Model Railroad Buildings

Wild West Scale Models:
13 Easy To Make, Realistically Detailed, Scale Model Buildings ... Perfect for Your Western, or Small Country Town Railroad Scene.

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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.

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From top left: General Store, Sheriff Office, Bank, Blue Mountain Saloon, Gun Smith, Black Smith

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Or download separately here: General Store $11.95, Sheriff Office $14.95, Bank $11.95, Saloon $12.95, Gunsmith $11.95, Blacksmith $12.95, Palace Saloon $14.95, Dry 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 Models

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 Plans

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 (non-commercial) use.

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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.

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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 easy.

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 choose.

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 download.

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 deals.

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So, you download just once, and print the designs out many times if you choose.

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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 Started

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 England.

How did early railroads change America?

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 dangerous.

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 face?

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 robberies?

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 Wild West?

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 transport systems?

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 built?

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 railroadsin the wild west.

What were the conditions like for railroad workers?

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 strike?

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 Louis.

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.