What's your Best/Favorite Building On Your Layout?

Highly compressed corner model of the White Oak Denim Mill. In 1915 White Oak developed 01 heavyweight denim which birthed Levi's 501 button-fly Jeans with the red selvage thread down each leg..  An exclusive supply and purchase relationship lasted for 102 years. White Oak (circa 1905) closed 12/31/17. 

Model buildings by Model Structures for Model Railroads, stack by Harry Hienke who also built and /or weathered many of the Service Yard structures shown. 

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A&Y RY[NC's Southern/N&W connector].

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I can't pick between two.  One is Korber Joe's Pickle Factory bashed into a 2 1/2 inch deep flat with lots of extra's - most scratch-built like the loading dock, square tapered smokestack, ducting on the exterior of the building. 

   The other is the most elaborate kitbash I have attempted to date, the coal mine, tipple complex.... It's a combination of 2 different kits, plus a bunch of scratch-built items: 

 

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chris a posted:

I can't pick between two.  One is Korber Joe's Pickle Factory bashed into a 2 1/2 inch deep flat with lots of extra's - most scratch-built like the loading dock, square tapered smokestack, ducting on the exterior of the building. 

   The other is the most elaborate kitbash I have attempted to date, the coal mine, tipple complex.... It's a combination of 2 different kits, plus a bunch of scratch-built items: 

 

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Chris, slow down, your gettin too good. Fantastic work. Don

I built this model of the section house at Vance Junction, Colorado on the narrow gauge Rio Grande Southern Railroad more than 15 years ago from a Banta Modelworks kit. It resides on my 12-by-8 layout that was completed in 2004.

MELGAR

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Keystone posted:
laz1957 posted:

From my hometown of Hazleton, Pa. and built by ANDRE GARCIA "the Elbow Room".

Very nice, but it begs the question... Did you include on your layout the below ground "comfort station" around the corner?

KEYSTONE,

  WOW that is a thought.  Man I remember those on Broad Street when I was a kid.  LOL!!!  Brought back some memories,Thanks!!!!

I used MTH's subway entrance; changed the signs, painted the green trim black and created a taller pipe w/ a wider cap for what I always thought was the vent for the heat or "fresh air".

MTH Subway entrance

You can have a steam train ...If you'd just lay down your tracks.

Don,  thanks for the encouraging words, and thanks to all who hit the "like reply" button.   

Trust me, Don, from my perspective, it doesn't feel like I am  moving too fast !!   After more decades than I care to admit to,  I am glad I am finally getting some decent modeling results,  that I am proud of.   Being a member here on the forum has alot to do with my progress, always something new to learn here. 

This is mine.  It is a model of an actual grain elevator in my small home town.  The C&NW cowboy line is long abandoned, but the elevator remains and is still in use for truck traffic.  The grain is elevated from the pit on the back side, by means of a conveyor with buckets attached, and deposited in several bins awaiting loading.  The engine would unhook from its train and spot a couple of box cars for loading.  The cars were moved to load the 2nd car by mechanical means.  Often the empty would come in from the wrong direction, (from the east where the big terminals are located) IMG_6271 and need to be placed on the siding for further movement by means of a "flying" switch manuver. 

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Chris A, You have a wonderful eye and sense of artistic unity, like here...DSC02790%20[3)..where you have kept a consistent tone and age to the vista with that particular tunnel portal, in its appearance of weathered lumber, working so well with the beautiful coal facility building. Your work rises to the level of art, in my opinion.

FrankM

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I built this Bridgeport Tower House model from a kit by Laser Art Structures Branchline Trains about ten years ago. It didn't make the cut onto either of my O gauge layouts. There are many similar houses in Bridgeport, CT.

MELGAR

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Pickle plant...


A good deal of strategic planning is like a ritual rain dance.

It has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. 

Furthermore, much of the advice related to strategic planning is directed at improving the

dancing, not the weather.

 

 

chris a posted:

I can't pick between two.  One is Korber Joe's Pickle Factory bashed into a 2 1/2 inch deep flat with lots of extra's - most scratch-built like the loading dock, square tapered smokestack, ducting on the exterior of the building. 

   The other is the most elaborate kitbash I have attempted to date, the coal mine, tipple complex.... It's a combination of 2 different kits, plus a bunch of scratch-built items: 

 

DSCN3940 [2)DSCN3941 [2)DSCN3945 [2)DSC02790 [2)DSC02790 [3)DSC02790 [5)DSC02828DSCN3559DSCN3564

Chris

those are just stunning pic! I like that coaling station I see what you mean on the weathering I will have to try it on mine a great job all around 

This is hard.  If I don't like it, it would never be on my layout. I'd rather have plywood or more track. Not the best photos; wrong device. Still learning this ones camera, which is clunky, but not too bad. I miss my old AL-1 and developing real film though. 

   This factory used to be an AF talking American Flyer City Station with timed stops. The timer still functions and I use it a lot, so I guess it wins "Best" by default (it actually controls the el, not the lower lines.) It was going to get tossed until I nabbed it (a freebe) No roof or doors (still no door to enter as is ) and  I never liked the green/yellow windows on the station much, but they look "right" to me as old factory windows, so I never bothered hunting parts (now Lionel parts for thier repop)

The fav. on this layout is stored on another device ... so more later.

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   My all time favorite is my childhood gantry and launcher(& pw car) Enough so that once the WB/Looney Tunes train was done, I ended up with this fun little layout to eat up more "space" IMG_20180710_160937~2

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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Love this thread !!! Kudos kudos !!

One of my favorites from the last iteration of the Munoz Lines . . . Sunshine Sarsaparilla. Built for us by John.

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The Munoz Building I built from a Bar Mills kit

Downtown Munoz

Two I kitbashed, Hy Dranger's Flower Shop and Ginny's Election Headquarters

Hy Dranger's

Kayla's Soap built for us by John

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Pocahontas Coal built for us by Brian

The Tipple

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I used to see a lot of country stores when l was kid, and alway liked the ones with a gas station built into a corner and so have long  desired that Stony Creek store kit beautifully modeled above.  This even though l have bashed a couple of other store kits with that feature, and just got in another two story store kit to bash, and have the Alladdin store kit yet to build.  This last and the Stony Creek kit are probably the top of the pile in country store kits.  Dunno where l will put them all.

 

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

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