009 diesel loco with battery and RC

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

today, I’ve a short vlog for you.

Enjoy and see you next week.

Trainspotting at Ronja Springs

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 with 1 Comment

Good morning,

today there’s not much to read, but something to watch – enjoy ;-)

Bye, Gerd

New radio control for my garden railroad arrived

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello my friends,

last week, we were on y short vacation trip through Germany, so there was no time for my logging railroads. BUT, there are some news anyway, since I got a parcel from UK yesterday, containing my first Deltang components. Deltang offers several items and modules to create Radio-Controlls for several model related purposes, including model trains.

I ordered two transmitter Tx22 (as kit) as well as some Rx65c-22 receivers. The receivers are very small and provide an H-bridge (ESC) up to 3Amps, directional lightning and several function outputs. All components and outlets can be customized and reprogrammed. Compared to the 20-year-old Locolink-stuff, the Deltang-pieces are very small. As usual on 2.4GHz RC, the receiver and transmitter are bind together to create the RC connection. More details on the Deltang components are shown in several Youtube videos. Here are some comparison shots with my outdated Locolink-stuff (which was futuristic equipment, 20 years ago).

I assembled the first transmitter yesterday in the evening and I simply swapped the receiver in my Shay #5. There’s no word to describe the feeling between old and new… it’s simply awesome. While the Locolink only had “a few” throttle steps, Deltang provides smooth operation on lowest speed and finest throttling. The Locolink was a “send&pray” kind of RC, since often a send command did not arrive the receiver unit and therefore there was some delay within the control. This was especially bad on switching trains. But with the new Deltang-RC, it’s possible to operate the train to the point. The upper right pot provides a manual inertia control for smooth starting and stopping trains. it can be adjusted as needed or turned off during switching operation. The upper left rotary-switch is for the “Selecta”-function. Up to 12 locos can be bound to one transmitter and controlled individually by selecting the number. Additional, the receiver provides functions for lightning and others, like sound.

During this week, I’ll go to refit all the other locos and to assemble the second transmitter. I look forward to share some more experiences next week.

Bye, Gerd

News from Ronja Springs

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 with 1 Comment


today I’ve some news from Ronja Springs. The Woods Furniture building got the company name added to the roof as well as a stone basement to raise the structure to the height of the boxcars.

The letters were cnc-milled from styrene, the girders milled from PVC-foam-board. I used some T-profiles as well. All parts got glued together with plastic-cement.

To get the freight door to the same height as the boxcar floor, I added a 2″ high basement from PVC sheets. I got a sheet with stone engraving which I cut into 2″ high strips.

I also added the short wooden loading platform, which will get some wooden support structures later (parts not milled yet). Here’s the finished structure at Ronja Springs.

While I cut some more strips of the stone engraved PVC, I also made a 1″ high team track platform.

And don’t think we wouldn’t play with our railroad as well ;-)

Bye, Gerd

On show with my Hon30 logging railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 with 5 Comments


last weekend, we had a big model railroad event here in my area, called “the long night of model trains”. More than 20 clubs in the south-west of Germany held an evening-open-house from 4pm to 10pm for interested model railroaders and visitors.

I was invited to show my Hon30 logging layout in Ludwigshafen (near Mannheim & Heidelberg) since two club members are building modules in the same practice as I do. To get a big layout, I just took Bernd with me, who has shown his layout together with mine earlier this year. All together we had four individual layouts and all were connected to a 50′ long Hon30 layout. Each of the layout was operated on its own, but with interchange tracks and the ends, we run trains from one end to the other, including switching and lots of freight traffic.

Additional to the evening-open-house on Saturday, the show continued on Sunday as well due to the 40th anniversary of the club. Over all, we welcomed more than 300 visitors and it was a very nice show for all of us. Here are some photos of the whole arrangement and some details from the other layouts.

Cheers, Gerd

My garden railroad layout re-designed

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello folks,

I had some trouble and issues with my original layout designs and after dozens of other ideas, I’m pretty sure that I now have the best trackplan for my personal garden logging railroad. Once I got rid off all the stupid ideas I had as well as faulty compromises, I ended with a pure and iconic logging railroad.

I’ll start with some overviews. Unfortunately, the second one is 180° rotated.

The lower station “Ronja Springs” got some small updates. The furniture works moved from the right to the left spur track and will provide 2 car spots to serve the factory with freight trains.
The sawmill area will stay at the far left end of the layout. There will come a relief structure for the sawmill as well.

The “12”-scale dolls” are a good help to get a feeling for size and dimensions.

The upper garden got now totally redesigned. Going around the back of garden shed is not practical and there were some other ideas I had to put into the trash bin. The new design features a pure logging railroad paradise.
There’ll be a small logging camp near the old log-loading spur. This section is seldom used for active logging, but to store supply cars of the logging railroad.
The mainline continues to a backwoods-siding. Light-Green tracks indicates grades up to 2.5%, dark green 3.5% and red track will go up to 7%. Two more logging sides are connected via these steep grades.

