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What is your major industry?
Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:04 PM

If you belong to a club, what industry do you model on the layout? If you have your own personal layout, what is your major industry? For example, my Club industry is a scrap yard with outbound rail service...tTruck brings it in, the load is cubed, and shipped out in gondolas to Shire Oaks, where it is classified into a train of similar material, to be shipped to the steel mill, and other places.  My eventual layout main industry will be a coal tipple, and a power plant.

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These are the opinions of a 26 year old, from the east end of, and modeling, the same section of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway.  As well as a freelanced road (Austinville and Dynamite City railroad).

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:14 PM

My layout is a servicing terminal so I really don't have any industries, per say.  What things I do move in and out are sand, coal, diesel fuel, and their empties.

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Posted by Tracklayer on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:17 PM

Jimmy_Braum

If you belong to a club, what industry do you model on the layout? If you have your own personal layout, what is your major industry? For example, my Club industry is a scrap yard with outbound rail service...tTruck brings it in, the load is cubed, and shipped out in gondolas to Shire Oaks, where it is classified into a train of similar material, to be shipped to the steel mill, and other places.  My eventual layout main industry will be a coal tipple, and a power plant.

 

At the moment it's a 1950s logging mill where rough cut logs are brought in by horse and wagon and leave as nice cut boards on the back of trucks. There's also a nearby track so the train can either pick up lumber or drop off logs.

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Posted by jmbjmb on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:19 PM

Don't belong to a club, so nothing there.  On my layout the main industry is a cotton mill.  Cotton, dyes, bleaches, and the occasional coal load in.  Finished cloth out.  Hundreds of them were once over the southeast.  Many were on short branches or short line railroads whose main purpose was to support the mill and mill town that grew up around it.

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:31 PM

 The area I'm modeling, coal (anthracite) and cement.

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Posted by hornblower on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:44 PM

The largest industry on my layout is the Holly Sugar Company sugar beet processing plant formerly located in Santa Ana, California.  Lots of hoppers and gondolas loaded with sugar beets plus cars of processing chemicals, bags, boxes and crates in.  Lots of sugar and sugar related products out.  I used a Walthers Greatland Sugar Mill kit that I partially kitbashed into a larger facility.  Since the wall of the main building facing the backdrop cannot be seen, I grafted the long side walls and the two roof halves end-to-end to make a structure twice as long.  Plain .040" styrene sheet was used to make the rear half of the longer roof while a piece of 3/16" plywood was used to make a blank rear wall.  I also used strip styrene to increase the length of the kit supplied sugar beet dump by a factor of four. Layout space around this industry dictated that it had to be served by only two spur lines with one over the dump pit. Since many of the freight cars commandeered for sugar beet service were not equipped to dump their loads into the beet dump, a diesel crane with a clamshell bucket was kitbashed from a Life Like steam crane and positioned to unload such cars into a large beet pile, then later move the pile to the beet dump.  I also added two molasses tanks fabricated from PVC pipe and sheet styrene.

Trains with as many as 10 hoppers/gondolas can be run to and from this industry.  During peak seasons, several trains per day were possible on the prototype.  The prototype industry was originally serviced by the Pacific Electric and later by the Southern Pacific until the plant closed in the late 1970's.  Since my layout assumes that the Santa Ana and Newport, the line that existed prior to the opening of this plant, remained independent and operating into the 1950's, the plant is served by both the SA&N and the Santa Fe.

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:53 PM

 

There's J&B Scrap.  The Club scrapyard that I am about 50% done on.

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These are the opinions of a 26 year old, from the east end of, and modeling, the same section of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway.  As well as a freelanced road (Austinville and Dynamite City railroad).

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:54 PM

LION runs model of NYC Subway. Him moves people.

People are also tasty. That is why they run around so quickly in the city.

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Posted by wp8thsub on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:58 PM

Probably the largest single industry on my layout is a cement plant.  A maximum of about 14 cars can be spotted there at once.

