Story and photos by Peter Mumby
There are lots of reasons for attending local train shows. Some of my favourites include:
1) Visiting with modellers and railfans who you usually only bump into at these shows.
2) Finding a good deal on something you think you need (only to get home and discover that you already have one in your collection!)
3) Seeing a new or obscure product you hadn't been aware of - and realising that you have an almost immediate use for it.
It is reason #3 that led to the project described in this mini post. George and I attended the Paris Junction train show in Paris, Ontario back in January. On one of his circuits George spotted packs of Aberdeen Car Shops (www.aberdeencarshops.ca) HO and O scale packing boxes. We each decided to acquire one of the O sets and several of the HO packs. When we next got together we decided to start with the O scale set (#4801).
|Here is a selection (HO scale shown) of the Aberdeen Car Shops packing boxes. Included are 8701 ( bicycle, furnace, etc.), 8705 ( Kelvinator refrigerator), and 8704 ( post-1960 Simpsons).|
Required supplies include:
1) Hobby knife with a sharp #11 blade
2) Metal straight edge
3) White glue
4) Optional items include nimble fingers and good eyesight (with or without assistance). You can guess why we decided to start with the O scale set!
|Another set of store boxes is 8703 ( pre-1960 Simpsons ). Maybe we could lobby for an Eaton's set!|
|Boxes shown assembled include CCM bicycle, Westinghouse wash machine and water heater, plus Gurney oil furnace and water heater. The small foreground boxes hold paint and Stelco nails.|
Let us know how you make out folding those little Stelco nail boxes in HO scale!
Produits MP plaster accessories. - Boutique
Aberdeen Car Shops
|To offload the heavier appliances, the boxcar has been spotted at a level crossing. The local drayman is ready to head for town as the yard crew prepares to move the car to the Quebec Junction freight house.|
|The delivery truck has returned to the yard for a load of bicycles, paint, and nails. The packing cases and drums of lube oil ( by Produits MP, www.produitsmp.com) will have to wait for the next trip.|