Menards World Headquarters and Tunnel Insert

Hi Everyone,

We are curious how many of you use the "tunnel insert" that comes with the World Headquarters building vs. running a train through it. 

As you can imagine, there is a cost associated with making the tunnel insert and we are wondering if we should continue offering this feature.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
-Mark the Menards Train Guy

Original Post

I really like the tunnels on the power and salt factory buildings. They make integration to the layout much easier. Most layouts have more track than space, so the tunnel helps finding a space. The tunnels should be at least 7 inches tall.

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Menards posted:

Hi Everyone,

We are curious how many of you use the "tunnel insert" that comes with the World Headquarters building vs. running a train through it. 

We are wondering if we should continue offering this feature.

 

Best thing you have designed yet. I have no track locations to utilize the tunnel but as a free-standing building with the insert it works great! My York Hotel uses the insert and it looks snazzy.

On another note is there any chance you will offer the people figures used on the various buildings as a separate sale item? I have had many people ask me where they came from.

I think you would sell many of them if sold in lots of say 24 figures or so. It would be another Menards product line for your Model train collectibles. 

Mark

cjack posted:

I really like the tunnels on the power and salt factory buildings. They make integration to the layout much easier. Most layouts have more track than space, so the tunnel helps finding a space. The tunnels should be at least 7 inches tall.

The 7" is for some tall cars like cranes, auto loaders with non-stock autos, elevated rocket booms, and most important; electric locos pantographs!

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I am getting the World Headquarters for the holidays, and plan on using the insert. It is a great feature for those who don't want to put the building over train tracks. I have the York Hotel and use the insert in that building as well. Please keep using this feature. 

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The only insert I left in place was the York Hotel. Downtown Menardsville is so crowded these days, the underground garage is the only place to park. ahhhh another idea, a Parking garage......oh wait,, there's nowhere to build it....LOL..

 

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I have used all the buildings with the tunnel inserts in them. It does give you the option of putting the buildings over a track. 

I would like to see more hi-rise buildings along with buildings that are partially built. I could use the crane in a construction scene. 

Dave

In the battle of cost vs flexibility, at the price points these are sold at flexibility is the clear winner.

If there was a 15% to 25% increase in costs coming for the flexibility that the insert gives, then I might give it a second thought, but at more or less $125.00 on these large buildings the insert should be retained.

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I don' use the tunnels . I kit bashed the American Power to close it off. In the process  of closing off Pepsi  plant. My World Headquarters (that I have changed to Wells Fargo) and the hotel are on a city block using the inserts. I would like to see inserts that close the tunnels that match the building wall. The buildings Menards are releasing are fantastic can't wait to see what is coming next! 

Is the "tunnel insert" used in multiple items? If so, why not sell it as a stand alone item? Personally, if I wasn't going for an agrarian themed layout, I'd grab the HQ and use the insert.

You could have a steam train, if you'd just lay down your tracks.

Absolutely keep the tunnel insert, the more flexibility in a building the better! I like Deuce's idea of making them available separately also! Would make it easier for smaller layouts with less track. If I had track running through all my Menards buildings you'd never see the trains! LOL I also love the idea of selling packs of people separately! That would be an instant big time hit! Are you listening Dad?

I think most of us would accept a higher, fair price in order for the tunnel inserts to remain.

I've even thought you should go one step further and make the inserts able to be a separate standalone building if it's removed.  For instance, the York Hotel insert can, with some kitbashing, be a separate standalone entrance to an underground parking garage.  If it's sandwiched between two other buildings, all you'd have to do is to add a roof and maybe put a billboard on the roof.  It might not be what you at Menards had intended, but it's a great way to get a second building out of it!

Hey Mark, please tell your architectural staff who are working hard designing the BREWERY not to put a tunnel through it.  Actually I not very fond of trains running through buildings - at least not on my railroad.

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Honestly, the only building I want a train running through is a track-related industry like the Morton Salt building or the upcoming brewery. (I thought if I slipped the brewery idea in quickly, it would stick.)

Otherwise, I like the inserts ... whichwouldntbeneededforabrewerysowhynotmakeone. (I thought a fast-talking approach in writing might work too.)

 

Jim R. 

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I don't think I'm correctly picturing how these buildings were made.  I assumed the "entrance" to the parking garage (on both sides) was simply a rectangular panel that would pop out allowing track to run through the building.  Is it in fact an inlaid tunnel?

Gosh, yes - keep it. If you don't want the "tunnel", it's still an already-built area that can be closed/re-imagined.

BTW - someone referred to running tracks through a building as "goofy" well, no it isn't, especially in the time before the US was de-industrialized, and had so many crowded urban/industrial areas - everywhere. Now, I'll admit, it is less common, but not un-common.

BwanaBob posted:

I don't think I'm correctly picturing how these buildings were made.  I assumed the "entrance" to the parking garage (on both sides) was simply a rectangular panel that would pop out allowing track to run through the building.  Is it in fact an inlaid tunnel?

The tunnel insert on the hotel looks like this:

O Gauge York Hotel Royale

Removed from the building you see this:

 

O Gauge York Hotel Royale

Installed in the building you see this:

O Gauge York Hotel Royale

Mark

On the York Hotel, I used the tunnel for a trolley pass-through. Made sense - a lot of hotels pay for the service to be run through their properties. 

So, YES, I vote YES. Keep making them!

On a separate note: I WANT YOUR JOB! (smiles) How much fun it must be!

On yet another separate note: Who do I talk to about a Red Owl supermarket which arrived here in Laramie yesterday with one of the walls caved in? It seemed to ship that way as the outer packaging was not damaged in anyway. 

Thanks for allowing us to vote!

-- Dr Joe (LaramieJoe)

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mike g. posted:

Your welcome Dr. Joe, you might do a little search here, there has bee a few threads about MTH Switches! Last I read the newer batch were ok.

Thanks, Mike. I am new to the Forum and am still learning. 

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LaramieJoe posted:
mike g. posted:

Your welcome Dr. Joe, you might do a little search here, there has bee a few threads about MTH Switches! Last I read the newer batch were ok.

Thanks, Mike. I am new to the Forum and am still learning. 

Try this.

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...23#62669288894227623

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