B434 Railway Station
OO gauge trains
HO scale trains
N scale trains
... and other scale layouts
Low Relief Model Railroad Buildings
Including low relief structures
can really add dimension and perspective to a model railroad. Basically, a low
relief building (also called flats)is a structure that usually only has 1
or 3 sides. These kits are generally positioned against a railroad
backdrop to give the appearance of full size buildings in the distance with trains
operating in foreground.
Low Relief Buildings Range
Download Once - Print Many
These model railroad kits will add amazing realism to a diorama or railroading scene, and yet they
are very inexpensive and easy to construct. You simply choose a kit from the wide selection for
sale on this modelbuildings.org website, download it to your computer, then print it out (on A4
paper), glue it onto some cardstock (old cereal boxes are perfect), fold and glue it together. It’s
that easy to build (no painting required) – you could construct a whole miniature railroad town
scene for less than the cost of a couple of plastic model kits!
Easy to scale: All model
train structures are in OO scale, so you simply alter your print settings
OO scale is
HO scale reduce the print
S scale enlarge the print
Z scale reduce the print
N scale reduce the print
Easy To Build Structures - Detailed & Very
Assembling the Signal Box B432
The wonderful world of model trains is truly
amazing with the versatility that comes with creating your very own miniature world.
Although you can buy almost everything you will need from a local hobby store or online train
supplier, there is one essential item that can’t be bought or sold… that’s your
Designing and constructing your
own railroad layout can be a real thrill. This wonderful hobby truly has something for everyone.
Building, art, woodworking, electrics and electronics, mechanics, all of these can be found
somewhere on your railroad layout.
Realistic scenery brings a
railroad to life
Scenery is what ultimately
distinguishes a model railroad from a toy train set. Scenery is about the setting and telling a
story about the trains and the landscape they travel through.
Scenery is how you choose to
really showcase what you’ve created. It can be a product of your own skills and unique imagination,
and there’s nothing more gratifying than to look over your miniature world and think proudly, “I
created all this!” Your powers of observation will be exercised and honed as you learn the
techniques and become aware of all of the minute details that surround you in the real world and
try to create them in miniature.
While many miniature railroads are
never completely finished, adding some good scenery and structures can go a long way to giving that
When constructing your railway
layout you will develop many new skills, or at the very least refine some of your existing skills.
Take it from me; there is a huge level of satisfaction in being able to create, or construct
something yourself, especially when you are able to do it for less money than it would cost you to
purchase the plastic kits and railroad scenery ready-made. It is also a good skill to be able to
customize something enabling it to fit into a specific location on your railroad. These are
certainly skills well worth developing.
If you are looking to buy plastic
kits, or railroad buildings from cardstock, or purchasing laser cut railway buildings... then
consider these railroad structures as a cost effective high quality alternative. They are
not just plans, but are complete printable designs delivered by instant download directly to your
computer... so you can make as many copies as you want from the one download. Simply print them on
the paper or card of your choosing. You can adapt them to fit whatever scene scenario you are
The printable model kits for sale
here are easy to assemble, extremely strong when constructed, and are already pre weathered so there is no painting required. When you look through
the designs on this website you'll see how amazingly realistic these downloadable card kit railroad
structures are, and how easy they are to build from scratch. They'll look great on a layout with
trains operating in the scene.
You can make your scale buildings
from cardstock, foam, or corflute. You can simply assemble them or add additional internal
strengthening if you want to make your railways buildings super strong. Basswood, balsawood,
corflute, and foam are ideal materials for making bases, floors, or adding internal supports to
walls or roofs. Doing this is a really easy process and will ensure your train station, signal box,
or any model railway building withstands the test of time.
Weathering like on a real
If there’s one thing you’ll
observe when planning your scale railroad, it’s that the rest of the world (in real life) is
definitely not well maintained. In real life, buildings not only fade, but also fall into
disrepair, neglect and outright dilapidation. The areas around real prototype railroads can be
particularly dirty as a result of diesel or stream trains passing by. If you place a group of shiny
new rolling stock and new-looking structures on your layout, you’ll never escape the toy like
appearance of the miniatures. Whether HO scale, OO gauge, N scale or any scale - the trains need to
look real to avoid appearing to be just toy.
As a modeler, realism is usually a
high priority. So, if you want the scene to look authentic, you’ll need to be prepared to make that
shiny new Bachmann locomotive or caboose positively grimy to get the right effect. Almost nothing
outside in the real world is clean, and that is the philosophy you might want to keep in mind for
your rail layout as well. Railroad operators (in the real world) are notoriously cost conscious, so
they seldom spend money sprucing up the rolling stock and motive power, or their buildings and
structures either! The technique of weathering can effectively and believably enhance the realism
of any scene.
Making your railroad your
The end result is in your hands,
because ultimately you are creating YOUR RAILROAD. For that reason it should to be a railway layout
you will enjoy constructing and operating. What others in the hobby might think about your
techniques doesn’t really matter. It is your choice as to how accurately (or not) you choose to
follow the theme and specific details of a prototype railroad. Your layout and the trains you
choose to operate needs to be what you personally want (not what others might
The various operating scenarios
will need to keep you interested especially when you have completed the construction phase. That’s
not to say you won’t notice many things you could do (or might have done) differently. Everything
from constructing the bench work to operating the trains should be fun. Truth is; your model
railroad will probably be a permanent work in progress… so enjoy the journey!
textures on these 3D models have been created with images kindly supplied