National Tube Works
This is an overview of the
National Tube Works in McKeesport. The model of this facility
contains a blast furnace, coke ovens, and a warf. The blue truss
bridge is the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge. Many criss-corssing
tracks fill the facility, leading to two small two-track
yards. This portion of the layout reminds me the most of home.
This building was scratchbuilt
to fill in the area above the cut stone wall that parallels the B&O
mainline that surrounds the steel mill area.
This is the blast furnace with
an elevated track that coke hoppers use to feed the furnace.
Ingot cars can be seen at the base of the blast furnace.
The girders of the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge can be seen on the
The tracks to the right are
the double-tracked B&O mainline. The track bearing to the
immediate left of the mainline is the Union RR line, The signal
on the left protects the interchange of the Union RR and B&O.
The cut stone wall can be seen in the background. It was
made from plaster castings, painted a solid gray, then drybrushed with
black. Its length is over four feet long.
Here is a view of the warf.
The characteristic muddy water of the Monongahela River can be
seen here. Recent flooding can be seen along the wall. The
coal barge was built from scratch from photos of another barge I had
seen at the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium, MD.
Two Union RR SW-1500's # 2 and # 4 lead a slab train past the mill on the B&O mainline.
This is the guard shack at the
entry to the mill. A McKeesport Connecting RR S-2 #1006 makes its
way over the crossing as a steelworker begins his shift. Several
safety signs line the entry to the shop building.
A discussion takes place in
front of the USS/URR shop. Doesn't look like the employee is
making any headway with the foreman. In the background is a
custom painted URR caboose #102.
A workman directs a new section of pipe into an old B&O gondola in its original paint scheme.
This portion of the mill
contains the coke ovens. Loads of coal from several P&LE
hoppers feed the ovens which remove impurities from the coal which is
eventually is burned in the blast furnaces.
To make the mill area look
larger than it is, these buildings fill in the back corner of the
layout. The track on the far right is owned by the Union RR and
interchanges with the B&O at the switch in the foreground.