Steel MIll (Basic Oxygen Furnace)

don_csx's picture

Pictures of the complete Basic Oxygen Furnace. The structures are completely scratch built from parts from other kits and a few items the I could find around the house that my wife wouldn't miss. (I hope)


jarhead's picture

I Like

Very impressive ! You used the corner of the layout very wisely. Came out very nice.



Nick Biangel 

Excellent job...

Excellent job Don. Now we need to figure out lighting...


Bob Langer's picture


Greyhart's picture

Round The Corner

That is a really great idea for a corner. I have been looking at corners in my mind, and wondering what can be done with them. This really shows how rounding the corner can be just a small part of what's there.


 Ken Biles

My First Model Railroad





OT: Ken


Not sure what your limitations are, but an idea is to have the mains go thru the corner like Don did. Build a mountain in the corner with these mains going thru a cut. Up on top of the mountain, add a couple spurs and a mine like the Walthers New River kit for example. I presume you are modeling the Rockies. The mine could be a uranium mine. I believe the majority of such facilities are all in the Rockies and related ranges.


Greyhart's picture


As I said, this is all in my mind, so I haven't really done any planning, but I had been thinking the corners were just for turning the corner. That would mean a lot of space that has no track in it. This steel mill shows how all that space can be used for model railroading, not just scenery.

If the main runs around the back, the front can be used for spurs, and spots, making it easier to uncouple.


 Ken Biles

My First Model Railroad





skiloff's picture

Uranium mines

While I don't profess to be an expert on uranium mine history in the US, I do know that there are more uranium mines NOT in the Rockies. The two US States with the most uranium reserves are New Mexico and Wyoming. Colorado has about the third most, but a lot of uranium mining is of the In Situ type, not the conventional mining that the New River kit would replicate, and I don't think the New River kit would replicate any uranium mine that has been operating in the last 30 years for sure. Not sure about the historical side of it, but I've seen a lot of uranium mines and they don't look like it at all.

Conveniently, I DO know that one of the richest deposits of uranium in the world are in the Athabasca basin in northern Saskatchewan. If my numbers are correct, Saskatchewan produces about 15% of the world's uranium and there are no mountains anywhere close, believe me. :) Australian uranium mines are mostly in areas similar to Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin as well. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of the American Rockies can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there is much for uranium mining in the Rockies.


HO Scale '70s/80s era

Eh, we got off topic...

But I did some checking and it does look like most current US mining of uranium is In Situ Leaching, where they pump a solution down a bore hole and bring back up a uranium solution. I had been looking at a NRC site last week which located some mines, and I thought they were in the Rockies and related ranges, but I may have mixed them up with something else. I also see Saskatchewan is to the east. The Canadian Rockies are BC and Alberta. I always get those mixed up in geography. I have a better chance with the Old World and whole nations. Apologies to the Canadians.

Keep in mind I suggested uranium only for something different. Having said that, ISL mining looks very mundane, almost like a natural gas well. Dave, I would love to here more about Uranium mines off site.

And now back to the topic... Don did a great job filling the corner. This also seems to be a section of many layouts that are under utilized. Yes some people have huge mountains or farms, but little action. A gent had an article in MR some years ago about his rolling mill I believe it was. I think it was called Superior Steel. Anyways, He had a narrow section where the layout went in, turned 90, went a few feet and turned 90 again for a full 180. He filled the whole section with a steel mill building. Not as much action as Don's BOF, but a step in the right direction. So am I the only one who feels like corners tend to get little attention?




don_csx's picture

Thanks guys

Thanks for the comments guys. If any one here is interested here is a link to the construction of the corner. (Stogie) you are right we need to get started on the lighting. I have a few ideals I'll shoot your way. Just got to figure out the right size of LEDs I need.

I would rather put buildings in my corners but I do have a few mountain in some. I really don't like building mountains because I have a problem getting them to look right.

As for switching the Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF). Well it can be challenging. You have scrap cars going in on one side then you have the additives builds that need switched then you have the Hot metal cars that need to be place for loading or unload depending on what part of the steel making process the mill is at, Also have a Hot metal mixing car the can be use to add a little more interest in switching and there is also a narrow gauge line used for ingots cars. It would keep 2 people busy and 3 if the narrow gauge line is being use.

This corner is one of my most favorite parts of the layout. Only things I don't like about it is that there is only one side of the BOF modeled and I wish I had detailed the inside of the BOF and made the walls removable to show it. 


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