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    I'm needing a change from the layout construction work and the challenge has provided me with a nice change of pace. I'm going to scratch build a small icing platform for my switching layout. It will serve the dual purposes of providing ice for the brewery's reefers and also be a view block that covers the hole in the backdrop where trains will be entering the layout from staging. I'm not sure how prototypical a single car icing station is. I know several small kits have been produced, so I'm going for it. A stop at the ice station will provide a required switching move before spotting a reefer at the brewery.

    I'm basing the design on several magazine construction articles I've read and pictures I've found on the internet. I'll be using cardstock and wood for the building. I plan on using my Cricut paper cutter to do a lot of cutting

    I made a preliminary set of drawings and printed the side views on cardstock. I've cut them out and pasted them together to get this mockup for a better view of the scene. The final design is about done. I now have to prepare my drawings so I can send them to my Cricut paper cutter to cut out the pieces.



    George
    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

  • #2
    George, this looks like a great project, and with excellent justification for some extra ops. I'm looking forward to watching your progress.

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    • #3
      This should be an interesting thread to watch, George.

      I'll certainly be following along.

      Cheers, Mark.

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      • #4
        Looking forward to seeing this built. I really like icing platforms. And another place to spot cars. Excellent.
        Regards Rob

        Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

        My current build.

        https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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        • #5
          I will be watching.

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          • #6
            Thanks all for checking in.

            Rob and Thayer, I'm trying to get as much action as possible in a small space without over crowding it.

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #7
              George, cold beer justifies any size icing platform, doesn't it?

              I'll be watching too.

              Jim
              Take the red pill

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              • #8
                George, You have my interest! Icing Platforms are unique structures!
                Dave

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                • #9
                  Jim, you've hit the source of my inspiration.

                  Dave, I'm learning about their uniqueness working on the design. Thanks for following.

                  George
                  The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                  • #10
                    George, Looks like a great project. I had thought about building an icing structure but just never

                    got around to it. I will of course be following your build with great interest.

                    Bob
                    http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102

                    http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for following, Bob. Most icing stations would be gigantic in the scale you work in. This one will be small.

                      George
                      The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                      • #12
                        I'm following George.
                        Carl

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                        • #13
                          An effective view block and cold beer, sounds like a good project

                          How big is the brewery? Maybe they only ship in small batches to insure freshness, so a one car icing station is perfect!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for following, Carl.

                            Freshness - That explains the small size of everything. Thanks for the rationalization, Bill.

                            George
                            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                            • #15
                              George, looking forward to your build. I’ve always had an interest beginning with my dad’s stories about working at one during his high school days.

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