Friday, February 4, 2011

Building the Grist Mill

A 1/25th scale 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup from Maisto sits next to the mill.  
Under construction for the garden railway layout of the Acton and Helena line is a mill inspired by the John Wesley Hall Grist Mill located at Tannehill State Park in McCalla.
Board and batten siding covers the long side of the mill while lap siding covers the gables.
The model structure is composed with basswood and stone.  The stone was secured to the structure with weatherproof construction adhesive and then grouted with tile grout to complete the look of fine stone work.  The roof is covered with tar roofing paper before scale tin roofing is applied.  The wheel of the mill will be mounted and hopefully functional.  Solar-powered LED lighting will illuminate the interior of the mill.  A custom-poured concrete slab will serve as the base of the model and flues will be attached.


  1. I've got to come out and see your progress one day. Let me know sometime

  2. this is exciting. we are avid railfans and modelers. Would love to come and see this once it is finished. We want to put in a garden railway also. My husband has an N gauge layout in his rail room. The O gauge runs aorund the ceiling of his room and our living room and my son has HO gauge. So the only thing missing is one running thru my roses. We are local just a few miles down the road in Columbiana. Happy working on the rails.