HO scale freight cars

Jeff’s been in touch with HO scale freight cars.

He’s a man of few words, but he has a layout with lots going on with those containers. Looks fun:

“My rebooted NFL mantua layout.


HO scale crane

HO container crane

HO scale freight cars

HO scale freight cars

HO scale freight cars

HO scale freight cars

And now on to Fred.

Course, I’m biased, but I love what he’s done.

He’s made some engine sheds from the printable building range.

But here’s the thing – a cheap engine shed on ebay or Amazon is around $50 (you could spend a lot more if you wanted).

So three engine sheds would set you back around $150 – but not with the printable buildings!

You could do exactly what Fred has done below for just $9.

“Hi Al,

Love your site.

Bought your printable buildings several years ago.

For a while I tried to figure out how to best take advantage of the purchase.

Recencently I just found a way to use some of the treasures.

I figured you would like to see what you added to my lay-out.

I have included a few pictures.

Happy Model Trains


printable building engine shed

printable building engine shed

printable building HO scale

printable building engine shed

A huge big thanks to Fred, he’s done a fantastic job on the printable buildings.

The people inside the engine sheds, and the LED lighting, really sets them off.

printable buildings engine shed

As I said, I am biased, but I think they look great.

In fact, the engine shed bundle, is one of the most popular on the blog.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. It’s still ghostly quiet this end.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

9 Responses to HO scale freight cars

  1. David Howarth says:

    Nice work with making the sheds Fred, they look great

  2. Theo e blake says:

    Wow extensive setup!

  3. Brian Olson says:

    The sheds look terrific!

  4. robert dale tiemann says:

    busy busy busy lots of work there. i like the sheds.i like the prot authority touch, does it work faster than the ones we have on the east and west coast? just wondering.

  5. Marklin ed says:

    Thanks Fred see your a Marklin train man. You also are using the old metal tracks. Great job with the printout sheds. I have Marklin K tracks for my trains. But I have seen the C tracks and they look like the best track system.
    Thanks Al again for your site.

  6. Fred says:

    Thank you for the nice comments.
    Robert Dale Tiemann: not sure how to respond – feel free to email me directly for more details.
    Marklin ed: I’ve had M tracks since I was 5 years old (70 years ago). I’ve stayed with what my childhood offered and just added what I needed for my current lay-out. I really like the look and flexibility of the K track but I agree the C track is good too.

  7. Nick H. says:

    Am I missing something? A terminal container crane yet no containers or well cars.

  8. Lloyd Coon says:

    I see he has many of the Mantua NFL cars. I have the complete set.

  9. william j plmer says:

    love the staggered engine houses

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