Bethlehem Steel Update 02-05-18
It seems that I've been keeping up with the Bethlehem Steel progress on the Facebook pages, but not on the GSC's website. Here's all the pictures from its original construction in May 2017 to Feb 2018. Sorry if you've seen some of them before.
Jimmy tacked down the track into the first furnace (blast furnace B) to see if the track geometry matches the buildings and can accommodate the hot metal and slag cars.
Some of the Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England (PB&NE) equipment is making an appearance to check the track spacing.
The temporary corner piece connecting the temporary loop to Bethlehem.
Every time you turn around, there are more building appearing.
The Jersey Central bridges that head from Bethlehem to Allentown PA. The tracks will just be used as interchange tracks on the final layout.
The blast furnaces.
Looking at the Minsi Trail Bridge and the high casting house. A mock-up of the Beth Steel high line is under the bridge with a ‘Charging Larry’ on it to check for clearance under the road bridge.
A close-up with the Minsi Trail bridge and high line at height.
Mike drawing out a template for the full size high line behind the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.
This template will be transferred to the plywood to cut to final size.
Here’s the deck for the high line cut out of 3/4” plywood.
Mike is cutting the biscuit slots in the high line pieces so we can attach them all together and make it sturdy. Its the same technique he applied to the deck that the tracks are attached to in Jersey City and Bethlehem.
The full high line pieces laid out on top of the box frame that will later be used to support Wilkes-Barre.
All the biscuits have been glued together and the high line is clamped together to dry.