[CFF] A new old passenger car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 with No Comments

Hi folks,

in August, I shared some thoughts about my rolling stock for the Romanian logging lines. Some while later, I had first ideas to solve my issues but finally, it developed totally different than expected when I spotted an interesting offer on eBay.

Please welcome the old coach of the “Eussertalbahn” which was acquired for my freelanced CFF Bochina line. This car became of special interest for me for several reasons.

It’s not a …, that the name on this car sounds close to my H0n30-railroad. A hint can be found on the underside of the car body. I rebuild this car from a LGB model in 2005, but sold it some years later, when I started work on my 5”-gauge Shay loco.

13 years later, the car now returned to it’s origin home. I spend some finescale wheelsets as well as my newly designed CFF couplers. Unfortunately, the car got damaged here and there. Especially the homemade wooden window frames are no longer complete and in best shape. But the winter is coming soon, so there’s some time to spend additional repairs.

Starting next season, this car will operate along with my old workshop car, hauled by the Krauss and Budapest loco on the free-lanced CFF Bochina line.

But what will happen with the small Moldovita cars and the Resita? Well, I’ll share some updates on these soon.

[CFF] Budapest 764-253

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 with 2 Comments

Please welcome…

the latest addition to my Romainan Forestry Railroad roster: Budapest loco 764-253.

This loco is loosely based on a prototype (764-235) which operated on the Line of Orastie. A similar loco (764-234) was in use on the line of Oituz, which made this loco interesting to me. The prototype of 234 got scrapped in Oituz around 1982. Other locos of this type were used at Comandau and even at Moldovita (for a short period).

As on my Krauss loco 763-237, I changed the road number a little bit to represent another birthdays-date of the family.

You may notice that all kinds of weathering and clutter are still missing. I didn’t find the right mood yet for this last step, but it may follow soon.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] Time for painting…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 November 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

due to some other troubles around, I missed to update weekly as usual. Sorry for that.

So time to share some photos of the painting process. First it feels wrong to assemble a finished loco after weeks of construction. But the final result will be worth the effort.

After cleaning the parts, I spend a coat of primer, followed by black and red paint. I use spray paint. While the paint was drying, I worked on the remaining detail parts. Last big challenge were the window glasses. I made pieces from 2mm clear styrene which are 3mm larger in each direction and filed to perfect size. On the mill, I used a special setup to mill a 3mm wide step along the outline. The result are perfect matches for the ellyptic cutouts in the cab.

Now it’s time for final assembly.

I also work on the finall parts like interior details, repainted engine crew and the pipe to take water from ponds and streams.

The next posting will show the finally detailed loco in service :-)

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] New loco is almost done

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 4 November 2021 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

in the past weeks, I didn’t find any time for model railroading or to write new blog posts. So it’s time to bring some update today.

I’ll start with the cab interior and boiler back-head detail. I added some small cabinets and a wooden floor. The rear of the cab is home of fuel bunker and the hand brake. Close to the end of the project, I decided to model closed doors on the sides, as even on a Romanian forestry railroad, locos always operated with closed doors for safety reasons.

And there she is, mostly done and ready for painting. Small parts as window glasses and some levers and pipes are missing, but those will be added after painting. I’m also happy with the total weight, which will give enough pulling power to the loco.

Finally, where are some photos beside my other models. The new one blends in very nicely, even if not painted and weathered yet.

Next step is to take the loco apart into subassemblies for painting. Afterwards, the loco will get finally assembled.

Cheers, Gerd

No report this week

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 with No Comments

Hi folks,

due to workload, I don’t have a new report this week.

But I like to solve last weeks question. 331 rivets are added to the cab. Since the where only few attende, I shared the actual photos with all of them :)

Next week, I’ll show the final work on the interior and we’ll start disassembling for painting.

Regards, Gerd

 

[CFF] Detailwork at the cab

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 October 2021 with 3 Comments as , ,

It’s time for another update.

I glued the parts of the cab together after adding the rain gutter to the sides. The side walls were cut with extra width and I used spacers then gluing the front and back. Once the glue was dry, I filed the sides flush with the ends. Nevertheless, I need some filler to get all gaps closed and smooth.

Once the filler was sanded down, the long journey in detailing started. Adding the windows and shutters were not a big deal, but the rivet detail took some while. What do you think, how many rivets are used on the cab only? Leave a comment and the closest guess by end of this week will get an exclusive preview of the nearly finished model ;-)

I also started with the interior by adding some flooring. The remaining cab interior will become the last sub assembly before painting.

Regards, Gerd

[CFF] Starting the cab construction

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 with 1 Comment as , ,

I postponed this final step for a long while, but now it’s time to tackle the cab. As on my Krauss loco, I made all walls from 1,5mm ABS plastics. To bend the backside wall, I heated the plastic and used a jig.

The windows were cut out with a scroll saw and filed to shape. I used some paper templates for these parts. Next challenge was to create the sides, which are bend into the roof portion. My first idea was, to make this segment from one single piece, but this idea was dropped very soon.

It was much easier to make two halves. First, I bend the parts with heat and another jig. I left some extra material on all sides and cut them to final dimension after the bend. The cutouts were made in the last step.

On these photos, the parts are just assembled loose on the loco for a first dry-fit. I’ve to spend some more file and sandpaper to make them all fit. Once done, I can glue them together for further detailing.

[CFF] More details…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 with 3 Comments as , ,

Hi folks,

I was able to postpone the cab construction by adding more details to the water tanks. So I added water hatches for the tanks from PVC and ABS plastics.

Another typical detail on such Budapest locos is the location of the water-sucker inside or in front of the smoke boy support. The model was scratch-built from brass.

Also typical is the diagonal pipe running to the top of the water tank. With such details, the water tanks are done as well. Now is no more hiding to get the cab attached.

Finally, I found some issues with my builders plate. Seems there are differences in scale somehow….

[CFF] Water tanks done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 (Comments Closed) as , ,

Let’s continue with the water tanks of the loco. The basic construction is made from 2 and 3mm styrene. I glued a 0.5mm sheet to the underside, which represents the walkway along the loco tanks. BTW, I decided to model a welded replacement tanks, as many prototype engines got new tanks before the era I like to represent.

The outer shell of the tanks is made form 1.5mm styrene, which got bend to shape first, glues to the base and cut to dimension in the last step. The water tanks are hollow at the front end. Close to the cab, I added lead weights.

Another detail is the handrail running along the top edge as well as the generator. The tanks are rigged permanently wo the boiler by cross braces. The whole super-structure has to be removable in the end.

The last photo gives an impression of the finished loco once the cab is done as well. I still look for clever solutions how to make rounded side-roof-section.

[CFF] Backhead detail

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 with 2 Comments as , ,

Welcome back to this weeks blog,

as announced last week, I’ll focus on the boiler back-head. Since this is a large scale model, the cab interior will be well visible and needs some decoration as well.

The parts are scratch-built from styrene, brass and wires. For hand wheels, I use brass-castings. The parts for the steam manifold are made on from brass on the lathe.

The steam regulator lever with link-rod was replaced as I didn’t like the first attempt.

For now, the boiler is complete. Let’s see how much of the details will be still visible once the cab is in place. Additional interior parts like Johnson bar, hand brake and more pipework will be added together with the cab floor.