Vacation time !!!

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 with No Comments

Hi folks,

we just returned from a spontaneous short vacation trip yesterday evening, so I don’t have any news to show on the blog this week. But I got some new ideas for future projects. So please stay tuned and see you next Tuesday as usual with some new logging railroad updates.

Gerd

[LVLC] adjusting the log car length

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello,

since I seem to be in “Logcar-buliding-mode” at the moment, I just switched scale and spend some attention on my 1:20.3 skeletons. I original build them with 18′ length to make them suitable on 3′ radius curves. Since I moved on to 4′ radius, I did some test runs if I can enlarge my logcars from 18 to 20′. 20′ log cars are very common for minimum size and they look much better behind the large Bachmann-Shay.

So I took all my courage and cut one car in half to add a connecting centerpiece. It turns out that 20′ cars will still negotiate the 4′ radius S-curves on turnouts, which was one of the most important goals. Therefore, I cut new centerpieces and rebuild all 5 log cars.

I’m very happy with the result and it’s amazing how much this change adds to the character of the cars.

I’ve 3 more pairs of trucks and couplers on the shelf so maybe I’ll step directly into building some more of this cars. On the other hand, I made good progress on the planing for my own garden railroad… Let’s see what I can show you next week.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Logging Flatcars – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 with No Comments

Good morning,

the new logging flatcars for the Moody Lumber Company are ready.

Once the side sills were ready for assembling, I took all parts together to create the basic car frames. Once a frame was done, I painted it in my prefered freight car color and laid them into the sun. Once the third frame was also assembled, the paint on the first was already dry, so I could continue work immediately. In the second step, I attached the pre-painted stack pockets and gave the whole car frame a second coat of paint.

As before, I was able to continue work in loops. Once the second coat was dry, I attached the truss rods and final details. I installed the span locks and chain holder from the old log bunks, which will help to secure loads on the flat cars. I also glued and nailed the deck planks in place.

In the last step, I placed each car frame on a pair of disconnects, which are now acting as trucks. Instead of the previous design, the trucks are now permanently mounted to the car bodies, which gave the whole cars mor stability on track. The new cars are now resting in the rebuild train shelf, awaiting the next operation session.

Still missing is the lettering, which will be done some what later, as I’m short on matching stencils at the time.

Regards, Gerd

[MLC] Logging Flatcars – part 1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello,

when I cleaned the workshop two weeks ago, I found lots of timber cut-offs and I decided to use them for a project I had in mind for a long time. During the last Moody Lumber operation session at Zürich, I had several derailments with the loaded disconnects. The heavy log loads. Most were caused by the log load. While the disconnect log cars make trouble, the truck based freight cars do not.

So I started to build 3 more logging flatcars similar to the one I made some while ago and I’ll use the disconnects as trucks as I do on the other equipment.

I re-saw the timbers on my little sawmill (circular table saw) to get all the sills, beams and bolsters to make three flatcar frames. Some are already equipped with hardware. Next step is to prepare the side sills and finally assembling and painting of the frames.

Another big advantage on the flat cars is, that I can easily add some gondola walls to haul ballast or other freight as well, so I’m more flexible. And I can choose which kind of lumber/logs I like to haul from huge redwoods, to pulpwood.

Cheers, Gerd

 

“Homework” and workshop update

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello followers,

in the past two weeks, I finished some very important steps which I postponed way to long.

As we bought our new house, the back side above the porch roof wasn’t finished. I covered the section up with wood in clapboard style. It took me two days and was worth the effort.

There were some other unfinished sections which got finished as well, so all open tasks from the To-Do-List have been closed by now.

Maybe someone may wonder what happened to the upper garden I reported of some weeks ago. Well, the grass grows very fine as well as the flowers in front of it. I also finished the small play ground for our daughter.

After all this jobs done, it was time to go back into the workshop for some railroad projects… But what the heck…

Well, I put in some good music, rolled up the sleeves and started to clean up the whole shop. It took me the whole week since I decided pretty soon, that it would be best to make it right. I rebuild and rearranged some shelfs, added new ones and reorganized some other areas to store tools and stuff. I even spend the time to sort all my drills… At the end I’m very happy about all the work I spend I really look forward to keep the workshop as tidy as possible during the next projects ;-)

Regards, Gerd

The Waldbahner-Gazette #2 – „Waldbahn im Casanital“

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 with No Comments

Hello logging railroaders,

at a model railroad show in Mannheim in January, I meet Daniel from Mannheim, which has watched my videos on Youtube about my Hon30 logging railroad modules. He was fascinated by the concept and design and told me that he’s going to build his own railroad soon.

