Business in the Big City
Tall buildings, busy streets and railroad spurs running through a valley of concrete and brick are the trademarks of bustling factory and warehouse districts. Whether located in a big city or along a waterfront milling corridor, structures like the new American Hardware Supply kit give freight on your railroad a place to go.
The new American Hardware Supply kit, based on early-1900s curtain-wall buildings—those with brick “curtains” filling the spaces between reinforced concrete columns and floors—is a natural addition to any steam- or diesel-era industrial scene. Because of their sturdiness and versatility, these long-lived structures have housed everything from bakeries to bottling plants to furniture warehouses.
Heritage Furniture 933-3164
American Hardware Supply 933-3097
Centennial Mills 933-3160
American Hardware Supply, 933-3097 $49.98
With arched fourth-story windows and ornate pilasters on its facade, American Hardware Supply stands out among other businesses. Its elevator headhouse and rooftop water tank will add authenticity to your layout’s industrial skyline. Like most large factory buildings, the wall facing the tracks is relatively plain and has smaller windows above the loading dock. On the first floor, a selection of interchangeable wall inserts lets you position loading doors, windows and solid brick panels between the pilasters on the end walls. Finally, the kit includes billboard-style decals for a realistic, finishing touch. Customizing or combining kits is easy. Each wall is composed of three sections, which can be rearranged as you wish to fit your scene. If you combine kits or change the shape of the structure, the base and rooftop can be adapted or kitbashed quite easily.
buildings such as Hardwood Furniture Company (933-3044, $39.98) and George Roberts Printing Company (933-3046, $39.98), or Background Buildings if your industrial branch runs along a wall or backdrop. Check out the track plan for some placement ideas.
Armstrong Electric Motors 933-3172
Geo. Roberts Printing Inc. 933-3046
Miranda's Bananas 933-3080
Here’s a typical industrial switching lead arrangement. Note that there is a single line with spurs branching off to each industry. This arrangement is common because switchers can drop cars without having to move cars at adjacent businesses.
On your layout, use American Hardware Supply alongside other Cornerstone Series® industrial
The ends of the structure feature doors that can be customized using the solid brick, loading door or window inserts included with the kit.