Fun day out with Dr Wayne (pic heavy)

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  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    The good doctor and I have been planning to get together to do a little railfanning and maybe poke around some of the old industrial areas in his neck of the woods for some time now. Hamilton, where Wayne lives is home to big steel so we met on the outskirts.

    I'll just skip the part of the day where I missed the turnoff, made a slightly panicked cell call, and reached our rendezvous point half an hour late! :D :D

    We started our tour near the famous Bayview Junction. No trains showed up but it was a great view from the bridge.


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    Next, we headed over to the gritty side of town, to see what we could of Stelco, one of Canada's 2 largest steel companies. On the way, we passed this loading dock. Always on the lookout for clutter to model I took several shots. Here's one of them.

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    Our first good look at part of the massive Stelco complex. Like most heavy industry in North America, Hamilton's steel industry is a shadow of it's former self. Still, lots of impressive structures remain.

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    Just as we got to the water's edge, they dumped some slag and this massive plume went up.

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    A closer look at one of the remaining blast furnaces.

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    Wayne can tell you in detail what each of these buildings are. I'm afraid that apart from the blast furnace I've already forgotten. :rolleyes:

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    Couldn't resist this "arty" shot.

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    All this fun was making us hungry, so we hit the road for St Catharines, home of the Welland Canal, a nice little train store, and McDonalds. :)

    On the way. we passed this van burning like crazy at the side of the road. For some reason Wayne didn't want to slow down to let me get a good shot... muttering something about exploding gas tanks he sped by!

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    Happily fed we head for the hobby shop. Sorry I don't have pix of all the goodies. Suffice to say I now have a new Rapido coach in CP livery, a way-too-modern-for-my-layout Chev Impala, and best find -- the brass switch targets I've been searching for everywhere. :thumb:

    It was getting late in the afternoon by the time we got to the Welland Canal, a series of lift locks, but our timing turned out to be perfect for a little "ship-fanning".

    We headed up to the observation platform -- a cold and windy place, upon whose chilly prow I refected that I could never be a sailor! Yes I am a wimp!

    We were in luck though as we saw a big "laker" approaching on the horizon.

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    Ever the gentleman, Wayne suggested we find a warmer spot to wait for the ship. Ever lazy and self indulgent, I agreed. :D :D :D

    The sides of the lock are about 80 ft high, and I'd estimate that the distance the ship is lifted is between 50 - 70 ft. A couple more photo's of the general layout of the lock.

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    Here she comes! It's a very tight fit with only about 5 ft on either side of the ship.

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    Night was falling fast, as I snapped these last 2. It's pretty amazing to watch how fast the ship gets lifted up in the lock.

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    All in all it was a great day out, with excellent company, perfect weather and a little bit of everything! Hope you enjoyed the photos.

    Val
  2. Nomad

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    Thanks for sharing. Those are great pictures.

    Loren
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Nice shots for steel industry reference Val! I liked your arty shot. "Welcome to SCENIC Atlantic Canada? :) Weird to come across that burning van! Overall it sounds like you had a great adventure and got some terrific pictures!
    Ralph
  4. doctorwayne

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    Great pictures, Val, and a fun day, too. Of course, only I could take you to the busiest rail junction in Canada when there were no trains to be seen. :oops::p
    And as for identifying the buildings at Stelco, I never worked on this side of the plant, so the blast furnace was the only one I was sure about. However, I believe that the boxcar red structure with the conveyors is the sinter plant, and the second to last steel plant photo, with all the pipes and walkways, is part of the boiler facility, where steam and compressed air is generated for use throughout the plant.
    And waiting for that boat to get to the lock, I was worried that it was going to get stuck in an ice jam - man, :eek: was it ever cold up on that observation platform.

    Wayne
  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Wow, I'm crazy with jealousy! Wayne, gotta hook up my wife with yours next time I come up, so you Val and I can go fannin'. I love the arty shot too Val.
  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    Looks like it was a fun day. Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures and accompanying commentary.
  7. spitfire

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    Thanks folks - I'm glad you liked the little virtual tour.

    Gary - that's a great idea :D

    Ralph, if you still need steel mill reference shots, let me know - I have more.

    Val
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Val: Have you taken a tour of the steel mill? I went around when I was in high school; don't do it in January.
    I think the Rapido coach is similar to CP's 2200 series which were built 1948-50. Doesn't that fit with your layout?
  9. spitfire

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    Hi David

    No I have not toured the steel mill, although Wayne did mention that there are tours. Apparently you can't take photo's on the tour, but it would be pretty interesting.

    The Rapido coach does just fit with my layout, but I'm hoping they will also make some heavyweights at some point. Their passenger cars are IMHO the best out there. :thumb:

    Val
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Val, I'll be a lot of members would enjoy a few more steel industry pics! I'm pleased to see that some of my ersatz structures resemble the real thing. :)
    Ralph
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Sounds like a great day out!

    Andrew
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    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Val,
    I got the dishes washed, dried, put away, and the storm window installed in the front door, while the pics were downloading....worth every bit of the wait.
    I love it when a modelbuilder takes photos....you always get all the details !!! :cool:
    The tales I could tell, "of storm and adventure, heat and cold, of schooners, Islands, and maroons, and buckaneers, and buried gold"... even those not "wimps", begin to realize their limits, "When the storms of November come early"
    Thanks Val, the detail shots of the "laker" are priceless.
    Pete
  13. Gary S.

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    Hey Wayne, check it out!! Look at the uncoupling magnet in the first photo! So magnetic uncoupling it is prototypical afterall! And I don't see any hickory sticks from above in that photo either! So what do all of the "skewer" people think of that??

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    sign1 I'm glad you enjoyed them Pete!!!
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    spitfire Active Member

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    Except I don't think you would want to put your uncoupling magnet in quite that position!! :rolleyes:

    I've found some magnets that go right under the ties, and can be ballasted over. IMO that's the way to go.

    Val
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    Thanks for sharing the photos. So who is going to model the on-fire van and the ship-locks?:mrgreen:
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    They're probably thinking "Skewer you!" :p:-D:-D Actually, Val is right: that's not the best place for the uncoupling magnet, as it would be easy for a metal wheel to short-out when the switch is thrown, causing the train to stop and all the interior car lights to go out. This could cause panic among the LPBs and result in a carnage of molten plastic.
    I must admit, though, Gary: you've got a keen eye....and a sense of humour to match. ;):thumb:

    Wayne
  18. Glen Haasdyk

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    Those are great pictures, thanks for sharing.
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    sign1

    I'm sure some of us will remember that this is a follow-up from some threads from about a year ago, where we were discussing the relative merits and realism of magnetic uncoupling versus by-hand uncoupling.

    And hey, I wasn't the one that chose the location of that "on-the-ties" magnet. That was them CaNaDiEn railroaders did that!!:eek: