BUILD THIS SIMPLE FREIGHT STATION IN EITHER N OR HO SCALE FROM TWO OF AHM'S "RICO" PASSENGER STATION KITS
TOP LEFT: AHM offers this same station kit in both N and HO scale. With minor rework, two of the kits can be used to build a smaller freight station structure and a separate, but shorter, passenger station. MIDDLE LEFT: The freight end walls and rear walls are taken from two of the "Rico" station kits. The Winter 1970 issue of 1001 Model Railroad Ideas (now out of print) described how to make the station shown from the kits' parts. MIDDLE RIGHT: File the straight-cut comers of the side walls at a 45-degree angle so they will mate with the comers of the end walls from the two kits. BOTTOM LEFT: Trim the station's base about 1/2 inch away from the foot of the freight platform's loading ramps. Use a razor saw to make smooth cuts.
LEFT TOP: File the ramp marks from the left side of one wall and use a steel ruler to guide a knife while scribing new lines to simulate wood panels. LEFT BOTTOM: Paint the walls and install the doors before assembling them. One or more of the four freight doors can be glued partially open. RIGHT TOP: Cut a piece of sheet styrene plastic or plain cardboard to exactly fill the interior so it will show as a floor through any open doors. Glue the sides and ends in place and mount the pre-painted floor. RIGHT BOTTOM: One end of the roof will have to be trimmed flush with a razor saw. Paint the roof and the freight station is ready to install in the scenery. Add a few packing crates made from scraps of wood and a worker or two.