Introduction

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My first scratchbuilding project; an HO scale model of Washago's "Switchman's Cabin" for Ian Wilson's model railway. The model is based a single photograph showing the north (side) elevation and dimensions from ca. 1953 a CNR property plan. The windows, door, roof and foundation are removable so each substructure can be painted separately. Corner posts will be applied after the main structure is painted.
Front elevation of HO scale Hawkestone's second depot constructed by the GTR ca. 1900, which is my second scratch-building project. In preparing drawings I was fortunate to have photographs of three sides and my father-in-law's memory that there were no rear windows. Dimensions were scaled from photographs using dimensions in the 1907 GTR Inventory and 1947 CNR property plan with adjustments as necessary to use commerical window and door castings. Construction uses the "subwall" technique described Robert L. Hundman's New York Central Depot series of articles in N-Scale magazine (Nov./Dec. 1993, Jan./Feb. 1994 & Mar./Apr. 1994). Once the entire model is painted the trim colour (Green), the separately painted (Grey) board & batten and clapboard inserts will be added. Once the soffit and gable ends on the roof substructure are painted (Grey), a chimney will be added, the roof shingled then facia and other details applied.
HO scale Hawkestone's Water Tank constructed by the GTR ca. 1896, which is my third scratch-building project. Drawings were prepared by scaling a postcard view of Hawkestone using dimensions of the tank from the 1907 GTR Inventory. Construction of the tank generally follows Bill Darnaby's Scratchbuild a water tank, which appears in September 2001 issue of Model Railroader magazine. I used Evergreen's 0.020" thick O scale car siding rather than 0.020" thick 0.080" v-groove, so there is only one seam rather than three as would have been the case with the v-groove. Currently there are five substructures: the concrete piers; the frost-box, the post & beam legs and deck; tank; and roof, which will be painted separately. After the tank is painted hoops and turn buckles will be added.