Kitbashing a Shop Building for
New Albany Vitriolic
A building into which cars may be switched serves a dual purpose
on a model railroad: it not only adds an
industry, it visually proves,
in the words of one writer, that the trains are not being "pulled
about by strings."
The fictitious New Albany Vitriolic Company (NAV),
largest of the industrial
plants served by my HO scale 1930s-era Hillside and Eastern Railroad,
needed a building in which to assemble and
load on flatcars some of the massive equipment
The WalthersTM Car Shop
proved to be a very good fit for both the need and
the available real estate. The kit is
well-made, and most parts go together nicely
after a little cleanup. Be aware, however, that this building
is big, and tends to overwhelm selectively compressed
structures, such as the water tank kit I had hoped to use in the
As closely as the Car Shop fit the need,
however, there were a few changes I had to make.
I wanted to run cars inside the building for loading,
the building needed
working doors. Working
tracks inside meant that
sooner or later I would probably need
a removable roof.
- While trying various locations for the building, I saw that by
narrowing the ends just a little, I could
gain a few more inches of needed track and still
leave plenty of room for cars to pass on nearby tracks. The
floor plan on the right illustrates the changes I made.
- I also wanted to try some special
painting techniques on this building.
While any one of these issues would be a good reason
to document what I did, each is independent
enough of the others to be a separate topic.
That's why I documented my experiences as a set of web pages
using HTML, so the reader
could pursue whichever path was of the most interest.
documented the mistakes I made, so that perhaps new ways can
be found to accomplish this.
A photo of the north elevation.
By the way, if you switch in and out of a building like this,
and you use a steam locomotive, you probably shouldn't allow the locomotive
inside the building. Use another
car as a "handle." There are chemicals in coal smoke that are
murder on steel roof trusses.