[CFF] “Moldovita” caboose (part 2)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 with 3 Comments

Well, the car is done…
And as in the first part, I don’t have photos of the building steps. If you’re interested in details, feel free to ask!

Once all the brass profiles were applied, I brush painted them black. The window framing got glued onto the plastic window-glazing first and the whole windows are than installed to the car. Additional details parts got added from plastic and metal parts to complete the car body. Last challenge became the roof, which was made from three separate bend segments soldered together. On the inside, the roof is inforced by two 10mm plywood arches. The roof is removable to show to the interior.

As usual, the car got its final transformation from “model car” to “logging railroad equipment” by the use of the airbrush. The third photo shows the interior I added. The door features working hinges and opens.

Last photos today are showing the latest models in service on the garden railroad.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] “Moldovita” caboose (part 1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 with 2 Comments

After a short break, I’ll show you some progress on my next Moldovita based car. The line used a small 4-wheel caboose on their log trains and I always had a special favor for it. At least for its small size and octagonal body shape.

I checked my scrap box and found some 26mm wheelsets and OZARK journal/pedestals. Together with some brass profiles, the chassis was built within a few minutes. But than, it become much more difficult and complex…

Finally, it become so complex, that I missed to take photos during the build. The prototype seems to be built from a metal frame, planked with wooden boards from the inside. A very difficult design to use in 1:19 (16mm) scale. So I started to work out a sandwich-construction. Base for the car body is 2mm plywood, used for the floor and walls. They got screwed together with brass angles. Once the base was done, I glued thin wood planks to the car body and added more brass profiles to create the frame under the car.

Last challenge was to add the slim frame-work. I was pretty sure that glue would not hold them in place for long time, so I decided to “blind-solder” them from the back. the profiles are self made from 0.3mm brass sheet and I drilled holes through the brass and car body. Then I inserted brass nails from the inside, soldered them to the profiles on the outside and filed them flush. I think this will be the best way. I just finished one side, so I’ve to spend some more work to get all the brass profiles applied.

Short break

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 with No Comments

Hi folks,

I was very short in time for workshop and blog entries in the past weeks, due to several reasons. But now I’m back on track and already working on the next project. So hopefully there’ll be new content coming next week.

Thanks & regards, Gerd

[CFF] live stock on the railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 with 2 Comments

This week, I’ve just a small project.

Many logging railroads were used for much more as hauling logs. It also brought loggers and other “passengers” into the woods as well as food and supplies to the camps. But sometimes, they also worked simple as a “common carrier”.

Along my logging empire, there are some fresh meadows and a shepherd uses the railroad to bring the young sheep out into the woods. Therefore I build some side walls from wood strips, to be used with one of my flat cars to create a “stock car”.

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part2)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 with 3 Comments

Here comes the second part of this small tender car. As announced last week, I spend a sand-blast and painted the body black. Once assembled, I soon realized, that something went wrong with proportions in height.

I checked some prototype photos and soon found out, that the roof on my car is 6mm to height. So I cut it down with Dremel-tool and soldered back on in the correct height. Much better. The split wood was made from real wood and glued in place with white glue. Finally, the car got a nice airbrush-weathering and is now ready for service on my railroad.

And work on the next project has already started. So stay tuned for next weeks update…

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 with No Comments

Hello my friends,

many Romanian logging railroads used wood to fire the steam locos and since wood has a lower fuel value as coal, many locos used aux. tenders to enlarge the fuel capacity. For my railroad, I choosed the small 4-wheel tender used at the Moldovita forestry line. The prototype was rebuild multiple times and is still in service today for museum trains.

As the prototype, I used a regular logging truck for the chassis.

All the super structure was made from brass and steel. To determine the proportions, I used several photos from the internet, scaled to the correct size. BTW, I don’t try to create a 100% accurate model (which is at least not easy by all the different variations of the real thing).

All metal parts are soldered together and the sub-assemblies will get screwed to the chassis.

Next the parts will get sand-blasted and painted. More on the final touches will come next week.

[LVLC] Shay-Update

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 23 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello,

during the last months, my Louise Valley Lumber Co. acquired two 3-truck Shays for heavier log trains. Originally, both were “oil-burner” and got defined to be the “2nd generation” of motive power at the LVLC. Later, I converted both to coal-burner as I like the look of Shays with diamond stacks more than the “plain” oil-burner. But I was still not satisfied by the concept and the fact that I didn’t have enough capacity on my railroad to operate two 3-truck Shays as well as two different types of fuel.

So I took the advantage to sell my Bachmann 3-truck Shay and focus on my LGB/Aster es WSLC #12 engine. I spend a lot of effort to remove the oil bunker and replaced it by a load of fire wood. I also added an extra wood bunker to the tender, based on the Oregon Lumber Shay. Finally I added some details here and there as well as a diamond stack.

The last step was the weathering part. I wanted the new loco to match engines 4 & 5, which once got airbrush weathered by the late Mac McCalla. I met him a few times in person and I learned a lot from him about airbrush weathering. I was afraid in starting the project on such a big loco and especially with the goal to match the perfection of Mac’s work. At last, my fear was footless as the result shows. I also added a small tribute to Mac.

Since I sold the other 3-truck Shay, this one now got the final road number 6 and is now ready for service. I really like the new look of the engine. This is, how a hard-working Shay should look like in my opinion ;-)

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] Resita 764-467 back in service

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 15 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

after the crash of my Resita loco some weeks ago, it took only a few days to get the rough warp repaired, but it took several more days to get the loco back into perfect operational condition.

In the past days, I disassembled and re-assembled the loco several times, fixing many small issues from the crash and others. Finally, I managed to bring her back to perfect smooth operation.

This week, the Resita was in duty on a work train to ballast tracks.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Running on our club layout

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 8 September 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello followers,

this week, I like to share the photos from the August operation session on our club layout. I ran my whole 1:7.2 scaled log train and had a great day. Most time, I was the only “show train” running on the inner loop, so I was able to enjoy very slow speed running of my Shay locomotive, and even some special maneuvers like running in opposite direction and tender ahead.

I got additional support by my friend Tim, who also made most of the photos below.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] Shay Days 2019

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 1 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello Shay lovers,

on July 17th, Ephraim Shay would have celebrated his 180th birthday. His birthday is celebrated each year at Harbor Springs during the “Shay-Days”. I jumped on the event at my garden railroad and operated my live steam Shay with some ordinary supply and freight trains. Here’s a collection of photos, taken during the operation session.