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[Waldbahn Gazette] Logging Railroad “Horský Dolina”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello,

today, I’ve another issue from my “Waldbahn Gazette”, featuring the amazing “Waldbahn Horský Dolina”. I found this railroad some years ago in a German model train forum (Stummi-Modellbahnforum) and this layout was a great inspiration for me to build my own logging railroad in the garden. The layout and rolling stock is built by Tobias and he wrote the following in the forum:

In an unused corner of our property, I build a small “operation layout” for my garden railroad trains. As I’m interested in logging and industrial light railroads, I decided to build a logging railroad. The scale is defined as G-scale, running on 45mm track and uses rolling stock in scale between 1:22.5 and 1:19. While the space was limited and the layout mostly planed to test new rolling stock, I used R1 curves, which I might not do again on future layouts.

Based on the topography of the garden, the railroad hauls logs from a high plain down to the sawmill/reload station. Especially on the lower station, the space is limited, so there are only a few tracks and trackside structures. The station only features a runaround track, a long reload siding as well as the engine shed and a short spur at the end of the line. Leaving the lower station, the track runs uphill in a big loop with a 1:10 (10%) grade. The first loading spur at the top of the grade got abandoned some while ago.

The new loading station is designed for future expansion of the railroad. As seen on some logging railroads, I like to operate trains from this station, which pushes empty log cars to the final loading places in the woods.

Well, here are some photos and a track plan. More photos and build logs are posted in the origin forum thread at Stummi-Forum (visible without login).

Early spring is here

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 (Comments Closed)

Hello logging railroaders,

after my drift into the Colorado narrow gauge world during the last weeks, it’s time to return to my favorite logging railroads. The good weather outside motivated also to take the “Louise Valley Lumber Co.” out into the garden to do some operation.

While I was shunting trains in Ronja Springs, I got the idea to switch the scenery. I moved the factory building to the left end, close to the future sawmill area, while the spur at the right was decorated as storage siding. In combination with the logging theme, I like this arrangement very much. I just have to find something between the water tank and the station building. Maybe a freight depot?

The regular logging operation brought several train loads of logs from the upper end of the line down to the mill. I used the wye to shunt trains “in the woods”. I ran all my LVLC locos. At the end of the day, the model train also delivered the first ice-cream in 2019 to the customers ;-)

So the start is done into a new logging season!

[Mogul] New headlights and repaired cab

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 (Comments Closed)

Another week has passed and here’s the actual progress.

Since I was not able to get a second headlight which matched the already installed one, I decide to make two new headlights from stock. The parts are made on the lathe and mill.

To mount the headlight on the tender, I also made a small pedestal from sheet brass.

I also added the lettering to the tender and some detail parts like the re-rail frogs. Now the tender is complete and I can start the final tasks on the loco itself.

Now it was time to get the loco finished as well. First re moved the paint from the cab to fill in all the holes and cut-outs made by the previous owner. I started with scrwe-holes on the back. I soldered pieces of brass wire into the holes and filed them flush.

Some more work was needed on the larger cut-outs. Here I inserted larger segments of brass sheet. Once sanded smoth and painted, they will be barely visible.

Once all repaits to the cab were finished, I spend another sand-blast and painted the cab black on the outside and green on the inside. The roof got also repainted. And here’s the finished loco, fully assembled.

[Mogul] Progress on the tender

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello, today I’ve the latest progress on the tender rebuild. First I added some U channel to the front end of the tender body to add wooden boards which will hold the coal load in place. The coal bunker on top was made from wood and is hold in place by a push-fit. This allows […]