This micro layout features Peco O-16.5mm (On30) code 100 track and turnouts. I scratch-built all the structures. The brick tractor shed bricks were cut from foam and glued on board. The rolling door is scratch built from styrene plastic, n-scale metal wheels and a bit of time.
The neat signs were reduced down images of vintage tin signs. Many of the small directional signs, "Open Shaft" "No Loafing" "Look Out For Cars" were originally produced for industry by Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, Colorado. Many of these standardized signs were sold to mines and industry through the Mine & Smelter Supply Company in downtown Denver.
"Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, CO. William Stonehouse opened a sign shop in Chicago in 1863 and taught his son James Wesley the art of painting gold leaf lettering on store front windows. by turn of the century j.w. moved west with the gold mining boom and set up shop in Douglas, Arizona. Ten years later, he moved to Colorado, and it was here that the accident prevention sign business was born. J.W. saw a need for safety in the mining industry. He created standard bell signal signs to better communicate in the mines, therefore reducing accidents and injuries. He lobbied for the codes to become standard in all mines in Colorado and was ready to sell his silk screen printed signs when the mining bureau enacted the standard. in 1913, J.W. moved to Denver, where he continued to design signage that would set the standard for the "safety sign" industry. The Stonehouse Steel Sign Company was formed as a corporation in 1914, and has stayed in business through multiple generations." Info from www.urbanremainschicago.com
Inside the tractor shed overhead view.
Inside the tractor shed.
Tractor shed roof is real corrugated, metal sheets, weathered with Games Workshop Paints