My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Structures - Engine Servicing

"Inside" Vignettes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1969-12
Page:
42
Author:
Paul E. Larson
Description:
Various prototype photos of scenes on and around the engine yards, which were usually off-limits to non-railroad personnel.

A Bridge Crane Modeling Project

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-01
Page:
72
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
The author shows how he built a railroad yards crane in both O- and HO-scale. The article includes model photos, and scaled and detail drawings.

A Fishbowl Roundhouse

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
84
Author:
Eric Lundberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a see-through roundhouse roof to show off the engines inside.

A New Life for an Old Revell Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
91
Author:
Adolph Hungry Wolf
Scale:
HO
Description:
Kit bashing a Revell structure that happens to be the right scale.

A Simple Transition-era Servicing Facility

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-01
Page:
78
Author:
Carl Swanson
Description:
A single prototype photo shows lots of details that can be modeled in a re-fueling station near a passenger station in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1953.

A Tale of Three Sandhouses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-01
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using his own O-scale building as a guide, the author described how he scratchbuilt an HO-scale model for a friend, using new and improved techniques and materials. This, in turns, leads him to rebuild his own O-scale model.

Adding Track Pits to a Heljan Roundhouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
83
Author:
Ewing H. Row
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author talks about how difficult it is to find good photos of the interior or roundhouses. The article describes how to build stall track pits using balsa wood. The text is accompanied by detailed photos.

Air Facilities in Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
25
Author:
Fred Carlson
Description:
The author answers a letter where the person wanted to know how air pressure is provided for in the servicing yards.

Along the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
150
Author:
Pat Gerstle
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
A photo of a K-37 rolling onto a turntable.

Blueprints

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-03/04
Page:
21
Description:
Reprints of the C&NW 1937 Standard 24Ft Water Tank On 20Ft Wood Tower And Concrete Foundation.

Blueprints

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2017-01/02
Page:
100
Description:
Photos and scaled drawings for the C&O Railroad Engine House in Thurmond, WV.

Build a 19th Century Pumphouse

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
94
Author:
David Karkoski
Scale:
HO
Description:
The model provides water for an engine servicing facility. It is scratchbuilt from basswood and styrene castings. The article is a step-by-step photo guide.

Build a Wooden Water Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1976-07
Page:
40
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Scale:
O
Description:
In O-scale a Quacker Oats box is almost the perfect size for matching the prototype model of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic (now Soo Line) one in Marquette, Michigan. Includes construction photos, and detailed and scaled drawings of the model.

Build An Animated Coaling Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-07
Page:
58
Author:
Jim Ferenc
Scale:
HO
Description:
A detailed article on how the author built a coaling tower modeled after the steel tower that the Colorado & Southern built in 1946 at its Rice Yard engine terminal in Denver, Colorado. It has animated coaling chutes to simulate the flow of coal into the steam engines' tender over two tracks. Includes many close-up photos of construction details and a scaled drawing. The animation is done using Hankscraft slow-motion switch machines.

Build an Animated Water Tank

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2003-05
Page:
20
Author:
Bama Harman
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a Pine Valley Branchline Water Tank kit to animate the spout using a Tortoise switch machine. The article includes photos and diagrams that show how to set up the linkages to get a realistic movement.

Building a Freelanced Sandhouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
61
Author:
Russ Watson
Scale:
O
Description:
The model was based on W. J. Ewell's plans as published in the Jan/Feb, 1990 issue of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. Although freelanced, it is models the D&RGW Durango sanding facility. The article includes photos of the completed model, several construction photos, and several scale and detail drawings. A parts list is also included.

Building a Western Scale Models O Scale Machine Shop & Radial Drill Press

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
36
Author:
Tom Houle
Scale:
O
Description:
The author mostly followed the instructions of Western Scale Models' engine shed, but instead made it a machine shop. The detail parts are by the company. The author discusses how he made the belt-driven machines appear to work. Includes detailed photos, parts list, and tools list.

Building a Yardmaster's Office

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-04
Page:
48
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
S
Description:
The author builds a small building to act as the yard office. He discusses how he designed it in a CAD program, and covers all the work he did to build the various parts. He also covers how to integrate the building into the surrounding scenery.

