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Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale

This HO scale industry switching layout depicts an example of rail transport modeling in front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”. The model train layout was constructed by Fredy Coenen from the Netherlands. He calls his layout simply “The Fridge”. It is a US themed diorama (show layout) about three meters wide that uses cassettes as fiddle yard on both ends.

Freight trains are mainly seen in shunting operations. Locomotives, for example the GP40, a four-axle diesel-electric road-switcher locomotive originally built by General Motors, the EMD GP9, also a four-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive originally built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division in the United States, the SD45, a six-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive originally built by General Motors between 1965 and 1971, the EMD GP60, also a four-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors between 1985 and 1994 or the Alco RSD-15 diesel-electric locomotive originally built by the American Locomotive Company between 1956 and 1960 and freight cars are perfectly weathered.

While the scale model of the Alco RSD-15 locomotive was built by Broadway Limited Imports, the so-called industry leader in premium sound-equipped HO scale model trains, the remaining rolling stock comes from the manufacturer Athearn. Some freight cars manufactured by Atlas Model Railroad Company are also in use. The carefully aged and weathered locomotives are equipped with sound decoders, for example with the SoundTraxx Tsunami digital sound decoder. Therefore, Pilentum didn't have to do any audio dubbing.

The model railroad layout represents a fictional marshalling yard located in the old industrial area of Phoenix, Arizona (USA). The diorama reflects the year 1979. On the layout, a mixture of “city edge layout” and “industrial area layout”, there are trains by Southern Pacific and Santa Fe RR delivering and picking-up freight from the warehouses that were used by companies operating in the food industry. One of the largest companies in this miniature world is the “Arizona Cold Storage”, a warehouse for refrigerated goods. All buildings on the HO scale layout are scratch built, so each one is unique.


Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

Rail Transport Modeling in Front of the “Arizona Cold Storage Warehouse”: Industry Switching Layout in HO Scale by Fredy Coenen

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