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This section is intended to help people with indoor railroads, especially shelf railroads, to get a little more character into their scenery. About a year ago, I started taking photographs of buildings that I thought would make good candidates for this project.
Still, getting a good photo to start with is relatively easy compared to what has to be done on the computer. After the 6-12 meg photograph is on my computer, I stretch the photo until the building looks rectangular. Then I use "cloning tools" and other tricks to paint the power lines, parking meters, modern automobiles, and so on out of the picture as much as I can without damaging the underlying detail. Finally, I change the size and resolution of the photo so it will print out in the appropriate scale on 300dpi.
Download these photos, print them on your own printer, glue them onto card stock or foam board, and use them on your indoor railroad or holiday village scene. Print multiple copies, glue them to card stock or foam board, cut them apart and glue them back together to add a sense of three dimensions. Cut out the windows and doors and glue them onto other buildings or other brick paper to make your own creations. That said, I have other building photos I hope to incorporate in time, so I hope that this section of the site continues to grow. About File Formats - If you want to download the jpeg file and resize these building yourself, just click on the building name. When you print, be certain that the software doesn't select the "scale to fit page" option. If you can't get any images to work at all, let me know, and I'll try to figure out what the problem is. Three-Story Red Building (956K) This building and the next one stand next to each other on south Main Street in Dayton, Ohio (just north of route 35). Three-Story Yellow Building - (1.5meg) - This Dayton building is another painted brick edifice.
South Park Methodist Episcopal (2.9meg) - This church is on a quiet street near the border of Oakwood and Dayton, Ohio.
South Park Methodist Episcopal Parsonage (1.8meg) - The parsonage of the church above is equally imposing. Goody's Bar (949K) - A few blocks north of the South Park church is another Dayton landmark - Goody's Bar. Virtual "Goody's" - Train Simulator Fan Tim Muir, with my express permission, of course, has enshrined Goody's (renamed the Trolley Inn) as a 3D building that Tim has made available to Train Simulator fans everywhere.


Gray 2-Story (705K) - Not far from Goody's, also on Brown street, this curious relic stands by itself, probably the last remnant of a small commercial district that was mostly ripped out when a road widened or some such. Armory (1.2 meg) - If you continue north on Brown street, eventually you bump into Patterson road. The Armory is not square - it was built to fit between a canal and various roads and railroads at the time. Canal Street Four Story (1.6 meg) - When you go north on Patterson past the Armory, you are retracing the route that a major canal formerly took through Dayton. Moraine Log Cabin (901K) - About ten miles south of the Armory, there is a tiny historical preserve in Moraine, Ohio.
Once you figure what size to print this image (see below), there's no reason you couldn't print this four times, cut it apart, and use the old cedar shake roof from the Building Textures page to make a 3-dimensional structure.
By the way, because this is a corner building, the door actually faces at a forty-five-degree angle to the right, straight toward the traffic light in the middle of the intersection. Medway Farm House (1.6 meg) - Southeast of New Carlisle on the banks of the Little Miami River (and sometimes under them) is the sleepy town of Medway, Ohio.
Old Fire House - On Old West Main Street, in Springfield, Ohio, there is a great old firehouse building. Unfortunately, windows have been boarded over, painted, and or bricked in, so we drew in a "reflection" to make it look like the windows still have glass in them. To make using these images as easy as possible, we have provided the following pre-sized pdf images for you. Please stop by every once in a while - we have several other buildings to upload when we get a chance. Woodland Scenics is committed to a business practice, which supports the economy of our local community. We manufacture the vast majority of our products at our Linn Creek, Missouri manufacturing plant, which also houses our product development, package and creative design, marketing, sales and customer service operations. Many of the products or parts of the products we manufacture overseas, come back home for packaging and shipping by Woodland Scenics employees. When you purchase Woodland Scenics Quality Brands, you support American manufacturing working in balance with a global economy to support American jobs.
These beautiful and easy-to-assemble building kits are individually hand-cast in high-quality casting resin with architectural details molded in place. Woodland Scenics leads the world in providing the highest quality, most realistic model scenery for all of your modeling projects!
Most of the buildings I photographed are over a hundred years old, so you should be able to use them on just about any railroad.


Our designer friend Howard Lamey has already done this with the log cabin photo below - the possibilities are endless. If you know you want an O scale or S scale building, click on the appropriate icon next to the building thumbnail, and you'll get a .pdf version that is already sized for you.
If you are modeling in a larger scale, such as Large Scale (AristoCraft, LGB, etc.), we do have higher resolution versions available that you may resize for your particular scale. But the building it models is so big, it would probably look good with Christmas villages or Lionel trains if you print it full size on legal stock.
Merge right and look straight ahead - you'll see one of the most unusual structures in Dayton. You might want to print it out at 75% first, and the decide if you have room for the full-sized version. All information, data, text, and illustrations on this web site are Copyright (c) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 by Paul D. Accessories include signs, an old pop machine and a fenced yard with a junkyard dog, old bike parts, miscellaneous junk and more! In the original photo, you can actually see the left and right sides of the building at the same time.
Kit also includes a printed interior, black-out paper, Dry Transfer Decals, clear window material and window treatments.
But that image would be too confusing to include as a "building front," so I've clipped those parts out of the photo.
If you use this photo, you can probably give things a little more depth by adding a shrubbery of your choice. Then after the beams were stacked and the roof was in place, the huge cracks between the logs were stuffed with a mixture of clay and horsehair or whatever materials were available (today they use a kind of concrete).
You could probably start with the O-scale version, then go to the S scale version if it seems too big. Also, you can see that the upstairs windows once had shutters, another opportunity to add a bit of depth.
And when you're all done, a couple coats of satin or flat indoor-outdoor clear acrylic will add additional protection against yellowing, stains, and dust.



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