Re: steel billets

dixierails <dixierails@...>

For Clark Propst,
I used to see steel bars approximately 5 inch square and 40'-45' long loaded
in gondolas to be shipped to rolling mills. I was told they were billets and
would be re-rolled to flat bar or wire of various sizes (3/8" wire was the
more comman size). I also saw some loads of billets (?) that were 4x6 inch.

I model the billets using Evergreen .060" square styrene strips. I spray
them with an gray acrylic paint, allow that to dry for a day, then spray
with a thinned Testors steel. After several days, I hit the exposed flats
with a graphite pencil to simulate the shine of fresh rolled steel and then
touch a tera cotta chalk pencil along a few spots to simulate rust. Load
them in a gon with wood blocking similar to that shown in the NMRA photo
discussed below and you've got a realistic load of steel billets.

The March 2001 issue of the NMRA bulletin has a photo on page 42 of the
inside of a gondola which is supposed to be transporting steel bars. They
look like shorter (15'-18') versions of the billets I used to see being
shipped out of a Nucor Steel plant in Georgia.
Larry Sexton

----- Original Message -----
From: "Clark Propst" <>
To: "STMFC" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2001 4:37 PM
Subject: [STMFC] steel billets

I need to fabricate the load. Can someone please describe for me what
steel billets look like?

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