002. Railway step stool

This is one of my Tinplate Dad’s railway projects. In the old days, if a railway station didn’t have door-level platforms, porters placed special step stools near a coach’s steps for the convenience of passengers. These stools were carried on the coaches themselves. Every railroad had their own stools and there were many different designs. However, they were all similar, differing mostly in details.

The plans for the stool are presented in two scales — 1:20.3 and 7/8″.

Dimensions: 1″ wide; 3/4″ deep; 1/2″ high — or — 1-3/8″ wide; 1″ deep; 3/4″ high, depending on scale

PDF Specs

  • 23 pictures
  • 6 instruction pages
  • 1 plans page

Price:

  • $2.95

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Difficulty

Tools

  • Vise
  • Needle files
  • Hammer
  • Pin vise
  • 1/16" or 1/32" drill
  • Jewelers saw & V-block
  • Soldering iron
  • Scissors
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Dremel with grinding bit
  • Awl
  • Saw for cutting forms

Materials

  • Tinplate
  • Solder & flux
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hardwood forms: .916" x .708" x 2" (1:20.3-scale) or 1.360" x 1.051" x 2" (7/8" scale)