Almost all medium sized model railroads have
probably one (or two) locomotive sheds - many larger railroads will have several. That not
surprising when you consider exactly how many locomotives most modelers have in their collection.
An engine repair shed is not only an ideal building to store steam and diesel locomotives, but it
also gives wonderful character to a rail yard.
This workshop/engine shed (whatever you like to
call it), couldn't be described as beautiful, far from it. Some might even call it ugly, but that's
precisely what gives it so much authenticity and character. It is no hard to imagine busy
maintenance crews working on servicing and repairing the locomotives to keep them in good operating
This scaled down engine maintenance shed
replicates a big concrete slab building with huge open ends for easy track access from both ends.
The structure looks dirty just like one might imagine a busy workshop would be. So, unless you
actually want to, you needn't bother doing any detailing or weathering to make it look genuine - it
already looks the part!
To begin the construction, firstly download the
B436 engine shed plan. It is a PDF (a very common and user-friendly format). Save the PDF file to
your computer (or USB stick) so you know where to locate it when you want to print out copies.
Choose the scale you are going to set your printer settings to. The current plan is OO scale (the
size you download). To change it to HO all you do is adjust the PDF or your printer to 87% of the
actual size. N scale gets adjusted to 48% of actual size and Z scale drops to 35%. S scale goes up
to 118%. After printing out the PDF plan you glue the various parts onto some old cardstock (maybe
the back of a muesli packet). Cut each part out when dry and adhere them together... and the model
kit is completed unless you decide to touch up the edges a little by using a artist brush. You
could then spray the finished structure with matt varnish, however that is entirely
The best buy is the multi package deal featured
above. With that you get the big concrete engine shed workshop, a small railroad shed, a small
railway station, and an impressive silos facility.