Unique model railroad structure Plan-Sets designed in CAD.
Vilas County Lumber Company
Plan-Sets offered to construct Track stuff.
Turnout - #4 RH & LH •••• These plans use Llagas Creek code 215 track and available details. I chose code 215 for my indoor layout because of it being relatively prototypical. I found the cost of Llagas Creek details reasonable. Full size templates are included for these details if you want to scratch build everything. Turnouts are drawn with a 6 ½΄ R x 21 ¾ʺ long. Plans include 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size sheets and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ A size pages with turnouts shown in full size to use as templates.
Platform - Safety Island •••• Every railroad with trestles (steel or wood) needs Safety Island Platforms for the safety of its employees who got caught on a trestle as a train approached. A bucket of sand with a barrel of water would be included to extinguish fires on wood trestles started by the hot coals from a steam engine. Safety Island Platforms would be located from 50΄ to 150΄ along trestles depending on the railroad’s standards. This Plan-Set is a dimensioned 1) 13" x 19" super B size drawing with a 3-D rendering, picture and outdoor material recomendations.
Shed - Freelance Snow •••• Every layout that represents trains going through the Rocky Mountains needs a Snow Shed. Footprint as designed is 20-¼ʺ x 44-⅝ʺ. The length can easily be varied ± 4ʺ. Plans illustrate how to vary the roof width depending on how close to the mountain your Snow Shed is built. Plan-Set includes 3) 13" x 19" super B size and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ sheets with the profile shown in full scale.
Portal - Timber •••• This Timber Portal was designed to disguise a G size track that terminated at a brick wall, but it could be used anywhere on an indoor layout or an outdoor railroad garden. (A “real” train enthusiast could even use this design as their Pet's Door.) Plan-Set includes 3) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A sheets which include a material list.
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1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
Set-Off - Hand and/or Motor Car •••• A simple detail to enhance any RR terminal layout. This set-off is a redraw of a C&NW standard drawing. Plan is a single, 1) 13" x 19" super B size sheet. Footprint is 6ʺ x 9ʺ in 1:24 scale.
Ash & Cinder Pit with Tool Rack •••• This is the oldest style of Ash Pits where the track was carried on wooden side walls. This could be accomplished since “light weight” 4-4-0 American was the locomotive used by the CNW to Winegar, WI. By 1918 the wood of this Ash Pit at Winegar had reached its useful life and was filled in. At this small CNW terminal apparently they used the inefficient way of removing ash and cinders apparently with shovels from the build out into low sided railroad cars. Plan-Set includes 2) 13" x 19" super B size sheets.
Jack’s Spiral Bound Shelf Layout Booklet •••• Consists of 12) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages, with 20) illustrations and pictures on building a Large Scale shelf layout with hidden brackets and no duckunders. Items covered in this booklet includes a drawing which can be used to fabricate these “no-see-em” brackets, high shelf layout stools, backdrop, Homasote® roadbed, rolling stock clearance. Hard copy mailed booklets include a “no-see-em” bracket on a 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheet.
Booklet and large Bracket Plan-Sheet $12
Velocipede Plan-Set ONLY $9
Shed & Set-Off Plan-Sets ONLY$16
Booklet with deluxe Plan-Set $19
1:24 scale Plan-Set only $8
booklet with Plan-Set $13
FYI, technically, Turntables are actually 3-Point Rotating Bridges!
60' Turntable •••• This 60’ balanced turntable is based on the turn-of-the-century turntables built by the Lassig Bridge Co. of Chicago, before, and after the Lassig Co. was purchased by the American Bridge Co. Many of these turntables were still in operation in the 1940's. Lassig built such turntables for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, C&NW, Rock Island, and other RRs at varying lengths.
Obviously this design could be easily lengthened for larger engines and tenders. All details are commercially available or styrene shapes cut to length, from full scale templates in the Plan-Set.
Turning can be accomplished by simply turning with a couple fingers as was accomplished prototypically by a good man or the Plan-Set gives you the option of using commercial gears. Such turning eliminates fancy electronics if used in a railroad garden. A front bicycle or tricycle wheel axle bearing is another turning option (which can be found along any street on “Garbage Day.” Or, a simply block core between riveted side girders fastened to a Lazy Susan is another option.
The FULL Plan-Set consists of 11) 13" x 19" super B sheets and 2) 9-½" x 13" super A sheets which include a Material List, turning and electrical polarity options with construction instructions. Skill levels required to build this Turntable varies. Side girder plates fastened to a block is the easiest, or use styrene shapes riveted to the girder plates for the most skilled finescale modeler, with variations in-between.
A Booklet is also available with the above Plan-Set and pictures and drawing of nine (9) other Turntables. Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 10) 13" x 19" super B sheets with 20) 9-½" x 13" pages with over 60 pictures and 6 other drawings.
This 60’ Lassig Turntable as designed is 30” long in 1:24 scale. As designed it would be acceptable for other Large Scales, with lengths as follows
1:32 (3/8”) scale = 79.72 feet long
1:29 scale = 72.5 feet long
1:24 (1/2”) scale = 60 feet long
1:22.5 (G) scale = 56.25 feet long
1:20.3 (Fn3) scale = 50.75 feet long
1:13.7 (7/8n3) scale = 34.25 feet long
Booklet - CNW Coal & Oil House Shed 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 pages, spiral bound booklet with a material list, and 20 illustrations detailing on how this award winning very detailed model was built .
Shed - CNW Coal & Oil House Plan-Set ONLY •••• 1) super B, plan-sheet and 2) 8-½" x 11" A size pages.
