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This Pullman Company Building is made from the front half of the Walthers Mirandas Bananas Co. storehouse. Other than cutting the structure in half, no changes needed to be made. In this view, the linen truck is about to haul the used linens off to a central laundry. Depending on the particular rules in the coach yard, trucks might come out on the trackside or more often were restricted to using the docks on the street side of the building. The photo at the end of Part 1 last month showed this building used at the head of the tracks in the coach yard much as the passenger service buildings were arranged in Detroit. In that case I used a loading dock on one side only and didnt attach the second loading dock, as I am not sure yet where it w ill be used. The two side walls can be switched during assembly, which permits you to have the loading dock on either side. A s I will have to transport this building to several train shows, I have omitted the second-story exterior ladder. I barred the second floor doorway with a small strip of plastic painted black. I was able to paint the window frames and doors green before assembly, but the c oncrete foundations and pilasters were painted by hand. It is possible to mask the building and paint these parts too, and I feel that it really is necessary to paint them, as the building would look unfinished without that detail. The small, widely spaced windows on both floors make this building typical of a warehouse, and it would probably have one or more elevators inside to raise cartons to the second floor. This structure would be sufficient to service a large number of dining cars and restaurants. Part of it might even be leased out or used for storage, or for some other purpose. You could easily cut some additional doors at the blind end of the building and add another loading dock for that purpose. I did not realize how big this building was, and it will have to be shoehorned into the yard space proposed for it, so I left the side loading dock and roof off. (I have saved all the parts in case I can use them once the building is installed. T his kit has a little boiler house that would be used for supplying heat and could be used around the yard for this same purpose. It could supply steam and air for a small coach yard as well as heat for a couple of structures. I expect that I will use my boiler house with a factory somewhere outside of the train yards. the wall including the cornice. I substituted .030 x .125 styrene for the ceramic cornice trim along the backs of both buildings. As I was reducing the width of the buildings I could have done the same with the second floor, but instead I cut it loose and placed it sideways to provide a storeroom for linens, and canned provisions. While the Walthers windows are nice, I decided to use some of the Grandt Line Engine House windows I have accumulated over the years. I cut down the Grandt line windows to fit within each o pening and then added plain Evergreen styrene strip (.030 x .080) on all four sides to provide gluing surfaces for the windows. These have to be aligned by eye (or you can match a mullion up with a particular brick course if you like). After painting the windows, they are mounted behind the walls. I need to disguise the edges of the back wall as I permitted it to butt against the plastic side walls: I should have fitted it between the two side walls so it does not show, and I recommend doing this for anyone splitting up the building as I did. This building only needed to be painted in the foundation areas, and I mixed a concrete looking gray color using Testors Acryl paint. I sprayed this after masking the remainder of the structure with tape. The mortar lines are of Model Mortar, which is no longer available locally. Roberts in Wisconsin supplies a similar mortar product. The material is troweled on sparingly, and is spread with a spatula or small bit of cardboard. The wall is lightly cleaned off with a damp paper towel leaving a very realistic brick appearance. This is probably the first model building I have built in many years that is not fully painted.

A Smaller Pullman Building
Walthers Mirandas Bananas kit could also be used to make a smaller Pullman service building. More limited facilities could he housed in a building of this size, or in my case, a building made from half of the kit. While passenger service began to ebb by the 50s, new structures were still being built highways often cut across the sites of older buildings, fires sometimes burned down old buildings, and a big old building might have been so inefficient that a railroad could make better use of the land by replacing it with a more efficient smaller one. This rather Spartan design, with its plain walls devoid of decoration and ordinary windows, is quite typical of those built in the post WWII era for light industry. This kind of building contrasts with our gingerbread masterpieces and, I think, gives a very natural appearance to model railroad scenes. T he prototypes of building A (the front half of the kit) would have Pullman Company offices plus rows of freezers to hold meat and similar commodities, warehouse space with tall sets of shelving to hold canned goods, bins for fresh vegetables a nd fruits and refrigerators for eggs and similar perishables. For linens there would be shelves and space for wagons or rolling baskets to ferry these out to trains and also to laundry trucks. Doors on both sides of the building would be used to load linen and foodstuffs into the warehouse, and also for unloading into trains on the side facing the train tracks. The location chosen for this building is between the last track in the coach yard and a side street alongside the main terminal building. I simply cut the Walthers structure in two, and as it will never be seen from the back I filled the wall in with illustration board. I cut the board to the same height as

Passenger Department Offices
Building B of the Mirandas Bananas kit was used to build a structure to house the railroad passenger department offices and servicing facility. This building would be the operations center for the railroads

JUNE 2002


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