Also, I'm so close to finishing up the precipitators, and the scenery is starting to encroach on that area so I need to wrap them up. Plus, once I set them, I can start building the clean and dirty gas mains that I want to run across the front of the blast furnace scene. Two more platforms, a landing, about a half an inch of stairs, light stanchions, and the conical bottoms on the last two intake pipes. Here is the larger of the two platforms. This might look complicated, building it from individual styrene pieces, but this is about an hours work. Tonight I hope to set it in place and connect it with a landing and stairs to one of the stair towers on the structure. The last platform is a small one for servicing the thermal expansion goggle valve on the dirty gas intake main. It looks like this valve would only be closed if there was some major malfunction with both the precipitators or associated gas mains simultaneously. Closing it would divert all the dirty furnace gas from A and B furnace up the bleeder stack. Valves on the precipitators could be used to bypass either one for servicing or repairs, while keeping the other on-line.
And an addition to the Roads of Home theme from yesterday - We took ourselves and the dogs for a hike in the Pine Barrens this afternoon. We passed the fire tower on Apple Pie Hill, the highest spot in the pines. I shot these photos from the tower. These are two views 90 degrees apart, the other two are the same - the Atlantic Ocean is somewhere just over the horizon, and the rails of the Southern Division of the Central Railroad of New Jersey remain just three miles or so from this structure - overgrown, but still intact. The wreck of the high-speed Jersey City to Atlantic City, Blue Comet, occurred under the pines, within the near distance of one of these photos. In the late 1700's, early 1800's, the stack and smoke from a half dozen or so charcoal iron blast furnaces would have been visible, as would have hundreds of acres of clear cut pines to make charcoal to feed the furnaces.