6 railroad industrial background scale models
This Short 5-Minute Video Tutorial Shows… How To Make 6 “Super-Strong” Scale Model Buildings From Paper, Cardboard, Corflute or Foam Board For A “Super-Realistic” Industrial Background Railroad Scene
Plans For These 6 Scale Model Background Buildings Are 100% Unique and Not Available Elsewhere
Whether you are looking for N scale, OO gauge, or HO scale buildings to complete an industrial background model railroad scene; these PDF paper models are the perfect solution. No waiting, no shipping to pay, simply download the PDF files to your computer and you are ready to get started. All 6 paper models are photographic in design so are wonderfully real-looking, and becoming incredibly strong and durable when constructed using cardboard, foam board, or corflute. You simply download and print the plans onto paper before adhering the printed numbered parts onto the material of your choosing: corflute, cardboard, or foam board. Construction is both straightforward, and inexpensive, making the assembled scale model buildings the perfect choice if you want to complete an impressive industrial backdrop scene for a relatively low cost.
The 6 plans in this series can be used to make OO gauge, N scale, or HO scale buildings which are ready for displaying as a model railroad backdrop. The downloaded plans feature the:
- Gainsborough Group Industrial Equipment Building
- P K Drysdale Manufacturing Building
- J.C. Walsh & Sons Engineering Co. Building
- Monroe Bros. Steel Fabrication & Construction Building
- Advance Rail Manufacturing Building
- C.K. Edwards Auto Industries Building
Not only can you make 6 scale models from just 6 downloads, but each model can be duplicated, or
easily extended by simply printing out a second copy of the plan. The downloads are very adaptable with modifications and extensions only limited by your imagination or the layout space you have available for your industrial background scene. You only pay one time to download the plans, and after that you can print out one or two extra copies without paying for second or third downloads. You save the PDF files on your computer ready for future use.
In addition to the 6 model railroad industries represented above, there are numerous other big and small industries that could be located alongside railroad tracks. Here are 60 plus more ideas for railroad background industries:
|lumberyards and mills||power plants||seed packaging for agriculture||heavy machinery shops|
|meat packing plants||stock yards||truck to train terminal buildings||oil dealers and refineries|
|feed mills for livestock||steel mills||auto transport warehouses||brewery and food/drink production|
|coal and iron mines||quarries||meat warehouse/abattoir||powder cement plant and industry|
|grain pool elevators||coal dealers||plastic product manufacturers||intermodal shipping container yard|
|a limestone quarry||oil storage||furniture manufacturers||freight depot connected to station|
|coke and gas retorts||saw mills||wholesale grocery warehouse||auto manufacturing plant|
|ethanol or LPG plant||junk yard||building contractor supply yard||auto distribution depot|
|foundry or iron works||cement plant||paper products manufacturers||metal reclamation facility|
|a limestone quarry||feed mill||electrical supply warehouse||pulpwood and wood-chip plant|
|joint compound factory||chemical plant||stamped metal product factory||a less than carload (LCL) facility|
|a frozen food factory||a bakery||cold storage warehouse||wholesale hardware distributor|
|gas & oil distributor||a cannery||asphalt transfer terminal||railway equipment repair facilities|
|propane bulk dealer||fertilizer silos||rail equipment manufacturing||farm equipment dealerships|
|fabricating plant||bulk dry loads||feed and seed stores||cardboard /paper making industry|
|printing companies||sand loading||seed cleaning establishments||automobile parts manufacturing|
|bulk liquid facilities||livestock yards||produce packing house||general distribution warehouse|
So, as you can see, the variety of possible background industries is only limited by your imagination and the backdrop space you have available to use on your scale model train layout. A plastic product manufacturer, for example, could order the plastic pellets by the hopper car load, freight depots could be connected to or inside of passenger stations, printing companies might purchase paper by the boxcar load, bulk liquid trans load facilities could be used for products like corn syrup, and bulk dry trans load facilities for sand / animal feeds / powdered materials / grains / salt / potash / minerals etc. The possibilities for model railroad industries is almost limitless, providing a reason and purpose for operating consists of tank cars, multi-auto stacks, hoppers, flat cars for intermodal containers, box cars, etc. The classification and marshalling rail yards can be kept busy. The model railroad can control speed restrictions, and incorporate hump yards, coaching yards, sick line yards, shunting necks and sorting sidings, etc..
