Plan-Sets offered to construct Carts and Wagons.

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 and metal with N-B-W (castings) just as they were built over 100 years ago.
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  • Wagon Wheel Fixture  Plan-Set is include when commercial wheels are not available. This  Plan-Set will work for virtually any scale wagon.
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  • Wagon  Plan-Sets with spiral bound booklets include construction instructions. Spiral bound booklets when open will lie flat on your work surface for easy reference.
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  • 1:24 (½") scale  Plan-Sets contain conversion factors to convert to 22 other popular modeling scales.
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  • Plan-Sets which include full size details are to be used as templates. We encourage purchasers to make copies of full size details as templates.
Classic American Buckboard Wagon •••• This It is distinctively an American vehicle. The “buckboard” is the front-most board on the wagon.
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It was of simple wagon construction (and our easiest wagon to model), meant to be drawn by a horse, mule or other large animal. 
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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. 
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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.

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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.

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$13  1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Set  includes: 5) 13" x 19" super B drawings of full scale construction. 
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$23  Spiral Bound Buckboard Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 20) 9½ʺ x 13" pages with descriptive sheets which includes the Wheel Fixture plan and instructions. 
American Farm Box Wagon •••• 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.
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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.
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This  Plan-Set allows for the modeler to vary details, but, build with metal and wood just as they did over 100 years ago. 
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$20  Plan-Set  includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B and 13) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages.
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$43 
Spiral Bound Farm Box Wagon Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 51) 9½ʺ x 13" pages which include Bill of Materials, 3-D renderings,    construction and painting instructions and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. 
Download Box Wagon Index.pdf
4-Wheel RR Station Platform Wagon •••• 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. 
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$13  1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Set  includes: 6) 13" x 19" super B drawings.
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$16 
Spiral Bound Platform Wagon Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 6) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages which include Bill of Materials, 3-D renderings, construction and painting instructions and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. 
Download Buckboard Index.pdf
Download Platform Index.pdf
Every model diorama prior to 1920 should have a Buckboard!
1:13.7 (⅞") Classic American Buckboard Wagon •••• Same as described above.
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$15  1:13.7 (⅞") Plan-Set  includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B drawings of full scale construction. 
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$25  Spiral Bound Buckboard Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 20) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages with descriptive sheets which includes the Wheel Fixture plan and instructions. 
Every Freight, Express & Passenger Depot should have a 4-Wheel Railroad Station Platform Wagon! They go a long way toward livening up the action at station platforms, creating a lot of interest for visitors.
1:13.7 (⅞") Platform Wagon •••• Same as described above.
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$16  1:13.7 (⅞") Plan-Set  includes: 9) 13" x 19" super B drawings of full scale construction. 
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$18  Spiral Bound Platform Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 6) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages with descriptive information and instructions. 
Click above to view more pictures of Drays.
Tank Wagon •••• 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. 
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$15  Plan-Set  includes: 9) 13" x 19" super B drawings 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.
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$20  Spiral Bound Booklet also consists of 12) 9½ʺ x 13" pages of prototype information and construction and painting suggestions pages.
Heavy Duty Dray Wagon •••• 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.
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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. 
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$19  Plan-Set  includes: 9) 13" x 19" super B drawings and 10) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages. With all details shown full scale to be used as templates, material list, Wheel Jig drawings. Options include different style stakes and a Turning Seat.
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$27  Spiral Bound Booklet also consists of 24) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages of prototype information and construction suggestions pages.​​
Click above to view more pictures of Drays.
Click above to view more pictures of Tankers.
Download Dray Index.pdf
Download Tank Wagon  Index.pdf

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

American Flare-Type, Grain-Tight, Farm Wagon •••• 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.
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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).
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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.

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$20  1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Set  includes: 11) 13" x 19" super B and 6) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with all details shown full scale to be used as templates, material list and our Wheel Fixture Plan-Set with super detailed optional dimensioned items. 
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$24  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 11) 13" x 19" super B drawings and 14) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages, prototype information and construction and painting suggestions, with prototype information.
1906 Dumper Wagon •••• 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.
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To increase capacity, slanting boards panels are shown as an option in these drawings. These boards can be modeled stationary or removable.
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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.
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These wagons were pulled by two, sometimes four, heavy draft animals such as Clydesdales, or Percheron horses.

