Lets see your scrap / junk yards

RGW1 Mar 11, 2018

  1. RGW1

    RGW1 TrainBoard Member

    Here is a slide show of my scrap yard with some new details added .

    The guy in the blue coveralls wanted to buy the 32 ford with the tree growing out the window ,but.
    the yard owner said he just got it a little while ago and plans on fixing it up.

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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Cool video! Nicely done scenes.

    I would like to see videos or stills on this topic, in any scale!
  3. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    Mine is under construction. I placed a few items in place so as to get an idea of what it will look like. [​IMG]
  4. ppuinn

    ppuinn Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Here's pics in 2 scales...and, like Kevin's, my scrap yards are just mock-ups to "get an idea of what it would look like'. (Although, full disclosure, the blue and brown building cardstock mock-ups in the large I.Bork & Sons Scrap Yard were made for a scrap yard on a previous layout--in the 1990s--and have been "good enough" that I've never made a more durable (plastic) replacement for them.)

    On my N-scale layout, scrap metal loads provide a major portion of all rail traffic. Two or three gons in every train into the main P&PU yard have loads of large scrap. These gons (14 in AM shift, 14 in PM shift) are transferred to the large I.Bork and Sons Scrap Yard for sorting and processing from large scrap into smaller scrap (18-24 inches), bundles, or shredded metal. (IBS scrap yard loco picks up processed scrap from various IBS tracks, and spots the inbound large scrap loads for processing. "Processing" is completed by manually flipping the active loads over so the load of large/long scrap pieces is down [hidden] and the small/short scrap load pieces are visible [up].)

    The AM (or PM) Transfer Job picks up 14 small scrap loads and takes them to the Keystone Steel and Wire Mill where the Mill Switchers will move them from the KSW Mill arrival track to the KSW Marshalling and Charging yards where the gons will emptied (active loads removed). Later in the shift, the Mill Switchers will spot the 14 emptied gons at the Billet Storage Track or the Mid Mill Coil Shipping Track where Billet or coil loads will be put in the gons, and the Mill Switchers will move the 14 loaded gons to the departure track for the next shift's Transfer Job to take back to the East Peoria Yard...where the P&PU Yard switchers will put 2 or 3 gons with billet or coil loads in every outbound train. These departing trains arrive in their respective regional cities by the end of the operating day, and, for the next operating session, I'll replace the 14 billet and coil loads with large scrap metal loads.

    The large I. Bork & Sons Scrap Yard:
    Mixed Scrap Track(#2 Scrap, #1Scrap, sheet metal, pipes/girders):
    On another part of the layout, I have a small scrap yard with a fence and a few scrubby trees, but no scrap piles.
    I'm not satisfied with the way I've represented piles or loads of scrap on my layout: I've tried using various cast resin scrap piles/loads, and I've broken commercially made scrap piles/loads into smaller pieces and covered the edges with various small parts and scraps I've gathered over the years, but most don't seem too realistic.

    Please describe how you've made realistic scrap loads and piles.

    On my HO switching layout, I have a small scrap yard with a single track (and only one scrap load made with turnings from a drill press) in my HO rail car roster.
    I've made scrap metal loads out of long and short lengths of Evergreen I-beams and H-beams (for scrap girders); steel, brass, and copper wires and metal and plastic rods for long and short scrap pipes; old rail car shells, broken trucks and bolsters for railroad scrap metal turnings, wood cubes (for bundles), commercial plaster and resin scrap loads;and ScotchBrite pads and floor cleaning pads (for scrap wire loads).
    A friend has used Hershey's Kisses foil wrappers, shredded in an $8 blender he got at a garage sale. What else can be used to make realistic scrap loads and scrap piles in the various scales?
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2018
  5. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    I’m testing the water so to speak with building a scrap pile. I’m trying to obtain an old blender so I can put pieces of painted tin foil into it to make my scrap. Otherwise I picked up a resin cast from Walthers scenemaster of a pile of tires that looks pretty decent that will be in my scrap yard as well.
  6. RGW1

    RGW1 TrainBoard Member

    A hobby shop St Paul has a box of foam scrap piles that I have never seen before. For years I have seen the when I was in N scale.
    When I switched to HO I bought some. In the origanal slide show
    they are the Tall piles.

    The shop is Scale model supply.

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