 

 

 

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Posted by BRAKIE on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:01 PM

SCR biggest customer is Hillcrest Recycling Inc.

Boxcar,tank car and covered hopper.

In: Gaylords of scrap rubber,J flex Out:Rubber pellets.

Around 450 cars/yr

Larry

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Posted by ChadMichaels on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:09 PM

Our clubs main industry is a small Bio Refining company as seen here

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=596170780396160&set=pb.409687242377849.-2207520000.1387926474.&type=3&theater

My homec layout has several industries not just one main one. I have a scrap yard, soda bottling company, plastic pellet operation, LP distrubution facility and a construction supply warehouse.

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Posted by steamage on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:13 PM

An operating gravel plant is my largest producer of loaded freight cars.

 

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Posted by Bob Schuknecht on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:14 PM

When I get enough bench work built my largest industries will be a grain elevator and a power plant. What currently generates the most traffic are four interchanges.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:17 PM

It looks like the big one on my layout will be the tannery, which is under construction right now.  Loads in are hides, salt, acid and fuel oil, while loads out will be boxcars.  I've also got a slaughterhouse, so there will be industry-to-industry traffic in hides.

More traffic, however, will likely come through the carfloat terminal.  While not exactly an "industry," it provides a lot of activity and a lot of variety in a small space.

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Posted by NP01 on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:53 PM

I don't have a single major industry, but the largest one on my home layout is a dock with one A/D track, one lead and two transfer tracks. There is one traveling crane On one if thr transfer tracks. 

Additionally I have:

1. Grain elevator on a stub off a station siding 

2. An engine service facility 4 tracks, tool shed, diesel fueling facility

3. A saw mill with a siding and two tracks

4. A 7-track yard 

 

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Posted by Doughless on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:10 PM

No club membership here, just my layout...

Turkey Feed mill....soyben meal processor.  receives seven hopper cars three times a week.  Product is processed, bagged, then shipped in trucks.

Other industries are a redi mix plant, oil distributor, propane and fertilizer dealer, recycled paper processor, and somthing to use hoppers loaded with plastic pellets ( haven't figured that out yet).  All receive about 2 to 4 cars, about twice a week.  Keeps the shortline happy. 

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Posted by Motley on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:44 PM

I have 3 large industries. Coal Mine, Ethanol Plant, and an Oil Refinery. And of course passnegers are an important industry as well, for two large passenger stations.

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Posted by twcenterprises on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:50 PM

Like some others - I'm not currently in a club.  My layout is currently under (re)construction, but the most prominent industries will be North Georgia Mining (proto-lanced, based on real company and geography), and logging/sawmill (also based on real company and geography).  My layout will be set in 1957.

Brad

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Posted by CSX_road_slug on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:17 PM

Jimmy_Braum
what is your major industry? For example, my Club industry is a scrap yard with outbound rail service..., to be shipped to the steel mill,

I model the steel mill where your scrap metal gets shipped to! Geeked

 

 

 

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Posted by superbe on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:24 PM

My layout's largest two industries are Miller Milling Co.. and New World Pasta. They are side by side just as they are in real life. Miller grinds the flour and pipes it across to the pasta plant. Miller also ships flour with dedicated hoppers to other customers. Miller handles so many cars it has it's own locomotive as pictured.

Pictured is my version of the two plants

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Posted by Paul3 on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:35 PM

At my club, our largest industry is a steel mill, with two 20-car raw material tracks (for ore, coke and limestone), a blast furnace, a basic oxygen converter, an ingot stripper building, and a rolling mill.  The rolling mill will ship out 8 gons per operation session, and the steel converter will take in 4 loads of scrap.

My home layout's biggest "industry" are my 2 TOFC terminals, which can each handle 8 x 75' flats.  For an actual industry, it's one of my warehouse buildings with 6 car spots.  This warehouse takes in boxcars for truck lading for local shipping.  Actual lading may be anything from cigarettes (hey, it's the '50's) to automotive parts.

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Posted by BIG JERR on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 11:01 PM

 

wp8thsub

Probably the largest single industry on my layout is a cement plant.  A maximum of about 14 cars can be spotted there at once.

 

 

 

 

I think you have done some  weathering on this since the last pict sean ,lookin good Rob ..Jw

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 1:06 AM

Not a club member, but the biggest industry on my own layout is GERN Industries "Gibson Works", in Port Maitland, Ontario.  The modelled portion represents about 1/3 of the actual plant, with the other 2/3 involved in shipping by lake boats during the summer months.  That doesn't, of course, include the actual flux mines, which stretch out for several miles beneath the lakebed.

 

They mine raw flux from under adjacent Lake Erie, and process it into useful forms and products for all sorts of other industries.

There are spots for approximately 14 cars, depending on what's being shipped or received, but the facility is often switched two or three times per day.
Inbound loads are mostly barrels, sacks, and drums for shipping, along with processing machinery and supplies, and various chemical additives.  Outbound cars include covered hoppers for various grades of bulk flux and boxcars for processed and packaged flux products, along with tank cars carrying liquid flux products and by-products.




And a few of GERN's fine products:





Don't be fooled by imitators:


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Posted by G Paine on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:14 AM

The major industry on the Boothbay Railway Village layout is the Dragon Products cement plant and limestone quarry. The plant produces Portland cament and agricultural lime in bags and in bulk covered hoppers

The secondary industry is the roundhouse and servicing area

On my home layout, the industry is a Dragon Products cement storge silo and batch plant, where covered hoppers arrive and trucks leave with dry bulk trailers of cement or cement mixers take ready-mix to jobsites. This area is being rebuilt

A secondary industry is the Counrty Kitchen bakery

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Posted by Medina1128 on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:36 AM

I only have my personal layout, but there are two major industries are lumber and coal mining. The mining operation is complete, except for the need to add some peoples. The lumber company has the lumber warehouse, with the mill itself to be built.

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Posted by davidmurray on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:46 AM

Hi Guys:

I have a glass bottle and jar manufacturing plant.  Lots of sand in from off line, pallets and cardboard boxes in from on line.

Glass jars out,on and off line. Glass bottles off line.

There is also an iron ore branch line, with eight ore cars out a day, plus general services cars such as tankers of heating oil,lubricants, new truck tires, lights for inside the mill, etc.

David Murray

modelling a fictionally CN branch in southern Ontario

 

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Posted by csxns on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 2:13 PM

My RR serves PPG Industries,Case Farms and Duke Power the largest industries.

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Posted by peahrens on Friday, December 27, 2013 3:47 PM

I have limited space in my 5' x 10' or so HO layout.  The largest space utilized is the engine service area:

Another feature is the refinery and loading rack:

A 5-track freight yard (not shown) takes up a bit of space.  Other items added will be smaller businesses.

Paul

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Posted by mactier_hogger on Friday, December 27, 2013 4:42 PM

wp8thsub

Probably the largest single industry on my layout is a cement plant.  A maximum of about 14 cars can be spotted there at once.

 

 

 

 

 

I like that!

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Posted by ACY Tom on Friday, December 27, 2013 5:12 PM

No club & no personal layout right now.  Retirement looms.

 

The plan is to model a significant portion of the Akron Canton & Youngstown (Northern Ohio) as it was in 1953.  The largest single customer would be the limestone diggings at Carey, Ohio.  Agricultural products would be an important secondary source of traffic, including grain elevators, livestock, etc.  Also some coal deliveries to power plants. 

 

Possibly the biggest single "industry" would be what Tony Koester has called the universal industry: Interchange.  Traffic from the Akron-Barberton area went west from Akron and was interchanged to the B&O, NYC, PRR, NKP, and DT&I at several points to be forwarded to points all over the country.  At these multiple interchange points, I would be able to showcase my collection of equipment from many Ohio railroads.

 

Tom 

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