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Download Plans For 7 "Authentic Looking"
Mining Town Buildings Easily Made
From Card and Balsa Wood



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 ALL 7 Building Plans Including Mining Chute $39.90 ONLY $24.95 (SAVE $37%)

OR   Mining Chute Alone $19.95

OR  6 Auxiliary Buildings (without Mining Chute) $19.95


Adding a Coal Mine To Your Model Railroad


In the days of steam the biggest commodity that the railroads purchased was coal, and this could be mined locally or transported in by rail. So it stands to reason that if you wanted a business to have for your railroad, a coal mine or coal merchant would be a sensible choice, no matter what area you are modeling. Use steam locomotives, or diesel, pulled coal trains taking coal cars to the ports etc.

There are plenty of photographs on the internet all featuring coal trains and coal yards. Even a lot of businesses used a coal fired energy source so there is plenty of scope for switching coal cars in your freight yards and taking them to the factories that can be set up with sidings so that coal cars can be left there for them to unload.

Mining Chute Building

workers accommodation building



Downloading the 6 Mining Buildings Is Quick and Easy


This special package includes a 9 page manual packed with tips on constructing downloadable buildings. There is also a special guide explaining how to build balsa wood trestle structures (as used on the mining chute building above).

The plans for these 7 mining town buildings are quick and easy to download (PDF files). Each building is incredibly authentic and accurate in appearance and comes complete with photo-realistic detailing for the walls, doors, windows, and roof surfaces. It is simply a case of you printing out the plans to the scale of your model railroad (HO scale, OO scale or N scale) – details on how to do that are shown below.

FREE 9 Page
Tips Manual

9 page manual


ho scale, n scale

Adjusting the printer settings is easy.
Here is an example.

 printer settings guide

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The walls, roof, doors, and window surfaces can then be glued onto a firmer surface (e.g. card, corflute, or foam), cut out, and then glued together. It is not difficult, because the building include easy-to-follow drawings showing exactly how it's done. However in saying that; you can take as long as you like constructing and perfecting every little detail to the standard you require for your model railroad. If you want to touch up the edges with a little paint, or add an extra door or window, that's entirely over to you.


Mining Town Construction Tips


easy instructions

These plans even include tips for creating the balsa wood supporting structure on the main mining chute building, including suggested gluing and weathering techniques. (the plans are downloadable, so balsa wood and other materials are not included). 


The main chute building features a tall hoist house, and ore chutes for either rail or truck loading. The auxiliary buildings you position near or around the main mining chute structure are also very authentic in appearance and simple to build. They could be used for a number of purposes such as accommodation for mine workers, perhaps a school, a site office, and some shacks. The different buildings can be positioned together in several configurations, making the scene adaptable to fit the individual requirements of your layout.


Flexibility is a BIG plus with these plans. For example; if you want to extend the length of a building, it is as simple as printing off a second copy and joining on another section. The PDF plans are stored on your computer, so you don't need to pay for a second download. You can print off numerous copies (for your exclusive private use) if you choose to.

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7 Buildings Including Mining Chute $39.90 JUST $24.95 (SAVE 37%)


Making a Scale Model Coal Mine


Article By By Kevin C.


I went to see another members’ railroad the other day and he started talking about his coal mine scene. “I wish we could make it a working mine.” said Phillip “It seems so dead the way it is.” That got me into thinking maybe we could make it a working mine. So some time later I came up with some rough drawings. As the mine was on the side of a hill this would make it easier to hide the workings. Unfortunately Phillip had made his hills from expandable foam so they were not hollow. “That’s ok we can remove an entire section and make up a hollow hill” said Phillip. So we started and cut out a section about nine inches long. We carefully removed his old mine head from the foam and cleaned it up.


The plastic model was suppose to have revolving wheels at the top but these had been glued in place so after some careful cutting Phillip had removed them and sanded old glue residue from the shaft. However we had to make some new top bearings and glued them to the framework of the tower head where we fitted the shaft once the glue had set.

I had made a new hill from shell plaster around a mine shaft that I would use to hold the lifting buckets loaded with coal and they would dump it into a bin that would enable the coal to run back down to be picked up in the lifting buckets again and again.


I had to leave this for a few days for the plaster to set hard and having made a flat section for some track and a coal bin to fill the coal cars. We laid a section of track in place from under the bin to a nearby yard where the switcher could bring the coal cars filling and later take them back for marshalling.


The buckets were made from some styrene sheet cut to shape and glued together and made two and attached them to some white garden line type string after working out the length of each piece. And this would be made into a loop around two pulleys top and bottom that would be driven by a small electric motor equipped with a worm drive. The effect here is not to have the buckets move too quickly and they would pick up the plastic coal from the bottom of the mine shaft and lift it to the top of the mine head and they would tip it into the bin that had a side chute hidden slightly so that the coal would return to the bottom of the mine to be picked up again.


This action took us quite a bit of time to get right so that all the coal went down the chute. We added scatter material and trees to make the scene look as though we had never altered it, and decided we had to also make an administration building and used an old warehouse that I had discarded to my junk box. We fixed it up with a new roof that looked like corrugated iron and we added some rust to make it look older and Phillip distressed and weathered the rest of the building. With the addition of a few working people one with a shovel picking up some spilt coal and the addition of a “Model A” pickup truck and a shingle road completed the whole system.


Early coal cars I suppose would have been gondola's so we had a few of these and fitted some with the plastic shingle loads that we painted black from other later hopper cars.

Phillip placed one under the coal bin and put the other four in the yard two loaded and two empty making ready to be taken down to be filled. All that remained to be done was to run the wiring for the electric motor back to the control panel. We put a small hole just large enough to take both wires under the base board and ran them along with the loom and Phillip taped them to the loom in places and once we got to the control board I soldered one of them to a switch contact and the other to the neutral connection. Then I ran a wire from the centre contact on the switch to the positive supply.

Phillip took the honours to switch it on and we watched as the plastic coal came up in the bucket and tipped into the hopper and some ran back down the mine shaft to be picked up again. Phillip’s partner said it really looks great. Unfortunately Phillip did not want his layout photographed so I can’t put any photographs on here which is a shame as it really looks realistic.

Note: The plans featured on this page include the front and side of each building as well as the roof. Detailing and weathering has been pre done. Materials (balsa, glue, card etc) are not included.



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