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I am in the process of modeling the Bethlehem Steel Lehigh Plant in "O" and currently working the design of the Hoover Mason high line and associated cars, which delivered ore, lime stone and coke to the blast furnaces. I seem to remember an article a while back in one of the train magazines, which discussed an approach for a  kit-bashed Hoover Mason Trestle Car from a Lionel post war 55 Tie-Jector motorized unit. Does anyone remember this article and the magazine in which it appeared? While I've scanned the digital versions of the O gauge and tinplate magazines, I haven't been able to find the article. Any help you can provide or thoughts you may have on have concerning my project . I have attached photos of the prototype for reference.

Thanks!

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I am in the process of modeling the Bethlehem Steel Lehigh Plant in "O" and currently working the design of the Hoover Mason high line and associated cars, which delivered ore, lime stone and coke to the blast furnaces.

Thanks!

Got to see these in person a few years ago as the Hoover Mason Trestle is now a walking trail. The cars are still up there frozen in time. It's a cool trail - go check it out if you haven't.

Excited to see you tackle this in O scale! I'll be following along.

Some additional background. I grew up in Bethlehem. In the 70's I worked the summers at the Lehigh Plant as an instrument repairmans helper. One of my tasks was a chart run that went throughout the Lehigh Plant. I walked the Hoover Mason Trestle every morning during one segment of the chart run and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars and many of the operators. The opportunity to work at the mill during the summers between my years at Villanova gave me a very detailed understanding of the mill operations from the sintering plant, through the power house, the gas blowing engine house, the blast furnaces, electric furnace, iron foundry, steel foundry, open hearth, machine shop, the wire mill and the plate mill. This is the reason I plan to focus on some form of the Lehigh Plant as I continue to plan my layout build. The challenge will be modeling enough of the mill functions into what will be approx. 30' of linear space.  It's like trying to place 40lbs into a 25lb bag.

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement.

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