The "Lube House" at Chama, New Mexico !

A super-realistic molded brick structure to enhance any scene!
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Just about every railroad in this country had a structure of this sort someplace on their property in which to store flammables, like "Valve Oil" and "Headlight Oil" and their "cotton waste" oily rags and such. That stuff was just that FLAMMABLE, and if they didn't want the rest of their operations to go up in smoke, they did well to isolate the sort of thing that hot cinders could ignite.

And so, to our way of thinking, this particular structure, with it's iron shutters replete with rivets and hinges, was just too cool to pass up. So when Mary Ann and I had the chance to spend a really fun week in Chama 'late September of 2001, ( After the National Narrow Gauge Convention.), we set out to do some drawings of the structures in Chama's yards, including a set of the Lube House while we were at it. Of course, one thing led to another, so nothing would do but to draw the thing in its entirety brick-for-brick / rivet-for-rivet / bolt-for-bolt, right? And so we ended up with a set of CAD drawings of the Lube House like no others! You wouldn't expect less of us, now would you?

Click on the photo below to have a look at all of the trouble we went through to make certain this model would turn out "just so"...

The result is the model you see in these photos. All made in hard tooling!

So herewith we present our Chama Lube House kit, modeled Door for Door; Window for Window; Brick for Brick; Bolt for Bolt, Rivet for Rivet, and even "Sign" for Sign! All created directly from the CAD drawings and photographs we made up on site! Which is why the photo above could pass for the real thing if it weren't for all the coal soot and dust on the prototype! Simply stated, this here's the kind of model we here at P-B-L are noted ( Notorious? ) for!

The model you see in the title photo has been superimposed atop a photo of the real thing which we shot back in Chama the fall of 2001. It's one of our HO SCALE models, (Sorry.) as built up by yrs trly. And yes, it was built from actual production parts. Of course, due to its size, the "Sn3" version has even CRISPER DETAILS. All those scale sized truss-rod nuts with their fancy washers just seem to pop off the thing so's you can actually SEE 'em without squinting!

Everything in this kit except the base / floor / foundation is molded in high impact styrene from tooling we cut here in Ukiah California ourselves. The kit even includes scale "Mortar" so you can "strike the joints"! The foundation has been molded in reinforced plaster which we figured would be easier for you to make look like concrete and weather than one molded in styrene.

So when can you get your hands on an "S" Scale version of the Lube House? RIGHT NOW ! (Er, or, at least soon after we receive your order...) You might give some thought to our "Chama Sand House" too, since its an integral part of the scene in that town!

We've provided you links in the form of "icons" ( photos below ) which you can click on to transport you to more verbiage from yr fthfl svt, and more pictures of this great, easy-to-build, all injection moulded super-detailed styrene plastic model kit! You're gonna love it!

(For more highly detailed views, click on any of the photos above.)

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