a working steel mill

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by steel man, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. steel man

    steel man New Member

    hello everyone
    Im new here and i have be thinking about building a working steel mill in ho. no trees, no pretty stuff just a dirty steel mill lol.
    I'm starting to build a blast furness now , one of three, and will need help as i go along with wiring and building it.
    It will have light's and sounds and boy did i pick a project lol.
    the first problem i have is i cant find any ho blast furness people for it , need 21 of them.
    If anyone can help please let me know. thank's
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Wow, this I got to see in person. Let me know when you are ready to fire up your furnace and reduce your first load. :D You will prob. have to get undecorated people and paint and dress them, I've never seen any anywhere for sale. FRED
  3. steel man

    steel man New Member

    a ton of work ahead lol

    i saw your setup and i like the night one. look's real
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Welcome to the-gauge Mr. Steel!

    You may find some acceptable figures by searching Walthers:


    If you go un painted as dash suggests, you might try the Preiser "Tradespeople" set:


    maybe truckers and cab drivers:


    You could go to their advanced search and select HO, Figures and keywords such as factory, workers, construction, etc.

    Unpainted figures are a bargain, and you can actually acheive much better results than ready painted figures. We have the technology, we can rebuild him, I mean we can help you :D :D :D
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    For 6 million bucks, you better be #$%^ sure that he is already painted! :D

  6. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Back then 6 million bucks was a bunch of money, today it's a meal for 5 at Red Lobster. If they remade the show today it would be the 6 trillion dollar man. Now days Steve Austin is a bad ass beer guzzling ex-wrestler sheriff on WWE;) I remeber from my dad's days at the mill that they wore dirty work clothes unless they worked the furnace. There they wore asbestos suites/helmets. But most of them wore green or blue work pants, long sleeve work shirts, and bill hats. FRED
  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Steelman, and welcome to the gauge. When you get this project on the go, please post a photo or two.
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Re: a ton of work ahead lol

    Oh thank you. That's the ultimate praise one can make of anothers layout, "it looks real":D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D You are now my best friend. I also gave some thought to your men. There is a guy named Earl Smallshaw? who makes clothes for HO plastic men out of painted Al foil. Just leave off the paint. FRED
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I recall the big fold out add in MR a few years ago when Walthers released its "The Works" steel mill series. It included steel workers, even some dressed in silver asbeostos suits! You'd think some would still be available. (?) Looking forward to seeing updates on what sounds like a great project!!!!
  10. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Welcome to The GAUGE Steel man.
    Where abouts do you live in Pittsburgh? I grew up about 40 miles north of there near Beaver Falls. Lots of steel industry in that area.
  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge...a working steel mill, eh? Gonna need brass locos and cars cuz the plastic ones can't take the heat...gotta grease the palms of the local politicos to get things roling...then there's the Union headaches, man those LPBs can be demanding...and the EPA, 'course the permits alone'll set you back a couple a hundred thou...that's if you get past the Greenies who no doubt will be chaining themselves to your layout trying to save those LP spotted owls and such...you might just want to settle for some nice, sedate waterfront scene or somethin'...:thumb: :D ;) :p :cool: :rolleyes:
  12. cobra

    cobra Member

    Hello Steelman .
    For some true inspiration , check out the steel mill scenes from
    1) Jeff Borne

    2) Mike Rabbitt

    3)Ken Larsen

    4) Bob Oneal

    They should pop up on Google . I've started my mill but am a long way off.

  13. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  14. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    Fellow Pittsburgher!

    I saw your profile, do you work at E.T.? I am trying to do some sort of steel industry in N scale (TOUGH PROJECT!). Wish ya luck.
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    For fire suits... How about LMBs (little metal b@#$) unpainted? Sounds like less work to me... and I generally like the "less work" approach... ;)

  16. steel man

    steel man New Member


    i use to work at wheeling pittsburgh steel mill at monessen,pa.
    they tore down the mill and i'm thinging about building it in ho or n gauge if it is possible.
  17. PennRailRoads

    PennRailRoads Member

    Welcome to The Gauge Steel Man!

    Original post from Ralph It included steel workers, even some dressed in silver asbeostos suits!

    Someone better tell them little people about asbeostos. Wait till the little lawyer downtown gets a whiff of that. LOL

    I'm back after a LONG time away from the forum. It's good to be back. :D
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Here's a Preiser figure that I converted to a foundry worker. He was wearing a helmet to start with and I made the mask out of one of those grey "Kneaded Erasers" - they're available at art supply stores. You can pull them apart, stretch 'em etc.


    Attached Files:

  19. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Another shot - this is the real thing.

    BTW, I have been collecting steel mill photo's for awhile now. I have ladles, smelters, BOF's, besemer thingies etc. If you need some reference, let me know.


    Attached Files:

  20. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Welcome home PRR!!!

    Hopefully he's modeling before they discovered the risks of asbestos. Like I always say, "We didn't know about safety back then, so no one got hurt" :D :D :D What ever you do, don't let 'em know about unions!

    Val, that poor LPB is gunna sufficate!

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