Build this old-fashioned Railroad Depot for your LEGO trains

Classic North American wooden train station building.

Oblique view of the Railroad Depot model

Add a station to your LEGO train layout with this depot model

Your Railroad Depot model

All across North America, before and after the turn of the 20th century, wooden railroad depots like this were typical of many small towns in Canada and the USA. Even now some of them are still in use, and more have been modified for other uses (and more have been demolished, of course). Let's visit Uncle Joe the station agent and take a tour...

The town (non-train) side of the depot building has three doors - one to the passenger waiting room on the right, one to the freight room on the left, and a center door which gives access to the agent's living quarters. We'll head into the passenger waiting room and enjoy the warmth of the pot-bellied stove between the seats while we wait for Uncle Joe to finish selling a ticket to a would-be passenger.

Uncle Joe can't let us into his office - that's against railroad regulations! - but we can peer through the door and see the cubbyholes by the ticket window where the tickets are kept, the desk in the bay window with the telegraph key and stacks of important papers, and the big office clock.

Railroad Depot

I was a little apprehensive about ordering a Lego kit from someone, but after I got the Railroad Depot, and put it together, BOY was I pleased. All of the parts were there, and your instructions were very easy to follow. The finished building looks great. I cannot say enough great things about it. I am going to order your CD of instructions, so that I can build some of your kits, that you no longer have available.
Frank Bye, IN, USA

On the other side of the office is the freight room. Sometimes this room is chock-full of goods being shipped to or from our town, but today there's a relatively small stack of boxes, crates and packages, a couple of barrels, and a passenger's trunk being sent on ahead.

As station agent, Uncle Joe lives right here in the depot with his wife, Aunt Sarah. He's got plenty of work to do, so we'll leave him to get on with it and head into the kitchen to visit with Aunt Sarah over a cup of tea. Her dresser is, as always, neat as a pin, and the kettle is is simmering at the back of the wood-fired cook stove.

The rest of the living quarters is upstairs: a living room with another woodstove, and a bedroom where one of Aunt Sarah's handmade quilts covers the bed. Where's the bathroom, you might ask? Well, this is an early 1900's period building, and the bathroom was an outhouse - which I leave to you to build!

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Technical Notes

  • The railroad depot separates into three sections - the top level roof, the mid-level roof along with the upper floor of the building, and the ground floor. Even the corners of the low slope roof are reasonably strong due to the strengthening bricks and plates used in the construction.
  • The baseplate is a custom-cut 32 x 48 grey, cut from a standard 48x48 baseplate. The building can be moved forward or back on the baseplate to accommodate track clearances or building position requirements on your own layout.
  • The lower section of the building is brown, except in the bay window, where black was used since brown 1x4/2x2 brick hinges were not yet available.

Build your own Railroad Depot

Your LEGO train passengers will thank you when they have a proper waiting room and a place to consign and collect freight!

Classic North American wooden train station building.