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Changes and rebuilds

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 (Comments Closed)

Another model railroad Wednesday is over and I spend a couple of hours on my Fn3-logging railroad since I got several parts this week, that I’ve ordered month ago.

1. Accucraft-Shay

My Shay got an original gas jet and is now working fine as on the first day. I just could run the loco some meters in my workshop, but she performs very well with a smooth burner and good steam.

Looking through the last photos, I found that the oxidred end beams are not the best on this loco. They don’t match with the rolling stock and the locomotive at all. Therefore I repainted them again and I managed it to let them look the same way as the wooden cab. Now the loco looks really realistic. Maybe I’ll add some airbrush weathering later.

2. Caboose trucks

I’ve 3 cars from Ralf in my collection, the caboose, a flat car and the tool car. The last two cars are using the same frame design with 16′ length. The caboose is shorter and uses a different design. Since I like to build a boxcar which will match the flat car design, I decided to replace the caboose trucks to use them on the new boxcar. I had some old trucks in my scrap box which are now installed under the caboose. They fit very well below the caboose. I’ll go to weather them, once the new car models are also ready for weathering.

3. Skeleton log cars

Finally I replaced the couplers on my skeleton log cars. With Ozark-couplers, the cars will perform perfect on the raised track of the log loader. The old couplers didn’t had enough play and caused derailments. There are two more log cars planed in the same design for a full 5 car log train.

Next week, I’ll make some progress on the Hon30 layout.

Tracks weathered

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 (Comments Closed)

Not much happened the last days, but I could finish another “milestone” on my project by weathering the tracks. I used a drybrush with light grey to work out the details on the ties and to lighten them up a little bit. After that, I used the airbrush to weather the rails with a rusty look.

After this step finished, I can proceed with the basic modelling of the landscape with hills and the pond.

H0n30 logging railroad continues…

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 20 July 2014 (Comments Closed)

After a short break, I start to continue with my logging layout.

Mainly I planed the scenery on the next 3 segments. The first one with the junction will show some char coal piles, the little next one will show a dirt road crossing, while the last of the corner segments will get a small pond.

Technical I’ve added he turnout mechanisms and finished the wiring.

The next step is to weather the tracks before I can start shaping the landscape.

Photos from the logging railroad station “Taubensuhl”

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 7 July 2014 with 4 Comments

Hello all together, except for some small details, the first module of my Hon30 logging railroad is finished. I took it out on the garden table on a sunny afternoon to make a couple of photos with real day light. I hope this will bring the spirit of this backwoods logging railroad station to you. […]

Water crane, detail parts and more

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 6 July 2014 (Comments Closed)

Each engine facility may own a water crane and a rack for tools. I made both from wood and several wires, together with some detail parts. As you can see, I finally add the second deck to the coaling dock wich will provide better access to the coal bunker. Only some nice coal baskets were […]

A Coaling Dock

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 2 July 2014 (Comments Closed)

I made coaling dock for my Hon30 logging steam locomotives. I used code 55 rail, fine wood stripes and timber banks for the support, which were left over parts from my big N-scale saw mill project. I guess I’ll add a second, raised level to get better access to the steam coal bunker of the […]