Corrugated Metal Industrial Structures


By Bruce Petty

Here in Northern California (where I live), a great number of really neat looking old industrial buildings that are still standing. Unfortunately in Southern California most of these neat old structures are now gone, mainly because of the high value of land that is needed for new housing and another K Mart store.

A few of us model railroaders like to scratchbuild structures for our model railroad layouts, I sure do!
Shown on this page will be photographs of corrugated sheet metal sided structures I've found that I would like to build someday.

Side view of the Welding and Repair Shop.

Side view of the Welding and Repair Shop.

Street view of the Welding and Repair Shop.

Street view of the Welding and Repair Shop.

This old corrugated metal building is in Orland, CA. It has really intresting roof pitches and would make for a good Low Relief Building for the layout.

Not corrugated sheet metal but pressed metal sided farm storage building located at Macdoel, CA., seen along Highway 97.
The metal was pressed to look like cut stone block.

Side view showing the faded painted sign saying "Cold Drinks."
Later years the structure may have been used as a night club called.
"CLUB ROCCO"

The well weathered doors.

Other side of the structure showing missing metal sheets that had once covered the original wooden siding.
For modeling this metal sheet in HO Scale, I would use a plastic brick sheet (looking similar), then with a stiff brush to rub an impression onto tin foil.