What travels 38 miles per week but never leaves the lobby? A custom G-scale train we built for Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s new corporate headquarters. This project had all of our guys reliving their childhood days (and was somewhat of a distraction at times) but the train and track turned out great and are an impressive addition to Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s lobby.
This project included 2 engines, 10 tank cars, and 146ft of railroad tracks running 14 feet above the lobby floor. The goal was to recreate Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s GATX tank cars and the Great Lakes Central Railroad GP38-2 locomotives that pull them in order to highlight the importance of the distribution network from their manufacturing facilities across the country to their customers.
To replicate the tank cars, we first took a field trip out to their rail yard, studied their tankers and took lots of photos. We then purchased high-quality 1:29 tankers and engines and made various modifications. The G-scale tank cars and engines were completely disassembled, customized, painted to match the real ones, then re-assembled and branded with custom-made recreations of the Liquid logos and tank car stencils. Each car even has the same GATX road number as its real life counterpart. And, if you look closely you will see a G-scale version of a “split car”, a tank car that incorporates internal tanks so that it can carry two different types of product at the same time.
What really makes this project unique is the custom roadbed and track. We created a system that attaches to their beams without having any permanent connections. This not only allowed installation without having to weld to any structural beams or columns, but also means that if they wanted to take down the track tomorrow, they could easily do so without any damage. I’m pretty sure this train isn’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon, except for traveling across Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s gorgeous lobby.