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Harsco
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  10:13:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Harsco
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  10:47:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, as Mark alluded in my previous thread, there's been a little futzing going on around Harrisburg so I thought I'd share the news.

Recently, I became the lucky recipient of a bit of modeling largess from my friend and fellow steel mill modeler Jim Musser, who suddenly found himself with an "extra" pipe foundry he had been using on a since retired Free-Mo module. Ever the opportunist and always a fan of his craftsmanship, I gleefully accepted the gracious offer to permanently host his former U.S. Pipe foundry, which I quickly re-purposed as Capital Iron.

In case you haven't looked through Jim's modeling blog, I'd highly recommend a visit:
http://mussersteelmill.blogspot.com/

Here's a link to the beginnings of the pipe foundry build:
http://mussersteelmill.blogspot.com/2009/08/pipe-foundry-part-10.html

As you will see,saying "yes to the foundry" was a no-brainer, although it did take a little razor saw surgery to make it fit in the existing space:

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/DSC_0023_zps7ea30c77.jpg.html][/URL]

Looking close, you'll notice that the downcomer from the cupola has been unceremoniously amputated, along with some siding to allow the tracks to go through the building. Believe me, cutting into something like this wasn't an easy task.

To the right of the main building is a precipitator and bag house which will have their piping re-done. Also, the Harsco-induced scars will be covered up and blended in.

Here's another shot:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/DSC_0029_zpsb9951710.jpg.html][/URL]

This welcome addition is going to take Capital Iron to the next level.

Of course, the secondary benefit of this swap was that it freed up the old Capital Iron structures for use elsewhere; with Jim's assistance we spent a hour or so trying different things. After a LOT of futzing and cussing, I finally resettled them in new areas.

A quick coating of Light Gray primer, and the CI old crane shed was installed in the Harsco Shipping Department; the former CI foundry structure (similarly repainted) now sits next door and has become the Harsco Ladle and Mold Repair shop:

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/DSC_0026_zps0fce3537.jpg.html][/URL]

A little closer look reveals a ladle under repair as well as some ingot molds waiting.

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/DSC_0028_zpse2ee441e.jpg.html][/URL]


Finally, while we trying things out, Jim offered an idea that would finally solve my BOF scrap yard quandary; repositioning an unneeded crane to load the Kress carrier with scrap:

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/DSC_0025_zps221b9a65.jpg.html][/URL]

To say I'm pleased would be a classic understatement: a new, nicely built, detailed, and weathered foundry AND a Ladle and Mold Shop.

Now, if only Harsco could make some money...












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Red P
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  11:27:35 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Nice photos, But does Harsco start to turn a profit in this chapter?
Inquiring minds want to know.
P


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  2:59:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One more impressive complex!

Mike

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nhguy
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  4:33:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit nhguy's Homepage  Send nhguy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Very,very nice futzing Rick! Good to see your progress on the mill complexes. Keep 'em coming!

Bill Shanaman
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Rick
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  6:13:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice to see chapter two get started.
You've been busy Rick.
Everything looks great.

Now that I'm finished with school maybe I'll have a chance to come see it in person.
Hint hint.


As you think, so will you be.

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Dutchman
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  7:28:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick,

The positioning of Jim's donation as well as the re-positioning of the existing structures all look 'right'.

I'm with Rick, it is indeed good to see Chapter 2 of the saga begin.


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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wvrr
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  7:49:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good to see you start a second thread, Rick. It is off to a good start.

Chuck



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  7:58:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chapter Two! Yippee!

Pete
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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  8:44:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very happy that you've resumed posting.

Don



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brownbr
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  8:49:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice trackwork into the mill

Bryan

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MarkF
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  11:43:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heeeee's baaaaack! And what a great way to start chapter two. The result of 'futzing'! Capital Street is definitely looking like a busy place. I can see we are going to have to take another look at your car distribution and perhaps some new waybills. It looks great Rick. I can't wait to see it in person.

Mark

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jbvb
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Posted - 06/25/2013 :  12:37:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad to see your progress.


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BN_Fan
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Posted - 06/25/2013 :  6:01:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow - I am impressed. Nice work (you too Jim).


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Harsco
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Posted - 06/26/2013 :  06:07:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys....the updates might not be as frequent as in the past, but as Dutchman noted, the saga continues. By no means are either of revised scenes close to being finished, but at least the ideas and foundation structures are now in place to start improving upon. As far as controlling costs and profits go, the CFO (Mrs. Harsco) has already eliminated the expensive garlic dip from the op session menu and is currently considering removing the chairs from the snack table...LOL.

One thing I would like to do (careful what you promise!)is to photo-document specific trains during a session and a la Bill (nhguy), post a separate thread under Operations.



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Red P
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Posted - 06/26/2013 :  08:40:33 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Harsco

As far as controlling costs and profits go, the CFO (Mrs. Harsco) has already eliminated the expensive garlic dip from the op session menu and is currently considering removing the chairs from the snack table...LOL.





You should go to your union. Wasn't garlic dip and chairs negotiated in the last contract? This type of harassment from the management should not be tolerated. LOL

P


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