Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Tim Hortons Covered Hopper, er, Coffee, To Go

As many know, Tim Hortons is pretty much synonymous with being Canadian. The coffee and donut chain has even introduced words into the Canadian lexicon: Double-double, Timmies, Timbits, roll up to the rim. For many in Canada, the day hasn't started until after the first cup of Tim Hortons coffee.

So it's no surprise that some model railroaders might want to include a Tim Hortons restaurant on a layout, like the modellers who belong to the La Ba Ja club in Edmonton, Alberta. Their portable layout features a Tims, along with a collection of police cars in the parking lot. (Some stereotypes are international, it seems.)

A modeller in the U.S. went one step further, decalling two pieces of rolling stock with the Tim Hortons logo. George, who lives in New York State, became a Tims fans during trips to Toronto. He scanned the logo from a brochure and applied it to an N scale Micro-Trains and an Atlas Trainman HO scale covered hoppers (after first removing the original lettering). Together, I guess you could say they are a double-double!

Hmmm . . . wonder how many donuts those cars hold?


  1. This is awesome. I wish I had one of these on my layout. I am planning one.....

  2. An interesting and neat idea, but someone needs to get word to George that the company is actually called Tim Donut Limited, and those hoppers would likely carry TDLX reporting marks.

    Now are they full of flour, sugar, or chocolate sprinkles?