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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Projects Project

Greetings Blog Followers,

The newly formed Empire City Housing Authority has completed construction on Empire City's first public housing project. Reflecting a trend of the late 1960s and the 1970s the E.C.H.A. has stacked the city's poor on top of each other in a very undesirable area. Talk about the wrong side of the tracks! I hope the new inhabitants are rail fans.

Initial mock up with two men running.  

10 stories tall the building awaits windows. 
Accusations of Mafia bid rigging and kick backs have stalled the process

A pedestrian bridge has been installed to assist the residents entering and leaving the projects 

From the upper level the building has that sleek public institution look 

The window contract was finally awarded to RV Windows and Grids of New Brighton MN. 

A standard issue E.C.H.A. lobby door is in place. The overhang above the door slants back to protect people entering or exiting the building from falling / thrown debris. Note the two guys running for the pedestrian bridge. A harbinger of things to come? 

A B&O GP30 F7A F7B led freight train cautiously approaches

The B&O GP30 eases past the building.

Not a bad building if you are a rail fan. 

The next area to be upgraded on the layout. Plans call for some more more flora and fauna, fencing, retaining walls, bridging and working on the other side of the pedestrian bridge. 


  1. A sensible and appropriate addition for a city of that period. The second to the last picture with the overall view of the city, the elevated line, and the bridge really shows how the building fits in so well. Glad to hear RV Windows and Grids worked out! I understand they have resisted Mob overtures for a percentage of the windows biz...but it seems one of their Vice Presidents has recently gone missing (?) Good placement of that pedestrian bridge!

  2. Nice to see new construction in Empire City. I hear Neal's Lumber and Hardware will offer discounts on supplies to help the local workers install the windows. Glad to see their made in the USA as well!

  3. Thanks Ralph. Thanks Neal. The RV Windows and Grids were just what the project needed to complete construction. Thanks for the tutorial on making them. Good to know that Sir Neal of Neal's Lumber and Hardware will offer material discounts and offer them in his already bulging product line. All in good fun with trains.