Buildings & Towers (Page 4 of 8)
Gilbert made 62 distinct buildings and towers as listed on a little over seven pages of the TM Guide, not counting the variations on some of the 62.  Because there are so many, I have split them up over eight web pages:

Gilbert buildings    #50 through #167 are on
page 1
                           #168 through #273 are on
page 2
                           #274 through #590 are on
page 3
                           #593 through #755A are on this page
                           #758 through #767 are on
page 5
                           #768 through #774 are on
page 6
                           #779 through #799 are on
page 7
                           #23586 through #23796 are on
page 8
Because some of the Buildings & Towers (like those on this page) are also operating accessories, they are shown in both places.

Unless otherwise specified, the pictures on this page are from the collection of The Upstairs Train.
#593 Signal Tower made in 1946 thru 1954.
(Picture courtesy of
Rick Dunn.)
#596 Operating Water Tank.
There were many variations: brown or burnt orange tank, gray or black legs,
black  or gray roof, made from 1946 thru 1956.
This one has black legs and roof and no weight on the spout.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#612 Freight and Passenger Station with Crane made in 1946 thru 1954.
There were several color variations, gray or red base, red or brown trim, and green or tan roof.
(Picture courtesy of
Rick Dunn.)
If you think this crane looks familiar, check out Gilbert's early crane cars.
(Picture courtesy of
Rick Dunn.)
#612 Freight and Passenger Station with red base, red or brown trim, and green or tan roof.
(Picture courtesy of 
PJ Heck.)

I am told that the red base and brown trim were used on the pre-War version of this station,
and that leftover parts inventory was used to build post-War stations,
some of which had a mixture of pre- and post-War parts.
#751 Log Loader with yellow-painted Bakelite base made in 1946 & 1947.
(Photos courtesy of
Kisers Vintage Toys And Trains.)
To improve its operation, Gilbert made a mechanical design change in 1951.
The improved unit was sold as #751A in 1951 thru 1953.
It's hard to tell the diffrence unless you know what to look for.
The
Operating Accessories page explains it in detail.
The #717 log unloading car was sold separately.
(Photo courtesy of
New England Toy & Train Exchange.)
#752 Seaboard Coaler with two-button control and a bag of coal; it was made in 1946 thru 1950.
(Photo courtesy of
New England Toy & Train Exchange.)
From the other side, you can see how it operated.  It was intended to be installed between two tracks.
The scoop picks up coal from a car on one track, or from the tray into which a dump car unloads.
The scoop then lifts the coal up to the chute that delivers the coal into a car waiting on the other track.
(Photo courtesy of
New England Toy & Train Exchange.)

#752A Seaboard Coaler with three-button control made in 1951 and 1952.
Because the original #752 tended to spray coal all over the place, the #752A had a bin at the top of the chute.
The third button opened the trap door at the bottom of the bin.  It helped, but not much.
#755 Talking Station Station, also sold as #755A, made in 1948 thru 1950.
(Photo courtesy of
George A. Mostoller.)

A somewhat harder to find version had a blue roof.
One end. The other end.
(Photos courtesy of George A. Mostoller.)

For more photos and details on its operation, see the
Operating Accessories page.

#755A Talking Station made in 1951 thru 1953. The #799 Talking Union Station replaced it in 1954.
It looks and sounds like the #755 above, but the 755A had a built-in Lockout Eliminator
so the train wouldn't back out of the station after the record played. 
With the 755, you had to lock the engine's e-unit in forward mode
if you were going to stop the train at the station.

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