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Project plans: Build a crossing guard's shanty

Get the plans for this easy-to-build structure featured in the February 2012 Model Railroader
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Get the plans to build this trackside model railroad structure.

Before the invention of automatic crossing gates, railroad crossing guards protected grade crossings. Usually holding a flag, lantern, or stop sign or operating a manual crossing gate, the crossing guard would warn motorists of an approaching train. A simple wooden shanty provided shelter for the crossing guard.

Whatever your modeling railroading scale, a crossing shanty is a quick, easy, and fun scratchbuilding project.
 

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