Category Archives: Tacoma

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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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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