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$16  Plan-Set  includes: 10) 13" x 19" super B size drawings which includes a Bill of Materials,  and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
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$21  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 10) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages of prototype information, construction and painting suggestions.​ 
Download Flare-Type Farm Wagon Index.pdf
1:13.7 (⅞") Flare-Type, Grain-Tight, Farm Wagon •••• Same as described above.
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$25  1:13.7 (⅞") Plan-Set  includes: 18) 13" x 19" super B drawings and 4) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size pages plus our Wheel Fixture Plan-Set
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$28  Spiral Bound Flare-Type, Grain-Tight, Farm Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 8) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages with descriptive sheets which includes the Wheel Fixture instructions. ​​
Download Dumper Wagon Index.pdf
Heavy Duty Complete Log & Cord Wagon •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the farm wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, and 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 Sawmill 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-Se t would have been eight tons.
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i$16  Plan-Set  includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B size drawings showing details full scale to be used as templates, a material list and Wheel Fixture drawings 6) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages 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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$26  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 22) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with photos of actual Log Wagons including patent drawings for a Lindsey 8-Wheel Wagon with instructions on finescale modeling of wheels.
Mill / Factory Lumber Buggy •••• The name “Buggy” as used here is a lumber-mill term. These wagons were used at sawmills, lumber yards, woodworking plants and general farm use. These wagons carried their load balanced over the rear wheels. They were heavy spring-less 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.
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i$11  1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Set  includes: 4) 13" x 19" super B size drawings with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
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$15  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 10) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information and construction suggestions. 
Download Lumber Buggy Index.pdf
1:13.7 (⅞") Mill/Factory Lumber Buggy •••• Same as described above.
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$16  1:13.7 (⅞") Plan-Set  includes: 9) 13" x 19" super B drawings.
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$20  Spiral Bound Mill/Factory Lumber Buggy Booklet and Plan-Set consists of 12) 9½ʺ x 13"  pages.​​
Download Log Wagon Index.pdf
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.
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i$10  1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Set  includes: 3) 13" x 19" super B size drawings with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
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$12  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 6) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information, construction photos and painting and UV stabilization suggestions.​ 
1904 Most Improved Express Delivery Wagon •••• Sometimes called a Hitch or Baggage Wagon, or Show Wagon. They were widely used for light city trucking of large parcels and boxes to homes and businesses. These wagons were closely associated with railway shipping carrying trunks and baggage to and from depots. 
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Companies took great pride in their Express Delivery Wagons bearing their business name and a magnificent team of horses to pull them.

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Show wagons were pulled in parades and exhibitions to advertise companies and their products. Today, an astounding number of companies, breeders and draft-horse owners continue this tradition.
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Express wagons are one of the most carefully designed and practical, yet beautiful wagons ever built. The spring system, fifth-wheel assembly and ‘cut-under’ front wheels facilitate tight turns and give this wagon flexibility making it ideally suited to the crowded driving conditions in cities during the horse-drawn era. Characteristically they had flared upper side boards and a high driving seat.

