All through the day and night, a steady parade of gondolas, ancient hoppers, ore jennies, even a stock car or two rumble in to the yards. Seldom used branches and sidings groan under the weight of cars piled high with sugar beets as another campaign begins. All across the line, extras are rushing the crop to the refinery where the beets will be processed into refined sugar.
Sugar mills are among the most interesting - and busiest - of all the industries found alongside railroads. Running around the clock, seven days a week, the mill processes hundreds of tons of beets each hour. Getting beets from the fields to the factory is a huge job and just about any car that can be moved safely is pressed into service as the rush begins. And the job isn't over when the sugar is done, for most of it moves in bulk (along with various by-products) by rail to large commercial customers.
From the 1900s to the 1980s, facilities like Greatland Sugar Refining could be found on railroads large and small. This kit makes it easy to model a complete operation in a small space. It includes the 3-Story Processing Plant, a Boilerhouse with Tall Smokestack , a Warehouse and a special track insert to simulate the beet dump where cars are unloaded. Highly detailed plastic parts, colorful sign decals and complete instructions allow you to quickly and easily create a busy industry for your steam- or diesel-era layout.