G scale train buildings – Cary’s

Cary has been in touch again with his G scale train buildings.

If you missed his last post, it is here.

“Hello Al and All,

My outdoor G scale railroad is currently covered in leaves, branches and snow not to mention that much of my ballast has washed out. So I have some drainage work to do this spring.

Building an outdoor layout has a lot of complexities, therefore I’ve always planned to keep the track plan as simple as possible. Less to clean, maintain etc… I’ll have a loop that’s about 20’X50′ and 4 dead end sidings for storage and switching.

From the operator’s station I’ll be able to control the throttle, turn storage tracks on/off and manually throw switches (turnouts). No wiring, it’s all manual but controls should be within arm’s reach and at waist height.

Operator’s Station:

g scale operators station

(note the top row of new retaining blocks where I had to raise this portion of the track to get the grades to work out)

g scale track plan

With the track in place, I decided it was time to build a structure to house my power supply. I plan to leave the power supply outdoors during the summer months, therefore this building had to be well protected from the rain and critters. There will be 110 Volts coming into the building and 24 volts DC going out to the track. I’m using a 10 amp power supply which powers my track just fine with only one attachment point and very little voltage drop.

I’ve used real shingles for roofs on all my other buildings, but with my shingle supply running low, I decided to use this corrugated plastic sheeting. (wish I had stuck with the shingles).

g scale train buildings

I build to 1/24 scale also known as half scale (10 feet = 5 inches, 5 feet = 2.5 inches). I like to draw the building full scale on grid paper first, it gives a good visual and helps me get the proportions right. In this photo you can see where I changed the number of windows, roof pitch etc… after seeing the profile on paper full size.

g scale train buildings

The roof is concrete backer board. I would typically glue shingles directly to the backer board, but in this case I covered the backer board with plastic film then put the corrugated sheeting on top of that. The base is fiberglass, the walls are birch plywood and assembly consists of screws, construction adhesive and exterior house paint. (and a little calk here and there to fill any gaps)

g scale train buildings

The dock roofs are fiberglass covered in shingles and firmly attached. The wire supports are just for appearance. I developed a pretty good technique for plexi-glass windows, but in this case the windows are plywood painted black for a more robust seal.

g scale train buildings

I cut the vertical grooves in the walls to add some extra detail. It’s a free feature, just takes a little extra time on the table saw.

I don’t know how much this thing weighs, but do know I’ll be using a dolly to haul it out to the layout! I’ve been making buildings during the winter months for about 5 years now, they are piling up in my basement. Hopefully this summer I can start hauling them out to the site and getting them set in place.

A big thanks to Al for the work he puts into his blog. Its great seeing what everyone is up to, and sharing my projects is something I always look forward to.

Happy Modeling!

Cary in Kentucky”

A big thanks to Cary for sharing his G scale train buildings.

I do love it when I see Cary’s name pop up in my inbox. What a project – not only does it look he’s had fun with it all, it looks better and better with each update.

Can’t wait for the next one.

That’s all for today folks, hope you enjoyed it as much as me.

And if you’re ready to start your train journey, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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14 Responses to G scale train buildings – Cary’s

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Super job on the power house, really ingenious! Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Tom Nichols - Shrewsbury PA says:

    Very neat….are there other pictures of the layout would love to see them.

  3. Gary Burgin says:

    Nice job Cary, always look forward to your updates. Gary, Somerset,Ky

  4. Scott from Pa. says:

    Nice work Cary, I also would love to see more pictures of your whole layout my goal is to move back to Florida and build an outside railroad. Keep up the good work

  5. Bruce says:

    Gonna be real fun. Very NICE depot.
    Now you have me returning to a long time dream of an elevated outdoor layout.
    Elevated due to deer family traversing the yard frequently.
    I’m anxious to see your layout operating. Be sure to send a video.
    Bruce in SC USA

  6. Very nice and neat. Excellent craftsmanship.
    I also would like to see pictures of your other buildings that you have made and the entire layout. Looking forward to seeing more.

  7. Warren Ferguson says:

    Fine work, Cary! I would be nice to see the trains in operation.

  8. jack proud says:

    The greatest, glad to see a G scale member. Would love to see pics. of your other builds. Should be a great layout. I too use the MRC trans. for power much better than the Aristo.

    Jack, Media PA

  9. Timothy Haas says:

    Ingenious and well done Cary! Keep up the great work!

    Tim H. Shelby, NC

  10. Carrie Russert says:

    Looks great

  11. Chris says:

    Nice building. Can’t wait to see train running

  12. Cary. The roof looks great,nice job! Looks good,thanks for sharing

  13. B Howay says:

    More outdoor large scale coverage very, very welcome here.
    B Howay
    Denver, CO

  14. Cary E Price says:

    Thanks for all the kind comments, if you want to see the outdoor layout with trains running, see video in my last post at the top of this page. Hoping my project really comes together this summer and will have a great video to share with you this fall.
    Happy Modeling, Cary in KY

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