Don't ignore your junkbox!
I love creating train cars and buildings from stuff in my junk boxes - try it!
Using leftover Lionel SP caboose body parts and frame, left over trucks, "U shaped electric wire nails, for railings and steps, a tool box made from a plastic pocketbook tag, an old Block City" piece for a fuel tank, some left over spray paint and home made decals, I made this Maintenance bobber caboose:
Using leftover Plasticville pieces I made this factory and these enlarged Cape Cod buildings:
As time passes I'll share details of how I made these and other junk box projects.