As many of you may know Grand Rapids was once known as the furniture capital of the world. Companies like Burkey & Gay, Kindle, Sligh, Baker and many others produced some of the finest furniture to be found anywhere in the world.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the railroads played an important role in getting the areas furniture sold and delivered. Each year Grand Rapids furniture manufacturers held two exhibitions to show their newest products.
These events brought buyers from all over the country, mostly by rail, to see what was new and to place their orders. The railroads were then the main mode of transportation used to bring the buyers choices to their stores for their buying public.
Some manufacturers where quite creative in their use of the railroad to sell and distribute their products and that’s what we present in the Grand Rails 2012 Convention Car.
The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad had a fleet of box cars designated as furniture cars to not only deliver local products safely to dealers and distributors around the country but to act as furniture stores on wheels as well.
Our model, produced exclusively for Grand Rails 2012 by Accurail was inspired by the post card shown here of just such a car on a siding in Omena, MI on the shore Grand Traverse Bay. Note the poster on the car publicizing a local fair. We are including a Grand Rails 2012 logo “poster” for you to apply if you wish.
The car will be available in three different numbers.