Street Scenes & Discovery Plastics

Too many model train layouts are filled with '57 Chevy convertibles, two-seat Ford Thunderbirds and Coca Cola trucks. The middle level of my layout has a variety of vehicles typical of the 1950s. Some are ordinary sedans with blackwall tires - the kinds of cars usually found in period photographs.

The lower level of my train layout is a pre-World War II setting. The streets are filled with cars from the era - a tan '39 Graham Paige Sharknose sedan, a maroon and black Model A Ford and a green 1940 Packard Darrin. The parking area contains a Cord, an maroon Chrysler Airflow and two Ford woodies - a '35 and a '40.

The cool, art-deco styled, gray and blue, full-skirted sedan behind the lamppost is a 1937 Panhard Dynamic Berline, something not often seen in the U.S. I placed it there because it looks very fancifully Thirties Aero, like you might see in a Disney or Merrie Melodies cartoon from the period.

Union Station has waiting taxis and a navy blue 1934 Chrysler Airflow. There's even a Christmas parade with Santa atop a 1930 Aherens-Fox fire engine.

Discovery Plastics was a manufacturing company I once owned. While the firm eventually grew to well over 100 employees and was sited in an industrial park, as a start-up, it was located in a small storefront building which I've recreated on the layout.

During the time I owned the business, I had a black Volkswagen Beetle with a red interior like the one parked on the train layout. Around the corner is a 1957 white Continental Mark II being repaired by a mechanic. In real life, I owned one of those as well and it needed frequent mechanical attention.

The real Discovery Plastics (circa 1978) is at left; the O-gauge recreation is at right. There is a second DP building on the layout. It can be seen here.
Until the 1960s, Pepsi was promoted as a value cola proposition, compared with Coke. In 1936 Pepsi introduced a 12-ounce bottle, for the same 5¢ price as a 6-ounce Coca-Cola. An early Pepsi slogan was, 'Costs a nickel, tastes like a dime'. An early radio jingle: "Pepsi Cola hits the spot. Twelve full ounces, that's a lot." This lighted billboard is on the middle level of my layout.
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More Train Info & Photos

Main Page - Introduction
Overview - General description
Aerial photo - Large photo overview of layout
Photorama - Several pages of photos
Construction - Progress photos and descriptions
Layout storage - How we move and store this train layout
Inventory list - It continues to grow
Frequently asked questions - And answers to them
Tips for a better layout - Ten helpful suggestions
My grandson's layout - A simple model railroad for kids
GM Aerotrain - 1950s Train of the Future
Hiawatha - The first streamlined steam loco
PRR Consolidation - Pennsy's steam freight workhorse
PRR GG1 - The most famous electric locomotive on earth
PRR Mallet - Pennsy's big, powerful steam freight hauler
PRR MP54 - Serving commuters for over 50 years
PRR T1 - Sleek and massive Pennsy steam power

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