[MLC] Adding a siphon to my Shay loco

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 20 May 2022 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

what could be more typical for logging steam locos, as taking water from streams or ponds. Many logging locos were equipped with syphons to lift water from natural sources into the tender tank.

For my 5″-gauge Shay, I had such feature on my wishlist for a very long time. I spend two attempts in building one, but without sucess. Finally, I found a ready-to-use syphon at Shapeways. This one works great.

If interested, here’s the link to Shapeways.


Regards, Gerd

[Hon30] Kiso Shinrin Tetsudo Bento – Logging Railroad in a Lunchbox

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 with 3 Comments

[LVLC] Log trains in spring

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 28 April 2022 with 2 Comments

Hi logging railroaders,

this spring, I spend a few op-sessions on my garden railroad and collected some photos for you.

Unfortunately, time is short to continue work on my build-projects, but I look forward to a short update on the steam donkey soon.

Bye, Gerd

[MLC] New smoke box & stack

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 1 April 2022 (Comments Closed) as

Hi folks,

after the new boiler jacket, I also added a new smoke box and stack to the steam donkey boiler.

Next, I’ll tackle the winch assembly, by milling the pedestals.


[MLC] Working on the club layout and running some trains

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 24 March 2022 (Comments Closed) as

Hi folks,

together with Jonas, I spend another work-duty on our club layout. The layout uses 10x20mm rec.tubing as rails and due to a bad batch several years ago, we struggle with deformed rails. Therefore, we replace single rails or stretches of whole track with new material. To reduce costs, we salvage the ties from the old track to be reused on the next segment to be replaced.

We started work one hour earlier as usual and finished earlier than expected, which gave as 2-3 hours left to operate our trains afterwards. I used the opportunity to run my Shay loco the second time after the overhaul.

The nice smoke plum comes from today’s type of firing. For safety reasons, a poplar was taken down on the property and left a pile of wood chips, just the right size for the Shays firebox. The firebox inside the copper T-boiler is very large, so there’s enough space for a wood fire. Anyhow, it turned out that I need much less wood than expected. The amount of chips in below photo lasted for one hour of operation.

I enjoyed running the loco on wood, that I decided to salvage more wood chips and filled up both gondolas, which might reach for another 10-20 op-sessions. It also underlines this typical “logging-railroad” character of my railroad.

Another upgrade to my railroad were crew members. After some research, I found 10″ tall Mattel “Big Jim” figures to be perfect match. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of cowboy and wild west clothes available already, which makes it easy to get some 1900 log train crew together.

Finally, I had my steam donkey with me to make some side-by-side comparison to my rolling stock. This looks like perfect match as well and I look forward to get the steam engine finally installed for a first test run.

And at least, some short clips of my Shay in action.

[MLC] New jacket for the boiler

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 21 March 2022 with 2 Comments as

Hi folks,

I turned my european-style boiler into some typical steam donkey boiler. Details are shown in the video.

Next episode will feature the typical smoke box and stack.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] Garden railroad season opened

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 6 March 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

a few days ago, the first trains of the Louise Valley Lumber Co. ran on my garden railroad.

Cheers, Gerd


[MLC] The heat is on

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 (Comments Closed)

Parallel to the water plumbing, I installed the gas valve and finished the plumbing as well. The burner was part of the boiler I bought second hand. The second part of the video features some overview and look out.

More to come :-)

[MLC] steam donkey – water supply plumbing

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 28 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

I added a water pump for boiler feed along with all plumbing to the donkey frame.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Steam engine is ready

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

I finished the steam engine and she runs fine on air.

Next episode, I’ll install the feed water pump and water lines.