Elgin Car Shops
Custom Model Building Services for Model Railroaders Everywhere

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Elgin Car Shops - Custom Model Building and Finishing by Pierre Oliver

Custom-Built Sunshine Models Kit


Effective May 25, 2022, I will no longer be accepting new commissions for custom building work. Time for me to focus on my own projects.

Many thanks to all the clients who have
entrusted me with their projects to date.

Custom building the rolling stock
that brings your layout to life

Look at any photograph of a classification yard and you will be astonished by the wide variety of freight cars in view. This variety brings a model railroad to life, even as it helps establish the era and geographic location that your layout represents. The same holds true for other rolling stock as distinctive passenger cars, cabooses and non-revenue equipment help establish a model railroad’s identity.

It’s a great time to be in the hobby because manufacturers have released an astonishing variety of rolling stock. While many prototypes have been covered in ready to run form, even greater variety is found in the many state of the art resin, laser cut and mixed media kits now on the market. But these kits take time to build, paint, letter, weather and finish. The challenge is, how can you build your dream layout AND build the rolling stock fleet you need to make your dream layout a reality?

Elgin Car Shops can help

My name is Pierre Oliver. I have built hundreds of rolling stock kits from many manufacturers - in HO, S and O scales - for clients in North America and around the world. I have done test-builds for manufacturers and have reviewed rolling stock kits for Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. And I can get your rolling stock kits out of their boxes and onto your layout, so you can focus on the many other things creating a rewarding model railroad demands.

Please allow me to tell you a little about my skills and experience, what I can do for you, and what I charge for my services. I also have a photo gallery with examples of the many freight cars, passenger cars, cabooses and other rolling stock I have built for myself and my many satisfied clients. Because I am also an avid hobbyist and understand the challenges of building a satisfying layout, you will find some information about my own model railroad and other projects in which I’ve been involved.

If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to get those kits built, use my contact form to get in touch. I look forward to helping you achieve the rolling stock variety that will bring your layout to life.

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Please visit my other website, yarmouthmodelworks.com, to view the growing line of quality resin kits and detail parts.

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