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 Posted: Mon Nov 2nd, 2020 10:19 pm
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I am always on the lookout for little industries that would be the basis for a small Gn15 themed layout. 
In other threads I've written about the fish head glue industry and mentioned guano as a subject for modeling. 

Recently I've been re-thinking about an industry that I've mentioned before - pickles.

The popularity of pickle cars in all scales means that there must be some interest. 
As a kid I remember the Revell and Athearn pickle cars in HO, and I bet Lionel had them, as well. 

I envision a small layout with a pickle salting facility as the destination of car loads of cucumbers.
 
The first step in the pickle making process is to soak the cukes in a salt solution, or brine. 
This was often a small, rural station with large vats. 



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Vats for storing the cucumbers as they soaked in the brine varied, but were made of wood due to the corrosive nature of the salt. 



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My first doodle for the pickle layout was very simple. 

An unloading dock where farmers dropped off their crates of cucumbers was featured.
Here the crop was transferred to flat cars or gondolas and a small industrial locomotive headed out to the salting "factory." 



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I had started construction on the vats for the factory. 
Wood craft sticks were glued to cans using Aleen's Tacky Glue, and the vats' tops were to be the next step. 



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My simple little plan has evolved into something a little more elaborate. 

A country store and filling station near the loading dock and an engine servicing facility have been added.
 
Double track access to the brine vats increased the capacity of the salting station. 
It is here that the cucumbers are transferred to the pickle cars for the trip to the processing plant (off layout in this plan).



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The industry will need pickle cars to transport salted cukes to the processors.  Here is the beginning of the Gn15 cars, shortened Bachmann gons with vats.  Regards, Dave L. 



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My pickle car vats are small tubes covered with wood coffee stirrers.  Two will fit in each car.  I am still thinking how I can replicate the bands on all the vats.  Regards, Dave L. 



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Two cars are planned for the industry.  Regards, Dave L. 



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Back in 2012 when I fist started to think about a pickle layout it was to be set in the 1920s and this early Ford was the company vehicle.  Regards, Dave L. 



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After leaving the brine vats and at the processing center the cucumbers were sized and sorted. 
Five and a half inches was the biggest size suitable, and two inches was the smallest fit for pickling. 
Larger or smaller cucumbers were often processed into relish. 
This scene would be fun to make in a processing building. 



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