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[LVLC] Operation sesson at Ralf’s layout

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Hello logging railroaders,

a fey days ago, we visited out Friend Ralf, who invited us for an operation session and BBQ. It was a pleasure for me to run the LVLC trains on Ralf’s layout, since I got my US-logtrains from him many years ago.

It was such a nice afternoon/evening, that we continued the next day as well. Here are some photos of my log trains on his wonderful layout.

A “Resita” makers plate

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 18 June 2017 with 1 Comment

A few years ago, I found a LIMA plate replica, the manufacturer of the SHAY locomotives. Now I was looking for my second favorite logging loco, the Romanian RESITA. These loco were built in the 1940/50th and served several forest railways in Romania and others. Some are still in operation on tourist lines and a very few even on real log trains sometimes.

Since I couldn’t find any sign for sale, I decided to make my own one.

I searched the internet for a good photo, from which I made a CAD file. The letters and words are milled on the CNC mill and finally assembled to the complete plate.

A coat of acrylic paint gives the finishing touch. Well, its way to bright, accurate and clean to be a “real” makers plate, but I like it and it fit’s well in my collection.

[MLC] Shay #1 is now ready for regular service

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 11 June 2017 (Comments Closed)


during the children’s treat last week, the Shay proved her power and function during 8 hours of non-stop operation. As reported last week, the loco also showed some issues, which got solved in the meantime.

The packing nut of the front cylinder was self-loosening, so I added locking screws to keep them in place.

Some more effort was the fix to the main engine bracket. One leg was loose and while silver-soldering failed in the first attempt, I welded the parts together (I’m not the best on the welder). Anyhow, now the bracket is strong and sturdy again. Another reason for the dancing cylinder was a missing screw, which holds them to the cylinder columns…

Finally the loco is now back in full operational condition and I look forward to get her into service on one of the club layouts around. As the last photo shows, I removed the winch, since I don’t use her much and I like the loco some more in it’s “typical” Shay look.


[MLC] Children’s treat at Böchingen

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Last Sunday, we host a big children’s treat in my home village in celebration of our 1250th anniversary. Beside several games and Böchingen’s well known cake buffet, my 5″-gauge live steam railroad became the highlight, not only for the kids. Many elder visitors were fascinated by the steam railroad as well as some of them […]