Brewer Railroad Plans

A Bite of History

We feel that building models of actual structures will be far more interesting and satisfying to the novice and the skilled modelers. Thus, many of our plans are based on historical railroad, industry and town structures.    For example:


THE COTTONWOOD HOUSE: The original was built in 1864-65 on the Cariboo Trail in British Columbia, Canada as a ranch house and inn during the gold rush in that area.It still stands, 18 miles east of Quesnel, BC on Hwy 26, and is open to visitors. The squared log construction is typical of many of the old ranch houses in the western states and provinces. The site has some interesting log barns as well.
THE HOMESTEAD HOUSE: This home was styled after a farm house built by the Caleb Pike family in 1883 near Victoria, BC.It can be visited today at 1589 Millstream Road.The Old Thyme House is similar but has the gable ends turned to provide a very different style. Similar log cabins can be seen throughout the west and in the mountains of Missouri and the southeastern US.
THE BARKERVILLE BUILDINGS: Barkerville is an historic gold mining town on Hwy 26 in northern BC and dates from the gold rush days of the 1860s and ‘70s. Dozens of handsome old structures are open to visitors and many of the buildings are restored. Summer visitors are entertained by live acts and refreshed with sasparilla! The interesting St. Saviour’s Anglican Church is quite unusual so we just had to use it as the basis for a design. The livery stable seemed to be a natural to go with our log homes and is large enough to make a useful barn for a small farm. The Masonic Hall, though considerably smaller than the one in Barkerville, was inspired by it. Be sure to heavily curtain the windows of the second floor, in keeping with Masonic tradition.
THE HARDWICK COVERED BRIDGE: This plan is based on the 98 foot long bridge of the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain RR near Hardwick, Vermont, built in 1908 to span the Lamoine River.It is truly a classic covered bridge and would be a real showpiece on any garden railroad.                     The model’s construction is very detailed and as near to prototype as is reasonable.
THE ALBERNI PACIFIC RAILWAY WATER TANK: This attractive tank sits by the depot in Port Alberni, BC.It is a small 15,000 gallon tank but seems huge compared to the typically tiny plastic models. It can be used in other scales to represent an 11,000 gal tank in 1:20.3 scale, an 18,000 gal tank in 1:24, a 32,000 gal tank in 1:29 and a 43,000 gal tank in 1:32 scale.
THE EAST BROAD TOP R.R. WATER TANK AND HAND CAR SHED: This unusual enclosed tank is based on the one that once existed at Saltillo, Pennsylvania. The design was created from scaling old photos of the now vanished structure and it faithfully reproduces the flavour of the old tank.These old tanks were built in areas subject to freezing winters and this model will prove to be a conversation piece on any garden railroad.
THE ESQUIMALT AND NANAIMO RAILWAY WATER TANK: This tank is based on the still existing tank at Parksville, BC and the plan was only made after taking many measurements and photos of the actual structure.
THE GALLOWS TURNTABLE AT MEDOC: The design is based on an actual narrow gauge turntable in Medoc, California The bridge and gallows have been faithfully drawn but the mechanism is simplified with an inexpensive lazy susan base, available at any hardware store, for free and easy turning of your heaviest locomotives.
THE D&RG SAND HOUSE AT CHAMA: A sand house adds authenticity to any engine service area and this intriguing old structure, based on the sand house in Chama, NM, has lots of character. It is as close to true scale as we can make it but it can be reduced in size to fit smaller layouts.
THE D&RG COALING TIPPLE AT CHAMA: This impressive coaling tipple measures 32 inches high and will be a standout on any garden railroad. We recommend it only for experienced modelers as it is a very large and complex model, but the hours of work will be well rewarded. It’s size will definitely make your narrow gauge locomotives look realistically small.
THE D&RG CUMBRES, NM STATION: The station is modeled on the depot as it was in the early 1930s.  Construction is straightforward and the simple station is typical of many on the old narrow gauge lines.
THE D&RG SECTION HOUSE: This section house was designed by the railroad in 1887 and the same plans were used for section houses on the Rio Grande Southern. This handsome structure would also serve nicely as a large ranch house, small town business, or even a small depot.
THE COLORADO AND SOUTHERN R.R. SECTION HOUSE: This large house was built in the early 1900s to accommodate section and train crews. It is big enough to serve your railroad as a tavern, small inn or boarding house if you don’t want to pamper your track gangs.
THE SOUTH PACIFIC COAST R.R. DEPOT: This handsome example of a small town railroad station was typical of many in the good old days. The attractive depot served the narrow gauge South Pacific Coast RR in California back in the early 1900s.
THE M.U.& WG RR STATION: A simple structure based on a small station on the Middletown, Unionville & Water Gap RR, a short line in New Jersey. We added a bay window to help the station operator do his job but this can be eliminated if you prefer to model the original more accurately.
THREE WAYSIDE HALTS: These three flag stops include one based on a Sandy River and Rangely Lakes RR station on the old Maine 2 foot gauge line, another is based on a flag stop on the Reading RR in Pennsylvania and the small open halt is similar to one on the old narrow gauge Kaslo and Slocan Rwy in British Columbia. They’ll be at home on any garden railroad.
THE NEVADA COUNTY NARROW GAUGE RR 26 FOOT BOX CAR: This 20.3:1 scale freight car will be attractive to Finescale modelers but it can also be built as a useful yard office to keep your yard foreman and paper pushers happy.
THE GRAIN ELEVATOR: This grain elevator is designed from photos we took, and others we found on the web, of the interesting old wooden elevator complex in Dunleath, Saskatchewan. The elevator stands 33 inches high and will be an impressive addition to any railroad. It is very typical of many such structures that we’ve seen in small prairie towns in both the US and Canada, from Montana to Minnesota. Indeed, we have even seen similar structures as far west as the Blue Mountain area of Oregon.
THE BALLOON ANNEX: This 21 inch long grain storage building is an addition to the Dunleath elevator. It is available to buyers of the elevator plans if they wish to model the entire structure.
THE D&RG RR STOCKYARD: The fences, gates, chute, loading platform, etc. are based on the original plans drawn by the D&RG staff. The actual D&RG stockyard would have been about 7 feet long so we’ve shown a version more suitable for the average garden railroad
THE C.P.R. ENCLOSED WATER TANK: The design is based on photos on the web plus drawings and information from books. It shows an enclosed tank as used by the big Canadian railway in the colder areas of the country to keep the water from freezing.
The D&RG PLATE GIRDER BRIDGE: This 100 year old bridge spans Mineral Creek, near Silverton, CO. It was originally built in 1907 and moved to its present spot in 1916.
THE KASLO & SLOCAN RAILWAY DEPOT:   This two story wood depot with attached freight house was built in Kaslo, BC, in the 1890s, for the 3’ gauge K&S and will make a very impressive station on any railroad. The original had no bay window but we include an optional one to help your station agent in his work.

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