we just returned from a spontaneous short vacation trip yesterday evening, so I don’t have any news to show on the blog this week. But I got some new ideas for future projects. So please stay tuned and see you next Tuesday as usual with some new logging railroad updates.
since I seem to be in “Logcar-buliding-mode” at the moment, I just switched scale and spend some attention on my 1:20.3 skeletons. I original build them with 18′ length to make them suitable on 3′ radius curves. Since I moved on to 4′ radius, I did some test runs if I can enlarge my logcars from 18 to 20′. 20′ log cars are very common for minimum size and they look much better behind the large Bachmann-Shay.
So I took all my courage and cut one car in half to add a connecting centerpiece. It turns out that 20′ cars will still negotiate the 4′ radius S-curves on turnouts, which was one of the most important goals. Therefore, I cut new centerpieces and rebuild all 5 log cars.
I’m very happy with the result and it’s amazing how much this change adds to the character of the cars.
I’ve 3 more pairs of trucks and couplers on the shelf so maybe I’ll step directly into building some more of this cars. On the other hand, I made good progress on the planing for my own garden railroad… Let’s see what I can show you next week.
the new logging flatcars for the Moody Lumber Company are ready.
Once the side sills were ready for assembling, I took all parts together to create the basic car frames. Once a frame was done, I painted it in my prefered freight car color and laid them into the sun. Once the third frame was also assembled, the paint on the first was already dry, so I could continue work immediately. In the second step, I attached the pre-painted stack pockets and gave the whole car frame a second coat of paint.
As before, I was able to continue work in loops. Once the second coat was dry, I attached the truss rods and final details. I installed the span locks and chain holder from the old log bunks, which will help to secure loads on the flat cars. I also glued and nailed the deck planks in place.
In the last step, I placed each car frame on a pair of disconnects, which are now acting as trucks. Instead of the previous design, the trucks are now permanently mounted to the car bodies, which gave the whole cars mor stability on track. The new cars are now resting in the rebuild train shelf, awaiting the next operation session.
Still missing is the lettering, which will be done some what later, as I’m short on matching stencils at the time.
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