Vittles for your village: The O gauge no. 279-8306 Cripple Creek General Store by Menards
If you get away from the urban areas and smaller cities, you’ll find America dotted with towns too small for a mega store like a Kroger or locally owned IGA or Piggly Wiggly grocery. Townsfolk are more likely to rely on a small shop that sells a little bit of everything - from food and stapes, to cloth, work gloves, and maybe even barbed wire!
Cripple Creek is growing, but the customers are more likely to need a 20-pound sack of flour, a case of nails, and some shotgun shells rather than a DVD rental! The Cripple Creek General Store fills those needs.
The Basics: The fully assembled and decorated structure has an old-school two-story wood design with a rusty steel roof. The building has a modest 11-5/ 8-inch by 7-5/8-inch footprint, and has a height of 9 inches. There is a main store with additions on each side. The base has a grassy area with a tree and another segment with a dirt surface and man on horseback. The model has exterior LED lighting above the main sign, and LEDs are placed beneath the porch roof.
The model requires a 4.5-volt power supply sold separately (Menards SKU nos. 279-4061/4361, 4062/4362, or 4050). Power may be applied through a power connection at the rear of the store, or a drop-down pigtail plug from beneath the building.
Why you need this: If your railroad models either a rural setting or pre-1930s railroading, this is a step back in time. The building re-creates the time when the store was small, the variety large, and the owners slept upstairs!
Arriving customers take two steps up onto the wooden plank porch. You can almost hear the floorboards creak! Four wooden poles secure the roof above. A sign advertising "Guns-Ammo-Grub" hangs down from above. A rancher on horseback is riding past, no doubt ready to tie-up to a post and stop for a little shopping.
Three figures in vintage attire populate the porch. Eight-pane windows bracket the see-through double-door entrance. Just to the left, there is a sign for Dad’s Root Beer, and a trashcan and a barrel complement the scene.
The second floor has three eight-pane windows with curtains and mounted in the center is a wooden sign reading Cripple Creek General Store.
An addition on the right has an eight-pane window on the side, and a tall smokestack atop the nicely weathered roof. Four guide wires to secure the stack in place! Out front, Jack the German shepherd is relaxing in the grass, beneath a shade tree.
The addition on the left side of the building has three steps rising to a solid, wooden door. Small shrubs are placed on each side. To the left of the entry is an advertisement for Nehi drinks, and above is signage for Remington Arms. No doubt the muskets and Winchesters are locked in their own secure nook! You’ll find another eight-pane window on the left flank of the structure.
The Cripple Creek General Store can easily pass for a store from the wild West days, or as a contemporary store on a remote section of the American South or West. If you have any of the other Cripple Creek buildings, this will add a distinguishing element to the scene!
- Prelit, prebuilt, and ready to go!
Highly detailed and realistically weathered
- Includes four figures, horse, chimney, barrel, trashcan, vintage signs, and Jack the German Shepherd
- Fully landscaped with grass and gravel, bushes, and a tree
- Limited edition
- Requires 4.5-volt power source (sold separately, Menards® SKU #279-4062, 4050)
- Approximate Power Draw: 120 mA
11-5/8"W x 7-5/8"D x 9"H
As you probably know, Menard's accessories have their own lighting, and you need a 4.5 volt power source to plug into the jack. There are also adapters that handle many outlets in one.
This accessory is great with Lionel, Marx, K-Line, MTH, Williams, and even American Flyer S gauge!
CONDITION: C-9+. New in box.