Free rail shed print out template

I thought I’d try my hand at some of the ‘print out’ scenery (check out my fave resource for other cheap scenery ideas).

Of course, I’m biased, but I’m quite pleased with my first attempt (just scroll down to download the template and have a go yourself)

I made the template and the instructions too:

Sizewise, I’d say it’s more ‘N’ than ‘OO’ – unless you’re going for a bit of perspective in your layout…

Please send me a picture of it in your model railway layout!


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11 Responses to Free rail shed print out template

  1. I like to print to card stock. It is rigid enough for HO, N, and Z scale. Other wise I use foam trays like those meat trays for structural strength. Easy to cut and very light. Looks great!!

  2. Is this template created free hand or are you working with archetectural prints to get the dimensions correct? Even a slight miscalculation can be compounded when the scale factor is that of HO or N gauge. NICE WORK!

  3. I so enjoy your comments and advice

  4. In my business of making signs for over 40 years I have had the unique position of working with an extraordinary amount of different materials.
    One of those materials that lends itself very nicely to model making in all sorts of ways including buildings like this and many more structures is Styrene sheet goods. It is sold in a variety of thicknesses from paper thin to 1/4″ or more. It is very insexpensive. In thinner sheets like 1/32 to 1/8 it is very easy to work with an x-acto knife and other knives. Score and snap in a variety of shapes. Glueing is also quite easy as it is chemically welded with a solvent type glue or hot glue or even just heat as with a soldering tool.
    One should be able to find the material and many others at local plastic sheet and rod sales outlets. Usually have to buy 4’x8′ sheets but like I said the stuff is cheap and it rolls up for transport (just make sure it is unrolled as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t misshape) Store flat!
    The rest is up to you….
    Chuck from Pacific Northwest

  5. thanks al for all your tips, i will have a go at making this hut

  6. The rail shed’s scaled size can easily be determined by the actual PA door size. Thus if the PA door is a nominal 31.5″ (800mm) wide x 80″ (2040mm) high it is only a matter scaling it down to the 1:87 ie 0.36″ (9.20mm) wide x 0.92″ (23.44mm) high. All of the other dimensions can then be proportioned using the PA door as the scale basis.
    I have found it useful to devise my 1:87 HO and 1:76 OO scale rulers in both inches and millimeter gradations for use as a quick reference when developing scenery and selecting the right sises of rolling stock, figures and loads.
    Good luck
    Dr Bruce

  7. I really like and appreciate the effort and time spent in producing this work. Your instruction sheet is very professional.

  8. I’ve been in the planning stage now for several years on my N scale protofictional railroad. Several things have had me recently thinking about Z scale. Finding your site has kept alive my dream railroad and even made it possible for me to get started. I plan to put several of these sheds along my right of way. I’ll be happy to send photos as I build. Thanks for an awesome site!

  9. A great site and publisher thanks a lot, i have 16 ft by 8ft to cover
    and your work is healping me a lot the best site out there

  10. What other free printouts are available, I’ve just started on my 8ft by 2ft n guage layout and want to stratch build as much as possible. Your coments and work is grt btw, thanks

  11. I have American Flyer Trains from the 50’s, do these plans come in the “S” gauge? Thank You Ed

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