S scale sized water tower from Woodland Scenics HO line

I was at a train show today and saw a Woodland Scenics  BR5064 Rustic Water tower in HO scale and was surprised how well it appeared to fit in with our 1:64 scale structures. The reason is the O scale version is GIGANTIC so the HO scale version looks good for "S".

There is a small shed included with the model but just don't use it and you have a good sized model. It's about 10" tall so it's about 54 feet tall in "S".


It's very pricey ($115 MSRP) but very well done. If I had the dough and a space for it I'd get it. I have neither so....



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But Mark -- it doesn't bubble...!  Actually, its very similar to water towers all over western NE where I grew up - even down to the "small town" graffiti ("State champs").  I think we painted ours with "Seniors '63"  (gosh, a looooong time ago),

- Rich

The Lionel spheroid works well too, it shows up in the catalogs in various decorations from time to time.  This was the original without the LED on top, I've long since removed the lettering:

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Or, if you can find one, Athearn once made an HO water tower that will also pass.  I replaced the Lionel one with it because I wanted an older tower:

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The beauty of water towers is they come in all sizes.  I've seen some pretty small towers in some rural communities.



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The O scale version of the tower BR5866 ($220.00 MSRP) is truly impressive when viewed up close. I saw one in person the other day at a hobby store.

It is 18 5/16" tall which is 73 feet tall in O scale. In S scale that would be a whopping ~97 foot tall tower. My layout is getting to that "too crowded" look so instead of adding more eye candy I need to 'thin the herd' so to speak. Too bad. This model is outstanding.



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