Here's an interesting little industry that could be modeled. The story started with just a nice location with some interesting shapes of buildings that would be unique on a model railroad. And afterwards, I saw a detail that could make it into an interesting rail operation.
I think this track was actually the 'main line' of a railroad, until some merger turned it into a dead end spur.
There is a shed with a rail door on both ends. There is a hopper on the far side, outside of the shed.
Looking to the left / West, there's the other switch of the siding.
Across the street is Kimberly Clark, and in the distance is a line of rail cars, that's the Neenah rail yard and CN / WC mainline.
|There's an interesting 'extra rail' in this picture on this siding.|
From ground level, I didn't notice this, and when I first saw this picture after I got home, I thought there was some defect in my little camera lens.
But its there, and I point it out with an arrow, below. I think that's the end point of a car mover system.
There's a gray 'line' along the side of the rail, it hides the ends of the ties, all the way into the shed.
I would guess the heavy loaded cars would be pulled in.
It would be interesting to see it up close. A locomotive is a locomotive, no matter how small. Unless its a winch and cable.
It is easy to simulate a car mover using thread or fishing line. And if you use a spool and crank or gear motor, you can move cars realistically. Without a locomotive.
Go to their website, Galloway Company
They have a good aerial picture from a different quarter, and it shows the many stainless tanks and interesting roof utilities that would make it an interesting industry to model.
If you zoom in on that picture, you can see a red sign thing. Maybe a track bumper? Maybe something else?
Look up the plant on Google, 601 S Commercial St, Neenah, Wisconsin.
Galloway is the largest manufacturer of frozen dairy dessert mixes in Wisconsin, and I could guess the hoppers are inbound loads of sugar.
I don't visit the area every month, and then only on a weekend when things might not be moving. Maybe some one local knows about this interesting little siding and how they move cars.
This page was photographed and wrote in October, 2016