Tag Archives: Construction

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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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 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. 2

I decided to tackle the lumber storage/loading area next. From the photo, It doesn’t look like the concrete pads are at freight door height. I decided to cheat a bit and make the uncovered pad high enough to load boxcars. … Continue reading

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Backdrop

Frank Ellison once remarked that model railroads are stages in which the trains are actors (or words to that effect). and there is much that the hobby has in common with the stage. We have our sets (infrastructure and scenery), … Continue reading

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Some Urban Detailing

No completed projects, but have been continuing to flesh out the urban scenery. Roads There are a myriad of ways to represent roads on a model railroad. The method chosen usually is dictated by the road type and location. My … Continue reading

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Completing the Scrapyard

There have been several basketball and hockey games on the last week or so, so I was able to complete the scrapyard. The Scrap Pile By definition, a scrapyard needs a pile of scrap. I decided to simulate iron and … Continue reading

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