Corrugated-wall buildings are common near railroad right-of-ways
Corrugated-wall buildings have great modeling potential
I came across a photo from French Truck Coffee this morning. It’s a great shot of a rainbow that appeared over much of New Orleans yesterday. A big thunderstorm passed over the city, leaving the pretty sight. The French Press photo caught my eye because the place is so colorful.
I drink French Truck Coffee many mornings. They make a special blend for Wakin’ Bakin’, my favorite breakfast place in Mid-City. I haven’t made it up to Magazine and Erato Streets, the location of this shop/warehouse, or French Truck Cafe’, on Dryades Street. I didn’t realize their place on Magazine was so colorful!
Modeling French Truck Coffee’s shop/warehouse
I ordered a couple of Pikestuff kits from Rix Products last week. They’ll be in at Hub Hobby Shop tomorrow, and I’ll get to work on them soon. The Pikestuff corrugated-wall buildings caught my eye because of all the variations on roll-up doors and loading docks they had. I kept thinking, so many of these buildings have been converted and re-purposed over time. It makes for not only imaginative locations on the layout, but also great backstory to write. A coffee warehouse? Not out of the question.
Check out the old streetcar tracks on Erato at Magazine (via Google Maps). While this is street rail, maybe a rail spur behind the building isn’t out of the question.
The French Truck
There’s not just one “French Truck,” but rather a small fleet of them. I remember seeing the (what I assume is the original) French Truck, an old Citroen truck, painted in the company’s signature shade of yellow. While the company has modern trucks to do deliveries, I occasionally see the Citroen at Wakin’ Bakin’. The French Truck Citroens appear to be the 2CV model.
Lemke Minis makes N-scale models of the Citroen HY model, including a food/coffee truck. Perhaps the company won’t mind if we take a little license and paint one of these in their colors.