Category Archives: Rolling Stock

Activity on the NPP

After several months hiatus from the layout, there’s been some activity. Rolling Stock Weathering/Upgrades From the previous post you can see that having another go at weathering the fleet morphed into new flatcar decks. I figured that as I was … Continue reading

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Flat Car Decks and Lumber Stacks

Some ongoing activities on the Northern Pacific Project: Rolling Stock Weathering I bought some Pan Pastels last month and was hoping they’d allow better weathering results than I’ve enjoyed. I’ve read good things about them from folks who’ve used them … Continue reading

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The NPP Purchasing Dept. has been active recently. A hobby saw fromĀ Beijing OutletĀ  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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Noodling around with some things on the layout: Lumber Stacks I’m still experimenting with lumber stack analogues. I’ve mentioned that I need stacks of lumber for the mill loading dock, but don’t need detailed models for interior stacks. I bought … Continue reading

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The Gondolas of Tacoma

With the scrapyard finished, I needed some gondolas to service it. I’d noticed on eBay that rolling stock with Rapido couplers is considerably cheaper than the more modern cars. I figured I’d have a go at converting some of these … Continue reading

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I’ve never ballasted model railroad track. It’s a relatively simple process, and there are any number of how-to articles in print and video. Still, it’s one of those things that has to be done to be appreciated, and a primary … Continue reading

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