Probably a decade or more ago, I picked up one of the Plasticville "Trestle Bridge" kits at Strickler's Hobby Shop in Hanover, Pennsylvania. At the time I had visions of building a second level on the layout, but I've not got around to doing that (not even sure I want to pursue it at this point). The kit, a nice model of a "Baltimore" truss bridge, remains in the box, one that has seen quite an evolution over the years:
File comment: Plasticville by Bachmann
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According to the box, Plasticville has been in production since 1947, the beginning of the postwar boom in toy-train production. By the late 1950s, the boom was starting to fizzle out. More than seven decades in, however, Bachmann presumably is still making the Plasticville stuff.
Strickler's closed a few years ago when the owner passed away. I bought quite a few pieces from Lorne Strickler over the years, including a lot of Flyer S-gauge parts and plastic models. His was the last traditional hobby shop in my area, and it is missed.