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This is our most detailed (difficult) wagon to build, but by eliminating some of the smallest details this wagon could easily be built by virtually any modeler.
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i$17  Plan-Set  includes: 11) 13" x 19" super B size drawings which include material lists and full scale details to be used as templates.
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$20  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set also consists of 6) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information, construction photos and painting and UV stabilization suggestions.​ 
Download Delivery Van Index.pdf
1:12 (1") Delivery Van •••• Same as described above.
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$16  1:12 (1") Plan-Set  includes: 4) 13" x 19" super B drawings which include Wheel Fixture drawings. Additional: 4) 9½ʺ x 13" pages, of prototype information construction photos and suggestions painting and UV stabilization suggestions.
Any Scale Jig Wheel Fixture •••• Plan-Set is for a fixture that allows building of model wagon wheels in virtually any scale. (This  Plan-Set is included with some Wagon  Plan-Sets shown above)
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i$10  Plan-Set  includes: 2) 13" x 19" super B size drawings with full scale templates and 4) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages of instructions.
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$12  Spiral Bound Booklet and Plan-Set 3) 13" x 19" super B size drawings and 8) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with a method to construct finescale "Dished" wheels, wheel rim cleats and mud scallops.
Click above to view more pictures of Express Delivery Wagon.
Download Express Wagon Index.pdf
Building and Modeling the American Farm Wagon and a few other Horse Drawn Vehicles Book with Plans •••• This spiral bound book contains 216) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages of 70# paper (Book weighs almost 3 lbs.), with over 700 illustrations, pictures and drawings to build all the 1:24 (½ʺ) scale 12) American Wagons and Wheel Jig shown above plus the 2) carts shown below.
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Items covered in this booklet 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 1100 wagon pictures. Chapters include: Running Gear • Eveners & Shafts • Seat, Step, Tool Box, Trailer Hitch & Brakes for American Farm Wagons • Buckboard • Express Wagon • Dray Wagon • Cord, Heavy Duty Log & Lumber Wagons • Delivery Van Wagon • Dumper Wagon • Flare Type, Grain Tight Wagon • Tank Wagon • 4-Wheel RR Station Platform Wagon, plans to build them.
eMailed book in .pdf format without DVD $48
USA USPS Media Mail printed copy of Book $110 
USA USPS Priority Mail printed copy of Book $115 
Canada USPS 1st Class Mail printed copy of Book $130 
International USPS 1st Class Mail printed copy of Book $142
Tank Cart •••• This Tank Cart would be appropriate for firefighting at a factory or out in the woods. Or, used for weed killing.
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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.

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Footprint 2 ⅝ʺ x 1⅞ʺ. 
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i$5  Plan Sheet  includes: 1) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ Super A drawing with all the needed material information.
Parts Cart •••• This dainty cart flatbed cart is ¾ʺ x 1½ʺ. Every layout needs a cart for moving items. This cart can be seen inside the VCLCo Engine House. 
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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.
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i$5  Plan Sheet  includes: 1) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ Super A drawing with all the needed material information.
Tank & Parts Carts •••• Purchase both Tank and Parts Carts  Plan Sheets at a discount and save four (4) bucks. 
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i$6  Plan Sheets  includes: 2) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ Super A drawing with all the needed material information.
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Steel - Lumber Assorting Buggy •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Crowell Lumber Ind. Sawmill in Longleaf, LA. This Sawmill operated into the 1960’s which would make this design appropriate for later operating Sawmills. Sawmills would use dozens of these buggies along the Assorting Green Chain Platform.
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$5.50 Plan-Set  includes: 3) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ drawings with a material list for finescale brass construction or styrene would be an alternative material.
Wood - Lumber Assorting Buggy •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI. These Lumber Buggies would be appropriate for sawmills operating at the turn of the century and later. Sawmills would use dozens of these buggies along the Assorting Green Chain Platform.
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$4.50 Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ drawing.
Wood and Steel - Lumber Assorting Buggies •••• Purchase all drawings at a discount and save $3.00 building a hybrid Wood cart with Steel wheels. Lumber Assorting Buggies in general were used at Saw Mills, Planning Mills and Box Factories last century.
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$7  Plan Sheets includes all: 4) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ drawing.
American Farm Wagons on a DVD •••• This DVD of over 1100 photos and pictures of many American Farm Wagons Delivery Vans, etc. 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.........
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Wagons Included: 4-Wheel RR Station Platform Baggage, Box, Brewers, Delivery, Dray, Dumper, Farm, Freight, Goat, Grain, Lindsay Logging, Logging, Lumber, 1) Market, 1) Mining, 1) Peddler, Pony Cart, Running Gear, Tanker & Vans.​​
​​USA USPS Mail (2) CDs $12
USA USPS (1) DVD $10
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Gruber Wagon Works on a DVD •••• The Gruber Wagon Works operated from 1883 to 1910. The factory was located near Keading, Pennsylvania in Berks County. It is an example of a factory that operated at full production through 1910. 
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This is a very basic DVD of nine (9) 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 the full scale buildings. The drawings show the location of the wood working machinery that were used to manufacturer wagons using the "American System."​
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The DVD shows 100 catalog etched cuttings of machines that were available over 100 years ago to manufacture wagons with over 50 photos. The DVD is broken down by the following folders: Axle • Bolster • Boring • Equalizing • Gruber Wagon Works building drawings • Hounds & Reach • Hub • Mortising • Shafts + Poles + Trees • Spoke • Strap and Wheel.
​​USA USPS Mail DVD $15
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Last updated March 01, 2019.​​​​