The Menards American Power & Light building

Posted by Bob Keller
on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The majestic American Power & Light power plant has a 14 by 9 1/2 inch footprint with a height of approximately 14 inches.

Power to the people

 The mightiest structure thus offered by Menards has arrived: the no. 279-3388 American Power and Light building. The fully assembled and detailed power plant represents the largest structure from the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain.

The structure has 24 security lights, a corporation sign with alternating flash patterns, and LEDs on the topside transformer.

The building is a fully decorated structure with two smokestacks, a “run through” overhang to park coal cars, staff access doors, warning signs, and a power transformer with LED illumination. The building also has 24 security lamps around the exterior.

The AP&L company sign has alternating flash patterns. Illumination requires a 4.5V AC to DC adapter that is sold separately.

The structure has a removable base to maintain the stability of the structure during movement/handling. When you are ready to permanently place the building, simply remove the base and lay your track through the service area.

Stage a full hopper on one side and an empty car on the other, and who will know where the black diamonds went?

The building’s footprint is approximately 14 by 9 ½ inches, and the height is approximately 14 ½ inches to the top of the smoke stacks.

There are windows scattered around the structure.

For lighting, the structure requires a 4.5-volt power source sold separately. Two are available from Menards, the nos. 289-4005 one outlet AC to DC power adapter $7.99, or the 289-4006 three outlet AC to DC power adapter for $9.99 plus shipping (free shipping to your local Menards store).

The American Power & Light building costs $89.99 plus shipping (free shipping to your local Menards store).

The coal drop overhang has a 9 inch clearance, suitable for virtually all O gauge hoppers.

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