Long time no see, but I have a question

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by justind, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. justind

    justind Member

    Hi gang, been offline for quite a while and see a lot of new faces, but some familiars as well. Been lurking when I had the chance but haven't posted in...well...forever. As I have my first baby coming up in Febraury and just finished college (at last) my life is in transit so don't know how this will affect the trains...but I do have a question.

    This is for any of you modeling steel mills. My question is this...when they skim the slag from the molten steel what do they do with it? I am assuming it needs to be dumped from the slag car as quickly as possible to avoid cooling and sticking, but where would you dump it? Do they have a slag pit (or mound)?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Rusty Stumps

    Rusty Stumps Member

    Justin, from what I've seen of films on the subject it's a pit. The cars are pulled along an embankment and the slag is dumped over the side into a pit. Now what happens from there is only a guess but I'd figure after it cools somewhat it might either be shifted by bulldozers away from the bottom of the incline or trucked away.;)
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Don't know about steel, but in Sudbury, Ontario they hauled nickel slag along a raised raised railway and dumped it. The dumping at night was one of the town's scenic attractions, like watching lava flow from a volcano. I think most of it was left where it settled. The railway had some interesting electric locos.
  5. justind

    justind Member

    Thanks guys

    Thanks guys,

    jon-monon I like the idea of crushing and cleaning the slag and re-using it in ashpalt and bricks...thanks for the link.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    There's a good article with a stunning picture of the INCO slag dump (that David mentioned above) in the February 2002 Trains magazine. It also includes pics of the industry as well as inside- the-cab photos of an electric steeple cab and their newer

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