N scale Steel Mill Re-visited

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by TruckLover, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Hi guys, some of you may remeber my Steel Mill Trackplan I did a few months ago. I was doing some reasearch and getting ready to start building the AWESOME plan when I stumbled upon this page by Bernard Kempinski and his N scale Steel Mill; Alkem Steel - Part 2. Bernard's Steel mill was made with all HO kits at the time because Walthers did not make any of the Steel Mill Buildings in scale yet but he said it looks great because it gives the idea of a more realistic look of the HUGE and MASSIVE size of a typical steel mill. I would have done the same thing but I already have most of the buildings built in N scale for this plan lol.

    Bernard gives TONS of information on what should/can be in the mill. After reading all 16 pages of information, I decided to re-do my trackplan. I did it in Atlas Freeware this time using Atlas C55 track and all #7 turnouts. There is a 3 track mainline in the front, a 9 track Stub Ended Yard on the Right side, A Coke Oven above the yard, 3 Allied Rail Rebuilders Shops to searve as a warehouse, a Blast Furnace, Electric Furnace and 2 Rolling Mills. Everything flows from right to left starting with coal being turned into coke at the coke oven and then being transfered to the blast furnace to be made into molten steel and then off to the electric furnace and then cast in the rolling mill and finally ending up in the warehouse where it is then shipped out. I also will have some Ore, Coke and Limestone stockpiles by the Coke Platform as these are all melted together in the steel making process to make the molten steel. This is a maze of trackwork, typical of a steel mill.

    I followed what Bernard said in his article and this is what I came up with. I also e-mailed him for pictures as he said to refer to his pictures throughout his article but there were no pics. There are various sidings here and there to move cars around and store the empties while the loaded are being moved around. Small buildings will also be added here and there as well as power sub-stations, high tention towers and power lines, and a few other small details that Bernard suggest to add in.

    Here is the re-vised plan


    This plan is built on a table 11' long x 3' wide, Bernard's Mill is 10' long x 3'

    Any Questions, Comment are welcome as always
  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    WOW! I can't wait to see this one come to life! That looks incredible and the switching possibles are near endless. Your going to have to come up with some sort of an orange LED type thing to simulate loads of glowing slag and hot steel:mrgreen:.
  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    WOW,very nice track plan josh.and you are right,that is quite a maze! i cant wait to see this excellent layout come to life!--josh
  4. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    Alot of switches

    That's over 40 switches I think! Yikes, that's more $$$ than my wife would let me spend. I think I'd end up running through switches and derailing more often than I'd be switching.

    Might wanna downsize the trackwork to allow room for fingers, just a thought.

    model railroad planning 1999 is bernards article with pics. I use it for reference very often.
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    You got that right, switching will be pretty much endless!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: l

    I also would like t add someflashing LEDS but that will be further down the line lol
  6. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thanks Josh!!! A maze it is
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    There are more then 40 switches in there lol, I havnt counted but im sure there are more then that hehehehehehe

    As far as switch count goes, I am steadly buying them off ebay and other places and just going to take it one small setion at a time, that way it wont seem like im spending so much money on trackwork lol

    Ill have to check out 1999's issue :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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