Monday, June 24, 2013

Lukens Steel and Neat Book Store

The Brandywine Valley Railway must have acquired some of these Canadian, Sidbec-Normines ore cars for mill use

Melt Shop of former Lukens Steel Plant - Got to tour this facility and the rolling mills years ago.  Very interesting facility - no photos allowed back then unfortunately.    The melt shop wasn't anything very different than a number of other melt shops I'd toured back then, although I liked their zombie switchers that moved scrap remotely into the other side of this building.   The rolling mills were real interesting - standing there watching a hot slab being rolled on the 200 something inch mill.

The Book Barn - Five story used bookstore - could have spent three or four hours in here, but only had one.  Winding, narrow staircases,  exposed beams and thick rough cut timber floors - the store is a maze.  They had a copy of Johnson's Blast Furnace Construction for $25    Would have purchased in the past, but have a PDF of the book on my computer and trying to keep my book collection only to the essentials, ie unavailable elsewhere.    Did buy an Arcadia book on the Wilmington, Delaware waterfront and two Osprey Books - Saracen Strongholds AD 630-1050 and Ancient Greek Fortifications 500-300BC      While not necessarily meeting the requirement of "essentials" Osprey Books are highly detailed, well illustrated, and take up very little space.  The builder in me likes their Fortress Series

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