Now I’m happy to show you the first photos of Daniel’s “Waldbahn im Casanital”. He wrote to me:

Since 1800, the forests around Casanital were harvested for logs and timber. After approx 3 years of logging, a 2′ narrow gauge railroad was built to haul the timber out of the forest. In the first years, horses and oxen were used to haul the cars, but in 1810, the first little 0-4-0 steam loco was put into service, build by the Mosbacher Maschinenfabrik. After WW1, retired rolling stock from the former Heeresfeldbahn was acquired and came to the Waldbahn im Casanital.

In the meantime, the railroad line was extended to a cement works and a small harbour at a nearby canal was built as well.

Since several month, the presidents of the Waldbahn Casanital and Waldbahn Eusserthal are in contact about a connecting route between both railroads.

It’s planned to show both layouts together at a show in Ludwigshafen later in 2018. Maybe Bernd will join as well with his railroad, which would lead into the largest Hon30-Casani-Module-Meet so far. As soon as I’ve further details, I’ll post them here on my blog.

Regards, Gerd

[CFF] Completing the rail-car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 with 1 Comment

Hi,

today I’ll show you the second part of the rail-car. As announced in the last post, I made a new trailing truck from brass and small 18mm wheelsets. As before, I used photos of the car at Commandau as reference. The truck can be taken apart by screws to insert the wheelsets after painting.

At the car, I added a bolster to take the front truck. From the scrapbox, I took a pair of old couplers which are used as buffers. Below the side doors, a step from brass will help to climb into the car.

Once the driver was glued in place, I screwed on the body shell and gave the whole car a nice weathering. Once I can acquire some tools and crates, I’ll add some load to the trunk of the car.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] A rail-car for the logging railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 with No Comments

Hello again,

I’m proud to report the last batch of logging trucks (disconnects) done. Over all I made 12 pairs of them and I can’t imagine to make more of them ;-)

8 pairs are used as logging disconnects to haul logs, 2 pairs are used as trucks on the flat car, another pair below the caboose. The last pair will carry a freight car, which will follow soon.

With most of the rail cars finished, it’s time to start something totally different… like a rail-car ;-)

Several logging railroads in Romania used rail-cars or rail-trucks for several purposes. During some research on the internet, I found this Russian “Wolga”-car, which is close to some other rail-cars used in Romania. It’s 1/18 scale so it matches very well to my 1/19 scale (16mm-scale) railroad. The car body is from metal, while all other parts seem to be plastic. I started to dismantle the car to see how it can be converted to ride on rails.

The rear axle got a motor drive installed, which is mostly hidden by the wheels and chassis. I had the components from another project in my junk-box and could re-use them on this project. I just had to move the large spur gear to and exchange the bearing pipe to fit the larger axle diameter.

On the car chassis, I removed the rear axle and added new bearings to the leave-spring suspension. I used photos of a similar car used at the logging railroad of Commandau in Romania. I had to move the springs slightly outward to make space for the wheel set.

The model originally featured a fully detailed motor unit under the hood. Since I was able to place all the electronics here, I ripped out the motor and started to install the old Locolinc control. the receiver and controller are placed at the back. A 4s Lipo battery with 450mAh fits in well so the all the control and power stuff is hidden below the bonnet.

You can see the receiver on the left and the controller on the right. The controller is also able to switch lights as well as functions just as DCC. At the moment, I don’t install lights at all, since the Resita is also without head lights. Maybe I’ll add them one day in the future.

In the center of the engine bay is enough space for the battery. A switch was added to the left-side wheel case and the electronic installation was complete. Time for a first test run on rails.

Now I wait for some brass profiles I ordered to build a matching front truck with small wheels just as on the prototype. Hopefully I can show the progress next week.

Gerd

Important Hint for subscribers !!!

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 25 May 2018 with No Comments

Unfortunately, I lost all followers during the reason changes on my Blog. If your interested in further weekly blog updates, please subscribe again at the bottom right menu.
Many thanks !!! Gerd

Technical updates (GDPR)

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hi followers & readers,

two sleepless nights and some grey hairs lay behind me, but I finally managed to do some important updates on my blog. First of all, my blog is now SSL-encrypt and I spend some attention to the actual data protection rules. Finally I was able to reactivate the blog-comments as well as blog-subscription and a contact form. The new data protection declaration can be found in the top menu.

As expected by me, WordPress and Automatiic have provided new updates to fullwill the GDPR. I also checked the other plugins I used, removed some and replaced others which were not “clean” with the GDPR. During the next days, I like to review older blog entries and update especially the Youtube-links, to reduce the data traffic between the websites.

If you determine any issue, please let me know. One starts to get routine-blinded to fast.

And now, back into the workshop for the next logging railroad project. Let’s see what I can show you next week.

Kind regards and enjoy your hobby, whatever which it is.

Gerd