Building the Ladysmith Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
59
Author:
Ed Warren
Scale:
O
Description:
Modeling a small water tank in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Includes prototype and model photos, and scale drawings.

Caboose Servicing Facilities

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
72
Author:
Merk Hobson
Description:
This article describes these kinds of structures for the Milwaukee Road, the ATSF, and the Wabash. Includes photos and scale drawings.

Care and Feeding of the Steam Locomotive

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
68
Author:
Allan N. Houghton
Scale:
HO
Description:
Drawings and model photos accompany this article covering how to model a coal dump, an ashpit, a tool rack, a wash stand, a roundhouse, and a hydrant house. The text covers the water supply, fuel supply, ashes and washing, sand supply, turning engines, the roundhouse, lube supplies, and fire protection.

Casting Structures from Plaster

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-02
Page:
29
Author:
Jim Paine
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this article the author describes how he cast walls for his roundhouse using plaster. From the description it seems like a fairly straight-forward method. He covers simulating concrete walls, brick walls, and stone walls. Scale diagrams for the roundhouse walls are included.

CPR Standard No.2 Icehouse

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
73
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
This brief article is about scale drawings of a Canadian Pacific icehouse.

Crestline Enginehouse

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.2
Page:
50
Author:
Wendy Crim
Description:
The author's researching into this enginehouse.

Design and Build a Brick Roundhouse

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-08
Page:
74
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes his design for a brick roundhouse where dummy stalls make it look imposing without taking too much real estate. Includes various diagrams for how one might design a roundhouse in limited space. Also included are model photos, construction photos, and construction diagrams.

Design and Scratchbuilt a Roundhouse

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-08
Page:
72
Author:
Jim Findley
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to layout and design a turntable and roundhouse for your layout, how to construct the basic building, and how to add the surrounding details. Included are model and construction photos, detail drawings, and scaled drawings.

Detail Your Roundhouse

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2001-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Brian Morgan
Scale:
N
Description:
Adding small details to clutter up the roundhouse area.

Diesel Fuel Facility

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1975-04
Page:
52
Author:
Doug Leffler
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how to use a single-dome tank car to scratchbuild a fueling facility for a branchline operation. A sidebar shows another approach, as well as several prototype photos of these types of installations.

Duluth Missabe & Northern Roundhouse

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
56
Author:
Damian Kostron
Scale:
N
Description:
The article includes prototype and model photos of the roundhouse the author built for his NTRAK module. It also includes scale drawings of the various key parts to allow modeling of this large structure.

EMD Designed Diesel Shops

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-04
Page:
60
Author:
Preston Cook
Description:
EMD helped design several railroads' engine servicing shops. Includes many prototype photos.

Fire-damaged Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-06
Page:
46
Author:
Louis Gomes
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a variety of different parts, the author built an enginehouse that has just experienced a near-total fire. The article includes several photos, and it describes how he built the building.

How I Built Locomotive Servicing Facilities on the Southern Pacific Cascade Line Part I

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-11/12
Page:
26
Author:
Richard Arsenault
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built the locomotive servicing buildings.

How I Built Locomotive Servicing Facilities on the Southern Pacific Cascade Line Part II

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-01/02
Page:
24
Author:
Richard Arsenault
Scale:
S
Description:
This second installment covers the construction of a second, but smaller, engine servicing facility in the other's second room (which is connected to the first room, whose models were covered in the first installment).

Inside the Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-10
Page:
54
Author:
Steve Kay
Scale:
HO
Description:
Most of the article is about the Lackawanna Terminal's Scranton diesel shop, with a sidebar on how to model the structure. Includes model photo.

Kitbashing a Backwoods Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
66
Author:
David Revelia
Scale:
HO
Description:
Kitbashing a Sierra West Scale Models engine house

Kitbashing a Coaling Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-07
Page:
64
Author:
Victor D. Heywood
Description:
Building a kit in such a way so as to not have it look like everyone else's. Includes many drawings, and several model photos.

Minneapolis and St Louis, Winthrop Roundhouse

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 9, #2
Page:
3
Author:
Charles Schwartz
Scale:
HO
Description:
After a brief history and some prototype photos, the author describes how he built a model of it.

Missouri Pacific Standard Pump House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
82
Author:
John Hodson
Description:
These structures were used to pump water into the watertanks used to fill tenders. Includes only scale drawings.

