"Plan A" is logging & a lumber mill. Those will take most of my disposable income for a year or 2. The lumber mill kit I want is of the "not cheep" variety. I have set aside room for it on the new layout. 2 or 3 of my 10 OZ bars are in peril.
Grain would likely be the primary, followed by coal, automotive, and containers.
Intermodal followed by Grain ( soybean & corn ) and Amtrak ... Hopefully one more .
I have multiple main industries that are related. I have 7 coal mines and a steel mill. The coal mines ship to the steel mill, on line industries and off line industries. The steel mill receives coal from the coal mines, iron ore from off line, limestone from off line. The steel mill ships plate, sheet, wire, rod, bolts, nuts, and byproducts from the coke plant and blast furnace mostly to off line industries, but some on line shipments as well.
Waltzing Creek & Western Railroad
From the Bessemer Historical Society archives:
One industry system sends coal to a 1950's coal-fired electric plant. Empties travel uphill from the mine via a hidden tunnel, coming out from behind the plant for return by the visible main line to the coal plant. Filled hoppers travel from the mine to the plant by the main line, and then are allowed to roll downhill to the mine via the tunnel.
Another industry is of shorter run, picking up cattle from a local stock pen in a rural area and taking them a relatively short distance to an Oscar Meyer meat packing plant. A refer icing plant is adjacent to the packing plant. "Processed" meat is shipped around the layout to a food distribution plant. The same rural area also produces sugar beets, which are loaded into open hoppers (generally 40 ft. in keeping with the mid-20th Century period. These are sent clear to "Denver", where they are unloaded by conveyor belt into a processing plant, which has tank cars and other type cars for carrying bulk processed sugar. This is generally taken to the large yard at "Galesburg", where it is theoretically held for shipment to "off-line" destinations. Empties are returned to the processing plant. Tank cars with petroleum are staged at the classification yard in Galesburg for shipment to a stub branch currently under construction on the "South" side of Denver. The source for the petroleum is also "off-line".
Galesburg also provides a passenger terminal which can handle local/commuter passenger traffic from a small town nearby, "Grashhook". But there are two stub tracks for handling various Zephyrs, or even Great Northern and Northern Pacific passenger trains (selective compression run rampant), which then take off around the layout to "Denver".
Hopefully, when time and my knowledge of the process increases, I hope to post photos. The layout is basically a 14' x 13' 7" layout in the shape of a reversed "G", with a folded dogbone configuration for continuous running where desired (for kids and non-modelers).
Steel industries are great.
I'll have whatever industry will fit in with this. This is not mine but a photo I found.......but this is what the middle of my empire might look like....with mountains and trestles and towns on additional platforms left and right....forming a U-shaped final layout.
Last edited by railfan; 06-23-2012 at 10:16 AM.
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