On 30 Hand Car Shack By Terry Rowe In September 2014 there appeared an article in a leading North American model railroad magazine of a Hand Car Shack in O Scale (1/48) The article was an inspiration to me as I looked at it and thought firstly, ‘I like it’ and secondly ‘with a little license I could produce a version that would fit into my planned end-to-end layout ‘Snowy River’’. It would have to be rustic and fit into a typical North American narrow gauge scene as ‘Snowy River’ is just that. I also wanted it to be fully 3D showing the inside of the shack with its hand car. I set about collecting the materials that I needed. Mainly these were simple ‘coffee stirrers’ and pie dish foil for the corrugated iron roof. After making the framework for the shack I attached the weathered planking and detailed the interior of the shack using some resin shelving by ‘Rusty Stumps’. The rail in the shack is PECO Code 100 with wooden sleepers. The hand car is built from an On30 Scale Wiseman Model of the Denver Hand Car Kit. The whole model was built over two weekends. It was a fun project and the photos are of the finished shack. A few months after I completed the shack I entered it into a competition at the ‘Slim Gauge Circle’ and walked away with a first place; a first for me and something I am truly pleased with!