Category Archives: Projects

Acquisitions

The NPP Purchasing Dept. has been active recently. A hobby saw from Beijing Outlet  Harbor Freight. $40. I gave this a flyer because I needed a way to cut wood for the lumberyard, and $40. The saw is grossly underpowered and … 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 Cascade is the regional service for the Northwest, scheduled between Eugene … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 6

Attaching the mechanical house to the boom was the last major assembly step. The house has two main support beams where the boom sits, and until I installed the backstays, would be the only attachment point. I used epoxy for … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 4

Continuing work on the gantry crane for the sawmill. Here’s a photo of the prototype for reference: I’d gotten to the point of building the boom, and the most complicated fabrication of the model. It’s a truss, but the vertical … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 3

Now was time to turn attention to the crane legs. I’d tried making patterns using drawing instruments and wasn’t happy. This time I fired up a drawing program and created scale templates. I fiddled with the proportions until I got … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 2

After completing the platform it was time to turn attention to the crane mechanical house. This is where the operator and one would assume a Diesel engine are located, as the winch and boom appear to be electrically driven and … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 1

The entire lumber yard of the layout is modeled after the Cheney Lumber facility in 1940’s Tacoma. The signature element of the scene is the gantry crane: I figured I had enough scratch-building experience under my belt to have a … Continue reading

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