Monday, May 30, 2011

Road Trip in Review - Day 5, Part 1

Well, the time has come to return to our trip we took in April. Fact of the matter is, eventually I will get the trip entirely reviewed, if it kills me. I know I can do it! I know I can. So, I'm on to the next day. Hopefully at some point each day will stop taking 2 posts to cover all of the information...that will definitely speed things up...

So, on Day 5, we got up and we left our motel and we headed to Dublin, Texas. In Dublin is the oldest operating Dr Pepper bottling plant. you can go in, take a tour of the plant and see the museum they have on site. It's really cool and it only costs $2.50 a person. It's an awesome thing to spend the money on and to enjoy. It's really casual and it takes a couple of hours. They tell you all about the machinery and if you happen to show up on the first Wednesday of the month you might get to see the place in action.

This is a cool picture of the machinery.
This is the piece that adds the syrup and stuff to the bottles.
These are the bottles that are waiting to have their turn at being mixed.
This plant can only fill the old type of bottle.
The new bottles tend to break when going through the machinery.

This is a finished bottle of Dr Pepper coming down the line.
The next step is to checked that it is a good bottle of Dr Pepper.
The machinery is so old at this Dr Pepper bottling plant that it's not computerized. Because of that, each bottle of Dr Pepper has to be manually checked that it is a "good" bottle of Dr Pepper. They do that by placing each bottle into a light box and looking at it.

This is the light box.
The light box holds four bottles and they look at them. The one of the far left is not good, it's too light and doesn't have enough syrup. The one next to it is the only good bottle on the light box. It is the proper color and it is properly filled. The next one is properly mixed, but it's overfilled. The last bottle is too dark and has too much syrup.

The interesting part is that the workers who are checking the bottles of Dr Pepper are also encouraged to open different bottles of Dr Pepper and drink them. The only way that the plant can be sure that the bottles of Dr Pepper are properly mixed is by tasting them.

Alrighty, and here are a last few pictures to enjoy of Mr. B and I enjoying our visit.

This is an old Dr Pepper Bottling Co. advertisement.

This is Mr. B and I by a giant can of Dr Pepper.
This can can be opened up to be a giant Dr Pepper dispenser .

This is the sign to the Dr Pepper bottling plant.

We had a great time at the bottling plant. The tour was fun and the museum was neat to see the old equipment they use to make Dr Pepper. The Dublin bottling plant still serves the same 44 mile radius it served when it was originally opened. How cool is that?

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