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Re: 2020 build challenge Scrap yard
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2020, 10:15:04 PM »
If you look at the last photo posted you can see an old railroad right of way and the remnants of where the ties and ballast were.  This was a spur that went out of the east side of the engine house, thus there is a lot of RR related iron laying around.  The railroad sold this little triangle of ground as the locomotives being serviced in the shed were too large to be stored out that end of the service facility.

Mac's took the ground and the railroad footed the bill for the grade crossings to get to it.  Those did not exist before the scrap yard.

Curiously .... the railroad personnel watch the gate at that end of the scrap yard as they have a off site consignee for heavy cast iron detritus.  They watch to see that the gate is locked at the end of each day.   Small stuff is routinely sold by the pound to the scrap yard just to keep the engine house from filling up with useless stuff.  It's an interesting balance.

Overall the new scrap yard is operating barely in the black.   As long as the locals keep crashing cars they will be OK.  As cars and trucks take over the iron coming out of wagons will be a revenue source for a time.

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Re: 2020 build challenge Scrap yard
« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2020, 07:49:51 AM »
If you look at the last photo posted you can see an old railroad right of way and the remnants of where the ties and ballast were.  This was a spur that went out of the east side of the engine house, thus there is a lot of RR related iron laying around.  The railroad sold this little triangle of ground as the locomotives being serviced in the shed were too large to be stored out that end of the service facility.

Mac's took the ground and the railroad footed the bill for the grade crossings to get to it.  Those did not exist before the scrap yard.

Curiously .... the railroad personnel watch the gate at that end of the scrap yard as they have a off site consignee for heavy cast iron detritus.  They watch to see that the gate is locked at the end of each day.   Small stuff is routinely sold by the pound to the scrap yard just to keep the engine house from filling up with useless stuff.  It's an interesting balance.

Overall the new scrap yard is operating barely in the black.   As long as the locals keep crashing cars they will be OK.  As cars and trucks take over the iron coming out of wagons will be a revenue source for a time.

see ya
Bob

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