Brian’s engine house scratch build

“Hi Al,

I resumed building a two stall engine house for a friend of mine. Started last year at the beginning of December and then had a months holiday. Again, it is a scratch built HO scale engine house but in standard gauge – 16,5mm. Had no plans but used my experience and photos of my one. My own finished one is HOn3 (3 foot narrow gauge) and is on my layout.

Total hours spent so far is 11.5h.

It will be fully detailed inside and out as well as lighting inside.

Bottom photo is my “workbench (roll top desk)” where all the magic happens.

Top photo is of my engine house in position on the layout being finished. Pardon the guy lying down on the job. The shed on the right houses the arc welding unit for the guy welding inside.

Will keep you posted with updates.

Best regards

Brian – Cape Town”








A big thanks to Brian – I just adore his stuff.

And don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet – silly bargains to be had a the mo.



14 Responses to Brian’s engine house scratch build

  1. Great work Brian, it looks really nice. I love your roll-top desk. My dad had one and after he died my mother offered it to me, but I had no room for it in my little house. I loved that desk. But I’m glad to see you work in the same muddle as me.
    Great work!
    Alan UK

  2. Excellent work.

  3. wonderful! would love to have those blue squares for when I put my buildings together!

  4. What type of material are you using? How do you get so sharp of corners (windows) cut into it? – Pete Calif. USA

  5. that looks like “foamcore?” ingenious…lightweight, unaffected by humidity…even bonding a preprinted building to the foamcore is possible? clever…”square corners” no problem it seems…

  6. Excellent work! – LEL

  7. Out Standing Modeling.

  8. Nice piece of work Brian, like the interesting stuff on the shelves. Steve R UK

  9. great work a lot of dedication.

  10. It’s going to look great on you lay out.good health to you. Keep building.

  11. Hi guys, the material used for the engine house is Northeastern scale scribed siding from the USA.
    I always have sheets of it as well as stripwood handy for scratch built projects. 95% of my buildings are of wood design because of the era (1930s) as well as area modelled.
    Answer to the question of how I get square corners at the window edges, simple, I mark the outline in pencil and then use a sharp hobby knife with a number 11 blade and work from both sides until it falls out and leaves perfectly square corners.
    I have never used “foamcore” as it is too thick and does not help when doing interior detailing. Brian – Cape Town South Africa

  12. Brian it looking great, where did you find the corner clamps thank you.

  13. That is very impressive. Well done.

  14. Looks great Brian, love the details, from one who worked on B R for 50 years
    which included 5 years in Bricklayers Arms, No 3 Signal Box / Steam and freight depot. Great Time but alas it is no more. Kind regards Ron

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