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RLW 27305

RLW 27305 Dodson Farm's Creamery -- $99.95

Product Status
Available
Scale
N (1 foot is 160 scale feet in N)
Gauge
NA(Gauge does not apply to this item.)
Product Type
full-kit
Vendor
Republic Locomotive Works

Dodson Farm's Creamery dates back to the 1870s and has been family-run since that time. Currently, Walter is the foreman of the operation and resides on the second floor of the building. Walter's brothers, David and Bobby, work there as well as a couple of cousins and several locals. Over the years the operation has grown and the creamery has expanded.

Rail service is brisk at the creamery. In addition to the daily incoming milk cars with cans picked up along the line, there is the daily milk car with internal tanks that takes the daily collection to the bottling plant. Ice is available for the farmers from the ice house (left end) to help keep their milk cold so every couple of weeks a refrigerator car arrives with a load of ice. And coal for the boiler is brought in by rail; since the creamery is too small to handle a full car load, it is shared with two other industries in the area.

The operation of the creamery is very simple. Local farmers bring their milk to the creamery daily using the ramp on the back, it is checked for quality, and then added to the tanks. Farmer's milk cans are cleaned immediately and the farmer picks them up at the door just past the ramp and takes them back home for the next day. Milk cans also arrive by rail after being picked up by the 'milk train' at various milk platforms along the mainline. The collected milk from the tanks is then shipped out daily.

As with all RLW kits from B.T.S., this masterpiece is laser cut and engineered for easy construction. Slots and tabs eliminate alignment problems. Adhesive-backed window sashes make glazing the windows a snap. All window sashes can be positioned open or closed. And the detail castings shown, including workers, are in the box.

This kit consists of laser-cut basswood, plywood, and card stock. The footprint is shown below. Track and scenery are not included. The HO model from B.T.S. is shown in the photos; minor details may vary in N scale. The creamery was inspired by those serviced by the NYO&W Railway.

Additional Pictures for RLW 27305

Farmer's side of Dodson Farm's Creamery. Note the sloped ramp for easy milk can drop-off and ice pick up by local farmers.
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Front and rail side of Dodson Farm's Creamery. Note the under track coal drop with a covered coal chute leading to the power house tacked on to the side of the creamery.
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Top view of the creamery and overall scale dimensions of the model.
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View of the rail side creamery dock. Note the figures and milk cans. Both are included in the kit!
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Side view of the creamery opposite the power house.
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An angle view of the creamery showing the farmer's side where milk cans are dropped off and ice is picked up..
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Power shed and Farmer'side angle view of the creamery.
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The creamery receives and returns milk cans from distant farms using milk platforms located along the right of way. This is an additional kit that you can purchase separately.
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