Friday, January 2, 2015

First Prototype Structure Appears on the Layout..

The first structure to be built for the railroad made it's first appearance on the layout, albeit just to be test fitted before the final touches are put on it.  It's a card stock photo building built out of textures from Clever Models and 140lb paper card stock reinforcement.  

T.H. Knisely covered coal trestle.  Notice the vegetation growing around the bottom of the trestle. The photo was taken in 1963 or 1964, and photographer was standing on front of Ma & Pa locomotive #82 while diesel was pulling a freight train north.

Photo from the Alan J. Frame collection used by permission of The Ma & Pa Historical Society archives. 

Side View.

Here's an angle that kind of matches the prototype.  What do you think?

It was a fun project, and I think it came out nice.  My friend Dave Ramos has been building buildings on his NY Harbor Layout using the Clever Models Textures and I plan on trying more of my buildings and flats using them.


  1. I think this is a good representation of the prototype.. Good job!

  2. Hey Ted that shed really looks good. I'll have to check out the Clever Models web site. I always liked how Dave Ramos' structures look on his layout. Did you do the weathering or did the panels come that way? Jerry

  3. Hi Jerry,

    I plan on trying to weather it some but pretty much what you see is how it prints out. I bought their textures disk back 2009 at the Springfield Show and it includes a good number of textures from doors, windows, roofs, siding, bricks etc. Worth the money. You can even download the textures from their website.