Annacis Island Industries #1: SSAB Hardox®

The first Annacis Island rail-served industry I thought I’d take a look at is SSAB Hardox. Here’s a picture of their building, spur and unloading facilities taken by Chris City:

SSAB Hardox by Chris City – All rights reserved
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It’s a simple but has the potential to be quite an interesting and relatively compact module.

According to their website, SSAB Hardox Wearparts centres supply and possibly fabricate abrasion-resistant steel parts for the mining, extraction, quarrying, construction, fabrication, recycling, agriculture, fishing and forestry industries.

The range of products  that SSAB Hardox Wearparts centres can supply or fabricate is massive and ranges from quite small pieces to large parts for huge industrial machines. Materials will be arriving and potentially departing on bulkhead flatcars which would be loaded/unloaded in the yard behind the building, while boxes/pallets of smaller parts might be shipped in boxcars and loaded/unloaded inside the warehouse.

Their facility is located here:

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As you can see from the map and also the track plan below, with just a little bit of selective compression, the facility and spur would fit nicely on one of the perpendicular spurs modules I’ve designed.

The only thing that may need some thought is the layout of the buildings, particularly that one on the right hand side. While it’s possible to have buildings spanning modules joints (if they are drop-in buildings they can even help hide the joint) but this one would run right up to the ‘outside edge’ of a module which is a big no-no. It would be better to find a lot or building with a smaller footprint that could slot in there in its place and with a little searching I’m sure I could find plenty of these.

SSAB Hardox by Chris City – All rights reserved
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As you can see the SSAB Hardox Wearparts building itself is a simple, modern warehouse, the kind of thing I quite like the idea of scratch building for some reason, but behind it is something even more interesting. In the photograph above and also at the beginning of the post you can make out the framework of the crane that is used to load and unload flatcars and move steel around the yard. It’s hard to be entirely sure from the satellite images but it looks very much like the crane in the picture below:

Steel Yard by Robin Webster – own work via Wikimedia Commons,
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In any case a crane like this would make a great scratch building project; a company called Kone Cranes has a great pdf document on their website that would really help in making a detailed model of a yard crane. Making a crane like this fully-functional in N scale would be quite an achievement 🙂

The yard itself would be quite fun to put together too. Lots of piles of metal profile, pipe and slab all needing varying amounts of rust and weathering applied.

So there you have it, what at first seemed like quite a mundane building turned out to have quite a bit of scratchbuilding possibility.

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