Long Island City Area 1953
c.1860 (click map)
Articles by Nick Kalis
(click to enlarge passes)
1898 LIRR Ad Long Island City
LIRR -Sunnyside, Yard A, Montauk Branch, Jamaica Yard &
Morris Park Shops circa Fall 1952
Order Decal Set Number 96
from Great Decals! P.O. Box 994, Herndon, Virginia 20172
or visit Bill's web site at
Great Decals! long awaited Van Iderstine tallow
tank car decals have finally arrived.
- Bill Mosteller has finally
brought out these HO scale decals for folks interested in
modeling the Van Iderstine Rendering Plant in Blissville, Queens
- This industry was served by the
Long Island Railroad's Montauk
Branch. Each set is enough to letter one (1)
- Sets include numbers for
lettering cars 1001 through 1009.
- A good approximation of these
cars can be found in the Proto 2000 8,000
gallon type 21 riveted tank car from Life Like.
- These HO scale cars (Item
30679 Undecorated) are made in China.
- I got mine from
Granddad's Hobby Shop in Virginia for $16.98/each.
Oct 28, 1958:
age 3, reviews New York's Last Trolley Run
Blue Arrow" see sign above
48th Ave at East River, LI City 1, NY
model railroad depicts the warehouse district of Long Island City in
bodies of water are modeled: East River; Newtown Creek; and
scale is 1:87.
scenery is a combination of scratch-built and kit-bashed
- Featured are the
Honeywell, Queens Boulevard, and Thompson Avenue vehicular
- Figures and car float
painted by Christos Zirps.
Contact: Nicholas Kalis
Tele: 703 585-0100 Fax:
F 703 734-6801 Email
||My layout itself , which consists of an
around-the-room shelf that is mostly 18 inches deep and narrows to 12
inches deep plus an 18 inch deep peninsula that is 16 feet long
occupies an area of 19' x 14'3".
My  layout,  built-in workbench, and  visitor lounge area
(sofa and side tables plus tiny bookcase) fit in a room that measures
26 ' x 14' plus about 10' x 2' for the workbench. This room has
carpeting, central air, recessed lighting, telephone, and intercom.
Lessons Learned Along The Way
Many of you know me as the author of
a long article on Sunnyside Yard published in The Keystone.
Others of you might know that I with the help to Ted Tubbesing, Ed McGill,
Monroe Stewart, Ed Johnson, and Martin Denlinger, I built an HO scale
model whose theme was Sunnyside Yard.
What did I learn from my previous
layout. I learned that a finished layout room was an absolute necessity
for enjoying this hobby. My last layout was in the unfinished area of my
basement. All the cleaning and painting and lighting I did could not
escape this reality. I also learned that my next layout would not be
double deck nor would there be a helix.
As to modeling passenger operations,
I learned that this was beyond my pocketbook, talents, space available,
and free time available. I realized that I wanted a layout that would be
reasonably complete in less than a lifetime. I could not count on staying
at the current home and enjoying my current good health forever (not to
imply that I foresee anything other than great health for as long as I can
What I did learn is that my interest
in modeling urban areas and Queens, New York remained strong. My choice of
the Long Island Rail Road Montauk Branch would allow me to put to good use
the research I had been conducting on and off for 20 years. I had amassed
a nice library of loose-leaf binders contained, track diagrams, photos,
articles, and correspondence detailing the operations of the Montauk
Others positives I learned were that
I liked HO scale. O scale would not afford me the opportunity to model the
various scenes I had in mind. N scale was just too small for my eyes. HO
had the greatest variety of supplies but that gap is narrowing at a
Ad from Roto Broil, Long Island City, NY - Track 19a location
Louis Sherry Ice Cream
Long Island City, NY - Track 17a location
Ads from Westinghouse, Long Island City, NY - Track
National Casket Co.
|Thanks to those who have helped me with this layout go to: Ted Tubbesing (wiring), Ed McGill (freight cars),
Christos Zirps (tug, figures, & car float), Tony Fabrizi (float bridge)