By Nicholas Kalis
Tenth in a series of glimpses into industries or warehouses that made for interesting freight operations on the Long Island. Information presented has included, where available, a brief history of the firm, how it was served by the LIRR, and what commodities were received or shipped from this facility.
(This article is a revised and expanded version of an article that
appeared in the June 2001 Semaphore. I have included information that I
received after this article in its original form went to press.)
Today, 29-76 Northern Boulevard has been altered, according to Bill
Myers and, apparently, the building is presently occupied by some unit of
the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Prior to that 29-76
Northern Boulevard may have been home to Walco Toys.
Recalling the 1950s, Sam Berliner III recollects this Long Island City
facility received empty fabricated metal casket shells, bare seamless
copper or bronze shells (horrendously expensive), and tons of lumber,
fabric, stuffing, hardware, and fittings. Wood caskets were made on the
premises. Bases were made for the seamless caskets and gaskets fitted.
Caskets were lined and trimmed inside and had decorations, hinges, inner
and outer lids, catches, and handles fitted there. Plaques were shipped
separately so they could be engraved before fastening.
Readers seeking to model National Casket would be well advised to
simply scratch build it. Use the Walthers catalog to find industrial
windows that match the prototype. Sheet styrene could be used to represent
the poured concrete construction. I would suggest a foam core mockup be
constructed first. I have built a foam core mock-up of this building and
am pleased with the results.
My thanks go to Brent L. Lambert, Research Specialist, Kalmbach Memorial Library, National Model Railroad Association for his assistance. Thanks also to Carl Fabrizi, Sam Berliner III, and Bill Myers, all of New York. Thanks also to Bob Miller of the Queens Borough Public Library in Jamaica, New York.
Author Unknown Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (Reprint) June 1966
Please send photographs that show how Extrin appeared in the 1960s and direct any comments on or corrections to this manuscript to: