There are lots of printable buildings for your model railroad on the site.
Scroll down for the free freight shed (because any train layout could do with a freight shed, right?)
If it’s houses you are after for your train layout, here’s a silly offer for you: 4 printable houses for just $19.97.
They are all made from print outs.
You just download them and stick them together (every model on the site is printable).
There are four house designs in this print bundle, but you can print out as many as you like – so the number of houses you can make is unlimited.
The houses are great fun to build – and look great too. All the printable buildings do!
And once you have downloaded them, you can make as many as you want.
How to make the printable buildings for your model railroad
Here’s John making some of the houses. He’s quite a character:
There are no instructions with the prints – but as John shows, anyone can do them.
All the designs can be resized to the scale you are working in.
Here’s a scale conversion chart:
All the printable buildings are made in HO scale, so if you wanted to convert to N scale, when you print the buildings, reduce the print size to 0.544%.
HO scale is 100% – you don’t need to do anything. Just print it out and get busy.
How to make the printable buildings
You can below the print outs are nice and simple.
You can see on this example – one of the houses – the two walls, the roof, the chimney and the porch area.
You can stick them some card and make them as they are, which is fine, but they won’t look great.
The printable buildings look best when you add relief – the contours of the doors, windows, bricks and beams.
It’s these contours – the relief – that make the buildings look great.
So the first thing you want to is cut out the windows.
Stick the windows to another sheet of card and forget about them for a few minutes.
Use the printable buildings to trace out where the windows are on another sheet of card.
Then cut the windows out of that one.
Now stick the card with the window holes on to the back of the printable building.
The start sticking the windows back on. As they will behind two layers of card, it will add a lot of depth and the printable building look a lot more realistic.
You can see the top window below already looks more real.
Do the same to the rest of the windows – you can see the difference it makes in the next few pics. The buildings look much more realistic than when they are just flat print outs.
Next you need to score the building with a sharp knife so you can fold it into a 90 degree shape.
Then, glue the building to it’s base, whatever that may be, it really depends on your layout.
Then you need the other half of your printable building – do the same steps as above to make the complete house.
Here you can see a simple roof has been glued to the house.
But just like the rest of the buildings, adding some relief (or depth) really ads to the realism, like in this example below.
The technique is the some for all the buildings, it’s not just he houses that benefit from adding relief.
Here’s one of the barns – you can see it doesn’t look flat at all.
And just to prove the point, here are a few more:
It’s the same what ever the building is – this embankment is also made from a print out:
And of course, once you have the prints, you can use them to make your own buildings.
Here John has scratch built an engine shed for his layout – it’s made entirely from the printable building downloads, but to his design. You can scratch build as much as you like!
In fact, John has put together quite a few ‘how to’ vidoes on the print out buildings. Here’s another of his:
Perhaps the most popular buildings are engine sheds:
You can see more of the above engine shed, and other creations from the building prints here.
If you’d like to download one of the buildings and see if it’s for you, there’s a free building below.
Free printable model building – freight shed
Here’s a free model railroad freight shed so you can try out the printable buildings.
This is how it looks:
The prints were glued to double thick card.
The timbers were cut and then it was all glued to another print, and glued to more card, so he could scribe the boards behind the timber framing.
Still not sure? Don’t forget my no quibble 60 day money back guarantee on ALL of the printable buildings – everything in fact.
If you’re not entirely delighted with this house bundle deal, let me know and I’ll refund you in full. No questions asked, it’s as simple as that.
It’s very easy to ‘kit bash’ the print outs too – they are pretty much limited by your imagination.
There are lots of print to choose from for your printable buildings.
There’s lots to make – and here’s how to make them.