Chickasha Compress

There were once a couple cotton compresses that shipped by rail on the south side of Frederick, OK. That rail traffic seems to have dried up for Farmrail in the early 2000’s, hence my chosen modeling era.

I constructed Dunavant Cotton out of a couple Pikestuff kits, but I for the Chickasha Compress, I only needed a loading dock. The rest of the warehouse is “in the aisle.” Enter Tom Klimoski’s excellent article in the November 2020 issue of Model Railroader magazine.

The loading dock was cast using Rockite cement from Lowes and a simple styrene mold. I have since added lots of weeds around the loading dock since this photo was taken.

The result is simplicity that gets the job done. The real cement works well to capture the look of the real loading dock. I may add a few cracks with a pencil, but that’s it. I highly recommend checking out Tom’s article!

The scenes around Frederick, OK on my layout keep getting better, as this above photo is evidence of. The locomotive is yet another GP10 on my roster to return from Canada after receiving the artistic touch of Ron Arsenault of

In other news, I spent the past Saturday volunteering at the North Carolina Railroad Museum’s New Hope Valley Railway as I continue to learn the ropes of the train crew. I’d like to give a shout out to the creator of my cool shirt in this photo, Notch 8 Gear. The owner is a locomotive engineer and Army veteran from Oklahoma. Check out his store at

There is a new YouTube video in the works! Until next time, y’all.

5 thoughts on “Chickasha Compress

  1. Alex,

    Nice addition for operational interest in limited space.
    Well done! If you ever need additional photos from Frederick just drop me a line to my email.


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    1. Thank you very much! I have lots of photos of the elevators, track, and other industries, but seeing trains actually run there is somewhat rare. If you have any pictures of trains in action there, I’d be very interested!


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