DeWinton Station Garden Railway



Building a G-scale Stationary Operating Platform and Carrying Case


By; Barrie L. Roberts

Topic –”Building a stationary platform and engine carrying case” PDF supplement

As a yearend supplement this month I decided to take on a relatively easy project to share as a “Build it yourself” engine carrying case which doubles as a stationary operating platform, as viewed in the photos in the PDF supplement below. Being a certified carpenter early in life has helped me to master certain challenges within the woodworking trade that could assist you to complete this unique box design with a little tutorial help. Forty years ago, I made 35 wooden cases for a fledgling highland band for the youths to carry their bagpipes, all with a stain finish that likely are still in use today, perhaps not in the same condition but sturdy enough yet to protect the contents.

This is a practical solution to enjoy all your favorite steam engines year-round despite unfavorable or seasonal weather conditions. These engines are at best fragile to handle, costly to purchase; thus requiring special care to protect your investment. Cardboard boxes are difficult to handle and do not showcase your engines like a custom built sturdy case such as this.

To access the comprehensive “How To” PDF simply click on the following link: Building a stationary platform and engine carrying case PDF supplement (opens in a new window.)

Please forward any helpful tips that you would like us to consider for publication on this site, or for further clarification on any of my tips, send an e-mail to Barrie at or call 403-680-7061.

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