Depots By John was established in 1984 to provide various services to railroad historians, architects and model railroaders. The focus of the company is to offer information and research about railroad depots and related railroad structures. Other services include custom model building and a line of model railroad structure kits, building details and accessories. Depots By John is a sole proprietorship run by John Dornfeld. He has custom-built models for a nationwide clientele and Depots By John kits are available worldwide. He has also provided consultation advice for real life restoration projects. His hobby is collecting railroad depot photographs and drawings.

Member Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA)
Member Railroad Station Historical Society (RSHS)
Milwaukee Electric Railway Historical Society (TMERHS)
Milwaukee Transit Archives

First Place and Best of Show three times MRHA modeling contest
Best of Show display National Model Railroad Association WISE division 1994 Trainfest.

Developed product for the Bradford Exchange in 1992
Provider of Chicago style housing to Museum of Science and Industry for a new permanent display HO model railroad layout "A Great Train Story" in 2002
Modeling Manager for "The Zachow Project" to recreate a whole town in N scale 2005-2013

Mazomanie, WI depot restoration
Amana, IA depot restoration 2001
Delmar, IA depot restoration 1994
Bradford Exchange Product development 1991-1992

Fox Lake, WI MRHA Magazine 1990
Class D depots MRHA Magazine 1993
Building South Oshkosh depot in S scale 1994

Television program "Just Trains" for Viacom Cable 1987
Television program "Tracks Ahead" for PBS 1998
Numerous lectures on scale model structures and depot history

copyright 2015 Depots by John
Milwaukee, Wisconsin