Action at the Steel Mill. Friday 21-12-1972

Thank you all.

MELGAR and members. Years ago when digital cameras came out I could not afford one at the time so my daughter who worked in a large cleaning firm borrowed their camera (with permission from the owner!) she worked in the office doing the payroll for 90 cleaners.

From that day onwards I kept a record of almost everything I built and still have most of the photos which now run into hundreds.

You asked about Brooklyn I spent 10 years researching the railroads in New York Harbor that layout is now long gone i will start a new thread to show you what happened to it. I will call it "The Destruction Of Bay Ridge Harbor" I was keeping it for a magazine article but I have stopped that phase of my life age is catching up and I have to many other things to do. Roo.

And here is the latest track plan of the YVR. Note the sidings on the lower left, Valley Pipe & Forge and the Slag Reclamation.

This is the plan for the talk I am giving soon at the local club that's why more names are in bold type. (so people can see what I'm talking about!)

The original is on a PDF file this is a photo from it.  Roo. 




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Hi Everybody.

Good news twice!

First good news, you will no longer have to put up with anymore old " Nostalgia photos" !

Second good news. We have finally installed the new control panel at Valley Forge and wired all the new track at the Slag and pipe works it's been tested everything works, I am now ballasting the area and laying some ground cover I will have some photos soon I might wait till Friday which is our scheduled operation day. The photos should look better as I will snap the action during the day while we are running the trains. The trains won't be staged just for the photos. I am so happy to have this area up and working it seems like it's taken years when it's really only been a few months as we get older things seem to take longer but I don't care we got there!

I say "we" because my good mate Bruce Temperley does the electrics and I do everything else we make a good team. So see you Friday. Roo.

 I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. I will patiently wait for a video of a loaded steel train move. …….

" on Sour mash and cheap wine " ??

Why go back to DCC when I have DCS!

OK jokes aside.

When Big John arrives on Friday I will try and organise something. Big John fixes computers and everything else to do with them so I will try and enlist him to do something with his fancy High Tech phone.

I'm going I have ground cover to plant, things to do to make everything look pretty for Friday. I'm turning this thing off!  Roo. 

I snapped a couple of photos mainly to see if anything major is missing apart from details. In the first photo that unloader you see over the tracks in the Slag plant is temporary I am building something three times bigger after a photo came to light of a crusher mine will just have the one track. I have every volume of Morning Sun "Steel Mill Railroads" and many more of their books I read them all the time. The tracks on the right lead into the Rolling Mill this is going to have a major change made as well when I get the time...... another large building with crane to load the coils. It's good fun. Thanks.  Roo.




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The latest structure is for the Slag reclamation Plant it's for unloading broken up slag from Side dump cars part of a crushing plant here is the unloader before it gets it's cladding. That's 3mm MDF I hand saw or scribe most of it and wear a respirator mask for the dust. A few clamps are handy to hold it together. Sorry it's not much of a photo but sometimes it's good to see how other people build things and what materials they use. I could have used 3mm styrene or even 2mm for this instead of the MDF but it's very expensive compared to the MDF price and I have to keep costs down somehow.  Roo.




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Big Fire!

Thanks Mike. This is the latest photo getting to hot outside and not because of a fire!

 It all fits, now the cladding and the paint, and I assure you it will all be weathered one day this new structure will look all rusty and dilapidated. Now for a shower and a rest and read a Steel Mill book. Ha Ha. Thanks. Roo.






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A Train of Brand new Hot Metal cars leaving Valley Pipe and Forge for various Steel mills.

In reality they are Lionel cars converted to 2-Rail and will be used on Hot Metal runs between the Basic Oxygen Furnace at Republic Steel and Valley Pipe and Forge. They are all different because I try to buy them at the cheapest price resulting in all kinds of colours and mills.  I don't get a choice when your chasing price! They will be eventually heavily weathered.

Wonderful cars Lionel at it's best.  Roo.





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Thanks FrankM.

I am having the operating session on Thursday this week due to the Grandaughter getting presented with an award at school on Friday we have to be there, orders from her mother! 

I will try and snap some photos on Thursday's session of the action. Roo.

Roo posted:

In reality they are Lionel cars converted to 2-Rail  Wonderful cars Lionel at it's best.  Roo.



I had a few MTH hot metal bottles; I think that the Lionel cars look better, more detailed. The MTH cars had two two-axle trucks under each end.

Later Gator,



Here comes a Yankee with a blackened soul,
Heading to Gatow with a load of coal.
......Anonymous U. S. pilot during the Berlin Airlift

DSC01513Due to the increase in Hot metal traffic I have decided to update the track work at the high line resulting in improved running and an extra dead end siding also the small dead end spur running onto the highline has been lengthened by running it off the slag track. See photos and diagram if interested. You just can't have enough tracks in a Steel mill!

The photo shows the first stage the diagram shows the final stage. The track to the highline nearest the furnace is temporary as two more turnouts will be added sometime soon. It's all working but the control panel will have to be renewed in the future. Apologies for the loco and the hoppers being "on the ground".

While this is going on operations will not be hampered as it is Saturday and train running is Fridays.

 Thanks Roo.




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Hi Mike.

Yes it's a lot of work but also a lot of fun. We look forward to Friday's and running trains.

One of the latest projects is 2-Railing six Lionel Metro cars unfortunately the way we have gone about it is beyond most people as a lathe and a milling machine is needed to make up all new powered and unpowered trucks from scratch this is a one of project we will never do again!

One day I'll take some photos we will expect people to laugh and say there is a simpler way, if there was we couldn't find it, we have limited access to talented O scale people and parts over here, so we work with what we have. Thanks mate.  Roo.

Roo, that sounds really cool! I cant wait to see how you did the new trucks! It doesn't matter if there is or isn't a simpler way, Its all about having fun and doing what you have to, to make things work the way you want them to!

I think what you have done so far is just amazing! Keep up the wonderful work and post!


USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

If anyone is interested in how I went about building an O scale Blast furnace and all the related Mill buildings go to the Scenery and Structures forum and look for the "Steel Mill related structures" thread. I have so far posted scale drawings and lots of photos but that is only half of what I will post lots more to come.

And all the plans and photos are free to download and keep ! Thanks Roo.

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