The question is always posed with an out of the mainstream scale, what about buildings? We don't wanta' scratchbuild em all. Fortunately other scales provide buildings that can be modified. Yeah, some are outta scale for their original scale. The addition of new doors and stairs will make them Scale 55.
These are the ones I have in my possesion.
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This is the right size out of the box and very inexpensive.
The Walthers Cornerstone Stock Pen
The dual-loading chutes almost line up with former Bachmann On30 stockcars.
The Walthers Champion Packing Plant
HO Brick buildings to a larger scale are dependent on how coarse the HO bricks are molded. The Packing House bricks and the DPM bricks measure out at 2x5 compared to 2-1/2x8 of real bricks. I think that is an acceptable layout brick size. The newer Walthers Module buildings have "HO scale" bricks and aren't convertable.
HO Design Preservation Models
AHM and others had these buildings with almost Scale55 bricks. They can be had on e-bay and at train shows.
Heljan Edison's Laboratory
Heljan's Lab offers a good source for kit-bashing. Art Curren made one into a grain elevator.
Bachmann HO Plasticville Coaling Tower
This has been used in Art Curren's Frenda Mine. Makes a good ore tipple.
IHC is out of business but still can be found. A good building for along a backdrop.
I was going to use this along the backdrop with standard gauge meat pickup and narrow gauge cattle supply.
Walther's New River Mining Company
Sheathed with wood siding it can be backdated to the 1890's. The track spacing is wide enough under the tipple to accommodate 55n3 cars. The frame under the tipple is high enough to clear the 55n3 cars.
The Atlas station can be raised by adding additional clapboard to the wainscot at the bottom of the building to make a small station.
Model Power Silverton Water Tank
Only has to be weathered and detailed.
Makes a small built-in-days small 1880's mine. Could be improved with battens covering the openings between boards.
N Scale 120' Walthers/Heljan Turntable
Makes a 40' 55n3 turntable, will probably need some mechanism rework.
Tichy and Grandt Line offer HO windows that work well in Scale55. The doors are too small, but their Scale48 doors will work.
HO storefronts lend themselves to conversion because of the tall ceilings. The clapboard building needs the doors rearranged but the brick front will work as is.
We will add to this page as new buildings are found. If anyone finds them please e-mail the ideas. Download our Scale55 "ruler" and check out that stuff at the hobby shop.
Heljan Brewery Structures
The Heljan Brewery buildings offer correct size brick. This is a wall from the bottling plant. It just needs larger doors.
Tichy and Grandt Line offer O scale doors that will work for Scale55. These can be used to replace the HO doors.
The Tichy entry door can be lowered by adding a transom at the top. Common in the nineteenth century.