Thanks for the call Jim I have about 30 of those little Atlas Ore cars and all modified for 2-Rail with Kadee couplers I will snap some photos for you in the next couple of days I'm flat out like a lizard drinking getting the layout ready for Friday's session at the moment.

On a completely different matter the new Boiler house is progressing fine see the structure section on how I built it. Here it is installed for Friday's session the new turnout is installed and wired up everything works and ready to go, maybe finish the Boiler house next week if the rain holds off. Roo.



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Hi Roo.

What a great railroad you have down there! Really nice work. Enjoy following along with your posts here on the forum.

I'd like to ask you about those black ore cars. Who made them? Are they the old Atlas 3-rail ore cars?

If you did a 3-rail to 2-rail conversion on them, can you give me any details on how you did it? I'd like to do some for the little 2-rail layout that I'm putting together, and I've never converted anything before.

Thank you, Jim

Thanks Jim for your kind comments.

Yes, the Ore cars are the old Atlas cars from the 70's I love them at one stage I had about 50 of them I now use about 30 on the layout in rakes of 10. 

To change them to a good running 2-rail car is not hard  more hard on your wallet than on the bench.

I take them apart and toss the trucks and couplers which leaves a hole to be filled where the truck screws on (my finger is pointing at the hole!) this is filled with a piece of wood dowel. I then use Weaver trucks with Intermountain wheelsets and Kadee couplers to save money you could use plastic wheels and set up the cars with draw bars in sets of three to save on couplers I go all out and use Kadees on all the cars here are some photos I hope this helps. As a postscript. I have seen blokes use the original trucks by turning down the flange on the original wheels also some blokes use Athearn trucks instead of the Weaver I had a lot of Weaver trucks so I used them when I screw the truck to the wood dowel I drill a small hole in the centre of the dowel and use a small metal screw (2g X 12mm I think!) with a washer under the head also some firm once made plastic plugs instead of using dowel but these as far as I know are long gone a bit of lead shot in the bottom of the hopper for weight and 3mm MDF with woodlands scenic ore glued on the top, so your running full one way and empty the other, lots of ways to do these things my way is only one of many ways.  Hope I haven't confused you and instead helps you get started. Take care. Roo.




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Hi everyone.

This photo shows the new unfinished Boiler House in Place sandwiched between the BOF and the Blast Furnace, imagine what this will look like with an electrical substation in front of it and everything painted and weathered one day. I'm not finished yet, plenty more to come I've got road cranes, railroad cranes, plenty of figures, details, even a garage/workshop for the Road cranes coming up and maybe a fire station if I can fit it in all sorts of things in preparation and we run every Friday this week it's Thursday can't make it Friday but your invited I provide lunch...... Roo.



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Roo, Fantastic !  Looking forward to all the other updates to come. This is a Master Class in modeling.

Thank you for starting this thread and letting us see your work. Enjoy the Operating  sessions, well deserved break.


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Hi Bob ! Good to hear from you mate. Margaret was only saying last night have you heard from Bob lately I said I must give him a call.

And thanks Tom for your kind words.

For those who can't attend today here is the initial set out and some of the cars for the start of today's activities. I've even turned the heaters on in the room (it is winter here!) Well the boys should be arriving soon better get back to the room see you all later. Roo.





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We had a great day yesterday running the layout, today it's work day . I am fitting some clearance poles on the far end of Republic Steel "Yard" I say "Yard" because it's only three tracks it does it's job in the limited space I have there and the sharp curves have never been a problem. To cut down on some of the trains we are running we have decided to run fewer trains with more cars so I wanted to see how many Coke and Ore hoppers those tracks could fit something I should have done a long time ago but never got around to it. So with the axcess hatches removed I can get right up to the far end of the layout here are some photos of areas you don't really see anymore but I know they are there! Roo. Tom, I haven't forgotten you!



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Very inspirational for those of us with memories of eastern US steel mill railroading.  Great format also for running lots of trains within our necessarily confined spaces.  If you haven't already seen it, the Allen Keller series of model railroading videos and DVD's has a wonderful one on the late Dean Freytag's steel mill oriented HO model railroad.  Well worth the time to track down a copy because of its explanation of steel making and the connection with railroading even though Mr. Freytag's railroad was HO.

Roo, I am glad you had a good time yesterday! Your layout is just amazing and love all the pictures you post of it! Thanks and have a great work day along with a wonderful weekend!


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Hi Tom and other members.

The Initial set out list is what it says. There are eleven (11) areas where cars are staged before we start running trains these cars are the only cars on the layout that are used initially any other cars not on the list are removed from the layout. When we start running trains each operator has a switch list for today's activities the set out sheet has done it's job and is discarded the operator then only uses the switch lists which starts off with the already staged cars.

To give you an example lets go to the Blast Furnace the first name on the list keeping in mind that the cars on the list are marked either full or empty.

The Blast furnace has four hot metal cars two 16 wheelers and two 12 wheelers plus four spacer cars.

The Slag cars are listed as six cars.

The furnace Ash hoppers are 2 cars and the furnace spill cars are 2 cars.

These cars these cars are staged on their tracks and will be moved around the layout according to the switch list like the hot metal cars go from the furnace to the BOF full of Iron and return empty this process will be repeated four times during the day in the meantime there are many other moves happening as well like 46 moves occur during a full session just in the Republic Steel district alone and there are three other districts which is why you need three dedicated operators!

It is easier to watch than write but you asked how the Set Out sheet is used and I have told you please don't ask me how the switch lists work that would take a lot of work to much for here ! Believe it or not we really enjoy this and wouldn't have it any other way. Roo.

Thanks BobbyD, Bill, Tom, and Mike and Bill thanks for the word on the DVD I might look it up I have two of Dean Freytags books on steel Mill modelling.

I will try and get some photos together of the trains we use and how we make them up into a consist where the originate and their destination soon busy at the moment but here is a photo of one Hot Metal train we use I just snapped it quickly it has an old hopper car at each end one next to the Engine and one at the end sometimes we put one in the centre to space the load out if they are going over bridges (they are heavy cars when full!) and of course to keep heat off the engine and caboose this train you see does not need all that as it's an in plant move from the Blast Furnace to the BOF so no caboose and no bridges to go over. I wish I had time to weather the cars better maybe one day....






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