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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/31/2020 :  1:25:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are some more plans and photos excerpted from a Railmodel Journal back in the day.








Mike
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RyanAK
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  10:07:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's fantastic, Mike. Interesting notes there too: Dairy-owned milk cars had tanks while railroad-owned milk cars carried milk cans. And "...for the size of buildings, a creamery is one of the most active industries you can model. A typical creamery ships a car daily..."

That's what I enjoy... small footprints with active traffic. I think ice houses and creameries (even milk collection points) can add a lot to a small layout and add a ton of interest to a larger one.

R
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jbvb
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  11:29:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The commercial ice business in New England was fading away by WWI, but in 1919 a few residents of the Lower Merrimack Valley in NH still cut ice for their own use. This was on a slow-flowing river no more than 50' wide. I think this last vestige vanished in the '20s as electricity spread through town.
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RyanAK
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  1:59:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike is right. This book is fascinating in a geeky sort of way.

Buildings and Structures of American Railroads by Walter Berg.

https://books.google.com/books?id=gIs5AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/20/2020 :  09:01:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was looking thru some of my layout visit photos and came across this ice house on Dick Cauldle's HO scale layout. Dick lives near Rochelle, Ill.



The sign on the building does make me wonder what 'soft' ice might be like.


Bruce
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/20/2020 :  09:44:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dutchman


The sign on the building does make me wonder what 'soft' ice might be like.


I was wondering the same thing. Itís a conversation starter, isnít it? I think if it were on oneís layout youíd need a ready answer.

Nice model.

Mike
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deemery
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Posted - 02/20/2020 :  10:00:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'soft' ice would probably be ice that has started to thaw. It would be cloudy rather than fully transparent.

Mike, I look at snow and ice a lot differently these days, after taking petrology. I keep on thinking about 'melts', 'partial melts', etc :-)

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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RyanAK
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Posted - 02/20/2020 :  11:25:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'Soft' ice is shipped in... tank cars. :)
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RyanAK
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Posted - 02/26/2020 :  09:55:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Started on a little 50-ton ice house based off the description in a book Mike suggested: Buildings and Structures of American Railroads

This has been pretty fun research and learning.




Edited by - RyanAK on 02/26/2020 09:57:01 AM
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/26/2020 :  10:19:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Youíre off to a good start, Ryan!
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RyanAK
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Posted - 02/26/2020 :  5:10:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Mike!
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