Across the Great Hall and tunneling into what used to be my daughter’s room (she says she left home because of all the train noise in her room) is the town of San Angelo, which has some similarity to the real town of San Angelo in West Texas.
Located in the real town of San Angelo is Hischfeld Steel, served by the Texas Pacifico Railroad who I was employed by. Steel plate is delivered to the end of a very long building where large steel structures are welded together. Steel beams are unloaded from gons and bulkhead flats further down under the white overhead crane supports seen in the distance. All rail shipments are inbound, the finished structures are trucked out.
On the LCN it is Hoof Steel and Fabrication that receives steel plate and beams by rail. Unlike Hirschfeld Steel, Hoof Steel also ships out its products by rail, steel structural shapes in 60 ft gons and large tanks on 90 ft flat cars.
Steel coils also come in by rail. This is the steel coil unloading overhead crane.
Here we see where the steel plate and beams are unloaded.
Steel pipe is unloaded here by a tracked crane with a vacuum attachment.
Hoof Steel and Fabrication is a busy industry. Rail cars are often moved around with their tractor.
Occasionally high side gons are loaded with scrap steel here at the end of track where these 90 ft flats sit after their loads of steel plate were unloaded and they were shoved here by the tractor so a gon could be loaded at the fabrication building.
Hoof Steel has their own “triple ace” covered gon for material that needs to be protected from the weather.