Hernandez Distributing and developing a sense of place, part II

OK, once I got the structure the way I wanted, it was time for some serious weathering to capture the effects of a lot of use, wind, snow and an abundance of brilliant sun.  The warehousemen spend a lot of time emptying boxcars on this dock, and I wanted the place to show it!


There is plenty of room for two 62′ beer cars.  I really like not having to perfectly spot the cars either.


There’s been a few instances of a little beer being spilled on that dock.  Many a keg has tumbled around as well.  The dock crew hates the short dock, but it was built in a different era.  Mr. Hernandez got the building for a steal. The crew has developed some workarounds to make it easier to unload the boxcars, but the dock manager alway gripes if the local crew spots a boxcar that is really off alignment with the doors.


Paco or Jim usually come out to chat up the train crew during deliveries or pick ups. It’s probably a violation of some kind of rule, but the train crew usually gets a free case of beer around Christmas.  It’s a nice tradition even if the FRA would frown on a couple of cases of beer in the cab.


A lone 50′ boxcar looks pretty good spotted at the dock too!


A couple of boxcars work well too.


The team track is getting some loads delivered as the crew unloads some cases of Falstaff.


I am satisfied with how the building functions and how it is in stark contrast to the more modern Western Warehousing structure next door.  The Carrizo Spring Turn looks good rolling past it.


To really evoke the West, I wanted a couple of structures to have swamp coolers.  Swamp coolers work well in arid climates.  They tend to get rusty due to the nature of how they operate.  Swamp coolers, or evaporative coolers, work by adding water vapor to the air, which causes a lowering of the temperature of the air.  This swamp cooler keeps the office cool for Mr. Hernandez and his office crew.  The dock crew also has a break room that offers them a break from hot spells.


They are a cool feature to add to structures when modeling arid climates.


This is actually part of a set of roof details by Walthers.


Capturing small details that reflect regional practices helps give your layout a sense of place as well.

Well, it looks like the town is going to be in a better mood now the Hernandez Distributing is in place.  It will provide a dependable source of traffic to the local as well.

In closing, one more of my favorite shots I took of Miller Beer coming into Roswell, NM in the early 1990s.  What a great way to ship beer.


SL-SF 700272 at Miller Distributor, Roswell, NM, July 1993–©photo by C. E. Hunt

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