Railroad industries that feed another will typically provide more interesting operation. Grain hoppers from a grain elevator can be on-shipped to a flour mill, and then bags of flour from the mill can be loaded into containers on a train bound for a bread manufacturer. Consider adding a spur (a short branch off the mainline) to service an industry, station or other facility. If you include a big background industry you may require several locations for spotting cars, be it on one spur, on parallel spurs, or on diverging tracks. Think carefully about the level activity expected around an industry. Some big industrial railroad buildings take up a lot of room for only one car at a time. Having a variety of model railroad industries on the same spur will provide plenty of opportunities to do lots of switching possibilities.
You can give purpose to your model railroad by building industries that depend on shipments from one to another, and by establishing interchanges with other railroads, and by creating towns that need passenger service. Freight car forwarding simulates the shipment handling component that gives real railroads their purpose.
The model railroad background industries that allow the greatest variety, in rolling stock and in model railroad operation, include (in no set order):
Interchange track – this can be the perfect option as you can use a variety of cars inbound and outbound. They can be an empty or full load. As an example; a small model train layout could look very realistic with two interchange tracks servicing two other railroads. It might have no industries, yet still be very busy serving as a bridge line.
Chemical plant – could also be a plastics or pharmaceutical factory. Involves the movement of tank cars, covered hoppers, and boxcars to and from the facility.
Meat packing plant – cars containing live stock go into the plant, and refrigerated reefers of processed meat come out. You could also operate tank cars of by-products and boxcars of hides leaving the plant.
Car cleaning facility – most cars need to be cleaned from time to time. The maintenance will vary with boxcars perhaps just needing a swept out, and covered hoppers and tank cars requiring different work.(And if you want to be sneaky, a busy car-cleaning shop is a good justification for those unweathered cars on your model train layout…)
Car repair shop – the Class 1 railroads keep up to date fleets of locomotives and maintain big workshops for servicing their own cars. However, the smaller car-repair shops will work on a range of privately-owned cars, including auto-racks and beer-can tank cars.
Auto factory – There could be a lot of comings and goings including various sized model train boxcars, gondolas carrying coiled steel, tank cars bringing in gasoline and lubricants. Exiting the plant could be auto -racks and tank cars containing waste oil.
Car ferry – this can also offer a variety of movements with car loadings. The ferry will need to keep to schedule, so a car float or ferry would have operational challenges.
Rip track – this yard track (used for light car repairs) can be kept busy on a daily basis servicing a variety of car types. This “industry” requires very little other than a single track with tools and some rusty parts scattered alongside.
Team track – can be used for a variety of model railroad purposes such as an unloading ramp for auto racks dropping off truck chassis to a nearby auto factory. A team track can be used for boxcars and reefers, as well as flat cars and gondolas (if you include a loading dock and crane).
Brewery – a plant like this can have a variety of model train traffic including large covered grain hoppers and grain-loading boxcars. There could also be a variety of tank cars, including cars containing fuel (coal or oil) for the boiler house, food-loading reefers and even gondolas taking away broken glass for recycling. Remember; every large industrial factory needs the occasional delivery of new machinery transported on a flatcar.
Paper mill – this model railroad background industry might be very busy with daily freight and supplies. Inbound loads could include wood-chip cars, bulkhead flats containing pulpwood, tank cars containing various chemicals, special boxcars, and covered hoppers. Outbound traffic would typically include boxcars loaded with giant rolls of paper.
Bottling plant – could unloads tank cars of syrup with simply a pump house and pump alongside a spur with the plant itself (maybe in low relief) being some distance away.
