Dold Packing

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Jacob Dold Packing Company

The Jacob Dold Packing Company was a major player in the canned meat and provision business. The company was granted five seperate patents in 1896 alone for canned meats and one for "Leaf Lard"...whatever that is. The fact is that the company was very successful and fielded their own fleet of refrigerated cars and provision box cars that were patterned after their rival and neighbor Armour.

The Dold Packing Plant has been on the plan for Libertystreet from the beginning over seven years ago. The Office/Store was built long ago as was a version of the packing house itself, these never had a proper setting. I had run tracks across Ninth Street and into the area but never formalized a track plan. While the Sanborn map is at odds with the photographic evidence and the Panoramic view in either case the track arrangements historically don't offer much in the way of intrest. The plant would have been served by a sort of stub ended yard and cars would have been drilled into it from the Ninth Street entrance with no other important industry to introduce. I was afraid it would be a little boring.

One element that I had wanted to include from the beginning was all that overhead spindly bridge and cable aperatus that appears to connect the buildings on the extreme end of the plant. All those ramps and walkways at that end of the layout would frame this end in the same way as "the gate" had done on the left and the elevated bridge on Ninth street in the center had done. I just had no idea what use these could have served so I made a guess that it was used as a conveyor to ferry ice from the

The first steps toward the Dold Packing Co. property.

The photo above shows the overall view of the Dold plant from the perspective of the "Liberty Street" model. With the exception of the Office/Store on the left the rest of the principle buildings of the Dold company are painted white...the nearest multi-story building in this picture is the ice house while the building behind with the "Jacob Dold Packing Co." sign is the packing house proper. The other white buildings in the distance belong to the Armour packing company which later absorbed Jacob Dold so for my purposes the process has already begun and Armour and Dold cars are moved together as though they are one big happy family.

The Dold plant in closeup

This is the Dold plant from the opposite side of Liberty Street

The "New" Dold Packing Company

The building of the Dold complex started with the assembly of some icing/loading platforms. These are of a generic design based on photos of similar structures and made a bit narrow to maximize the space in which they will reside. Scratch built from Evergreen styrene which I then painted first primer, then misted with concrete for the wood tone and over sprayed lightly with reefer white; the whole thing being liberally dusted with Bragdon powders.

Both new icing platforms can be seen here along with the original Dold Packing structures to be replaced.
The unfinished structure on the right is a stand in for the new Ice Factory, the next structure to be built along with a tall bridge connecting the forground buildings with the background.

The "factory" building was where the barrels and boxes used to deliver the finished meat products were stored and, at least on my railroad, where the ice for the reefers and cold storage at the plant was made. A third floor access and bridge with an ice conveyor will connect this building with the far icing platform and the rest of the plant proper.

The "factory" in place with the version one packing plant on the background.

Now with the beginnings of the second version of the packing house.
The picture on the right shows the conveyor bridge and elevator which connects the factory with the packing plant, the new end point of Liberty Street.

The finished cold storage/commercial sales and loading docks in place on the layout at last.

Looking at the Dold plant as it might have looked through the lense of a wet plate camera. If I had had the room this is the building I would have wanted to build.

A chronological album of Dold Packing

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