Plan-Sets offered to construct Structures and stuff.

Factories, Mines, and Warehouses are a great way to provide your Railroad with more opportunities for operation and switching.

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. etc. mine diorama for a layout. Shown are Ore Car loaders, but this could easily be converted for trucks, plus a 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. 
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$12  Plan-Set  includes; 6) 13" x 19" super B drawings. 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"
$49  Plan-Set​​ •••• includes; 6) 24" x 34" D size black and white drawings, rolled and shipped in a tube.

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Bow Roof Factory​​  •••• 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. 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. 
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$11  Plan-Set  includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B drawings with an indoor and Railroad Garden material list of Foam Core Board. With all the details and bow roof shown full scale.
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Spiral Bound Booklet ​consists of: 18) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages which include 3-D renderings, adhesives, construction and finishing photos, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Three Story Warehouse​​  •••• 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.
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$11  Plan-Set  includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B drawings with an indoor and Railroad Garden material list of Foam Core Board.
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Spiral Bound Booklet ​consists of: 16) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages which include 3-D illustrated construction renderings, adhesives, finishing photos, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
built by William Test
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set  ONLY $11
USA USPS Mailed printed copy spiral bound Booklet with Plan-Set  $16
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set  ONLY $11
USA USPS Mailed printed copy spiral bound Booklet with Plan-Set  $18
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Built by William Test.
3-Story Slaughterhouse and Packing Plant with Stock Pens and Ramps​​  •••• 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. These factory elements including a power house and a clock tower can or cannot be built with the factory for an even more unique model. 
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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.
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Another railroad spur is located behind the "Packing Plant" for shipping the meat or other products into Reefer railroad cars or Box cars to markets across the country. Behind the Clock Tower is a whitewashed (reflects the suns heat) Ice House which supplied blocks of ice for the Reefer railroad cars off of an Icing Platform.
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This 3-Story Factory was originally built with 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!                                  
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$16  Plan-Set  includes: 9) 13" x 19" super B drawings with an indoor and Railroad Garden material list of Foam Core Board with textured styrene for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Footprint 68ʺ x 19ʺ as designed
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of: 20) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages which include 3-D illustrated Foam Core Board construction renderings, adhesives, and finishing photos, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set  ONLY $16
USA USPS Mailed printed copy spiral bound Booklet with Plan-Set  $23
Ice House with Icing Platform​​  •••• This is a freelance stand-alone building which can be used 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.
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$11  Plan-Set  includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B drawings with an indoor and Railroad Garden material list of Foam Core Board.
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set  ONLY $11
Built by David Besterman.
Purchase the 3-story Factory and Ice House, Plan-Set and Meat Packing Complex Footprint and Spiral Bound Booklet  as described above.
Meat Packing Complex Footprint Plan Sheet​​  •••• 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.
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$4  Plan Sheet  1) 13" x 19" super B drawing.
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set  ONLY $29

1:24 (½ʺ)scale Plan-Sets include printing and dimension Scale Conversions.pdf  factors to 22 popular scales.​​

