These short videos explain how to make these model railroad buildings.
Assembling Model Building
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Making model railroad buildings from scratch is no longer difficult. These tutorial
videos show step by step how to scratch build model railroad buildings. Just follow the
methods explained and you'll plenty of impressive looking architecture to place around your train
layout. These cardstock railroad model buildings look prototypical and are extremely
strong when constructed using the methods described. The downloadable plans take only a few moments
to download and print out ready-for-assembly.
The History of Model Trains and
The history of the model trains
began in the mid 1800’s and continues to this day. Electric trains appeared in the early 1900’s and
participants immediately began to build scenes with tracks, buildings, lights, tunnels, mountains,
bridges, streams, vehicles, roads and signals.
As the hobby of railway modeling
grew, manufacturers began to produce the trains in different sizes known as scales. The best of
these hobbyists then created their structures, buildings and scenery to the same scale as their
trains. In this manner they create very realistic worlds in which the trains become the
centerpiece. The scale of the trains runs from life size and even drivable trains down to tiny T
scale (T Gauge) at just 1:450 real size.
There are some standard model
trains and buildings including HO, OO, S, O, G, N, and TT. The best known of these to the model
train builder are the HO (OO in UK) and N scales. In more recent years the industry has introduced
two new scales those being the Z-scale and the already mentioned T Gauge.
The process of building up your
landscape and your scenery can be as easy as buying off the shelf kits (they can be expensive) and
putting them together, to creating them from scratch.
In the early days of railroad modeling the buildings might be just
drawings attached to sticks and placed near the tracks. This has evolved to the full room
landscapes and layouts we see today with intricate structures and towns full of detailed buildings.
The buildings continue to evolve from perfect replicas of early 19th century towns to gleaming
towers of modern glass and steel cities. For the railroad modeler the buildings can be just as
important if not more important than the train itself.
Many of the same manufacturers who
were responsible for the history and growth of the model train, were also responsible for the
history and growth of the buildings as well. These included Bachmann, American Flyer and Lionel.
Others were Hornby, Marklin, and Arnolds. These companies made building kits and stand-alone
buildings. In the United States in the 1950’s and 60’s Lionel was the king of the trains, tracks
and building kits. Bachmann is now the popular choice for many.
How Lionel Trains
Joshua Lionel Cowen made his first train car in 1901 and sold over 50 million
sets and produced over 300 miles of track every year. Along with this Lionel Trains sold millions
of building kits. In 1953 Lionel was the world’s largest toy company. In 1999 Lionel trains
were named as a top ten toy for the 20th century with the quality of their trains and building kits
leading the way.
The first Lionel trains were life
size window displays for toy companies. In 1902 the Lionel Manufacturing Company created the “City
Hall Trolley” and their first building structure – a suspension bridge that stood almost two feet
tall. Throughout the early 1900’s, Lionel trains became toy size and the track was innovated to
have three rails. More and more cars and buildings and structures were introduced every year. By
1909 Lionel proclaimed themselves to be the train ‘standard of the world’. With the advent of
electricity in every home electric model trains were a boon business. It was 1915 when the O gauge
was first offered and soon it was the standard bearer and the most popular gauge scale of all
trains and buildings.
Many railroad modelers today think
that the Lionel trains, structures and buildings that were manufactured after World War II were the
best ever made. Lionel trains, buildings and structures declined in popularity by the beginning of
the 1960’s but with the advent of the Baby Boomers entrance into middle age, they began collecting
their childhood toys with a vengeance. Lionel trains and model train buildings kits were at the top
of many Baby Boomers lists. The buildings, structures and trains are still sold new
American Flyer was another American company that made trains, tracks and
buildings in the early 1900’s before the trains were sold to the A.C. Gilbert Company. In the
1950’s this company produced the best know AF trains, buildings and accessories. The Flyer
originally made in S gauge was also made in O gauge as early as 1905.
Most of the plastic building kits
you can buy today are made by several different model railroad
companies, many with a long history in the model
train game. The list includes Life-Like, Atlas, Model Power, and Bachmann. So as you can see train models have been around a long
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