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Stone wall tiles

Interlocking tiles from Reindeer Pass
Stone wall tiles
Reindeer Pass
3665 NW 98th Ave
Polk City IA 50226
Price: $14.95

Cast polyurethane cut-stone-wall interlocking tile sheet. Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 1/2"

Pros: Lightweight; waterproof; crisp details

Cons: None
In the past few years, Garden Railways has run a few articles on using sheets of cut-stone tiles for retaining walls, small stations, etc. These tiles were available from Home Depot and Lowe’s, and were pretty cool. I built a small depot out of them. Each cut stone in the tile measured about 3/8" x 7/8", making them suitable for all the common garden scales. Unfortunately, the stores discontinued the tiles.

Reindeer Pass had some of these tiles on hand and decided that, if the stores weren’t going to sell the real things anymore, they would make castings of the ones they had and sell those. The castings are made of polyurethane, so they’re lightweight and waterproof. They come in gray primer so they can be painted. Detail is sharp, giving a realistic appearance to the “stone.” Sheets measure 12" x 12", with a depth of around 1/2". The sides of each sheet interlock, so you could build a long wall and the seams between the sheets would not be noticeable. You may have to do a bit of filing to get a tight fit, but nothing major.

Having worked with the original stone-tile sheets, I can say without hesitation that I actually like these plastic sheets a lot better for building purposes. They’re infinitely easier to cut, which is a key consideration for building structures. If you wanted to make a wall for a station out of these sheets, you’d need only draw the window and door openings on the sheets, then carefully cut them out with a scroll saw or similar. If you needed to join two sheets somewhere in the middle of one sheet, you’d just have to carefully cut the stones to match the joint and you’re ready to go.

Truth be told, if it weren’t for the fact that I like the way the Turkish Veronica on my railroad has overtaken my stone station, making it look like an old stone ruin, I’d pull the thing out and rebuild it with these sheets (I may still). Instead, I think I’m going to look for a way to incorporate these sheets as I rebuild the tannery on my railroad. Stone structures were common in rural Pennsylvania, and I think the ease of working with these sheets will make building some really cool stone factories a pleasure.


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