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Salco. 12/8/23

The SALCO structure as of today. The three elements of a well executed structure are: -Neatness and alignment -Effective color treatment -Appropriately thin parts thicknesses Mastering the first two is a lifelong journey. No matter how much experience you have, attaining clean alignment with no gaps or skewed parts takes a lot of attention and […]


Next up on the East Rail 2 construction docket is SALCO which specializes in food grade salt and salt for water treatment. It’s an understated structure with a funky inset notch for the track. Salt, not being the most delicate of commodities, is often transported in the rattiest, patched out boxcars. SALCO is the structure […]

East Rail 2 – 12/2/23

Yard job Y320 out of Hialeah goes knee deep in the weeds as it works the logistics warehouse on my new East Rail 2 layout. As a general rule I don’t use sky images with clouds but in this case it was the better fit. Here’s a shot from the same angle taken on the […]

A View Down the Canal

It’s been a long time coming, but here’s a view down the canal on my new East Rail replica layout. I’ve tried hard to keep the flavor of the old one while, at the same time, making some subtle improvements. Here’s the same shot on the old layout taken in 2009. Steel structures are relatively […]

East Rail 2. Weeks Gas Scene

Weeks Gas stands at the entry point into the East Rail industrial park so it’s a key visual element. Shown above is the finished scene on the layout. You’re standing at the edge of 37th Avenue facing NW. The structure itself is pretty basic so I modeled it out of styrene using conventional means. The […]