O-Gauge Buildings

In the early years, when Discovery Plastics began to outgrow its storefront building, some manufacturing was moved to a second location across town. The second plant is celebrated here in an old brick building labeled Plant #2. The sliding doors are open; production workers can be seen inside, assembling Plexiglas displays.
The Rohm & Haas Plastics Lab in Bristol, PA has drums of Plexiglas Molding Powder for injection molding as well as 4x8 sheets of paper masked Plexiglas sheet. I once worked in R&H's lab.

There is even a Rohm & Haas tank car on the tracks:

Patriot Flag Co. animated neon sign is located on the roof of the Rohm & Haas Pelletizer Cooling Tower, next to the water tower.
White Castle is selling burgers for 5¢ each at the trolley stop on the middle level. There is a 1950 Chevrolet sedan parked out front. Behind it is a car carrier hauling a '56 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon, a '51 Volkswagen Beetle and a white '57 Thunderbird. The lower level of the carrier contains a red '57 Chevy Bel Air hardtop and a maroon 1950 Mercury coupe. Parked behind the car carrier is a turquoise '48 Ford woody wagon.
In 2012, additional lighting was added at the back of the train layout. Howell Machine Works received an illuminated sign and a nearby streetlamp.
1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C 'Tulipwood' Torpedo parked in front of the McNicholas Family Tavern. More information on the Hispano-Suiza can be found here.

The tall brick R&H Pelletizing Cooling Tower building at the back right-hand corner of my model train layout was made to cover a triangular wood support brace which connects the back of the structure with the main body.

The fake building was constructed from foam core art board and covered with printed brick paper. The windows and doors are printed paper as well. Many years of storing, moving and setting up the layout have taken their toll on the building, leaving it with dents and creases near the top.

To cover up some of the damage, I fabricated a removable capstone surround from basswood which I painted a light gray concrete color to resemble real coping.

The before and after photo shows what a difference it made.

Just to the right of the Discovery Plastics annex is the Philadelphia headquarters of Tasty Baking Co., makers of Tastykakes and other delectables. For Christmas 2012, my daughter gave me an O-gauge Tastykake boxcar offered by the Atlantic Division of the Train Collectors Association. Here it is on my layout, passing the Tasty Baking Co. Hunting Park Plant:

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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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