Masonry Powerhouse​​  •••• 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”. 
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$14  Plan-Set  includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B drawings with an indoor and Railroad Garden material list of Foam Core Board. With all the details shown full scale.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of: 16) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages which include 3-D renderings, adhesives, construction and finishing photos, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Coal & Oil Shed​​  •••• is a C & N-W Ry 1914 Standard Coal & Oil House that would have been found at small terminal complexes or along any prototype Steam Era railroad refueling stop. They would have been spaced every 100-150 miles, 100 years ago.    Footprint is 9ʺ x 4ʺ.
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$6  Plan Sheet  includes: 1) 13" x 19" super B drawing.
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Bound Booklet consists of: 10) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ size pages, which includes; over 20) illustrations, very detailed instructions, weathering with detail scenicing for this diorama.
USA USPS Mail printed copy of  Plan-Set  ONLY $14​​
USA USPS Mail printed copies of spiral bound Booklet &  Plan-Set $19
USA USPS Mail printed copy of  Plan-Set  ONLY $6​​
USA USPS Mail printed copies of bound Booklet &  Plan-Set $12
Wood Quarry Derrick​​  •••• Such vintage Derricks could be found at large rock quarries. Construct for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens with the same materials that they were built with over 100 years ago.
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$12  Plan-Set  includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B drawings with a material list, construction recommendations, operation diagram and finished derrick photos.
Steel Lattice Quarry Derrick​​  •••• 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.
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$19  Plan-Set  includes: 13) 13" x 19" super B drawings with a material list, construction recommendations, operation diagram and finished derrick photos. This is done with soldered brass commercial shapes. 
Combination Steel and Wood Derricks were not uncommon. This occurred when wooden masts and booms broke or finally reached their useful life. Purchase both  Plan-Sets  for $24, and create a combo.
Acme Anvil Factory​​  •••• This will make an interesting frame building which could have been built in any era as an industrial factory or a generic residential building.    Footprint is 24ʺ x 16ʺ.
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$10  Plan-Set  includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B drawings, which shows construction with milled basswood siding for indoor layouts and textured pattern styrene on Foam Core Board for a Railroad Garden.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of: 18) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ size pages, which includes; a material list, 3-D renderings, construction, painting and weathering instructions and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
Closed Shed​​  •••• A very simple first project in any scale. Footprint is 8ʺ x 4ʺ.
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$8  Plan Sheet  1) 13" x 19" super B drawing, which shows with the recommend material for indoor or outdoor Railroad Gardens with painting instructions, photos and 3-D renderings.
Built by David Besterman.
Patented Boom​​  •••• 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.
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$7  Plan-Set  2) 13" x 19" super B drawing.
USA USPS Mail printed copy of  Plan-Set  ONLY $10​​
USA USPS Mail printed copies of spiral bound Booklet &  Plan-Set $17
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Vilas County Lumber Co., Company Town Buildings - Winegar, WI
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A company town is a place where practically all stores and housing are owned by the one company that is also the main employer. 

School House​​  •••• This is the Fosterville/Winegar, WI first school. It was a one-room school house, built in 1906. Footprint was 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. It was of simple frame construction with a bell in the cupola.
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Contrary to popular belief schoolhouses were not usually painted red, but most were painted white.
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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    ......... continue .........
Company Store​​  •••• This building is shared by the Post Office and a Doctor’s Office.
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Employee's 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 employee's usually saved money in the long run by buying at the company store. Basic Company Store Footprint 24΄ x 90΄ with the Post Office and Doctors Office “L”, 26΄ x 18΄.
Presidents Home​​  •••• 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΄.
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'.
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 known for its dining room, especially when waiting for the next train to arrive from Mercer, WI. Footprint 30´ x 11´ with the 25´ x 30´ “L” dining area
Supertendent’s Home​​  •••• 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. The following men report to the superintendent: Mill Foremen, Master Mechanic, Lumber Grader, Yard Foreman, Barn Foreman, Woods Foreman, Bookkeeper, and Shipping & Supply Clerks. Footpint 32΄ x 52΄.
Winegar's Dance & Pool Hall​​  •••• 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. Footprint 52΄ x 80΄
1-Story Company Home​​  •••• This is the basic home provided for those working for the VCLCo. Rent was deducted from the employees salary. Footprint is 18΄ x 24'.
2-Story Company Home​​  •••• This “Company Home” is the largest of the two homes provided by the VCLCo. Rent was deducted from employees salary. Footprint is 20΄ x 28΄.

Plans will provide the different options residents incorporated into their homes such as porches, “L’s” and build outs. 
In 1913 there were 47 Company Homes in Winegar, 72 in 1916 and 80 in 1926 at the height of logging at the VCLCo. They were painted Green or white depending who was running the VCLCo.
eMailed Booklet in .pdf format $8​​
USA USPS mailed printed copy Spiral Bound Booklet $15

We offer a Booklet describing how to use Foam Core Board, and textured styrene with commercial doors and windows for some of our buildings and your projects, priced at $15 with free shipping. Booklet consists of 20) 9½" x 13" pages of acceptable materials, adhesives, and finishes with over 40) illustrations for Railroad Gardens and indoor layouts. 
Last updated February 01, 2019.​​​​