Many years ago, when I was doing HO, I built this neat little coal and sanding station from a kit by Fine Scale Miniatures.
I’ve always wanted to do something like that in 1:20. While poking around my Model Railroader collection on CD, I found that the June 1955 issue had the plans and the prototype.
(The plans are also featured in Garden Railways magazine April 2012.) I used some 1/2" square posts for the corners and main beams then added some 1/2" x 1/4" pieces for the other horizontal beams. Not really the right size, but it should look OK. First, I built the back. I glued the pieces together and then nailed them with some 1" #18 nails. I drill holes for all the nails first, just to make sure the nails go where I want. After the back was dry, I attached the sides.
Clamps and weights help hold everything in place until dry. Once the ends are in place, I added some roof trusses and glued some floor beams in place.
Here’s how it looks with most of the framing in place.
There’s not much detail given in ANY of the drawings I have for the crane itself. It appears to be hydraulic, with a couple of gears, but I have no idea how those gears make the buckets go up and down. I suspect it doesn’t matter all that much, so I’ll just make it look like the pictures… :o