Since the advent
of the steam engine so many years ago, there has been a very dangerous liaison with railway
crossings (and public streets). Those were in the days before today’s "automated crossing barrier
protection devices." The crossings on the busier railroads were often controled by a flagman whose
specific job was to stop road traffic (and the pedestrians) whenever trains approached. However, in
reality the flagman typically spent considerable time waiting between trains, so he (woman were not
often seen) needed a place to stay whilst waiting. This is the reason a crossing shanty was often
positioned close by the tracks so the flagman would be ready to jump into action whenever
This B438 model
is a scaled-down version of a traditional crossing shanty that would have been located alongside
many railroads in years gone by. The shanty is covered with some grime and would look in place
alongside the track on any model layout.
To build this
crossing shanty you begin by downloading the PDF plan which is a PDF file - so will open on a home
computer without problems.
After you print
out a copy (you can print several if you want), you glue the various parts on to some thin
cardstock eg. a cereal pack. Then cut out each part and glue the model together. The
crossing shanty model (B438) is already finely weathered, so you shouldn't need to do any
work to age the building - unless you want to. The crossing shanty (just like all these model
buildings) is available to you immediately via download (with at least 5
Click the order link above, and you will have your
kit (s) downloaded almost right away to your PC.