Model of the Month

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-06
Page:
97
Author:
Robert E. Boudreau
Scale:
HO
Description:
Two-stall enginehouse with complete interior detailing.

Modeling a 650-ton Coaling Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-06
Page:
74
Author:
Al Kalbfleisch
Scale:
HO
Description:
The model is based on Union Pacific coaling stations. The article includes model and construction photos, prototype photos, parts list, and scaled drawings.

Modeling a CPR Enclosed Water Tower

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-04
Page:
52
Author:
Mike Chandler
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers the history and the model construction of a western Canada water tower that is of octagonal shape. Includes scale drawings, how to make the roof, and how to make the water spout.

Modeling a Modern Sanding Facility

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
83
Author:
Otto Vondrak
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how the Rochester Institute of Technology MRR Club used a 34-foot, twin-bay hopper, just like the prototype, as a sand storage facility. Several other parts make up this scene, which doesn't require much space. Includes model and prototype photos.

Modeling a Sanding Facility

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-05
Page:
64
Author:
Brian Rudko
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this modern-day version of a sanding facility that includes a building that is no longer used (implying history). Includes scale drawings, materials list, and prototype and model photos.

Modeling an Engine Terminal

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
88
Author:
Chick Curtis
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a small diesel engine terminal, which consists of an engine house, a fuel stand, a sand tower, and a sand house. He describes how he prepared the track area, and how he built the various structures including a utility pole. Includes some sketch diagrams.

Modeling Illinois Central's 2-Stall Engine House

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-10
Page:
22
Author:
Ray Tutaj, Jr.
Scale:
HO
Description:
Prototype and modeling photos.

More Tuolumne - The West Side Lumber Company Engine House and Slash Burner

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
86
Author:
Jim Vail
Description:
The author describes how he built these two models. Includes scale drawing and construction details of the slash burner.

My Windy River Timber Co. Engine House

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
36
Author:
Jerry L. Martin
Scale:
O
Description:
Model photos accompany this article of how the author built this two-stall engine house. He won a prize with it at the 28th National Narrow Gauge Convention.

New Conway Diesel Shop

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.2
Page:
12
Author:
Dan Cupper
Description:
Norfolk Southern's diesel shop in Conway Yard.

New England Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-07
Page:
68
Author:
Russell M. Griffin
Scale:
HO
Description:
This scratchbuilt structure provides a single-stall for a steam-era enginehouse, which includes a small repair shed. The author details how he built the walls to give them strength, while still maintaining the board-by-board construction look. Scale drawings are included.

Pennsy Water Tank at Orleans, N.Y.

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-03
Page:
74
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
The scaled drawings that accompany this brief article have some interpretation done by the author, because only the main structure of the 40,000-gallon water tank remains.

Powering the Turntable at New Lisbon

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1976-10
Page:
48
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author wanted a simple turntable driver, so he uses a reversible 24-volt 2rpm DC timer motor, which is controlled with two pushbuttons. Includes model photos and detail drawings.

PRR Dennison, Ohio Oil House

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 93 Summer 2015
Page:
31
Author:
Ed Swain
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author scratchbuilt a compressed model of the Dennison, Ohio oil house from drawings found at the PRRT&HS archives.

Railroad Yard Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-10
Page:
71
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Several buildings that are typically found at yards are covered in this article. It is mostly a collection of scale drawings, such as for the section toolhouse, switchman's shanty, oil shed, interlocking tower, carpenter's shop, blacksmith shop, and car department with lunchroom.

Sand House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-04
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob shows his steps for building an open wet sand bin, a drying house, and the delivery tower.

Sanding Facility

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-07
Page:
58
Author:
Jerry Strangarity
Scale:
HO
Description:
This steam-era sanding facility article includes scale drawings and photos of the author's scratchbuilt model.

Scratchbuild an Enginehouse in HO Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-03
Page:
84
Author:
Gerry Gilliland
Scale:
HO
Description:
Model photo and scaled drawings included. It is a two-stall rectangular structure that might be found on a branchline.

Scratchbuilding a Boiler Flue Storage Rack

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-06
Page:
58
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author details how he built this unique storage rack, with tips on how to install it and weather the pipes. Includes prototype and model photos, and detail and scaled drawings.

