Dan adds his personal touches to his railroad

Dan’s been in touch again.

He’s done what I lot of you do and really made his layout ‘his own’ by adding some personal touches:

“By design I had gathered some rolling stock that had a connection with parts of my career. The consist that the attached photos show started in 1990.

The event was the Mid Atlantic Food Dealers exhibition in Baltimore, MD. Our company, Norristown Wholesale Inc. was a family owned produce distribution company, one of the largest, if not the largest, in the Delaware Valley marketing area.

We had established a pattern of being very creative in our displays, and we always ended up winning a major prize for our efforts.

I was the lead for this show, and I took advantage of Baltimore as a railroad hub, and I used that as part of our theme.

I built a station with a fruit and vegetable counter with track announcements, and a window view of the old Camden Station.

Today that building still stands as a Historic Landmark. The photo was a pre-WWII view of the station that I obtained from the B&O Railroad Museum. My wife made some drapes to add to the window look.

The front of the fruit counter was made up of the F-3 diesel engine and 3 railroad cars that represented the some of the products we sold.

These cars were popular HO commodity cars, namely Brach’s Candy (which was sold in produce departments), State of Maine Potatoes, and Pacific Fruit Express.

I made a HO train of these cars with an F-3 lead and of course a caboose. Both the engine and caboose were in the NWI livery. The colors on the display were rather soft as we used fire retardant paint that does not have a lot of pigment.

Our little HO train would go back and forth across the top of the counter. We finished our display early, and Charlie, one of our regional managers came up with the idea of making tunnels out of Hubbard squash. It was a great use for the lumpy squash and a good look for the days of the show ….any longer then things would of course get rotten.

In 200 I transferred to the Supervalu home office were I performed a variety of duties, including serving as a Corporate Meat Procurement Officer. I had a some meat related cars in inventory, and after I retired I realized I had an opportunity to create a consist that included many of my vendors and packers.

I have 2 Hormel cars because one was thought to be lost only to arrive weeks later in the mail. It was fun searching for the cars. One stretch is the Seaboard Lines car, as I could not find a car for Seaboard Packing.

I bought product for a variety of supermarket chains, both corporate and independent. One of the largest chains was Acme Markets, a corporate chain with stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. I even worked for Acme the summer before grad school. The Penna. flatcar with two Acme vans was a good item to complete the consist.

The Acme vans are not official to the chain, maybe closer to Wyllie Coyote and the Roadrunner. The Berkshire commemorative engine, a gift from a good friend, pulls the 11 cars up my 2% grade with ease.

My commodity train was a fun project and it tells a story. My next consist will be made of actual companies that use the names of my grandchildren. A project for the fall.

Tha tha that’s all folks!


A big thanks to Dan. I do love how you all add your personal touches to your layouts.

Now on to something completely different.

It’s been a stinker of a year (or two) for most of us, so it’s time for me to give something back – and now’s the perfect time to do so.

I’ve added some new print out buildings to the collection, and let ‘Bonkers John’ loose on them as you’ll see below.

But this time, I’m almost (not quite) giving them away.

The new prints are $27 in the store, but this weekend you can grab them for just $9. And you get a whole load of stuff with them too.

First, you also get the Beginner’s Guide bundled absolutely free.

The good will doesn’t just stop there though. You also get, bundled absolutely free:

The roundhouse
The red barn bundle (I call these the 4th July buildings)
The wooden barn
3 hours of ‘how to’ video
Engine sheds
Shipping containers
signal boxes

(All the prints are HO scale. For N scale reduce the print size to 54%. For O scale increase by 143%)

The entire package – everything I’ve listed – is just $9.

In a nutshell you are getting $126 worth, for just $9.

Like I said, it’s time to give something back so I thought I’d put a crazy deal together.

I do get a real kick whem somebody tells me they’ve started their layout because of the blog or the Beginner’s Guide. It’s just as satisfying when somebody sends pics of the print out buildings too.

And when I get both – some of my print out buildings on a new layout – well, that just makes me smile from ear to ear.

So I thought this package really should give a gentle nudge to all those who have often thought about making that start, or just want to make some buildings.

It’s $126 worth for just $9. If that doesn’t get you started, well, I don’t know what will.

With so much to gain and nothing to lose, I’m really hoping you’ll take the plunge, whether it’s for the Beginner’s Guide, the new building prints, or all the other freebies.

And you really have nothing to lose – it’s a one time $9 payment that also comes with a 60 day, no quibble, money back guarantee.

So here are the new prints (I hope you like them).

Here’s John holding the prints and a building he’s made from them:

And here’s some more buildings John has made from the prints – have a look at the video below to see how he did it.

All these buildings are free with the Beginner’s Guide this weekend – and it’s just $9 too.

All of these buildings, and lots of others too, the Beginner’s Guide, and 3 hours of ‘how to’ video for just $9 this weekend.

Here’s a pic what you get in the new print collection:

As you’ve probably worked out, you’re only restricted by your imagination, you could make as many buildings as you like, to whatever design you like.

It’s a crazy deal and I hope you like it.

I know some of you who aleady have the Beginner’s Guide will buy it again just for the prints – and that’s absolutely fine.

But remember – it’s for this weekend only – then everything goes back to how it was.

So if you’d like to grab $127 worth of Guide and prints for just $9, grab it here, right now.



PS Just so we’re all clear, it’s for this weekend only.

6 Responses to Dan adds his personal touches to his railroad

  1. Wow Al…
    Love a good narrative and Dan’s was fantastic!
    The new buildings are great as well and I am going to have to have a go at them soon…

  2. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!!!

  3. STJr says:

    My model railroad is O scale. The examples shown in the video appear to be HO scale. How do you compensate for different/larger scales?

  4. Dan Hulitt says:

    Increase by 143% for 0 scale, or print at 143% if that formula makes more sense.
    They really are a lot of fun to do, plus you can print as many as you like.
    Mn Dan

  5. Richard says:

    Besides WOW ! truly inventive and reflects the reality of advertising back in the day.

  6. don kadunc says:

    I just bought the set for $9 I am amazed how much is included in the price. It is easily worth ten times what I paid for it. I highly recommend this set.

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