Best of Industries

Best of Industries

Best of Industries

From the editors of Model Railroader, Best of Industries special issue includes 28 detailed projects for adding rail-served industry to your railroad, including steel mills, grain elevators, cement plants, and much more!

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines


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put your railroad to work!

WHAT ARE THE FIRST THINGS you consider when planning a layout? Scale, of course. Physical dimensions, certainly. Locale? Prototype? Era? All are good questions and important points to settle before construction starts. But there is another question: What will your model railroad do? There’s a great deal of satisfaction in having hopper cars on the move because your soybean processing plant requires them, or coil cars for the steel mill, or a refrigerated car or two that need to be picked up from the citrus growers’ packing house. Adding a rail-served business benefits a layout in two ways. They are interesting to model and they generate plenty of operational variety. IN COMPILING THIS ISSUE, the editors of Model Railroader magazine combed through years of back issues, special publications, and Kalmbach books to collect…

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building freytag’s foundry

At first glance, models of heavy industry seem complicated because you’re trying to take in everything at once. However, if you can break a major industry down into its components, the smaller pieces are much easier to grasp. I built this HO scale model based on photos of a former Briggs & Stratton foundry in West Allis, Wis. It was part of a huge manufacturing plant, but the foundry’s odd-shaped structures, ductwork, stacks, and overhead crane also make it an interesting separate model industry with a rectangular footprint that’s a scale 107 feet wide and 175 feet long (14¾" x 24"). The foundry consists of five major structures: a tall sand preparation building, a low connecting building with a big blower across the front, the cupola furnace, a dust collector, and a…

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building freytag’s foundry

Now I’ll explain how I built the foundry’s raw material handling area. While the craneway and its roof supports may look complicated, these large steel structures are made up of repetitive assemblies. In each case, I took my time to make sure the first assembly was done properly, and then just duplicated it as many times as needed. Once I completed the first sample, I used my Northwest Short Line Chopper to mass produce the additional parts I needed for the rest of the assemblies. The trick to mass-producing parts is to keep like items together and label them with a penciled letter or number that corresponds to the final assembly. Craneway brackets I made 14 brackets to attach the heavy crane rails to the trestles. Using a miter box, I cut these…

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model an auto dock

When I was planning my Argentine Industrial District Ry., featured in the February 2007 Model Railroader, it seemed appropriate that there should be some recognition of the fact that its locale, Kansas City, Kan., had a significant presence in automobile manufacturing. Not having the space or the desire to model a full auto plant, I opted for a terminal that could receive automobiles from Detroit. My friend Keith Jordan suggested I use a 1940s plan for an automobile unloading dock, designed and built by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. in San Diego. The dock was of moderate size and could receive seven 50-foot auto boxcars equipped for end- and side-door unloading. The original dock was built entirely from wood. After due consideration of the plan, I decided to build an…

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plans for a fertilizer blend plant

The development of granular fertilizer in the 1950s led to plant-to-field shipment that became popular in the 1960s and continues today. Agway, formed in the mid-1960s mergers of Grange League Federation, Eastern States Cooperative, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Cooperative, operated more than 50 fertilizer blend plants in the Northeast. Since the company was formed through mergers, there were a variety of plant designs. One of the more common styles, including the Auburn, N.Y., plant, featured pole-barn construction with bins for material storage. The Auburn plant had seven bins for fertilizer storage, with blending and receiving equipment in the center. An auger under the tracks brought materials into the plant, where it was lifted by a bucket elevator to a movable conveyor over the storage bins. Materials were taken out of the bins…

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diesel era grain operations

Are you a freight car fan? Do you enjoy building structures? Then diesel era grain operations might be up your alley. Freight car modelers will enjoy the grain industry for its diverse fleet of covered hoppers, some of which are shown on page 24. Though Pullman-Standard and American Car & Foundry are the best-known builders of covered grain hoppers, smaller freight car manufacturers produced a variety of hoppers that are still in service today. Structure enthusiasts will find a wealth of modeling opportunities in the grain industry. Most modern elevators are built from corrugated metal or concrete, though examples of older wood-crib structures can still be found throughout rural America. Thanks to the large number of mass-produced elevator kits available in HO and N scales, you can easily kitbash them to model…