Milk Processing Plant – Makes sense if you have a farm scene included on your layout. The factory could make cheese and ice-cream as well.
Download, Print, and Build these Scale Models
The downloaded paper model buildings can be made into cardboard models, foam core board models, or corflute models. All become strong after assembly as N scale, OO, or HO scale buildings. Balsa wood can also be used in some instances. Remember, the plans are delivered directly to your computer by download in easy to use PDF file format.
N scale as that is becoming an increasingly popular scale for railroad modelers. For the sake of those of you who are new I will give a brief description of what the term N scale is in reference to when speaking paper models or cardboard buildings in relation to model railroads. The term refers to the size of the railway track, trains and the cardboard buildings themselves. The scale size represents the sizing of the model as a proportion to a real life object. N scale varies slightly depending upon which country you live, but the scale typically ranges from the size of 1:148 to 1:160. To explain this in simple terms; you would need to enlarge a 1:160 N scale building or locomotive by 160 times if you wanted it to be the same size as the real life locomotive or building.
The scale model buildings can be printed on to the regular paper you have in your printed. There is really no need to buy more expensive paper, although you can if you want. Using paper prints like these is one of the best ways to add a depth of realism to a model train industrial background. As I already mentioned, the added advantage is that once a file is downloaded you can use it as many times as you like. It’s an extremely simple method to use the prints effectively. Simply download the PDF files, print them out, cut them out, and then paste them to a stronger piece of material like corflute or cardboard. If you are concerned about the strength of the buildings and whether they might warp o bend over time, you can easily add internal strengthening to the base and/or walls. Just glue extra cardboard, corflute sheeting, balsa wood, or foam core board inside during construction, or after construction is finished.
There are endless possibilities for the types of small towns, or industrial backgrounds that can be created with these highly detailed paper prints. And the authentic “photographic” weathered look of the prints adds to the depth of realism as most railroads we see and their surrounding industrial buildings are not always well maintained. Take a close up look and you’ll quickly appreciate these paper models are not drawings and they don’t look fake. They are like retouched photos of actual full sized buildings in miniature and appear so real it is almost like looking at an actual real-life warehouse or factory building.
You will soon realize that the ease and low price of paper buildings will have you up for late nights creating your own tiny towns and communities. To be perfectly blunt, it becomes a bit of an obsession, a very fun and healthy one at that. There is nothing like creating a perfectly developed miniature town or city and watching it come to life. You are free to create whatever your heart desires into that tiny scaled-down world.
Like OO gauge and HO scale, the N scale railroads are one of the most popular sizes, making the buildings in this scale popular too. There really is nothing that you can’t create and recreate in N scale; it’s quite an exhilarating experience when you finally accomplish your first town, industry background or city / residential street scene. And, you will soon find that even when you think you’re done, you typically are just getting started. This is because of the limitless options you have at your disposal. You can simply download the paper buildings you want any time of the day or night. The paper model buildings are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve the realism of your scale railroad layout.
And the downloadable paper models that you find on the site are some of the most detailed and beautifully created print designs that you will find anywhere. And the good thing is that the supplies to create the tiny towns are everywhere, as nothing unusual or expensive is required. They don’t even need painting, or detailing, or weathering.
Many railroad modelers use items, like construction paper, cardboard boxes, and even cut out cereal boxes, corflute board, or cheap foam core sheeting to make the most beautiful and lively towns and railroad industries imaginable in such their scaled down miniature world.
The possibility for development of these tiny towns and background industries is limited only to imagination of the modeler, and as such the hobby never really gets boring. For many, the models and miniatures remind us of the good old days, a time when the simple things were what truly mattered. We can see from the joy that thousands of people across the globe get from these tiny wonders that maybe there’s a little part of that in all of us, where the simple things are what truly matter. Maybe, in some aspects, we should let a part of us deep inside stay that big kid forever. Enjoy your day, and have fun creating a world of excitement with your model railroads and trains.