Agri-West Supply, a place one can catch up on Wildcats football and more, part II

OK, it’s time to make Agri-West look like it has survived a couple of decades of Marty, sun, snow and wind in the American West.


Don’t drop by unless you have enough time to chat.  Marty will serve you a cup of bad coffee in a styrofoam cup and get you caught up on his grandson who plays right tackle for the Wildcats, the Carrizo Springs High School football team.  If he really likes you, he will give you a Purina calendar.  Marty is proud of his restoration job on the John Deere tractor to the left above.  It is spotless.


Just enough interior to be plausible.  I don’t intend to illuminate.


The trick is to age without making it look abandoned.  This is still a thriving concern.  It is an important part of the community.  This is 1981 when people were better about reading the newspaper, reflecting and chewing the fat with neighbors at places like Agri-West Supply to figure out how to vote or think about things. Few folks sat around letting other people tell them how to feel about societal issues.  Sitting on tractors or repairing fences in the middle of nowhere gives you a lot of time to think and be an individual.


That sign is a little rusty.  It gives the building character.


The back is pretty non-descript.


The rail side of the building is not seen, but survives scrutiny should the Rails West layout get a curious visitor.

I’ve learned a lot from many of my mentors, particularly Lance Mindheim and B. Smith (Click here to see a bit of B. Smith’s layout), about taking a slower, more thoughtful approach to modeling and operating.  It isn’t just about getting it over with or just completed.  It can be about creating a special place for you.  Thinking about all aspects of your layout features such as the history of each of the structures and what a particular business specializes in can really enrich your layout and make it an even greater expression of your art, your passion and your interests.

Every building and every feature on the landscape, for that matter, has a story.  Knowing it (or creating it) will make your modeling and operation experiences richer.

In Praise of Bakeries, Part II

To conclude my series on bakeries, here is a little information on the structures, rolling stock, vehicles and operations.


Bakeries come in all shapes and sizes, but most of the older ones were pretty substantial brick or cinder block buildings from what I can gather. Here’s a collection of photos demonstrating the variety.


Rainbo Bakery, reportedly in Tuscan, AZ.

Tucson Rainbo Bakery

Older Rainbow Bakery in Tucson, AZ.

Roanoke Rainbo Bakery coutesy Roanoke Public Library

Rainbo Bakery in Roanoke, VA.  Photo courtesy of Roanoke Public Library.


Back of a bakery, location unknown.

Here’s a more modern bakery.

Schwebels Bakery Solon OH Dan Sapochetti

Schwebels Bakery, Solon OH, 2005, photo courtesy of  Dan Sapochetti

Here is a collection of photos of a former Rainbo bakery in Lexington, KY with some cool interior shots in case you were very ambitious and wanted to model a realistic interior.


Frankfurt KY II

Frankfort inside II

Inside of a Rainbo bakery in Kentucky

Lexington inside

Here is a few photos of silos and unloading equipment.


Shick bulk flour system, courtesy of Shick Solutions.

Rail Car Unloading Systems

Detail on a rail car unloading system.

Rail Car Unload Systems, Equipment, Design, Pneumatic Conveying, Bakery, Pasta, Tortilla, Snack Food, Wheat Flour, Soy Flour, Gluten Free, Corn Flour, Semolina

Thomas Rail Car Unloading Systems, Equipment, Design, Pneumatic Conveying, Bakery, Pasta, Tortilla, Snack Food, Wheat Flour, Soy Flour, Gluten Free, Corn Flour, Semolina

In addition to B. Smith’s bakery I shared in the last post, here is a Walthers kit and an interesting model of a bakery.


Everything from just the tanks to suggest a larger structure off layout to an entire structure.

Rolling Stock

Now here is one of my favorite aspects of modelling a bakery operation–really neat rolling stock and vehicles.

Here’s just a couple of examples.

T. Greuter photo

MP 72199 courtesy of Tim Greuter

Milw airslide 97049 at Bensenville on 4-23-89 Michael Spoor

MILW #97049 at Bensenville, IL, April 23 1989. Photo courtesy of Michael Spoor and RRPictureArchives.NET

Both Tangent and Athearn make excellent covered hoppers for serving bakeries.

Milw airslide 97245 at Bensenville on 4-23-89 Michael Spoor

Tangent has just come out with this excellent model.


For years, Athearn has produced this nice model of the GATC 2600–

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For modellers of modern operations, BLMA recently announced what looks like will be very nice addition.  I’d be excited about this car if I modelled modern operations.

I’ve seen some nice painted models of this car as well if you want to get creative.  Here’s the real car–


Here’s the model–

Bob Rivard

Model of Quaker Oats car. The decals are available from Daniel Kohlberg.


Here’s a small sampling of the vehicles one could model–

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Stanley Houghton photos above are copyrighted and are for non-commercial use only.  They are courtesy of Hanks Truck Pictures.  This site is an excellent source of trucking related photos for modelling older truck operations.



View of the silos that once stood in Roswell, NM. Must have been a busy week, normally only 1 to 2 cars of flour was spotted. You can see the pneumatic tube heading towards the bakery on the right hand side of photo. It was high to prevent interfering with vehicle traffic, 1993.– ©C. Hunt photo

Operations are normally pretty simple.   The car is spotted over the unloading area and the flour is pneumatically produced to the silos.  With multiple cars or bays, re-spotting may be necessary if the unloading facility has a device that requires the car to be in one spot.  Some bakeries may have flexible hosing that would provide some flexibility.

CYCA Photo 3

One method used to unload bulk commodities.

The bakery in Roswell featured in Part I, would normally receive 1 to 2 cars per week.  It was a small but very steady source of traffic.

If only I could figure out how to imitate the smell of baking bread…




Layout progress report #3

The track crew has been busy! (Well, kind of busy)

The ATSF has now come to the north end of Roswell.


Track looking north towards Portales. The main line north is to the left.  The spur to the Budweiser distributor goes to the right.


Aerial of area modelled above. Structure is Budweiser distributor.  Track at top heads north towards Portales.


Boxcars waiting to be unloaded at distributor.

Photo above shows box cars along what will be the Budweiser spur.  Given the unusual shape of the distributor, it will be a challenge to model.  Only a portion will be modelled given the limited space.


Close up of BN and ATSF “beer caddies.”


Boxcars parked at distributor in 1993. –C Hunt photo


Front of Budweiser distributor, 1993. Rail spur (not visible) is on right side of building. Note trailer with old Budweiser logo to the left. –C. Hunt photo

Well, at least the track crew is making some progress.  The next area to be worked on will be the middle of town near the old depot including the spur to the bakery and team track where flour, lumber, plastic pellets and more come in.

For more on beer shipments in to Roswell in the 1990s, see–How about a cold one? (February 15, 2014), A Dinosaur comes to Roswell (February 20, 2014) and Beer is proof that God loves us…(Series beginning April 27, 2014)

BN 734087 Casper WY June 5 1999 Dave Krumenacker Photo

“Beer Caddie” visiting Casper Wyoming in 1990s, BN 734087 — Dave Krumenacker Photo