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Posted by jdlowe on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:18 AM

The answer to the '30 Squares of Ontario' mystery! When I started the blog back in 2009 I was building a 6' x 5' switching layout set in 1970s era Ontario, so 30 square feet, so 30 Squares of Ontario. 

Thank you for reading the blog over all these years! 

http://www.30squaresofontario.blogspot.ca/

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:09 AM

gmpullman
You can download the file from Flickr. Maybe this will get you going, temporarily

Thanks for the helping hand Ed. That is exactly what I needed to fix the sign on my building.

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Little Timmy
But, I could have sworn the " Pickle factory" was also re-poped from the gruesome casket Co.

The "Pickle Factory" is still available from Walthers in their Trainline series. I think a few others in the Trainline series were TycoKits.

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Posted by chutton01 on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 8:19 AM

Aha, Mr Lowe himself posting.
Think I first came across your blog with the unpublished "E.L. Moore articles" series, and follow along to this day, albiet I lost a bit of interest when you put aside modeling 1980s downtown Toronto (which had some interesting modeling designs and techniques - alas the toothpaste mortar trick didn't work that well for me and yes I used plain white paste) and went onto the Loonar module and the camp trolley module.  Still, your E.L. Moore blog-posts are pretty interesting IMO, and wish you luck with your book if its still moving along.

BTW, why "30 squares of Ontario" anyway? Ontario is obvious, but 30 squares?

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Posted by jdlowe on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:04 AM

Awhile back I wrote a lengthy post on the origins of the E. L. Moore designed projects that were turned into plastic kits by AHM: The Origins of AHM's E. L. Moore Designed Kits. It also touches on how those kits were later produced by companies such as Tyco, Model Power, and so on. 

Oh, and there was Speedy Andrew's Surf Shop :-)

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 9:49 PM

Wow !

I had most of those.

But, I could have sworn the " Pickle factory" was also re-poped from the gruesome casket Co. 

I may " talk down" some of the Tyco engines and boxcars ...

But their buildings were AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by chutton01 on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 9:13 PM

SeeYou190
It is one of those classics from train set layouts of the 1970s and 1980s. It was also released in a nearly identical version called "Ma's Place" and sold by several companies.

This kit, the Ramsey Journal Building, Bachmann Coaling Tower, and Atlas Passenger Station were practically required on all 4 by 8 HO layouts.


And even better for us old-school HO modelers, a lot of kits were based off of designs by E.L. Moore. J.D. Lowe's 30 Squares of Ontario covers a lot of E.L Moore's designs - he's planning to write a book on E.L . Moore's work - but here's a starting point.  I still have the "Ma's Place" rendition of Speedy Andrews, as well as the legendary Machine Shop (which originally was a part of the Gruesome Casket kit). Looking at this listing iimage, in the past I also had the Brewery, an Aunt Millie's House, and the somewhat puzzling "Repair Shop" (puzzling because I couldn't fit anything taller than my Tyco flat-car and low sided gondola inside, and at that there wasn't any room left for any other real detailing, so it just looked silly (note, the highlighted buildings in that image are E.L. Moore designs).

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:28 PM

My skills at Photoshop are rather rudimentary.

 Speedy-deskew by Edmund, on Flickr

You can download the file from Flickr. Maybe this will get you going, temporarily Huh?

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 12:33 PM

I found this picture, but it is not straight on and skewed.

I think I really need a flat scanned image.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 2:05 AM

thomas81z
wow i have never seen this kit before 

It is one of those classics from train set layouts of the 1970s and 1980s. It was also released in a nearly identical version called "Ma's Place" and sold by several companies.

This kit, the Ramsey Journal Building, Bachmann Coaling Tower, and Atlas Passenger Station were practically required on all 4 by 8 HO layouts.

Little Timmy
I will keep digging, but I'm running out of box's to shuffle.

Thanks for looking.

This is the best one I have found so far, not very good.

-Kevin

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Posted by Little Timmy on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 8:28 PM

I'm sorry Kevin, no love.

I found some of the smaller Tyco advertising signs,  but no Speedy Andrews.

I will keep digging, but I'm running out of box's to shuffle.

 

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Posted by thomas81z on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:34 PM

maxman

See the source image

 

wow i have never seen this kit before 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:37 PM

Little Timmy
Give me another day, and I may have a set for you.

Thank you.

There is absolutely no hurry on my end. I appreciate the help.

-Kevin

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 10:11 PM

I'm digging through my shop right now. ( it's incredibly disorganized right now.)

Give me another day, and I may have a set for you.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:26 AM

MisterBeasley
I sometimes scan the decal sheets before starting a kit so I have some backup.

I do that on expensive kits with nice period posters. I did not do it for the Tyco/AHM/Pola kit here.

I should have.

-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:19 AM

Not that it will help in this situation, but I sometimes scan the decal sheets before starting a kit so I have some backup.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, September 19, 2022 10:36 PM

hornblower
Use Kevin's photo as a guide to re-creating this sign on your computer.

I would prefer a scan of the actual sign if anyone has one.

A straight-on photo could work, but this is not preferable.

-Kevin

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Posted by maxman on Monday, September 19, 2022 12:54 PM

See the source image

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Posted by hornblower on Monday, September 19, 2022 12:43 PM

Use Kevin's photo as a guide to re-creating this sign on your computer.  Could be a fun project for you.

Hornblower

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, September 18, 2022 8:58 PM

Little Timmy
Is that sign in the Tyco kit ?

Yes, the same kit was sold by both Tyco and AHM. Probably others as well.

-Photograph by Kevin Parson

The sign on mine has become damaged, and I need to print a new one.

-Kevin

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Posted by Little Timmy on Sunday, September 18, 2022 8:12 PM

Is that sign in the Tyco kit ?

If so, I may have one ( or a few ) in my files somewhere.

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Speedy Andrews Repair Shop Sign
Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, September 18, 2022 2:01 AM

Can somebody post a good quality scan or picture of the sign for Speedy Andrew's Repair Shop? The big one over the garage entrance.

I have looked all over, but can't seem to find one.

Thanks.

-Kevin

Living the dream and happily modeling my STRATTON AND GILLETTE Railroad in HO scale. The SGRR is a freelanced Class A railroad as it would have appeared on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954, in my personal fantasy world of plausible nonsense.

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