Category Archives: Operations

A Look at Ops on the NPP

The layout after a recent operating session: The Mill Job has collected empties from the mills along Commencement Bay and is preparing to switch them onto the car ferry pier. It’s October, so the fuel dealer is getting the first … Continue reading

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Trains Large and Small

I took a trip on Amtrak last week between Portland and Seattle. I’ll post on the trip at Fixed Points, but there were some things that fit better here. Amtrak’s┬áCascade is the regional service for the Northwest, scheduled between Eugene … Continue reading

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Finishing Ballasting

I’ve been working on finishing ballasting the track: I want to move on to other aspects of the railroad like structures and roads. And adding the water feature, and weathering rolling stock, and so on and so forth. I certainly … Continue reading

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Ballasting Two

I had an idea to weather the ballast, and did some research online. I figured that for the time modeled (late 40’s) there would be a considerable amount of grunge on the track and ballast. I started with India Ink … Continue reading

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