Choosing and naming industries is as important as choosing a road name. The first basic questions we should ask our selves is: A.Where is our railroad located? You see the types of industries we choose should be the type we find in the area that we are modeling.If our railroad serves (say) Iowa then we should have several grain elevators.However,if we model a coal producing state then of course we should have several coal mines.If we model a industrial state then of course we should have various industries that is INDEPENDENT of each other and not dependent on each other of course there are some exceptions such as a logging railroad or a iron ore carrier from mines to lake dock. B.What industry building fits our needs? Thankfully we are blessed with several types of industry building kits or we can roll our own from kit bashing or using modular sections from DPM and Walthers.We can choose a building that fits our need to include the"background" buildings from Walthers.However..The building must fit the type of industry we are modeling..We wouldn't want to use a grain elevator for a cement plant. C. Choosing a name. The choosing of a name must fit the building again a grain elevator isn't a cement plant. The name could fit the area that its located in-Great Lake Steel,Ohio Valley Steel,Mid Ohio Plastics and even Tri-State Grocers Distribution..Then we could go with regular local industry names such as North American Knitting,A.J. Wilson Manufacturing Corp etc.Then we can use the bigger corporations such as ADM,Pillsbury, Allied Chemical etc..Cutsy pie names should be avoided for layout believability. D. Freelancing local industries. This is the more fun but,difficult task..We must choose our freelance local industries wisely.First again where is the railroad located? What towns does it run through? What is the area sered? Is it farm? Industrial? Heavy industrial? How do we find this information? That might be the easiest part if you have a large library that has phone books from other cities.You see the yellow pages will reveal a lot of local industrial information.This same information can be found on line as well.Or if close enough a Sunday drive through the area being modeled or perhaps a vacation in the area we plan on modeling..Take a pen and note book and record the types of industries and those served by rail either past or present as well as those that are not. Now of course we don't know if Hubbard Lumber is rail served or not but,in freelancing its the name we are after.Again avoid cutesy pie names and stick to believable industrial names.After all sooner or later the cutesy pie name will loose its humor. ======================================================== Just for fun: Choose a industry and name for this building.. http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3192 I will show the names I chosed later... Please join in.