The scale of the operation and their location in an urban setting with limited space, make this a good basis for modeling. This photo has a number of elements that are interesting to take note of -
- small sized open hearth scrap yard - several narrow gauge scrap buggies plus standard gauge gons. Standard gauge tracks enter craneway from side, not via a long parallel approach track. Plus a turnout in the scrap yard
- the trackwork - much of this is dual gauge. Check out the tight radii and the complex arrangements.
- the city street running through the mill on the right side of the photo
- the second craneway - purpose unknown
- the crane structures - solid supports - not your typical structural steel or riveted open construction. Visually interesting and not hard to execute with styrene
- the triagular office type building behind craneway. Obviously built to accommodate railroad track requirements. Tracks on both sides of building would cross city street to another section of mill.
- the texture and shape of the scrap - neatly segregated piles
- general cleanliness of the overall operation
- very few motor vehicles