HO Tobacco Kilns Finished

Regular readers will recall that I’ve been working on some HO scale tobacco kilns for my friend Pierre Oliver, who is modelling the Wabash Railroad’s operations in southwestern Ontario. I had been working on these off and on for several months, but decided about a month ago to just Get On With It, and get them finished before undertaking any more projects for my own layout.

My recent computer issues gave me plenty of extra time to spend at the workbench, as opposed to online – and the result is that the four kilns I was building for Pierre are now finished. Here they are with a fifth kiln – actually, the first one I built:
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I plan to deliver these in person next week.

I took good notes while building these, so I’ll be able to tackle my own S scale kilns for St. Williams. But not just yet: For such small structures, they were a lot of work.

(These would make a really neat laser cut kit, by the way – something that everybody modelling rural Ontario could use on their layouts. I’ve seen examples in fields from Cornwall to Windsor. If anybody reading this is a laser cut kit manufacturer, why not get in touch?)

3 thoughts on “HO Tobacco Kilns Finished

  1. Also along the CNR Beachburg sub, a few miles east of Beachburg. I remember seeing a cluster of about a dozen.

  2. You will have to add an olfactory “scene” to the tobacco kiln area to keep it to the same detail level as the bird and running water sounds. Fortunately you don’t have a cattle feed lot 8>))

    I believe that I wrote before about the smell of drying tobacco in the rural Lancaster PA area in 1962. With the narrow roads and Amish buggies it transported you to another time.

  3. I agree with Bill, there is still that special aura of the area around Lancaster and the Amish with their way of life. We were there a few weeks ago to make our yearly visit to Strasburg and attend the Kimberton module meet. To watch the teams working the fields and see the way of life is something special. Also the sound of the horses and buggies as they travel along the paved roads is something not heard too often.

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