Scratch / Kit bashed HO scale Kress scrap box carrier {photos included}

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  1. slagpot

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    Hello all,

    After many hours at my work bench {3 hours} yesterday and last night. My newest carrier is done ! I made a tepmplate to go by should I make any more of these carriers. This being my second scratch build of a kress carrier, it didn't turn out to bad, the cab is a little large to scale. I didn't have a model ruler to go by....all done by hand and eye or by the skin of my teeth.

    Enjoy the photos.......

    Patrick
    Beaufort,SC
    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}


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  2. N Gauger

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    That is Great!!! :D :D COOL!!!!!
  3. Gil Finn

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    Enter those pics, or rather pose them and enter in the pic contest. There will none other like them, wow.
  4. doctorwayne

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    Another well-done job, Patrick.:thumb:

    Wayne
  5. MilesWestern

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    :eek: WOW!! Those must be HUGE!! :eek: Do you have a picture of the real thing?
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    Sweet...I remember one of them featured on Mega Machines.:thumb:
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    look great :thumb: scale ruler or no scale ruler
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    You're right about that, Jim. These things come in a variety of sizes, and about the only thing on them that gives you any sense of their size is the operating cab. The slab carriers where I used to work had 2 flights of steps to the cab and were rated, I believe, for about 135 tons. The railcars that they replaced (ex-steam loco tender beds) could carry 160 tons of hot slabs: the advantage of the Kress is that it can deliver the load where there are no tracks and it can do it right now, as opposed to waiting until 15 or 20 cars are loaded and a locomotive finally shows up.

    Wayne
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    Somehow the word WOW just doesn't sum that thing up! That's some great work there. Really nice job!
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    Thank you all for the kind words. I'll be working on another type of kress carrier soon...speaking of which. Doc, which type of kress carrier did you operate, the four wheel or six wheel design ?

    The kress straddle carrier of the six wheel design is what I'm looking into. But it looks to be much more of a challenge to build than the older four wheel design. I'll have to find some good photos to go by on this next carrier, {kress slab carrier }.

    Once again thank you all for your kind words.

    Patrick
    Beaufort,SC
    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}
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    This is what type I plan on build next for the future mill.

    Patrick


  12. slagpot

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    Hello Miles,

    Nope couldn't find any pictures of the real machine. I got a hold of this drawing for this machine out of a 1970's book " Iron and steel yearly proceedings". The drawing itself was very small, I used the copy machine at work and blew up the drawing. I know this though....these machines were real and used in mills around the world. Kress favors the elevated pallet carrier design now,although a brute of a machine, it doesn't look as mean as the old style, such as this model.

    Thank you for the kind words also...

    Patrick
    Beaufort,SC
    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}
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    Good luck on your BOF/caster model, Patrick. Many years ago, I started a model of a blast furnace, working from a (partial) set of blueprints supplied by my employer. The furnace and cast house occupied an area of about 4' x 4', the stoves about 1' x 2', the gas scrubbers and baghouses another 2' x 3', and a stock house at 1' x 4', all in HO scale. I built the furnace shell, most of the casthouse (including the casting floor and runners and part of the slag pit, all cast in Hydrocal) The furnace shell was built-up from sheet styrene. Since styrene strips and structural shapes were not available, the cast house was constructed with basswood "H" columns and "I" beams, and sheathed with basswood corrugated siding. The brickwork for the lower floors was brick paper, while walls used the material from Holgate & Reynolds. I constructed the skip bridge from basswood shapes and steel rail, while the skip cars were styrene. While I knew that I would eventually run out of space in our one bedroom apartment, I ran out of money before that happened. Unable to finish the model, it sat for many years, slowly deteriorating. The one cast house crane that I'd started was converted into a more general-purpose type, and is in use on my present layout. I gave away some of the parts to other modellers, and scrapped quite a bit. What's left, other than the crane, are some walkways and handrails, and a bunch of large roof trusses, all built-up from basswood shapes. I also have a few photographs (not digital) that I may post when I get a scanner and a new computer.

    Wayne