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 they produce.

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 same plant.

As closely as the Car Shop fit the need, however, there were a few changes I had to make.

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. 
A photo of the north elevation.
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.  I also documented the mistakes I made, so that perhaps new ways can be found to accomplish this.


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.
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