Several (it may be as many as ten) years ago, I bought four wall flat kits from a relatively new manufacturer at the Amherst Railway Society Train Show at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) in West Springfield, MA. I intended to assemble these into a large background wall flat and quickly assembled the basic walls after returning from the show. I had to shorten the walls somewhat to fit the available space and removed about 1 3/8" from the bottom. An initial coat of brick-colored paint was added soon after but ... the model then sat partially assembled and covered with dust for years . Until last week.


I am now retired and have the time to dedicate to my model railroad. For some reason, that model caught my eye and I decided it was time to finish it up and write a short article for the Seacoast Division NMRA website in the process.

The model is a triangular shape and measures about 141" across the front, 7 5/8" high and 3 ½" on the long wall on the left side. The right side sits nearly flush with an adjacent building. I painted and installed the windows, arranging four to be in the open position, added some roof details (water tank, skylight and ventilators) from the spare parts box and added a vent pipe going up the front of the building on left side. I like old signs and added several layers of old and fading signs along with a few new ones. The name "The Washington Shoe MFG. Co." caught my eye when I was looking for a large named sign for the building. Founded in 1891 in Seattle, WA, the Washington Shoe MFG. Co. is still in business and its home office building still stands in the Seattle historic district, and still bears its€™ name. Weathering and a little plant growth finished up the model.

 When I sat down to write this article, I realized I did not remember who the manufacturer was to give them proper credit, the package that the walls came in having been thrown out years ago. An e-mail blast to the usual experts yielded no recollection as well (are we all getting old and forgetful?). So in my sleep (I often do some of my best work in my sleep) I came up with the idea of e-mailing the Show Director for the Amherst Railway Society Train Show and see if he remembered or had records that might answer the question. I e-mailed John Sacerdote, Show Director, explaining my issue. John replied within a couple hours with the correct answer.   A simple Google search lead me to "Imagine That Laser Art" and the wall sections that I had bought way back when. This Company changed hands in 2012 and has increased the scope of its product line. Check it out; the quality and intricacy is outstanding !


All told I have maybe eight hours invested in this model with the longest single job being installing the windows. They fit perfect, there were just a lot of them. This model turned out just about as I wanted. It also re-affirmed why it is such a great hobby. The people in our hobby are the greatest !   Thanks for your help John! And thanks to Nick and Renee Masney from Imagine That Laser Art.

Chip Faulter
Director and VP, Seacoast Division NMRA
Member, PRR Historical and Technical Society