Steve Zapytowski, MMR  612

Division 1, MCR, NMRA

Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3
Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3

First Place Place - Scratch Built Structures and The Mount Albert Award NMRA National Convention 2018, Kansas City. MO

Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3
Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3

First Place Place - Scratch Built Structures and The Mount Albert Award NMRA National Convention 2018, Kansas City. MO

Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3
Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3

First Place Place - Scratch Built Structures and The Mount Albert Award NMRA National Convention 2018, Kansas City. MO

Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3
Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3

First Place Place - Scratch Built Structures and The Mount Albert Award NMRA National Convention 2018, Kansas City. MO

Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3
Steve Zapytowski-BFDMC Stamp Mill 3

First Place Place - Scratch Built Structures and The Mount Albert Award NMRA National Convention 2018, Kansas City. MO

Photo By Bruce Hukill
Photo By Bruce Hukill

It’s a moonlit midsummer’s night at Tillamook Station, and the crew at Fairclough Sails is working late to finish an important order. Having just stoked the fire in #22 the night hostler pauses to inspect her running gear with his lantern. Resting beside the wharf the schooner Mary D awaits a load of lumber due to arrive in the mid-morning.

Sail Maker
Sail Maker

Fairclough Sails in its final location on the layout. It was paced next to Tillamook Station only for the photo Bruce Hukill took.

The Town of Tillamook - west view
The Town of Tillamook - west view

Bottom right—a Howe truss crosses the Wilson River. Lower left it the town of Tillamook (a real town). It currently has a mix of finished structures and stand-in buildings made from mat board. Scenery is carved foam covered with plaster cloth. The terrain is paving sand with two shades of ground foam, and ground deciduous leaves. The trees are scratch-built Douglas Firs, Super Trees, and Bachmann fir trees both of the latter are dressed with two shades of ground foam. Overhead is the LED

The fictional town of Outer Astoria
The fictional town of Outer Astoria

In the foreground is the scratch built Outer Astoria Station. In the are three industrial buildings (Fos Scale Kits). The engine house in the background is located in the Astoria yard (a JV Models kit).

Outer Astoria
Outer Astoria

The two major business in this town. The two leftmost building are CJ's Barrel & Crate. Painted red is Vincent's Hot Air Packaging.

The Boring Engine House
The Boring Engine House

Still under construction after all these years... The 2-6-0 seen above will be re-lettered for the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad.

The town of Idiotville, Oregon
The town of Idiotville, Oregon

Idiotville was a real logging town that was so remote it was said only and idiot would live there. The first two structures of the town are shown here. Old Man Baldwin's Cabin (scratch) took second place at both the MCR Convention in 2016 and the NMRA National Convention, 2016. The water tower (a Branchline Kit) won third place at the 2016 MCR, and the Mount Albert Use of Scale Lumber Award at the 2016 NMRA.

Tillamook, Oregon
Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook (A real town, incorporated 1891, elevation 24 feet) has a new schooner under construction on the lift dock (scratch built) in the foreground. The town is named for the Tillamook people, a Native American tribe speaking a Salishan language who lived in this area until the early 19th century. Located on Tillamook Bay, it is a small maritime and farming community. The town’s primary industries during the time period were fishing, logging, farming and cheese making.

Tillamook, Oregon
Tillamook, Oregon

In the foreground the lumber schooner Mary D waits for a load of lumber due to arrive in Tillamook later in the day. Behind the Mary D is The City of Boring, a kit built business car (1st Place Passenger Cars, MCR Convention 2015, and 1st Place Kit Built Passenger Cars, NMRA National Convention 2017). Tillamook Station seen behind the passenger car is scratch built (3rd Place Structures MCR Convention 2016, Judge’s Award, NMRA National Convention 2016). The lights on the station platform are

Tillamook, Oregon
Tillamook, Oregon

To the left of the boxcar is the Dock Master’s office and residence, a scratch built structure (2nd Place Structures, MCR Convention 2015). Upon completion the unfinished schooner will be lowered into the water by the lift dock. In the center, behind several stand-in structures, is Fairclough Sails, one of the several waterfront businesses located in the area.

Heisler #35, eastbound
Heisler #35, eastbound

Heisler #35 approaches Camp 18 (a real location) placed in a portion of the layout where the scenery is complete. On the right are stacks of freshly cut lumber with “stickers” (1x2 strips) placed between layers of the wood to facilitate air drying. Just to the left of the drying lumber is the Camp 18 bunk house (A kit). In the mid foreground leading up from the bottom of the picture is the Camp 18 Trail. This camp belonged to the Big Creek Timber Company.

Camp 18, Elsie, Oregon
Camp 18, Elsie, Oregon

A log flume feeds both water and logs into the pond located at Camp 18. The small scratch built dam releases water into a small creek feeding the Nehalem River. The narrow gauge division of the Tillamook & Astoria runs logs from Clark & Wilson Camp 12 located near Goble, Oregon to the log dump seen behind the pond. The flume is scratch build based upon drawings of a flume located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Heisler #35, eastbound
Heisler #35, eastbound

Pulling even with Camp 18, #35 passes the saw mill and derrick located at the camp. Elsie (Post Office established 1892, elevation 1642 feet) grew around Camp 18 and is an unincorporated community in Clatsop County, Oregon and located in the Northern Oregon Coast Range west of the junction of Oregon Route 103 and U.S. Route 26 where they cross the Nehalem River. Elsie was named after Elsie Foster, who was a relative of George Gragg, the first postmaster. The Elsie post office was established

Farrow's Bend
Farrow's Bend

A view of Farrow’s Bend just ahead of #35’s current location

Heisler #35, eastbound
Heisler #35, eastbound

As #35 enters Farrow’s Bend, site of the spectacular derailment of 1902, it passes the Flume Tender’s Penthouse (scratch built structure). Passing logs ring a bell on the back of the penthouse and if the bell stops ringing the tender must investigate by walking a 2x12 catwalk on the near side of the flume. If he finds a log jam he must free break it up so logs may continue their journey towards the pond at Camp 18.