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Union Pacific freight station drawings

By | August 23, 2013

An online extra from the October 2013 Model Railroader

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Check out these plans for the Union Pacific Glendale freight depot from Model Railroader magazine.

Union Pacific built this modern-looking freight station midway along the 1.25-mile Glendale Branch that once was part of the former Glendale & Montrose Ry. The post-World War II structure was built of brick with large windows for natural light, and topped with a white gravel roof.

The branch was a joint operation, with Southern Pacific and UP operating it during alternating years. A retired SP conductor who worked this job says the lack of a runaround track on the branch meant cars had to be pushed up to the freight station from a connection off SP’s main line north of Taylor Yard.


13 thoughts on “Union Pacific freight station drawings

  1. I thought I recognized that station! It was in the very first issue of MR I ever bought. It's not often one sees buildings from that period in hobby magazines, so I am sure many modelers will like it. I'm happy to see the drawings in N scale, as conversion from HO can be a pain if all one is using is a typical photocopier; 54.4 percent is a poor number to round up or down, and detail can be obscured if first halving the HO drawing and then copying the result at 109 percent. (Of course, larger drawings are usually better, and beside the fact that HO is the most common scale, HO drawings fit better inside the pages of MR and similar magazines.) My preference is for S scale drawings, which for N scale are reduced to 40 percent, but that's personal only. Even when reducing drawings, it's good to have copies of the larger originals on hand. This matter has been discussed often in MR, and as I recall MR generally starts with 1:24 drawings and then photographically — digitally today, I suppose (and CAD software likely made an appearance long ago) — reduces them to the scale in which the drawings will actually be printed.

  2. Looks like a great little project for the winter months. I don't model UP but it would look good for a BNSF station.

  3. Didn't care for this issue. Nother I can use in it. I liked the

    scratch building article. But like it to be older.

  4. I'd like to answer the question "How do you convert this drawing to O Scale?. I found that by coping the HO scale drawing on to a plain piece of paper and then taking it to your local copy center ( mine is Staples) they will print a full side copy in O Scale by increasing the size by 3.333. You must follow the permission statements and if there is a copyright they will not make the copy. Great article with lots of building instructions.

  5. On the plan, they have included conversion factors to get the plan printed in HO, S, and O. MR has been doing this for years. They also include on the page a statement giving permission for the non-commercial photocopying of their drawings for personal use, at least in most articles.

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