NP Lester WA Depot Finished

rray Nov 16, 2019

  1. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

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    Rob, I've very recently circled back to Z scale after a few years hiatus (managed to buy back my old Loewy custom set!)... I sure could use a depot for the shelf layout I'm working on (desktop ain't great if you're chasing your own tailcar!). So if you do let this jewel of a depot go, keep me in mind! I'd be darn proud to have a Robert Ray structure on my layout :)

    Oh, and that second AZL F3 A unit will be Loewy green in a few days!

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  2. rray

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    Actually, I'm planning on cranking out about a dozen NP Depots, and another dozen NP structures of other types, so i have an assortment for my home layout. Here are the 3 combination freight passenger depots I have drawn up so far, and I am in the process of drawing up telegraph offices with living quarters right now. There were many remote station stops that did not have a depot, but had a telegraph office with living quarters for the station attendant. In almost every station stop location, there would also likely be a bunkhouse, fuel/coal bin, outhouse, and toolshed/speeder shed, but not necessarily a depot.

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    I need to get me some F3's to paint up in Lowey. I am so disappointed that AZL did not release an NP loco set in Lowey green, when they have everything else for a North Coast Limited or Mainstreeter train!

    PS: WHACHA burning, a CAO Cameroon? I'm on Punch Rare Corojo's and Onyx Reserve's these days.
     
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    Agreed that they're missing the boat (as of yet!) on the GN Empire Builder and NP Loewy locos... time will tell! But for now, that MTL set (and the Loewy 4-car runner pack arriving this month!) will need matching motive power, even if it's just splashed with two greens and a white stripe. We'd need decals to do it right... and the MTL F7's are cute but far too noisy for my taste!

    I've been smoking a ton of NUB sampler packs for the last couple years, if I go for a heavy hitter it's usually Camacho or Perdomo, maybe a Monte Cristo... love picking up oddities on my travels too. Example; Deadwood South Dakota has Deadwood Tobacco and they're a storied little place (once a brothel/opium den!)

    Come to Tahoe, my cigar room awaits!
     
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    I ordered a CBQ ABA set and WP A for repainting into Lowey Green, because AZL likes to push AB sets, and I already have two AB butterknife sets, so I already have an extra B unit for my butterknife ABA. I also ordered a 100 pack of Atlas flex, the AZL 1937 NP AAR boxcars 4pk, and NP Outside Braces boxcars 4pk in preparation for my NP layout. I gotta get some more AZL Mikados too, and see if I can superdetail them to NP prototypes, but need to figure out the longer smokebox and firebox mods first.

    I have the NP decals, I made up Lowey scheme decal sets about 10 years ago, I just have to find them. Everything is lost from the move.

    I painted these MTL F7's and use my decals on them. They don't run well though. I'm not super happy with the B unit lettering, I think it might be too big. The MTL painted B unit lowey is WAY TOO BIG:
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    Sharp! I'm in for a decal set or two, if they surface! Where'd you end up after the move? Somewhere near NP trackage, I hope! I have family in Bemidji MN and seeing the old GN ghost towns everywhere was amazing...
     
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    I'll hunt those decals down this winter. My garage is still a mess, and finding stuff is still hard, this is what I am trying to sort through, and I'm only about 1/4 the way through so far. I go so far, then find something, and get sidetracked doing something else:
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    I'm in the Boise ID area, a couple hours from any old NP Track. The closest is the Camas Praire line, an old UP/NP joint venture, and about 4-5 hours away from the Yellowstone, and Idaho division trackage. I live along the UP OSL Boise Cutoff. I used to model UP, but I have to be difficult, so NP it is! :D
     
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