Tool House •••• This award winning model started as a kitbash. Drawing included is very detailed to make this model unique. Foot print is 5-¾ʺ x 4-⅞ʺ. Plan-Set is 1) 13" x 19" super B drawing and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets.
Spiral bound booklet also consists of 14) 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ size pages, which includes; over 35) illustrations, detailed instructions, weathering with scenicing for this diorama.
Plan-Set only $6
Booklet with Plan-Set $13
Depot - Passenger •••• This easy to construct building would be appropriate for a small whistle stop depot. Footprint is 7-¾ʺ x 11ʺ. Plan-Set includes 1) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size sheet, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets.
Spiral Bound Booklet with Plan-Set includes an additional 10) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets recommend material of foam board and textured patterned styrene with instructions. This would be an appropriated first project if you have not had the experience of working with foam board and textured patterned styrene. 3-D rendering for constructing this Passenger Depot is shown to the left.
Plan-Set only $8
Booklet with Plan-Set $12
Also available, is the above Snowshed in 1:48 O scale. Size is half of above dimensions. Plan-Set includes 2) B size sheets. Booklet includes 12) pages.
1:48 scale Plan-Set only $6
booklet with Plan-Set $12
USPS mailed printed copy of FULL Plan-Set ONLY $16
USPS mailed printed copies of booklet with FULL Plan-Set $26
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Single Engine House Booklet •••• This large format 24) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ page Booklet with over 70 illustrations detailing how to build a single stall Engine House with a Blacksmith Shop that was located in a northern Wisconsin Sawmill complex. Chapters include painting/weathering, building Triple Hung Windows, detailing a Blacksmith Shop, operational opening Doors. Plus; 7) 13ʺ x 19ʺ Super B CAD construction Plan-Set sheets.
eMailed in .pdf format $9.98
USPS mailed printed copy $22
Shed - Velocipede •••• These Sheds were once found everywhere along mainline railroad tracks sometimes every 10 miles or so for the Section Crews across the North American continent to check and work on their section of track. Velocipedes (from the French for "swift footed") weighed around 135 pounds and were easily manhandled from planks between tracks onto a
small platform in front of the shed and rolled into the building for protection from the weather. This plan-set includes options for a Garden Railway, (shown to the left) or options for finescale modeling. Footprint is 4ʺ x 6ʺ. Basic Plan-Set consists of 4) super B, 13" x 19" sheets. Booklet includes of 16) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages. The Booklet and the deluxe Plan-Set includes the Hand Car Set-Off, which consists of 5) super B and 16) super A, 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ size pages of optional details in a spiral bound booklet.
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!
free down load or eMailed free or $4.00
Coal House •••• 14-¼" x 9" footprint as designed.
BOOKLET INDEX OF FULL NINE (9) TURNTABLES
page #1 - Cover
page #2 - Index
page #3 - Union Pacific, 1911, American Bridge Co., 80΄ Turntable from Yakima, WA., at the California Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA.
page #4 - Pere Marquette Railway, 1901, Detroit Bridge & Ironworks, 68.8΄ Turntable from Petosky, MI., at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI.
page #5 - Soo Line, American Bridge Co., 70΄ Turntable from Weyerhaeuser, WI., at Camp 5 Logging Museum, Laona, WI.
pages #6 & 7 - Drawings of Eureka Springs Railroad, 1910, Philadelphia Turntable Co., 74.4΄, from Eureka Springs, AK.
page #8 - Eureka Springs, AK., site map drawing with Philadelphia Turntable Co. Turntable.
page #8 - 9-½΄ narrow gauge Industrial Turntable, at the Rhinelander Logging Museum, Rhinelander, WI.
page #9 - Southern Pacific, 1860, 56΄ “A” Frame Gallows Turntable, at Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, NV.
page #10 - Chicago & North-Western, 1910, American Bridge Co., 80΄ Turntable from Harvard, IL., at the Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL.
page #10 - 1918, C&N-W Right-of-Way drawing of Winegar, Wisc. with a 60΄ Lassig Turntable.
page #11 - Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 100' Truss-Type Turntable, at Bridgeport, NE.
page #12 - Fractions - Decimals - Millimeter Chart.
page #13 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of 30ʺ model Balanced American Bridge Co. Lassig Turntable
page #14 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of full size Cord & Stringer Template for a 30ʺ Turntable model.
page #15 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of Top and Side Views of 30ʺ Turntable Model.
page #16 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of full size Rivet Templates with Material List for a 30ʺ Turntable model.
page #17 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of Angle Bracing, Stiffeners and Gusset full size Templates for a 30ʺ model Turntable.
page #18 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing Top & Bottom X-Bracing full scale templates with rivets.
page #17 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of Turntable Trucks and Locking Mechanism Renderings.
page #19 - 19-ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing Turntable Pit.
page #20 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing Truck & Locking Mechanism.
page #21 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing of Gussets and Angle Bracing, with a finescale Roller Pedestal.
page #22 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing and Pictures of Gearing with Axle Bearings.
page #23 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Drawing Electrical Polarity.
page #24 to 27 - Suggested Instructions for Building a 60΄ Steel Turntable model.
page #28 - Rules for Painting and Rusting a steel Turntable Model.
page #29 - Popular Large Scale Train Scales.
page #30 - ½ʺ Scale Conversions to 22 Popular Scales.
page #31 - Turntable Modeling References.
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Booklet - Snow Shed ••• With 14) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ size pages, of construction instructions and photograph sheets with weathering options.