As a follow up to my last blog, I have a few more examples of decent industries that justify rail service.
Feed mills are common in the railroad scene during the steam/diesel era. They came in all sizes and shapes. Many of them have a wonderful collection of pipes and dust collectors on the roofs.
The above mill was in Mayville, North Dakota on a Great Northern branch. The building is sheathed with faux brick to protect the structure.
Some seed and feed dealers are simple warehouses with wood siding. This photo was interesting because it was taken in the early ’50s and that is an original USRA double sheathed boxcar.
This 1936 aerial view of Lodi, CA shows a good sized packing house. The building survived until a couple years ago so there was ample opportunity to collect information on this large structure. The beauty of this building is that it can be built against a wall and not take up too much space.
The building was sheathed with faux brick made from steel. The lettering looks gray in the later pictures. The picture taken by the late Gene Martin in the 1960s reveals that it was red with a black outline. The front is rather interesting in the use of stucco and tile on the canopy.
These are a few examples of the type of industries that are being considered for my layout.