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    Default Who do you buy your trackside structures from?

    Since I've been out of the hobby for 30 years and I don't have a local hobby shop I have a question to ask?

    Where do most of you purchase you buildings and structures for your layout? I'm modeling the early 70's and 80's.

    I have a few structures that I bought back in the 70's but they are mostly based on European designs (Heljan and Pola) and I would rather not use them.

    To get me up and running I have mainly purchased track and DCC items from SBS4DCC and Midwest Model Railroad so far.

    I'm not real pleased as to what they offer in the way of structures. There are so many website choices on the internet I'm not sure who is legit or not?

    I'm mainly interested in a Co-Op type grain company (I have seen youtube vids and might make try to make this from scratch) to use some covered hoppers.

    Also some sort of Frozen/cold food storage, So I can use my reefers. Plus a few small buildings for a few other sources of RR revenue.

    Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks to all in advance!

    Tony

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    My two personal favorites are ModelTrainStuff.com (aka MB Klein) and Fifer Hobbies. I'm sure others will have more suggestions that are great too.

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    I've picked up almost all my kits 2nd hand from train shows and back when ebay actually had reasonably priced auctions. Modeltrainstuff is good, any online shop is good. Just shop around, compare prices and shipping and buy from who ever is best.

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    Walthers makes a few grain elevators and even a cold storage. I generally buy from ModelTrainstuff.com, BLW and Trainworld. To be honest I have only ordered locomotives, rolling stock and track online. All my structures have been bought from train shows or local hobby shops
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    Quote Originally Posted by russtrnmn View Post
    Walthers makes a few grain elevators and even a cold storage. I generally buy from ModelTrainstuff.com, BLW and Trainworld. To be honest I have only ordered locomotives, rolling stock and track online. All my structures have been bought from train shows or local hobby shops
    Buying structures unseen is a scary thought. I haven't attended a "Train Show" in years. I guess I need to get back into doing that. The closest hobby shop to me is an 80 mile round trip. I do appreciate all the suggestions so far and you have given me a few places to look over

    that I know are respectable dealers.

    Thanks, Tony

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    One other idea to help with envisioning how the structure will look on your layout: most of the time you can find the dimensions for at least the footprint of the structure (and often the height as well), so you can make a quick mock up from paper, index cards, card stock, or whatever you have on hand to get an idea of where it will fit on your layout. Sometimes that helps with the uncertainty of buying sight unseen.

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    This has a lot of merit too, especially if you can't find what you are looking for in a kit. Build a kit to get the hang of basic construction, then try scratch building something simple, then go on from there.

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    I will agree with the recommendations for Modeltrainstuff.com and Fifer Hobby. Both good dealers. Mike Fifer also has some great videos and you can see many of the products he sells on his layout videos. Whoever you buy from I highly recommend you compare shipping costs. I recently bought from two different dealers, mainly based on availability. I am in Pennsylvania, one dealer in California charged me $3.50 for shipping while a dealer in Wisconsin charged me $11.50. If anything the product from WI was smaller and should have been a lot less to ship, but they are the only supplier so they had me over a barrel. Buyer beware.
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    If you look on Modelstuff look at the lighted Woodland Scenics Feed Mill. It isn't from scratch and it is pricey but it is NICE.

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