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Re: PC: PC paint

>Thanks for the input. These questions and more or a result of my 
>to make my layout more plausible and operations oriented. My original
>concept was to model part of the Buffalo line - like you have done.
>However, I really like heavy urban industry, and steel in particular, 
>as a result I have moved the layout a little further East to Pittsburg,
>and am modeling a ficticous connecting railroad as well as parts of the
>PRR Panhandle line. The PRR will interchange with my "Allegheny
>Terminal" at three locations and will serve as the outlet to the world
>via 8 track staging yards at each end. The final question is whether or
>not to model the PRR in 1966-67 or PC in 1968-69.
>I have enjoyed vignettes of your steel mills via the helper video shot
>on your layout. Your mill complex has been inspirational. I have a 3' x
>24' space for my steel complex and will have an electric furnace as 
>as finishing mills. Construction of the mill buildings is under way
>based on techniques I demonstrated at KC in my industrial architecture
>Since I live in Houston, all my visions of Pittsburg and Pennsylvania
>railroading come from visits to Pittsburg, Mount Union & Philadelphia,
>which I make twice a year to call on customers. It is also nice to be
>able to ask questions of those who live there and get polite educated
>answers in return.
>Thanks again,
>Greg Johnson
>gjohn195 -AT- swbell.net

I hope you have plenty of pictures.... Since the mills have closed, most 
have been torn down, and the land sold off for redevelopment.  However, 
bits and pieces of our steel industry still survive.  There are huge 
towers and sheds near Duquesne, and along the river near McKeesport 
(both east of Pittsburgh), an old coke plant (still in operation) in 
Hazelwood.  McKeesport still has a steel mill that looks brand new!

I drive past the crews tearing down the mills near Homestead every 
morning.  I'm glad that someone is preserving these old mills (in model 
form), as they will soon be gone.  Because I was born while  
Pittsburgh's steel industry was declining in the late 1970s,' I cannot 
remember seeing most of these mills in action, hearing the blast 
furnaces, watching the sparks fly from the rolling mills...etc

--Chris Osterhus

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