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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 8:28:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO) at Sydney, Nova Scotia

The owner of this layout liked my plan for the Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation (DOSCO) in the 1950s, which was presented earlier on this blog (see this link). However, he wanted the era shifted to the 1980s, when the mill was owned by the Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), and he also needed the plan adapted to fit his much smaller 4' x 10' space.

Just as with the original plan, this design includes the blast furnace, the coke ovens, the import pier for the raw materials, the interchange with Canadian National Railway, and the Devco Railway (took over the Sydney & Louisburg Railway in 1968), as well as the waste disposal (slag piles) area.

In the 1980s, iron ore was still being imported from Newfoundland by boat, coal for coke came off the Devco Railway and everything else came in via Canadian National, with out-going shipments leaving by CN and by boat. While operations are more limited than the bigger DOSCO layout, switching is still interesting and varied enough to easily keep an operator busy for a few hours.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Theme: Industrial Railway, Design Feature: Interchange, Theme: Single Industry, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), Types of Industries: Coke Plant, Types of Industries: Steel Plant


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