On a prototype railroad, the Backshop is where all the
hard work gets done. Depending upon the function performed, the buildings in the
Backshop area were called by different names — flue shop, car repair shed, wheel
balancing shed, erecting house, paint shop, etc. In short, the Backshop is were
the railroad (except for the track) was built.
Our Backshop area is the place where our members share
how they do things to build their railroad. The projects may be as small as how
to add realistic loads to gondolas and flatcars, or as large as how to
scratchbuild an operating scale model steam locomotive, and lots and lots of
things in between. Listed here are pages and links to pages by our members that
talk about how they built things for their model empires.
Jim Allen covers
NSC OCS Train Modeling with prototype photos on this page.
Easy Detailed Pulpwood Car Loads
by Gil Brauch
Locomotives by Will Jordan
Fred Miller exhibits his skills as one of the division's active Master Model Railroader on his website which is located at:
Here are some N Scale intermodal equipment projects by
Classy Chassis - Building Alan Curtis Models intermodal chassis kits.
Those Classy Chassis - Installing various manufacturers' containers on
Alan Curtis chassis kits.
a Land Train - Putting together various kits to build a double trailer
Rusty Doss (aka IAMFASHA) has a YouTube series of
videos on various aspects of model railroading.
A listing of some of his videos is at this link.
How can I get my
projects here? Your modeling projects can go here, but they won't appear by magic! Well,
sort of magic, anyway.
It's super-easy if you have
your own website for your pike and have already posted some projects on it, just
send the Webmaster an email with the your URL on it and he will add it to the
external site listing.
If you don't have your
own website, just send the Webmaster an electronic
document (MS Word preferred) that describes your project. Include photos (JPEG
format preferred) if you wish to illustrate what you did or what the end result
was, and the Webmaster will 'fix it up' and post it to our web pages. You don't
have to be a Hemmingway to write it up, either. Just pretend you are explaining
it to your best friend and write down what you would say as you go along. The
Webmaster will check out the spelling and grammar and share suggested changes,
if any, with you before posting. He will also clean up and resize photos for web
So, here's your chance to show off your stuff... and get
Achievement Program points in the process. Give it a try. We'll give you all the
help you can stand.