|SRNJ GP-9 in CNJ "Coast Guard Scheme"|
|2 foot gauge wheel set - axle was originally twice as thick, pre-rust|
|Narrow gauge open hearth operations - USS|
Now I haven't forgotten you steel gurus. A little pre-Thanksgiving teaser. A number of years ago I had the opportunity to explore the closed Universal Atlas Portland Cement Plant in Hudson, NY. This was I believe the only portland cement plant located east of the Hudson River. Believe it or not I was actually paid to "explore" this facility. As a professional historian/archeologist, I was documenting the extensive plant before they tore it down and built a new one. The new one never got built. There was fierce opposition to the new plant, despite it's location in a very economically depressed city. Much of this was centered around the proposed 400' smokestack the plant would have, and how it would affect the historic view from nearby Olana, the home of the 19th century artist, Frederic Edwin Church. Church was one of the most notable of the "Hudson River School" artists, and since his subject was mostly the sublime views of the Hudson River valley and Catskill Mountains,........, the view was deemed historic. Also, Magnum PI aka Tom Selleck, had his country house on top of nearby Mount Merino, so his view would be affected too. I wonder if Higgins lived there with him? - never saw the red Ferrari either.
|Operations in Open Hearth - USS|
But I digress. On the floor of the plant power house I found one "Methods Engineering Manual" by the United States Steel Company, October 1951. This was not an odd find as Universal Atlas was a subsidiary of USS. I picked up the manual and a brief scan showed no pictures so I dropped it in a file folder in which it sat until a few months ago. The lack of drawings and photographs is made up for by extensive operational detail about a variety of steelmaking processes at USS plants. The theme of the book is improving efficiency, but there are numerous specific examples described throughout the book. I've posted a few samples here. Hopefully you can zoom in or download the photos and print a readable version. The scans posted tonight are related to open hearth operations - one of the narrow gauge railroad scrap buggy operation, and the other is the actual detailed operation of the open hearth, down to who does what, when.