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Harsco Posted - 01/27/2008 : 1:41:05 PM
After being continually proded and poked by Mark F and Steam Nut, I'm going to post a few pics of the layout I've been building (allegedly) for 22 years, The Harrisburg Terminal Railroad.

A fictious subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the HTRR primary serves the industrial needs of Harrisburg,Pennsylvania...more specifically the Harrisburg Steel Corporation (HARSCO) integrated steel mill. In rough terms, the PRR main splits when it enters Harrisburg; the two westerly ones are the passenger mains (not modeled) and the two easterly ones then comprise the HTRR. Here's a diagram to explain the premise:



The concept is a blend of reality and model's license..there REALLY is a HARSCO, a very old iron and steel manufacturer which specialized in railroad track components as well as pipe products, although their physical plant wasn't anything like I'm modeling it to be. I'm also modeling a fictious "branch" to serve the needs of Commonwealth Coke and Chemical. The visible portion of the layout ends right as the passenger and freight main reunite just before Rockville. In theory, the HTRR would see a lot of through freights from Philly, Northumberland, Pittsburgh, and other points and will be served from the vast Enola Yard complex just across the Susquehanna.

The layout skirts the perimeter of my basement which used to be a semi-finished den/playroom for the kids (to show you how long it's taken me to get this point, my youngest is 23...it's been THAT long). About two-thirds of it are in the main room, with the balance going through my workshop...ie: "Staging Room", the site of the Steam Nut Memorial Box Beam Bridge that carries the main behind my heater and hot water heater.

Only one segement - the initial steel mill segment (3 x 22) - ever approached completion for thr past 21 years; I've finally gotten to the point of having the time, resources and two very determined, harrassing friends to complete the "loop". Here's a shot of the original section:



The entire section shown is HARSCO related: blast furnace, open hearth furnace, electric furnace, ingot stripper, mineral dock, inbound/outbound yard, and even a little HARSCO loco servicing area.

More as I transfer them....

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Harsco Posted - 12/07/2013 : 10:52:03 PM
Thank you, sir....
BessemerBob Posted - 12/07/2013 : 8:57:17 PM
Rick

I know you have opened Chapter 2 but I just wanted to say that this thread alone has been a huge influence for me in the world of model railroading and I look forward to following your adventure in Chapter 2....
Harsco Posted - 11/29/2013 : 09:29:25 AM
Guys, I opened up a "Chapter 2" thread awhile back...here's the link: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40209
LVRALPH Posted - 11/29/2013 : 05:22:01 AM
Yea, what Arnold said.
akimmons Posted - 11/28/2013 : 09:11:00 AM
It's time to bump this thread up to the surface again. Rick, whatcha been up to? Surely there's been some futzing goin' on. Your adoring fans need a HARSCO fix!!
Harsco Posted - 06/22/2013 : 08:22:22 AM
Thanks, Ken....the DO editor Steve Benezra was especially patient in dealing with a novice writer. I'm waiting for the electronic version to be posted to their website to get my first look at the finished product.
keystonefarm Posted - 06/21/2013 : 10:59:48 PM
Nice operations article on Harsco in the Dispatchers Office this month. Congratulations !!! ----- Ken
sjconrail Posted - 06/19/2013 : 09:14:40 AM
At the very least I was expecting a picture of the book,

Phil
MarkF Posted - 06/19/2013 : 12:16:17 AM
Liar! The truth is the man has been busy. He's just being modest. Cast in point; structures and scenery completion at State Street. Maybe it's time to start a new thread... "Harrisburg Terminal Railroad (HTRR) - Futzing with the details".
Harsco Posted - 06/18/2013 : 9:42:50 PM
quote:
Originally posted by MikeMc

Was a new thread ever created Rick so we can keep up with your progress?

Mike McNamara
Delran, NJ
nekrailroad.com



Wow, Mike.... you must've needed a BIG shovel to dig this thread up! No new thread yet as there is nothing reportable to report; the futzing has been sporadic and inconsequential of late, but hopefully something soon.
MikeMc Posted - 06/18/2013 : 11:09:53 AM
Was a new thread ever created Rick so we can keep up with your progress?

Mike McNamara
Delran, NJ
nekrailroad.com
sjconrail Posted - 02/08/2013 : 10:43:59 AM
Rick if you post specific items on other areas, could you preface the thread with HTRR? That would help those of us that subscribed to this thread find them quickly in the Active list,

Phil
vzjtothalo Posted - 02/08/2013 : 08:06:22 AM
This is the best thread on the 'net.

Of course, not withstanding the one about LVRALPH and his birthday on mrrforums.com

I vote for a second new thread, as one shot deals can get lost in the turnover shuffle that is a feature of foraa.
MarkF Posted - 02/07/2013 : 10:41:10 PM
It has been a fun ride, watching and helping the HTRR grow to what it is today! Knowing Rick and all of his 'futzing', there will be a lot more good information coming to the forum from this guy! Looking foward to it Rick.
Rick Posted - 02/07/2013 : 4:46:54 PM
Rick, send me a PM with your e-mail address.

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