The railroad shanty was most commonly a clapboard structure close to a railroad crossing. Here a crossing employee protected vehicular traffic from oncoming trains.
The concrete shanty was uncommon. The inspiration for this structure, built by CF Massey Co of Chicago IL, sheltered the switchman from the weather. He would receive orders by telephone from the yardmaster and manually throw the designated switch.
River Leaf Models, in collaboration with Don Kane Jr produced this forgotten structure based in the original one located in Ashley PA.