There are basically two ways how to operate this layout:

a) Pure Logging Operation
Log trains are handled in single and double strings of log cars. A single string will contain 4 skeleton log cars (or 3 log cars when running with the Romanian CFF stuff). A train heading out of Ronja Springs may pull a double string up the 3.5% grade to the backwoods siding. Here the train is split and pushed in single strings to the loading sides. Once the loaded strings of cars are collected at the siding, a train with a double string (8 cars) will head down to the mill.
The logging camp and old log landing will be served from uphill-trains if necessary or also from the backwoods siding.

b) Freight Train Operation
Beside the log trains, I’ll also run some Shay powered freight trains to serve Ronja Springs. These may run uphill as well to the backwoods station, which than might be used as stagging yard for the freight train operation. The log camp and spur might be used as industry spurs. Except for Ronja Springs, all structures might be exchangeable for special purpose.

That’s for now, more soon.


[Waldbahn Gazette] More of my old N-scale WSLCo

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 with No Comments


I got some mails last week regarding some more information about my old N-scale rolling stock modelled after the famous West Side Lumber Co. Since the original website has gone, here are some photos of the model I build back in time and which all got sold away some years ago.

Two make the three 3-truck-Shays, I butchered five of the great Atlas N-scale Shays. Three of them got shortened for the power chassis and shells, the others were used for spar trucks and parts to make the tender extensions. I modelled the prototype engines #9, #12 and #14.

Beside the locos, I made a whole bunch of cars as well. Most of them the typical skeleton logcars, but also a large number of freight cars, tank cars and caboose. All cars were made from cnc-milled styrene and separate details parts. They used trucks and couplers from Microtrains. Over all, I made 52 cars, some of them are shown here as examples.

And of course, I also spend time on layouts as well. Most ideas never came to any build-status, but two attempts were actually made. Unfortunately, both layout attempts got scrapped and all the rolling stock sold. More about the layout I had started will be shown next week.

Bye, Gerd

[Waldbahn Gazette] West Side Lumber Co. Heisler #2 in N-scale

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello logging railroaders,

at the moment, I struggle with some issues on my garden railroad project. It seems that I have just to many different projects and ideas going on, and I’ve to sort them out in those I can realize on my railroad, and those I should try to stop before it’s to late. So I use todays issue on my blog for another “Waldbahn Gazette”-post.

In the years between 2005 and 2008, I modelled a huge number of West Side Lumber Company related rolling stock in N-scale. While the prototype was narrow gauge, I modelled everything in 125% scale and operated them on std. gauge. Based on the very well made Atlas N-scale Shays, I made three 3-truck-Shays after WSLC prototype as well as 60+ cars and several structures. One masterpiece was the 4th engine, Heisler #2, which was entirely scratchbuild from brass some details parts and a KATO chassis for power. I sold this Heisler in 2008/9 as well as all other WSLC-stuff when I started construction of my 2″-scale Shay.

This project was brought back to mind this morning, when I read the sad news, that the owner has passed. His friend contacted me in search of details on the models. I searched my files and found the photos above and thought it would be nice to share this wonderful model with you as well. Remember, it’s N-scale and a unique jewel. I was glad to hear that this loco is still around and in good working condition.

Regards, Gerd

“Woods Furniture” – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 with 2 Comments

Let’s go to part two of the furniture works.

I rearranged the walls of the building from the original idea to a 2×4 pattern, which fits better into the space I have available. The first ideas came out to big in my opinion.

The two wall segments without windows got cut on the table saw to make the small side wall segments of the relief structure. Next, I glued each floor level together and finally both wall segments together. So enforce the whole structure, I added plastic channels and triangles on the inside.

Before I installed the windows and doors, I gave all bricks a wash of thinned brown paint to blend the bright cream bricks more into a brownish-yellow. Finally I installed the roof and main structure is mostly done.

Still missing is the foundation and some details parts.

Cheers, Gerd

“Woods Furniture”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 (Comments Closed)

Good morning,

since I’m still unsure about the final layout plan in the upper garden, I spend some more attention to Ronja Springs. At the right loading spur, I announced some industry. So let’s get started. Piko had a special offer for the furniture works “Franz Huber” (aka Mr. Mann’s Cannery). Since the space allows only background relief building, the Piko kit is a perfect base for kit-bashing, while the building is build from modular pieces, which can be rearranged very easily.

Beside the kit, I ordered a bag of additional columns to attach the wall segments together. While the cream-uni-colored structure looked somewhat boring, I decided to paint all the embossed bricks. It was quite some work, but turned out very nice. I also painted the corner and connecting columns.

The last photo shows a first test-fit. The whole structure will get a foundation to raise the door in the center to the level of the freight cars. This will become the loading door for boxcars.

Will be continued next week.

Bye, Gerd