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One of my hobby goals for 2020 is to make more progress on structures, and I decided to start by trying to fill the largest gaps between existing structures today. Job #1 is the abandoned Ready Mixed concrete plant just east of UP's Pool Yard in Council Bluffs. Here are a couple prototype photos from September 2001 and June 2005, respectively:
I thought the main structure bore a lot of resemblance to the Walthers #933-3086 Blue Star Ready Mix kit, so that's what I'm using as a starter:
25-30 years ago, I received a Life-Like yard tower as a Christmas present from a well-meaning relative who didn't quite understand my brand of model railroading, and it's been in my scrap box ever since. When I saw the elevated Ready Mixed office, I thought of this old yard tower.
Finally, after a quarter-century, it'll be put to use!
Here's a view of the future location of this structure, along with the first portion of the Walthers kit to be completed to give a sense of how it'll fit in the scene. I plan to scratchbuild a copy of this (whatever it's called) to represent the two "towers" of the prototype.
Barriers blocking the former entrance to this plant are BLMA #4107 Concrete K-Rails.
Finally, a view of the abandoned Ready Mixed site (upper right) and the future site of the newer plant (lower left). Since the abandoned prototype structure had been picked pretty clean (e.g. note the disappearance of the conveyor between the prototype pics at the top of the thread), I plan to use some of the Walthers kit components in building the new, active Ready Mixed in the future.
Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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