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    Default I Googled a track near my home and found this interesting industry

    There's a track a few miles from home and I wondered where it went, so I used Google maps to follow it and it led me to the Kingsford Charcoal plant. This would a terrific industry to model. It appears from the google satellite photo that they must have their own switcher.

    I'm brand new to the hobby, so I'm not sure what makes a good prototype industry, but this one really caught my eye. When I get to the point of building a larger layout I'd like to find a place for something like this. Especially interesting is the huge mountain of sawdust. I drove by the plant and watched semi trucks full of sawdust being physically lifted into the air and dumped onto the pile. Fascinating.

    You can see it at https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0619...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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    Interesting facility, and looks to be easily compressed to fit on a large layout... I wonder what is loaded/unloaded across the street. I checked it out on street view, is that a truck to train transfer?

    PS: The blue grafitti looks familiar, now I need to go check the MT grafitti sheets....

    switcher looks like one of the road/rail thingy's

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    According to a street view, the facility across the street is for a cement company. I would presume they transload cement which is then taken to various sites by tractor trailer.

    The charcoal briquette plant is pretty cool. I presume they receive wood chips in the hoppers. Or are they shipping excess briquettes out for packaging offsite.

    I noticed there is a truck dump there too. I think I have a CAD model for one.
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    A good prototype to model is one that you like or one that is on the line you are trying to duplicate.

    Some are easier to do than others for various reasons...
    • The industry is dependent on rail -
      • Coal is a perfect example, originally used as fuel around the country and by the railroads themselves
      • Steel is another, they make things that just cannot be shipped by trucks
      • Wood used in great quantities

    • The industry can be found in many places
      • Anything related to food - people grow it, other people make things from it, everyone needs to eat some
      • Energy - Oil, Coal, Gas, Alcohol, Wind all are shipped in bulk on the rail or equipment needed to collect it is too big to be shipped by truck
      • Mining - stuff in the ground is needed to make things, bulk shipping by train keep material prices low.

    • The industry has many steps or requires lots of shipping, i.e. Needs lots of different types of train cars
      • The auto industry requires materials from all over the place and lots of people buy the final products
      • Steel
      • Food
      • Chemicals
      • People

    They are popular enough that manufacturers have built kits for structures and train cars to serve them.

    Another big reason is that someone thinks it is cool. Note the incredible number of breweries modeled. It doesn't hurt that one can operate in any type of building. The coolness factor is often responsible for many industries that don't fit the general theme of a layout.
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    That whole area looks like a plethora of things to model.

    The Kingsford plant
    above that some sort of cement transloading facility
    Just to south another spur to something
    A little further south is a small WYE that leads to the east to lumber manufacturer that processes raw logs and also a lumber mill
    still further south theres what looks like a chemical plant.

    The whole ares could be turned in a very shelf switching layout with tons of stuff to keep one busy.

    Very cool find.
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    That looks like it will be an expensive kit in N-scale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    That looks like it will be an expensive kit in N-scale...
    Hmmm, for Mac, that probably means more than $3.00.
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    Most of an industrial switching layout in the making. If I had seen this in 2007 it would be on my layout.

    As for the large buildings, some plastic signs from a hardware store will give you the material.
    Many of my industrial tilt up buildings are built this way.
    The other building and processing equipment can be gotten from many online model stores, as well as some scratch building.
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    It's around 1996-1999. UP, MP, SP. South Valley Railroad. Some where in the west of Texas. Near San Angelo.
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    I gotta say, I got lost looking around in that area. So many great looking industrial rail-served industries I couldn't find my way back to the original!
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