About two weeks ago I was having a conversation with a fellow modeller on the MRH forums about the industries going in and around Harrisburg on our layout.
And the discussion led to the suggestion that I should model the famous "Hershey's Chocolate Factory" in Hershey, Pa.
Well with that suggestion I thought what a great idea, quite an iconic industry that would certainly lend itself for being rail served, and a prototypical one that may be suited to an area on our layout.
So I broke out the Reading System Map that I have and low and behold the Hershey area fits perfectly inbetween Rutherford & Lebanon, this works both operationally and prototypically for the layout.
Once this seed was firmly planted into the brain, the ideas started to flow. Because as luck would have it I have a unfinished section of layout that is around 10' (3m) long that is situated between Harrisburg, Rutherford & Lebanon.
This section is ripe for a backdrop building using a combination of Walthers - Modular kits and scratch building other kits to make it work. So after a little research of the rail served portion of the factory I have made a starting plan to model the rear of the factory that ran along the mainline and was the unloading points for the raw product.
There are two unloading spurs off a storage siding. This will work great with the pre existing track work that has already been installed too.
I have also purchased the well photographed twin brick stacks (Walthers kit) & water tower to include in the scene to help sell the authenticity of the real industry.
More soon as this project develops...