Early this morning members of the Flagstaff Model RR Club performed the final updates to the N-scale diorama depicting the Riordan Lumber Mill. The diorama, located at Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff, shows the layout of buildings in and around the lumber mill as it existed in the early 1900’s, just southwest of downtown Flagstaff.
The final updates consisted of a variety of tasks, the focal point of which was the replacement of the “stand-in” model of the D.M. Riordan family home with a historically accurate model and the addition of the tombstone shaped stone wall surrounding the property. At the sawmill, over 120 rough-cut wood blocks that had represented stacks of drying lumber were replaced with custom made resin castings from Steve Wolcott at Pre-Size Model Specialties. Updates to the sawdust burner conveyor were made and several bicycles were added to the town, as they were a primary mode of transportation at that time.
A special thanks to everyone who helped with our work session today and to Riordan Mansion Manager Nikki Lober for her patience and support.