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The Iron Belt

The Iron Belt

This website is a collection of HO scale layout images relating to the Baltimore and Ohio railroad's fictional Monocacy Valley Branch, which (according to legend) ran through central Maryland between Frederick, MD and Gettysburg, PA. Another imaginary element of this layout is a model steel mill based on a collection of Walthers CornerstoneTM series building kits and some scratchbuilt structures -- this occupied roughly 85 percent of my previous HO real estate.

Since I moved into my new house, time has been quite scarce so I have not yet resurrected the layout. However, I have been building some industrial props, including a selectively-compressed Great Lakes ore boat and an upgraded blast furnace [i.e., closer to true HO scale]. I've rediscovered my Michigan roots and developed a yearning to build a lakeside steel mill like those found around Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. With a two-car garage at my disposal, I now have just enough space for it.

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