Engine House & Car Barn
This page was developed to give others some ideas on building scale structures.
Photo above shows the completed Engine House & Car Barn.
The plan was to build the structure at home then disassemble it, haul it to the track and reassemble it there. The readily available trailer could accommodate a structure up to about 6' 4" wide and up to about 14' long if it hung out the back a bit. The above diagram shows the layout that meets my needs and fits within the trailer dimensions.
The drawing above shows the overall design.The engine house is located in a very visible part of Mill Creek Central Railroad so appearance was a primary concern. The door height at 30 inches is the minimum possible to accommodate the equipment while keeping the building as close as possible to scale. The very large windows would be typical of industrial buildings of the period. Vinyl bead board soffit material that simulates vertical siding was used on the sides. Sheet metal panels were used on the roof. The trim is Trex composite. All the material is relatively maintenance free
Roof: The roof panels are 3 foot wide and provided the exact length required by a local supplier. The panels are secured with self sealing screws through the panels into the framework.
The photo above shows the actual track arrangement before the final ballasting of the tracks. The locomotive is on the steaming bay track. The siding next to the steaming bay track was extended another 20 feet after the photo was taken.
This photo shows the Heisler on the steaming bay. There is an electrical receptacle on the steel trestle tower just to the left of the steaming bay. Compressed air (needed to bring steam up on the oil burners) is piped from the compressor in the back of the engine house to a quick connect on the post supporting the end of the steaming bay. More fill, gravel and ballast was added after this photo was taken.
Photo above shows John Buckwalter on his narrow gauge Shay pulling a string of (standard gauge) log cars across the rotary switch at the Mill Creek Central Logging Locomotive Meet October 12-14, 2012.
Above photo shows the Raccoon Valley Shay and Heisler fired up and ready to pull a string of log cars up the logging line. Photo was taking at the Mill Creek Central Logging Locomotive Meet October 12-14, 2012.