Detroit-Rickel & Co. Malsters




This prototype photo of Rickel & Co. Malsters (below) was taken in 1981 when I started gathering information for the model railroad.  The Rickel & Co. complex was located at 1824 Adelaide Street in Detroit.  Rickel supplied the breweries in Detroit with beer brewing ingredients until 1971, when  Archer Daniels-Midland took over the business. Malt production was discontinued in 1985 following the closing of the Stroh's Brewery and the silos were demolished in 1995 -1996.

Rickel & Co. Malsters

Rickel looking south






Grain silos were made from 4" PVC pipe sliced in half lengthwise. The main elevator structure is .80" thick sheet styrene with appropriate bracing to keep it square and in place.
The Adelaide Street overpass, (right), was typical of the many bridges carrying auto traffic over the GTW rails in the "Dequindre Cut".
Bridges on the PH&N RR were constructed of a plywood base covered with the appropriate basswood accent pieces to simulate the concrete construction of the prototype. Sidewalks and street surface are styrene plastic, scribed and painted to replicate the prototype.




Rickel looking north




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Rickel & Co.



The main building of Rickel & Co.was made from Design Preservation Modules, mounted on an .80 sheet styrene base. Artwork for the sign was made with Adobe Photoshop and based on the the prototype photos above. The decal was printed with an ink-jet printer on a white decal sheet. Silos were made from PVC tubing.



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Photo left - Pere Marquette #1225 passes the Rickel & Co. silos with a fast freight destined for FSUD and Merchandise Row in Detroit. All photos by Dave Held