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Weeks Mills Freight House

Publication: Model Railroader
Publication Date: February 2008



Description: Laser-cut wood structure kit

Comments: This new model from Boliinger Edgerly Scale Trains (or BEST) faithtfully reproduces a prototype freight house that served the Wiscaser, Waterville & Farmington, a Maine two-foot gauge line. The kit includes four walls, floor, sub floor, loading dock, roof, and 12 scribed freight doors, all of laser-cut basswood. The remaining trim pieces, bracing and pilings are to be cut from the milled stripwood provided. The kit also includes two plastic window castings; laser-cut peel-and-stick paperboard shingle material; and 16 white metal castings of boxes, barrels, and milk cams which to stock the freight house. Extra shingles and stripwood are provided. One item not included was window glazing; I cut mine from .010" clear styrenen.

The kit went together fairly easily in about 14 hours, counting both assembly and painting time. I attached the walls to the base first, instead of to the roof, as the instructions showed; this made both lining up the walls and shingling the roof easier.

The finished structure is compact (it has 3" X 5" foor-print), making it easy to place into most any scene.

This freight house is a good-looking building that would be a fine source of revenue for any steam-era railroad.

-Steven Otte, Associate Editor





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