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Februrary 17th, 2018: STEEL PLANT PROJECTS PART 3

Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM
FROM THE EXACTO KNIFE

FEBRUARY 17th, 2018:  STEEL PLANT PROJECTS PART 3

COKE WORKS PUSHER MACHINE IN 2016

THE COKE WORKS

Most of the coke plant is done.  There's little things that I have to do to make it more to my satisfaction for this year. The coal conveyors have always looked a bit "off and unconnected" for a reason: there has to be some wiggle room when I put this thing out on the layout.  Remember, this thing is MOBILE and has to go back inside when it's done with a photo shoot.  But now that most of the structures have been figured out (at least the ones that are connected by conveyor) I can finally make some building "couplers" so that the conveyors will look attached and not just loose.  

The top of the coke ovens charging ports and deck really have no details right now.  I might get to that this year - to include charging car electric line poles and other gas lines.  

2016 PHOTO SHOWING VERY LITTLE DECK DETAIL SO FAR ON THE CHARGING DECK

One of the plans that I haven't gotten to, is to put false rails down (styrene) on both the charging deck and the discharge side of the ovens.  These would be for the top charging car and the coke discharge deck for the coke guide and engine.  Because I have two Walthers coke batteries, I have to build a false piece, a "bridge" if you will, that connects the two so that the coke guide and engine can traverse both batteries.

2015 PHOTO SHOWING THE LARGE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO COKE BATTERIES.  THIS GAP WILL BE FIXED BY A FALSE PIECE SO THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A CONTINUOUS APPEARENCE

Gas lines will be improved and added to a gas trestle that will connect the coke ovens to the blast furnace and open hearth.  This trestle will eventually connect to the soaking pit furnace building, but that idea is a long ways off for now.  

Taking precedence before that, is getting the coal bunkers fabricated to look like the prototype at Duluth.  So far, the one above the coke ovens is fairly accurate, or at least bares a resemblence  - the round hopper from a G scale water tower tank. Theres still work I have to do to this part of the coal bunker but not as much work as the other stock Walthers coal crusher towers and bunkers.

2015.  EVERYTHING IN THIS SHOT IS MISALIGNED AND WRONG, I BELIEVE I TOOK THIS JUST TO SEE HOW THE PUSHER MACHINE LOOKED.  ANYWAYS, THE ROUND COAL HOPPER AT TOP OF THE COKE OVENS NEEDS SOME ADJUSTMENTS AND A "COUPLER" ASSEMBLY TO MATE WITH THE CONVEYOR.

PROTOTYPE COKE WORKS AT DULUTH. 1982 JEFF BORNE.

I'm also trying to get the correct quench tower, coke dump and conveyors/towers constructed.  Right now, I've got some generic coaling towers and two long pieces of spray painted wood standing in for the coke conveyors.  I've long wanted to get these modeled, but have always had other projects more pressing.

SPOT 6 PUSHES A DRAG OF SLAG CARS NEAR SLAG HILL UNDERNEATH THE COKE CONVEYOR TOWERS.

1979 IMAGE FROM ROGER NESJE SHOWING THE COKE PLANT AT DULUTH.  (OPEN HEARTH PIG CASTER AND BF'S GONE)
COKE AND COAL FACILITIES AT GARY WORKS - STRUCTURES VERY SIMILAR TO DULUTH's

DULUTH'S COKE AND COAL HANDLING FACILITIES

The Walthers stock coal bunkers don't quite cut it to match the prototypes, so I'm going to end up making scratch built buildings to go along with the rest of the coke and coal plant.  While I don't anticipate this being too hard of a project,  it's also not one of big importance right now either, since I at least DO HAVE coal crushing towers and bunkers now.   I'd just like mine to look a little better than the Walthers units.








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