was built in 1911 and was the social center / community building for the small village of Winegar, WI where you could purchase ice cream, soft drinks, adult beverages, play pool or billiards, and on weekends dance or see a silent movie. In the back there was a Barber Shop where you could get your shoes shined before the dance. “L” footprint was 52΄ x 80΄.
In 1913 there were 47 Company Homes in Winegar, 72 in 1916 and 80 in 1926 at the height of logging at the VCLCo. Painted Green or white depending who was running the VCLCo.
Store - Company •••• The building is shsred by thr Post Office and a Doctor’s Office. Employees were paid with Tokens which could only be spent at the Company Store. The use of tokens as pay usually was a benefit to the employer. Tokens used for payment removed the need of the employer to have cash on hand. The use of tokens necessitated using the company store for most, if not all, purchases, which were usually at higher prices than could be found elsewhere. The company store had an advantage to the employee, such as the remoteness of the Fosterville/Winegar precluded traveling to Mercer, WI to buy goods. Therefor employees usually saved money in the long run by buying at the company store. Basic footprint was 24΄ x 90΄ with the Post Office and Doctors Office “L”, 26΄ x 18΄.
Ore Mine - HO, S, O, G, 1/2", F, 7/8", 1" etc. etc. scales •••• This Plan-Set is dimensioned prototypically with all the major dimensions for the modeler interested in building a; coal, copper, gold, lead, quartz, silver, or zinc, etc. mine diorama for a layout. Shown are Ore Car loaders, but this could easily be converted for trucks, plus Head Frame and a Rock House. This is probably not a Plan-Set for a hobbyist who has never built a model. If the modeler has built a kit they will have acquired the skills to build this unique model. To convert the prototype dimensions to a scale only requires multiplying the dimensions shown by the scale being modeled. The Plan-Set consists of 6) 13" x 19" super B sheets. 3-D renderings are shown on sheets for clarity. Upon request, a footprint drawing will be included in the scale you are modeling.
Approximate "Footprint" sizes for standard gauge ore car loading (narrow gauge ore car footprints would be slightly smaller):
HO (1:87) scale footprint = 19-1/4" x 12-1/16"
S (1:64) scale footprint = 26-1/8" x 16-3/8"
O (1:48) scale footprint = 34-7/8" x 21-7/8"
3/8" #1 (1:32) scale footprint = 52"-5/16 x 32-3/4"
1/2" (1:24) scale footprint = 69-3/4" x 43-11/16"
G (1:22.5) scale footprint = 74-7/16" x 46-5/8"
F (1:20.3) scale footprint = 82-7/16" x 51-5/8"
7/8" (1:13.7) scale footprint = 122-3/16" x 76-9/16"
1" (1:12) scale footprint = 139-1/2" x 87-3/8"
The Ore Mine is available on 6) D (24" x 34") black & white sheets rolled and shipped in a tube, for free.
Boom - Patented •••• The “prototype” for this machine was a poor reproduction of a patent drawing. Was it ever built? The only one I know of is the one I built for the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. The patent drawing is included in a drawing. This boom is part of a vignette representing the building of Pile Trestles. Plan-Set includes; 2) 13" x 19" super B size sheet.
Building Unique Structures for Railroad Gardens Book •••• This is more than a 48) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ page pictorial of Railroad Gardens because it includes over 150 illustrations and pictures of: Adhesives, Finishes, Large Scale Figures, and Materials for Railroad Gardens. Building: Bridges, Trestles and Viaducts, Depots, Factories, Grain Elevators, Logging Cabins. Track Stuff includes; HDPE Sub-Roadbead, Handcar Shed, Portal, Safety Platform, Set-Off, and a Turntable for a Railroad Garden. Quarry and Wharf vignette elements. Plus 5) dimensional structure plans. Items listed below are included within this publication.
Gruber Wagon Works Factory Complex - DVD •••• 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 contains measured and dimensioned drawings, drawn to Historic American Engineering and Building Records standards for the Library of Congress. There is enough information for a modeler to build these historic buildings, or even build full scale buildings.
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. This is lots of data for the historian interested in the manufacturing process of 100 years ago.
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Factories, Mines, and Warehouses are a great way to provide your Railroad with more opportunities for operation and switching.
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Shed - Small Closed •••• A very simple first project in any scale with a footprint of 8ʺ x 4ʺ in 1:24 scale that can be used on every layout. Plan-Set includes: 1) super B and 6) super A size sheet with the recommend material for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens with instructions.
Plan-Set ONLY $11
Booklet & Plan-Set $18
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Booklet with Plan-Set $26
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Ore Mine •••• This Plan-Set is for the modelers interested in building a; coal, copper, gold, lead, quartz, silver, or zinc, etc. mine diorama for a layout.
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Fractions, Decimals, & Millimeters Chart •••• Virtually all VCLCo Plan-Set drawings are dimensioned in two-place (.12) "decimal inches” for increased accuracy when converting prototypical sizes to smaller modeling sizes. We do not use common fractions because then you are then just using the closest fraction size. If you feel more comfortable using fractions you will still end up with a very accurate model. Keep in mind, if you cut your own wood parts with an average amateurs’ saw you can not consistently cut to two-place accuracy!
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