Scratchbuilding a Quarry Turntable

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
66
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
On2
Description:
The author's friend, Chris Abbott (the article includes a sidebar by Chris about the mechanism) designed and built the turntable mechanism, while the author built the two-foot gauge turntable based on the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad, found in Bridgton, Maine. Includes prototype and completed-model photos, as well as construction photos.

Scratchbuilding a Stone Roundhouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-12
Page:
52
Author:
David Yadock
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes his method for simulating brick walls, especially dealing with the curved front and back walls. After creating the design, the article continues with the actual construction steps. Several construction photos are included.

Scratchbuilding a Turntable

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
81
Author:
Ed Steinberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Step-by-step instructions on how the author built a turntable. Includes lots of photos and drawings.

Scratchbuilding Steam-era Water Tanks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-07
Page:
82
Author:
Don Ball Jr.
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modeled a 1870s water tank. Includes many photos and scaled drawings, as well as a materials list.

Short Line Water Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-11
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
F
Description:
The author builds a water tank as his foray into Fn3, and is surprised by how big this modeling scale is.

Steam Locomotive Servicing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-04
Page:
68
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
This small article briefly describes the various things that go on in a yard to service a steam engine, and how we could model those in our layouts.

Tank Car Water Tank

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-02
Page:
72
Author:
John Olson
Description:
Use of salvaged tank from a wrecked tank car as a water tank for topping off branchline steam engines. Includes model photos and detail drawings.

The Coos River Engine Facilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
38
Author:
Joe Greynolds
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he converted HO-scale structures into an S-scale engine house, another into a machine shop, and used other parts to build the sand tower, drying house, fuel oil tanks, and water tower.

The Fairbanks-Morse "Universal" Cinder Conveyor

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Phil Brooks
Scale:
N
Description:
The curved rails in this model required the author to learn how to make parts using home-made etched-brass pieces. So, even though this article shows how he built this structure, a large part of it describes how he learned how to make etched-metal parts.

The Maumee turns a Mike

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-07
Page:
94
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modeled the steam engine servicing facilities on his layout. Includes model photos and a track plan of the area discussed.

The Quarry Powerhouse: A Model with Sound & Lights

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
66
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
O
Description:
The author scratchbuilt the structure and installed DCC-controlled sound and lighting. The construction of the building isn't the main focus of the article, but the electronics installation is. All items are neatly laid out and attached to the roof of the structure, including the speakers.

The Waupaca-Green Bay Rwy. Enginehouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
53
Author:
David Leider
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this two-stall, multi-level roundhouse. Includes scale diagrams and prototype photos.

Touring Soo Line's Engine Facility at Portage, Wisconsin

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
93
Author:
Art Danz
Description:
This photo documentary of a visit to the facility includes a track arrangement.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Author:
Alexander Zelkin
Description:
Degulbeef & Cradding RR's two-truck Shay backs out of her shed before trundling off to work at Port Cradding Harbor. Alexander Zelkin of Le Mans, France, took this photo on his Sn3 diorama.

Two-stall Engine House Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-03
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
O
Description:
This installment completes the construction of the engine house by building the interior trusses, center beams, and lighting.

Update A Common Water Tower Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
70
Author:
Ron Foreman
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he converted an HO-scale Atlas water tower into a more-realistic looking tower by using parts of the kit and scratchbuilding some other parts. Includes a materials list, several key construction step photos, a scale drawing, and how to model the wire the spout.

Vancouver's Diesel Inspection Facility Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
60
Author:
Pete Thomas
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a 225-foot inspection pit, with the overhead structure necessary to support diesels. Includes step-by-step photos, as well as finished model photos.

Water Tank Tips

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-07
Page:
74
Author:
John Swanson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Making the Atlas water tank kit look more realistic. Includes model photos.

Water Tower Animation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-07
Page:
122
Author:
Bill Day
Scale:
HO
Description:
This brief article shows how the author built an animated spout on a water tower using a Circuitron Tortoise slow-motion switch machine.

What's On Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
69
Author:
Jeff MacDonald
Scale:
O
Description:
A photo of the Overland 350-ton UP coaling tower after having received its primer paint coat.

What's On Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
68
Author:
Andreas Mehrl
Scale:
O
Description:
The photographer is working on a two-stall engine house, and a water tower.