Billboards are popular items in model railroading
since they are so much a part of the real world of the 20th and
21st Centuries. Many manufacturers offer billboards in either
kit or ready-to-use form in scales ranging from N to G, but
there are limits to just how much artwork can be included with
a kit. As a result, many of the same billboards can be seen from
layout to layout.
This part of the Wyoming Yard site is an attempt
to increase the variety of billboard artwork available in HO and
O gauge and to apply my sense of humor and creative energies to
good use. From time to time, I will add new billboard artwork
Like the Haggis Decal Project,
the artwork presented here is available to be downloaded at no
charge for personal use. It can be printed on nearly any color
printer capable of 300 dpi or greater resolution, cut out, then
used with any of three popular sizes of billboards from Walthers,
Model Railways and Lionel. I chose these sizes mainly because
I had the billboards on hand to measure. If you have a little
skill at using graphics programs, it shouldn't be too hard to
rearrange the artwork to fit other billboards or to use it in
To use this artwork, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Currently, the following free artwork is available
on this site:
||Big John's Original
Southern BBQ - Designed January, 2001
A tribute to a good friend of the rec.models.railroad
||Todd's House of Knives
- Added December 31, 2001
||The Mystery Place -
Added January 1, 2002
- Added March 29, 2002
||Lemmon Used Cars
- Added March 29, 2002
||R. MacRoberts Haggis
- Added April 1, 2002
Beating the rec.models.railroad haggis joke further
into the ground...
||Hoot 'N' Holler Music
Barn - Added April 19, 2002
- Added May 21, 2002
||Sparky's Fireworks Emporium
- Added June 17, 2002
|Set #10 -
||The Beef Bunker
- Added October 28, 2002
|Set #11 -
||St. Hubbins' Arborland
- Added December 27, 2002
Please bear in mind that I make no claim at all of being in any
way a particularly talented artist.
The artwork is designed to fit the following billboards:
||The postwar O gauge #310 billboard,
the more recent #6-14100 Blinking Billboard or the #6-12949 Classic
||The #1006 laser-cut wood billboard
kit. This can also be used in S or O scales.
||The Walthers #933-3133 HO billboard
kit and the Athearn #7600-series billboards (as near as
I can tell, they are identical). Either can be used as a
large billboard in N scale.
To use any of these files, simply download it and print it.
The Boring Legal Stuff
When I put this artwork together, I did so with the idea that
I would make it available for free for people to download and
use to create billboards for their layouts. With this in mind,
I am making this artwork available under the following simple
- The machine-readable versions of this artwork may be distributed
for free. If you redistribute the artwork, please leave intact
the copyright notice I place in the margin.
- Prints may be made from this artwork for personal use only.
If you want to make a small quantity for yourself, or for your
friends, that's cool. If you intend to build and sell billboards
using this artwork, I'd really rather that you not do it, since
it violates the spirit of what I'm trying to do here. In other
- By downloading this artwork you agree
that I am providing it to you solely for noncommercial use.
- If you want to enlarge or reduce it for
use in other scales, I won't complain. Really.
- As the creator of the artwork, I specifically
do not relinquish the copyright to my original artwork by
publishing it here and making it available for downloading.
- This artwork is provided "as-is"
without warranty or promise of any kind of support whatsoever.
- Except where specifically noted, all businesses
or persons referenced in the artwork provided on this site
are fictitious, and not intended to specifically represent
any business which exists or person living or dead. Any
similarities are purely unintentional and coincidental.
The back stories in the introductions are factual, however.
Update - February 13, 2011
It has been over eight years since I last added new artwork to
this site. This is not for lack of interest, but is more a matter
of other pursuits consuming my time (see fritzmilhaupt.com
for a few examples).
I have an ever-growing stack of ideas for new billboards, and
hopefully will be able to make time to actually create them in
the future, and in so doing bring this site out of its recent
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