This will become the most detailed part of the layout, with hand-laid track and turnouts using Central Valley tie-strips and turnout kits, street details including a manhole that opens and scale signage for the streets, parking regulations, bus stops, and more. The diner is a 1950's Revel kit that has been super-detailed with an interior - including a worn Linoleum floor, counter with stools, booths, and a grill complete with eggs and bacon. Patrons enjoying breakfast, a waitress, and a cook complete the scene. Walking distance from the S. P. & S. interchange, it's a favorite spot of train crews!
This waterfront industrial area can easily keep two operators busy. There are 6 tracks in the yard, numbered from the harbor as 1 to 6. Transfers arrive on track 2, and outbound trains are assembled on track 3. Tracks 4 and 5 are used to create blocks of cars for either the industries to the north or the piers to the south. Track 1 is kept clear for run-around. Track 6 is used for sorting, and transfer engines tie up on the stub track near the office.
A "Doodlebug" with a trailer car makes 4 trips daily into the area, stopping briefly at the lot opposite Pier 5. These runs are timed to accommodate the work shifts that run from 7 AM to 3:30 PM and 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Parking space is a premium so most workers use the train to commute to work. The Bulk Fuel Transfer is the main industry that operates a second shift.
The ships are removable and are waterline models made from carved blocks of wood with surface detail made from stripwood and styrene. A freighter, small tanker, and a pair of barges come and go on a daily basis. Pier 1 and the opposite side of Pier 2 are not modeled. One of the two barges is a 4-bay bulk carrier for material like coal to be transferred to hoppers. The other is a single large bay and transfers bulk goods like pipe, processed lumber, or machinery. These are transferred to gondola or flat cars.
Pacific Jam and Jelly receives fruit and berries by truck and ships about 1 carload per week out during the year, but during the Sugar Beet harvest, it switches its operation to sugar processing, receiving several hopper or gondolas loaded with sugar beets every week. This is converted to liquid sugar and stored in tanks for use in its main product. The tanks, processing, and refining part of this operation are not modeled.
A once-daily run from the yard to the district handles the industries and an interchange with the Canadian Pacific. Most of the district is reached by a 4% grade down from the mainline. The local fuel distributor receives loads of oil products by tank car, coal on an elevated trestle in hoppers, and an occasional box car with items like furnaces and small boilers. It has two sidings, one at mainline track level and one at the district level. There are two other rail-served industries - Lil' Susie Snax is a producer of baked snack goods - cookies, crackers, and single-serve snack cakes. It receives hoppers of bulk flour on the outer track and box cars of bagged sugar and packaging material on the inner track. It also ships about two carloads of finished goods each week for regional distribution. The other industry manufactures electrical components, receiving bulk steel sheets and items like motors by box car and ships finished goods. Once a month, a gondola is spotted just outside the building to load the scrap material for recycling.
S. P. & S. Interchange
The Spokane, Portland, and Seattle interchange is a level crossing protected by GN and SP&S interchange towers. The SP&S track appears to disappear behind the buildings, but they actually hides the engine and interchange cars. The SP&S interchange is handled by an Athearn Genesis GP-9 #154.