Wild West Scale
13 Easy To Make, Realistically
Scale Model Buildings…Perfect for
Western, or Small Country Town Railroad
These 13 Wild West model buildings are
extremely quick and easy to download, print and build. If you are using them for your
model railroad, then adjusting the print size to the right scale takes only seconds (see
below for details). They can also be easily adapted as buildings for a country town scene
from the 1930's or possibly the 1950's.
From top left: General Store,
Sheriff Office, Bank, Blue Mountain Saloon, Gun Smith, Black Smith
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Goods Clothing Store $12.95, Barbers Shop $12.95, Telegraph Office & Stage Freight Depot
$12.95, Land Office $12.95, Church $12.95, School House $11.95 .
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How to Make the Western Town Paper
Easy and Fun! You just glue the
printed-out plans to cardboard (e.g. a used cornflake box), or you could glue them to
corflute or foam (you decide). Use a sharp Xacto craft knife to cut the plans out ready for
sticking together with adhesive. The whole process is surprisingly simple and these Wild West
scale models are super strong and realistic when built.
The plans also include ideas for adding a porch
and steps to these old Wild West buildings. These are easily made from balsa wood or popsicle
sticks (about $2 from a discount store). This will add even more character these old western
town scale models.
How to Download and Print the Model
After completing your purchase you will be
directed to your download page. The plans are PDF files so they are very quick and simple to
download. You have the option to save them on your computer hard drive or on a disk or memory
stick. That way you can print out multiple copies without needing to purchase a second
download. You can build as many wild west scale models as you want. You can even adapt them
for a more modern small town scene.
Print as many copies as you like* with, or
without, the buildings signage.
*There is no limit to how many copies you print.
The only condition is that the copies you print must be for your personal & private
|These buildings are
perfect printed to HO, N scale or OO gauge sizing. They can also be printed to the
smaller Z scale or larger S scale. To do this you just click "print" on your
printer and a screen similar to the one below will appear.
Each printer is different but
most are similar to the example here. You only need to adjust the scale to what you
want, so to change the print to HO size you change the custom scale to 87% (see
chart above right).
For N scale you would adjust
the custom scale setting to 48% (see chart above). It is that
For OO gauge you leave the
custom settings at 100%.
That’s one of the great things about these model
buildings, you download them just once (takes seconds, or a minute or so if you have a really
slow internet connection). You can then print each building out multiple times if you
So, with the General Store for example; you could
make one building with the words “General Store” on the front then, using the same download;
make another building without the words “General Store.” So, your second building
would just be a plain building (without signage), or you could glue on a totally different
sign such as “Boot Shoe Repairs.” That way you could have a “General Store”, a plain building
(without signage), and a “Boot Shoe Repairs” building … all from the same
To give you even more options; we have included
(at no extra charge), two sheets of 33 alternate signs for you to glue onto any of the models
you choose. These extra 33 signs are only included with the special pack
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How to Create a Wild West Town
We’ve all enjoyed watching old Westerns with
cowboys, cattle rustlers, saloon brawls, train and stage coach robberies, and street gun
fights… the goodies verses the baddies. That’s probably why so many model railroaders choose
an old western town as focus for their layout. There is a certain romanticism about the Wild
West, although in reality, life was tough for the early settlers and pioneers.
To complete a model railroad Wild West town scene
there needs to be at least one saloon, maybe a hotel or boarding house, a sheriff’s office
and jail, blacksmith, general store, gunsmiths, and a Bank. Other buildings can also be added
like a church, school, and other stores or perhaps even more saloons. After all, the saloons
were where the entertainment was – well, for the men anyway.
A layout around this western theme could also
include a nearby mining town, ranch or railroad station and telegraph office. It all comes
down to what features the railroader wants to include.
How to Create a Small Country Town from the
1950’s or 1930's
These downloadable buildings can be printed with
or without the signage provided. For that reason, the buildings could easily be used to
complete a small country town scene set sometime in the 20th century (maybe the
1930’s or 1950’s). The pack special buys include a sheet of extra signs, so you glue a
totally different sign on any of these models. The plain buildings (minus the signage) could
even be used a farm buildings. The possibilities are endless.
Some History - How the Railroads Got
Railroads were first developed in England thanks
to George Stephenson and other pioneers of the early technology used to run steam engines. It
wasn’t long before engines built at the Stephenson Workshops started being shipped to the
United States. Prior to the Civil War even the rails were generally sourced from
How did early railroads change
The Americans were quick to see the potential for
how railroads could stretch in all directions linking cities and towns from one side of the
country to the other. The savings in time and money were substantial when compared to
transporting goods, gold, mail, and people by traditional wagons or stage coach. By
comparison, stage coaches were very slow and the journeys across the plains were
It is no exaggeration to say that the
construction and operation of railroads in the US transformed the economic, social, and
political landscape of a country that was still only about 50 years old. And, the change
didn’t stop there. In the next half century, America was in the midst of a development boom
with the expansion of train tracks, the construction of bridges, tunnels, telegraph systems,
railroad stations and depots to support ever expanding railroads.
