This is largely a freshened up post from February of 2014. My pictures are much better now that I have purchased a competent scanner.
As I wrote in 2014–
South of town sat this lonely white structure. The green Burlington Northern box cars spotted there were almost as large as the structure. This venue connected Roswell with Golden, Colorado about two or three times a month or so. It was always nice to see a new car spotted there as I drove south out of Roswell on Hwy 287.
This another cool thing about modelling the early 1980s, single (or two) car shippers were still very common which is ideal for modellers and a great deal of beer was hauled by boxcars. Though a lot of beer is still shipped by rail, including intermodal, most beer was hauled by boxcar up until probably the middle to late 1990s.
Scene from the Rails West layout. A lot of beer was brought into the Roswell, NM Miller Distributor in SL-SF boxcars like this one in the early 1990s. See this post. The trailing ATSF boxcar was a frequent visitor to the Roswell Budweiser distributor.
In another scene from the Rails West layout, this filthy WP beer car has just been collected from the distributor.
A load of beer being spotted on B. Smith’s LCR RR which is set in 1990.
A string of beer cars on the Rails West layout before backdating the layout to 1982. No more “plain jane” ATSF beer cars sadly. They were very common at the Bud distributor in Roswell throughout the early 1990s.
If you’re not thirsty yet, check out one of my all time favorite Rails West posts here on the Golden Age of beer advertisements. Here’s a sample of what you’ll see..
This is a photo of the Coors distributor south of Roswell (see February 9, 2014 post). Note how it compares with the configuration on the track plan. The highway is U.S. 285 to Artesia and Carlsbad. The large gray square … Continue reading →