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Ore Boat SS Victoria

The Ore Boat S.S. Victoria

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This is my first major modeling project after moving into the new house, a Great Lakes ore boat to be moored at the raw materials dock of my as-yet-unbuilt steel mill layout. I've made an Abracadata track plan, I know I can fit it [albeit barely] - now I only need to do the 'perspiration' part of the task! I chose to model a ficticious Cleveland-Cliffs vessel as a tribute to the once-bustling Cuyahoga industrial waterfront in Cleveland, Ohio. [An article on the Victoria's construction, titled "Build A Great Lakes Freighter in HO Scale", was published in Model Railroading, September 2002.]

In march 2003, I renamed the Victoria to Marquette and added numerous additional details, such as lifeboat davits and a hatch crane. Click the links below to view images of the upgrades.

Forward view
Forward, starboard side closeup
Forward, closeup from aft
Afterhouse, view #1
Afterhouse, view #2
Afterhouse, view #3
Afterhouse, top closeup view

[ Click on any thumbnail image to see it rendered full-size. ]

A full length side view of the ore boat Victoria (a modified Sylvan Scale Models marine kit) on Mike Rabbitt's layout.

Aft view of Victoria
Close-up view of Victoria
Victoria on Mike Rabbitt's steel mill layout.

Projects and Special Features