North Front Street

The construction of North Front will be pretty much the same as its southerly counterpart. The grade will be less (2.5" over 4 feet vs 5" over 4 feet and the buildings will be just a bit larger. The North side will primarily use the castings (and clones) from Trainstuff, augmented with some Piko parts and scratchbuilds.

Here's the basic Trainstuff assortment -- the lone first floor is in the lower left corner.

Below are two Trainstuff 1st floors cobbled together with a scratch built 2nd floor. The ornamental cornice is a combination of door casing and moulding from JoAnn Fabrics.

Below we have two Piko castings with some modifications. Need a balcony here.

The Ohio Theater used two Piko castings as the 2nd floor, a spare piece of brick wall and a modified Trainstuff casting for the 1st floor. The marquee and vertical name sign are just pieces of wood faced with Evergreen sheet. Small colored glass-head pins have been added to simulate light bulbs. There's a small ticket booth that will go into the center opening (which gets painted black in the final assembly. The posters have been cribbed from the internet.

TrainStuff on both levels. Need a balcony here as well.

The rest of the assemblies were pretty much a repeat of the above. Here's the finished product:

The Red Anchor Department Store is on the left.

Next door is the theater and Miriam's Gifts.

Front of the theater with ticket booth. The original theater in Pomeroy was called the Bendvue.

Massar Grocery and Davis Meats & Ice share a building. Consolidated fraternal organizations share the top floor. Jewelry store is next door. This will be a balcony under perpetual construction. There's a ladder and some workmen to be added.

Ebersefield's Dry Goods and Scharf Sisters finish the row.

So, here's how it looks in place.

People and vehicles are absent in these photos. They generally get put in place for show. The livestock likes to run off with the figures if they're not glued in place!


Update: The buildings are brought in for the winter. They've held up well, although routine maintenance is required to touch up paint and replace glazing. The paint has now looks appropriately dull and faded.