need pics of your steel mills

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  1. 13Mtrainer

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    hi everyone i have started the steel mill part of my layout but have come to a stop due to lack of info and pictures i have. any pictures would really help me out on this on. any scale will work but i model in HO.:)




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  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Hi 3MT I am just in the process of re-installing my steel mill in my current layout. Track still has to be glued in place. What you see is a coke producing plant that then sends the coke to the blast furnaces in the background.
    This one is N gauge.

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    wow that is amazing do you have any other pictures of it?
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks 13mt
    I did have some posted at the Gauge but that was a year or two ago. If there is anything you want in particular let me know and I can take more photos.
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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I am a great admirer of Robin's steel mill too ever since I saw the pics a while back. I agree, this one is a great shot! I have a steel mill with a blast furnace created from shampoo bottles. I'll also include a black and white shot of another part of the complex that is mostly building flats in a tight spot.
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    wow thank you both for showing me these pictures. Now i just have one more question. i was going to have just 1 track spur come of the siding but i was wondering what you guys do. if you could post a small part of the track layout to and at your steel mills that would help a lot to steer me in the right direction. thank you again.

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  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A lot depends on what space you have for track 13MT. There is usually one track closest to the mill that handles cars that move molten metal. Next there needs to be some storage tracks for coal cars and ore cars coming in then rolled steel coils to ship out and of course the empty coal and ore cars have to leave too. I only have space for 4 tracks so will have to be ready to do a lot of switching. I will post a photo when I have finished laying track.
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm guessing that everyone who models a steel mill on their layout does a lot of compromising and simplifying. These complexes are huge with all kinds of trackage, buildings, and equipment. Robin mentioned some of the range of rolling stock.

    I was originally planning to only model outgoing rolled steel but grew dissatisfied with the way I was simulating loads in 40 ft gondolas. They didn't look the way I wanted. I really wanted to spend a fortune on covered coil cars but decided against it. :)

    Then I decided to move my blast furnace, which had been just a back drop structure, in front of some tracks to hide them and break up the appearance of the loop of track the whole mill was located in. The main line tunnels through part of one building but this is in the back and not obvious since the entrances are visually blocked by other structures...it was a way of making the best of available space.

    I'm not attempting to model the operation of the blast furnace since I don't have any of the specialized cars to do this nor have I modelled a "high line" where coke and ore is deposted. What I did instead was to use the three track yard as the "materials yard" where my numerous open hoppers of coal can be spotted on track 1 and 2 while my gondolas of scrap metal are set on track 3. I've made a large pile of scrap next to the track to suggest some unloading there. I also placed some dummy tracks in the corner of the layout that go into a building to suggest there is more activity. I see no reason why you can't have a single spur. Decide what sorts of cars you want to spot there and let your creative imagination do the rest...you could even hide the end of the spur behind a building to make it look like it is the lead track to all the rest of the complex track of the mill. Here's my track plan...

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