Category Archives: Tacoma

Acquisitions

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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LCL

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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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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Cheney Lumber Pt. 1

With the urban side of the layout about 70% complete I wanted to work on the sawmill side. When I designed the layout, I planned for a sawmill for one side. Because the track plan was designed for switching operation, … Continue reading

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Warehouse 2

I’ve spent the better part of the past two months building the second warehouse for the downtown side of the layout. While the first warehouse was basically a box, the second was a bit more challenging, as the 1948 prototype … Continue reading

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Warehouse 1

I’d planned to have a some warehouses on the city side of the layout, and searched photo archives for some that were extant in Tacoma of the era. I found a few candidates, including one that appeared to be small … Continue reading

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The Pour

Ivey Construction Completes Largest Pour to Date (AP) Ivey Construction attempted their largest water project to date with their pour of the harbor water in downtown Tacoma. After weeks of delays and rescheduling, the harbor pour was completed during the … Continue reading

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