model buildings

 

 

These videos show how to assemble model train building kits step by step.

 

Assembling Background Buildings

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catalog 2

Multi Pack Special Buys

 

Making a cabin B421

Some people call them cardstock kits, others call them laser cut kits, but we just use the words model railroad buildings to describe these printable paper models. Basically you download the plans or templates in PDF forma to your computer and then print them out and glue them onto some cardstock or cardboard (you can use the card from a cereal pack). The plans are then ready for assembly.

You can save the PDF file to a disk or removable USB stick if you choose. That way, at a later date, you can print out more copies of the same plan if you want to. This doesn't breach copyright rules as long as you don't sell or give away the plans to someone else. That would be a clear legal breach.

These structures will look great when positioned on a layout with track, trains, scenery, people, bridges, tunnels, and a backdrop helping to bring the scene to life.

 

The Place in Model Train History for the
N Gauge Steam Engines

By hobbyist Dave Walker

In the storied and colorful history of model trains, there is a special place for the N Gauge steam engines. Even today there are many N scale steam engines along side the many diesel engines on the market. One of the first that came out of Europe was the Arnold Rapido 0-6-0T Steam Switcher in the 1960’s. This was followed by many other steam engines.

Some of the other popular N scale steam locomotives in 1960’s included the Arnold Rapido 2-6-0 Steam Locomotive, 4-6-2 Pacific and a 4-6-4 Hudson. When Arnold declared bankruptcy they sold the assets to Rivarossi. Then when Rivarossi had troubles the assets were sold to Hornby who still makes Arnold Products today including the 4-6-2 Pacific and 4-6-4 Hudson.

Toward the end of the 1970’s Con-Cor was selling a Rivarossi steam engine that sported motors and drives that were much improved. Con-Cor continued to offer a wide variety of N gauge trains including many with steam engines and manufactured by Mehanotehnika, Rivarossi, Kato, Fleishmann, and Roco. For example in 1980 they released the popular 4-8-8-4 Big Boy Steam Locomotive, and the Con-Cor Southern Pacific 4-6-4 Steam Engine.

Atlas Tool Company then began to distribute a full line of N gauge trains in the late 60’s with both steam and diesel engines made by Mehanorehnika and Ricarossi. Atlas also offered steam switchers in this same time frame including the Saddletank Switcher  Atlas 0-4-0 Steam Switcher (Rivorossi) and the Tank Switcher. The Atlas RSC2 engine was made by Mehanorehnika as was the Atlas EMD SD45.

By 1977, Rivorossi was introducing a new crop of steam engines that included the 2-8-4  Berkshire, the 2-8-8 ELS, the 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado, 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific and the 2-8-4 Bershire. Then they sold the Dockside Switcher and the rerelease of the SW 1500 that was manufactured originally for  Atlas. Some of these engines used Roco and Atlas tooling. The Rivarossi NYC Dreyfuss Hudson Steam Locomotive was also made in this time frame.

Minitrix produced several steam engines including the 4-6-2K4 Pacific, the 0-6-0ld Timer steam engine and 0-6-0 switcher and the 2-20-0 Decapod. There was an all metal 0-6-OT prototype steam locomotive early on from Minitrix. This engine was boxed and labeled “Little Donkey” when sold in the United States until the end of the 1990’s.They also packaged and sold the Evening Star Deluxe Train Set with Minitrix 2-10-0 Steam Locomotive. All Minitrix products were imported to the United States, first by American Tortoise then by Model Power from the 1970’s until 1980 when Con-Cor began imported the Minitrix steam engines and other products.

Then the Associated Hobby Manufacturers (AHM) began to market N scale trains including N gauge steam engines that were made in Italy by Lima. They were called minitrains and were oversized even though they were advertised as N scale. Once again the train importer ran into difficulties and reorganized as AHM by Regal Way. Then IHC (International Hobby Corporation) took over until they discontinued in 2009. This same line is still offered today by Con-Cor as Big City Hobbies. In this AHM group there was the AHM Q1B 2-6-4T Steam Locomotive.

Bachmann Brothers came into the N scale field in 1968 with trains made in Hong Kong until the Kader Group purchased them in 1980s. Then Kader changed their name to the more familiar and more anglicanized Bachmann name. The headquarters in now in Philadelphia and they make the Bachmann Docksider Steam Switcher, Bachmann USRA 0-6-0 Steam Switcher with Tender, and the Bachmann Prairie 2-6-2 Steam Locomotive. In 1990 they added several steam engines such as Bachmann 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive with 52' 12-Wheel Oil Tender, Bachmann Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive.

Life-Like came into the market with Life-Like 0-6-0T Saddle Tank Switcher (1990-present) Life- Like is still an avid player in today’s market. Then Model Power absorbed American Tortoise with the Model Power Shifty Sam 0-6-0 Tank Locomotive. The American company Lone Star put out the Handsome Lone Star EL66 0-8-0 Steamer with Rubber Band Drive in 1964. Lionel also produced several N gauge steam engines. Visit train clubs for more information on this topic and to share the joy of running trains.