The Model Railroader’s Guide to Steel Mills

The Model Railroader’s Guide to Steel Mills

Bernard Kempinski

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The Model Railroader’s Guide to Steel Mills makes modeling this archetypical American industry possible for the average modeler. Author and expert Bernard Kempinski explains the industrial process and the massive complex built around steel production. The reader will better understand how to create a realistic mill area and set up its rail operations. Chapters are included for steelmaking, steel mill railroads, steel mill track planning, and modeling tips.

Steel from start to finish

Track plans with steel mills included

Features historical photos of railroad-served steel mills


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Author: Bernard Kempinski
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 150 color photos; ISBN: 9780890247518


Bernard Kempinski is a freelance writer who has written more than 40 magazine articles on model railroading, many of them on layout planning, and one book on realistic, mid-size track plans. He is an active model railroader and has built many models on commission, including a 1950s steel mill and a paper mill featured in recent Walthers catalogs. A former U.S. Army captain, Bernard works as a defense analyst in Washington, D.C.
Introduction
Chapter one: History of steel 7
Chapter two: Ironmaking 13
Chapter three: Steelmaking 26
Chapter four: Railroads and transportation 41
Chapter five: Track planning 55
Chapter six: Putting it all together 70
Chapter seven: Modeling techniques 80
Glossary
About the author
Steel mills are amazing yet mysterious places that are usually as out of reach to modelers as they are attractive. As the next level of my home layout will be based on the furnaces at Steubenville, Ohio, I've been gathering as much information as I can. I couldn't wait to pick up a copy of Bernard Kempinski's new book, The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills (Kalmbach Books, 2010).
Like many of the books from Model Railroader Magazine, Steel Mills provides a nice amount of prototype information, history, operations and photos in a way that modeler's can use. It is much easier to make sense of the maze of piping and enormous steel structures when you know what's going on inside. And it's much easier to build a realistic model when you understand what you're building. All in all, the book is a bargain for anyone with an interest in steel and railroading whether or not you plan on building a mill.
-About.com: Model Railroad Trains
Ryan Kunkle

This new book suggests readers ad a realistic steel mill to their model railroad layout. Think of a steel mill and one pictures smoke, sparks, molten metal, and grimy men working in cavernous, mysterious complexes laced with a bewildering array of pipes, wires, and rail lines radiating in every direction. Railroads transport trainloads of raw materials in and finished product out as well as providing infra-plant movement of intermediary products during nearly every manufacturing step.
The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills makes modeling this archetypical American industry possible for the average modeler. Author Bernard Kempinski explains the industrial process and the massive complex built around steel production. Kempinski, an active model railroader, has written more than 40 magazine articles on model railroading. A former U.S. Army captain, Bernard works as a defense analyst in Washington, D.C.
According to Kempinski, a highly detailed and complex industry that features operations with specialized railcars is hard to beat on a model railroad. Kempinski takes readers on a detailed history of steelmaking, explaining the industrial process, and the massive complex built around steel production. Filled with historic photos of railroad-served steel mills, it explores advances in both industries and the impact each had on the other. Readers can build a layout that focuses just on the mill, or they can include a steel mill as a peripheral industry and model some of the traffic that brings in raw materials, hauls out finished product, and provides intra-plant movement. The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills includes information on: Compressing a steel mill scene, modeling steel mill operations, planning layouts in HO and N scales, detailing a blast furnace kit, weathering slag cars and hot metal cars.
The second half of The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills offers planning ideas, tips, and techniques for designing and building a rail-served integrated steel mill on a layout. There is enough railroad activity in a steel mill that a satisfying layout can be built just focusing on the mill, and Kempinski has included some plans with that approach. Kempinski shows model railroaders how to create a realistic mill area and set up its rail operations through chapters on ore processing, steel mill railroads and railcars, track planning, and modeling tips. Track plans with steel mills are included.
The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills provides a concise and clear picture of the steel industry. Readers will better understand how to create a realistic mill area and set up its rail operations.
-SirReadaLot.org, Savannah Jones

Bernard Kempinski's Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills tells how to add a realistic steel mill to a model railroad layout, showing how to model a steel mill operation, plan a layout in HO and N scales, and more. The focus is on ironmaking and steelmaking processes and includes mill structures, supporting railroads, track planning ideas, and building techniques. Any rail hobbyist will welcome this.
-The Midwest Book Review

Bernard, where were you when I needed your help? I can just hear this cry coming from hundreds of model railroaders who have spent countless hours, months, and years creating their model railroad steel mill complexes. Bernard Kempinski, the author of The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills, should have had this book published last year when Walthers first announced the newly revised Ashland Steel Mill series of structures. I know from building and reviewing all the various kits in the project, this book would have definitely been a great help in understanding the function, operation and layout of the various mill components.
-Model Railroad News

"The early history of steel and railroads in the United States is inextricably intertwined. Perhaps no other industry depends on railroads as much as the steel mill industry," says author and railroad expert Bernard Kempinski in his new book The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills. Kempinski takes readers on a detailed history of steelmaking, explaining the industrial process, and the massive complex built around steel production. Filled with historic photos of railroad-served steel mills, it explores advances in both industries and the impact each had on the other. In the second half of the book, Kempinski shows model railroaders how to create a realistic mill area and set up its rail operations through chapters on ore processing, steel milll railroads and railcars, track planning, and modeling tips. Track plans with steel mills are included.
-NMRA Magazine
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