PRR Panhandle 2.0

Updated 11/24/2017:

  • Reviewed my photos of the Open Hearth mill and did some more focused calculations. I have now determined the correct proportions for the structure.
  • Got the PowerHouse 135's from Chris (thank you!).
  • Received some Plastruct that I will use to build a prototype truss & jig.


George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Updated 11/30/2017:

  • Had my trigger finger surgery this morning - recovery in progress.
  • Over the past 6 days, in between Thanksgiving and kid visits, I determined the correct dimensions of ladles and bridge cranes for the Open Hearth. That led to yet another recalculation of building height and proportion values. The Charging side of the Open Hearth is elevated; fitting the crane's height and the ladle size into the smaller bay didn't work as planned. As a result, the height of building needed to be increased. Even with more height, it turned out that the plan to put the Run-Around Track through the Open Hearth was unworkable. I have re-routed the Run-Around Track to outside the building (part of the Blast Furnace complex).
  • Here's the original plan.
  • Open Hearth Track Layout
  • Here's the new plan, which eliminates 1 switch.

PRR Panhandle 2.0 v036-Right

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

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George,

I am glad you got the trigger finger surgery taken care of.  I hope you have a speedy recovery.  My wife had a quick recovery from hers early this year.

Yes, I see the movement of the run around track.  Looks good, and eliminating one switch is good when you need so many to handle your traffic!

Mark Boyce posted:

George,

I am glad you got the trigger finger surgery taken care of.  I hope you have a speedy recovery.  My wife had a quick recovery from hers early this year.

Yes, I see the movement of the run around track.  Looks good, and eliminating one switch is good when you need so many to handle your traffic!

I have been suffering with the finger problem since the beginning of 2017.  Cant't wait till it fully recovers.

It's funny how all these aspects of the mill are tied together and end up impacting the track plan.

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Updated 12/16/2017:

  • Stitches are out of the hand and healing is under way.  Feels pretty good at this stage.
  • Placed my order for Plastruct for two building projects.
  • Unpacked and set up my hobby table saw.
  • Moved enough of the lumber in the garage to bring the car inside (Trust me, this was a big contributor to continued hobby activities and domestic tranquility. :wink: )


George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Mark Boyce posted:

George, I'm glad it is healing well!  That is good progress getting all that out of the garage.  We have been in this house almost 7 years and still can't get a car in the garage.  At least I am not to blame for this!!!

Mark, I didn't say that I got that lumber out of the garage. 

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Updated 1/14/2018:

I've been working with the backdrop photographer and I'm happy to say we are making progress. One of the things I wanted to do with the rightmost side of the backdrop was incorporate a blast furnace. The original idea was to have part of the blast furnace represented in the backdrop with the rest (the cast house) protruding from the wall. That hasn't worked out as I can't get the blast furnaces to pose at the correct angle.    Instead, the backdrop will come from a photo I took back in 2005; it contains 3 of the 4 Weirton blast furnaces. Given that the backdrop already represents blast furnaces, I have decided that a model blast furnace is unnecessary (as well as probably beyond my skills).

Accordingly, I am going to substitute the Strip Steel (Rolling Mill) building for a blast furnace. Originally the Strip Steel building was slated for a corner at the back of the layout, but there is enough space (42" wide) for it at the front. It is an interesting 7 bay, two-story brick structure with open square roof ventilators or "penthouses". The original brick color was yellow and the building had a roof-top "WEIRTON STEEL CO." sign. It is to the far right in the photo below.

Strip Steel002W

I will probably put the "run-around" track between it and the Open Hearth. The building itself will have a spur running into it. That wasn't true of the prototype (at least in the front) but I'm invoking "modeler's license".

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

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George,

Those belligerent blast furnaces!!  Always causing trouble!    I was just wondering yesterday what you were up to.  A model of a blast furnace is more than I would want to undertake that is for sure!  I think the rolling mill building will create a lot of interest and is a good choice instead!  You have to use modelers' license to do all you want to in your space!  

Mark Boyce posted:

George,

Those belligerent blast furnaces!!  Always causing trouble!    I was just wondering yesterday what you were up to.  A model of a blast furnace is more than I would want to undertake that is for sure!  I think the rolling mill building will create a lot of interest and is a good choice instead!  You have to use modelers' license to do all you want to in your space!  

Well, I have plans for one and they are huge consumers of real estate.  Plus they have piping to sustain Plastruct for the next 20 years! 

The Strip Steel will be an interesting building in its 1950's paint scheme and configuration.  Here's what it looks like now.

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George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

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