Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interstate Freight Opens In Empire City

Greetings Blog Followers,

Another local train show find that I picked up for five dollars is a  Model Power structure kit "Interstate Freight". The kit has been painted, put together and is now open in Empire City. Although not rail served it currently occupies a vacant layout corner.

The building kit was thoroughly washed in warm soapy water and then rinsed. I allowed the parts to air dry for several days and then built and painted the kit using rattle spray cans.  I did not care for the signage that came with the building so right now it has not been added. The building lends itself to be part of a bigger industrial complex but right now I do not think I have the room for that type of expansion.

The front door 

Shipping / Receiving. Note the light into the building via the sky lights. Might have to do something to add some visual interest within the building. 

Side walls. Nothing to fancy. A billboard would work well here 

2 40' trailers are backed into the loading dock doors

Here I've added a rear wall, a figure, a few large crates and 
a broken n scale orange steam roller in the background. Employee vehicles 
and a fence have been added to the right exterior of the building.

Now the building has some life to it and since it is at the front edge 
of the layout the added details are easily seen 

A fence along the track radius from building edge to the front edge looks good to me so I'll add that in and then add the fauna and flora and some more scenic details.

 The local photographer covering the Interstate Freight opening was lucky to catch a unit coal train heading over the Empire City Viaduct behind some Alco Road Switcher power.


  1. Nice deal for $5.00! I like the skylights and the roof vents. It occurs to me that I don't have many structures with truck bays. Having trucks serve industries adds a nice touch of realism and makes the connection between rail shipper to customer at the end.

    1. Thanks Ralph! Glad I grabbed it at the show! Turned out to be a pretty cool kit with lots of potential. I've been trying to add in some rail and truck bays as I've added buildings. Have a bunch or trailers, containers on chassis etc that can be spotted at these facilities. The truck traffic does take up a bit of space though when figuring the area needed to turn them around.