Shoulda paid attention

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Relic, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Relic

    Relic Member

    Does anyone know the dimensions of those little shacks that were at every switch. Well meby not EVERY switch but say here in my "hometown"??? the siding was over a mile long and at each switch was a little shack fof the section man (my dad) to stay in when there was a snowstorm( and we had snowstorms then). They wern,t very big and if nobody knows I,ll just wing it(gasp) Merry X MASS
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    they were different for every railroad.what road do you model?
  3. Relic

    Relic Member

    Jim, that would be CN in Nova Scotia, mainline early 60,s. wel thats what I,m moleling . Thanks for the responce
  4. zedob

    zedob Member

    This is not CN, but pretty representative of alot of shacks. If the door is 36" wide, then the side of the building would be around 7-8 feet. I've seen smaller ones that looked more like outhouses, too.

    Unless you're planning to model a certain switch (proto) and a particular shack to complete a special scene, or diorama, I'd just buy a few Grandt Line door and small windows and build around them. Something on the order of a 3/4"x3/4"x1" (actual size) would be perfect.

    The second pic is of another shack at Vernon Junction in Vernon CT. It seems to be a rather nice structure. Neat bay window.

    Hope these give you some inspiration.

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  5. Relic

    Relic Member

    Thanks Zedob ,The first pic looks close, (40+years and too much self imposed mental abuse takes it,s toll) Since the sectionman (my dad) would have to stay at the switch till the storm abated I,m thinking there was a bench to lay down on .I think there was olso a van stove. thanks again

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