What challenges did the railroads
Apart from the geographical challenges, the early
railroads (although generally successful) faced financing pressures with the fast and
expansive expansion. Some of this was a direct result of opposition from skeptics, stagecoach
operators, wagon drivers, canal companies, turnpike operators, and even in some cases saloon
and business owners who saw their livelihoods as being under threat from this new form of
transport that was changing the face of America. In many cases opposition turned to violence
and even sabotage of tracks and other railroad assets.
Were the railroads affected by train
As is depicted in the old western movies, robbers
progressed from robbing stage coaches to robbing trains. These criminals generally worked in
gangs robbing gold shipments, payrolls, and train passengers. They typically struck in
isolated locations or where the trains ran at slower speeds. This was truly the Wild West!
The thieves would sometimes place an obstacle on the track or removed wooden ties (sleepers)
to slow, stop, or derail the train. On other occasions they rode their horses parallel in
line to the train, so the rider could jump aboard a moving train leaving another rider to
grab his horse. The nearest town with a Sheriff or Marshal was often days away.
Once onboard the train, the gang member would
unhitch the rail car(s) from the locomotive. Dynamite was often used to blow open the safe.
Sometimes members of the gang would ride the train posing as train passengers ready to cease
control at a pre-determined location.
Preventing train robberies became a high priority
for railroads including Southern Pacific, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Central
Pacific. Wells Fargo was also affected.
Who were famous train robbers from the
There were several including Jesse James and the
notorious James Gang, along with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. In one robbery an
excessive amount of dynamite was used and $30,000 was blowing into the air by the Wild Bunch.
Texas Rangers, Pinkerton men, and U.S. Marshals were involved in arrests, convictions and
sentencing of the robbers.
How did railroads compete with existing
In 1827 Baltimore, was the third largest city in
America, yet was 200 miles nearer the frontier than was New York. To compete with the Erie
Canal and New York, Baltimore needed the development of a railroad to transport freight and
people to the West. So, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad came into being with construction
started July 4, 1828.
New railroads followed and the speed and
efficiency of railroad transport was quickly recognized. As an example; the Mohawk &
Hudson Railroad laid a 17 mile track that reduced an all-day, 40 mile, canal trip to less
than an hour by train. However many railroads tracked longer than 17 miles.
When was the transcontinental railroad
Perhaps the most ambitious project of its time
was the construction of the 1,907 mile transcontinental railroad (otherwise known as the
Pacific Railroad or Overland Route) which stretched from Sacramento to Omaha. Construction
began in 1863 and was completed in 1869.
The railroad connected San Francisco Bay on the
Pacific Coast to the existing Eastern rail network on the Missouri River in Iowa. Three
railroad companies were involved: the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the Western Pacific
Railroad Company, and the Central Pacific Railroad Company. Thousands of immigrant workers
including many Chinese and Irish were used to lay the track, build the bridges, and dig the
tunnels. It wasn’t easy building railroads in the wild
What were the conditions like for
The rebuilding and expansion of many southern
railroads began in the 1870’s and 1880’s following the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865.
Low cost convict laborers were a major part of the workforce. They worked in chains, and were
usually underfed, and poorly housed. Medical treatment was basic if any. Life was tough and
the convict laborers life expectancy averaged around 3 years, with around 10% dying in the
first 4 months.
When was the great railroad
There have been several railroad strikes. In
1886, 200,000 rail workers where involved in the Great Southwest Railroad Strike involving
the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
Then, work on the Eastern rail trunk lines was
abruptly halted by a workers strike
in 1877 in response to a 10% drop in wages, profiteering by companies, and continuing
worker injuries and deaths. Then in 1887, railroad regulation to ensure price fairness, was
enacted by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
A crowd of thousands in Baltimore took part in a
bloody confrontation where 20 strikers got killed. The crowd of angry workers and their
supporters ripped up train tracks, as well as destroying a locomotive and some passenger
cars. Five hundred troops were bought in to bring about order. The railroad workers strike
had also spread to other places including: Pittsburg, Reading, Harrisburg, Chicago, and St
In all; more than 100,000 rail workers went on
strike, at least 100 people died, with a further 1,000 or so jailed. It had a major impact by
stopping more than half the nation’s freight movements. Some concessions were made by the
railroads, but they also increased the strength of their own internal police forces to help
maintain order and reduce crime.