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[Garden Railroad] Heavy earthworks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello,

today I’ve no news from my model trains, but an important update out of the backyard. A few month ago, we torn down the old side structure in the back yard. To the north side of the structure lies another 75m² section of our garden, which was heavily crowded by stinging nettles as well as building rubble and timber from the former owners.

In the past month, we cleared this section of the garden from junk and rubble as good as we can. Now it was time to get rid of the stinging nettles. We had a pile of sandstone to brace the decent down to the lower garden. The remaining stones got stored for future use in the garden. We also got some more topsoil from our neighbour, which was digging some foundations. Step by step, we could plain the area and prepare everything for the use of heavy equipment.

The garden tiller was a great help. We collected more than 6 wheel barrows of stones and rumble as well as 6 more with weeds and roots. And there’s still a lot of them in the ground. At least, I planed the garden and sowed lawn-seed. Hopefully they will turn the upper garden into a nice meadow within the next weeks.

And if you’re wondering what this report has common with my logging railroads – well the right portion of the upper garden will become home of loading areas of my future garden-logging-railroad. But this will take some more month before I can start. But a heavy piece of preparation work is done.

Regards, Gerd

Vacation break and some steam in the garden

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello,

since we were on vacation last week, I have no new progress to show this week. But there’s a short movie I made 1.5 weeks ago when we were at my parents garden railroad. This was the first time for my Resita with log train to run on a larger layout with real grades (3.5%) and a heavy load.

Since time was short in front of our holidays, the comments are in German only in this video. Feel free to contact me in case of questions.

Bye, Gerd

The Waldbahner Gazette #1 – “Galgenberg Waldbahn”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 with 3 Comments

Hello friends of logging and forestry railroading and welcome to a new category here on my Blog.

The “Waldbahn Gazette” will show you reports from other model railroaders, which are modelling logging railroads or related stuff. I got this idea while I talked to some new model railroaders, which started to build their own layout, based on my ideas. It seems that my Hon30 layout has inspired dozens of model railroaders to create something similar.

If you’re working on a logging railroad as well and you like to show/present your work here on my blog, feel free to send me a mail. Depending on the input, this could become a monthly post here on the Blog.

The opener in issue #1 will be the “Galgenberg Waldbahn” (gallows hill logging railroad), build by Hagen. I found this new layout at the forum www.schmalspur-modell.at. He spent some effort into planing first, and even did 3D-plans for the first modules. I really like the drilling template made from aluminium.

Gerd


Die Galgenberg Waldbahn

Thematic background of this Hon30 logging railroad is an old std. gauge line between Elsenfeld and Heimbuchenthal in Germany. This railroad opened service in 1910 and was abandoned in 1978, while the passenger service had ended 10 years before. The name “Galgenberg Waldbahn” comes from the nearby hill at the south-west of the Spessart mountains. The narrow gauge railroad is freelanced and starts in Schippach, where the railroad connected to the std.gauge railroad. Regular freight on the line was timber from the woods to some sawmills along the Elsava river. There were also some mines connected to the railroad, which got served with timber. Another freight was clay to make pencil-lead. There was also some passenger service on the forestry railroad to connect the small villages in the Spessart mountains with the larger cities.

[CFF] Flatcar rebuild… or is it a new construction?

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 with 1 Comment

Another week is over  and here’s the report on my flat cars as announced. These two cars are left over form my very first logging railroad and for some nostalgica, I was looking to use them on the new railroad as well. Since the trucks got modernized together with the other log cars I showed […]