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[MLC] Gondola #18

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 with 2 Comments

While the flatcars are done, it’s time to start another project, which got postbonded several times in the past. Building a set of Gondola walls to fit on one of the flatcars.

So I ordered screws and nuts and bought some timber from the DIY store. Usually I cut my own timbers from cheap roof battens. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to start so I spend some money and bought ready cut timbers :-)

The side walls are hold by the new stake pockets while the end walls are guided in channels at each end of the sidewalls. This way it’s easy to remove the walls if I’m in need of another flatcar and they will need small space for storage.

I’m so happy with the look of the new car, that I immediately decided to build another set. I should have enough material on stock.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Flatcars part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 with No Comments

Hi folks,

within the last days, I finished the upgrade on all flatcars.

In between, I spend a day at the club layout in Karlsruhe to run a short freight train with Shay #2. Together with a good friend, we made point-to-point operation on single track with halfway passing siding and time table. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to tell more about this after one of the next sessions.

Regards, Gerd

[MLC] Further improvments to my logging flatcars

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 June 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi,

after upgrading the old disconnects with functional brakes at the beginning of the year, I decided to spend an upgrade on the flat cars as well.

The design was quickly created from a few roof battens and hardware from the DIY-store. Especially the origin stake pockets didn’t fit well, especially since I changed the scale. So I made a new, more prototypical design in 3D and ordered them printed in PA-plastic as I did with the brake shoes.

I started with painting the new parts in freight-car-brown. A bigger challenge was to fond the correct spacing as well as the final rebuild of the cars. First I removed the old pockets and screws. I plugged the holes with wood dowels and painted them over.

Since the deck boards are wider than the frame. I had to made cutouts above the new pockets. Fortunately, this was easy doing with a Japanese saw and fretsaw.

The new holders, now 6 on each side, were then assembled with short bolts and square nuts. The difference is significant and the cars won by character and prototype-plausibility.

The other 4 cars will be converted next. Afterwards, I might start with a set of Gondola-sides for one of the flatcars which is on my wish-list for a long time.

Regards, Gerd

[MLC] Tree faller saws and peaveys

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello logging railroaders, what would be a logging railroad without loggers and their tools? As I model in a scale of 1:7.2 (42mm scale) I’ve to build most of the details parts on my own as well. Today we’ll start with a pair of peaveys, used to handle and load logs in the woods. The […]

[MLC] A day on Shay – Operating the Sisyphos-Logging-Branch

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 4 June 2020 with No Comments

It’s finally complete. This might be the longest and most complex video so far. I hope you’ll enjoy ; -)

My new keyboard

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 with 3 Comments

Are you in trouble and need good arguments for your honey, why garden railroad trains are useful and handy? Well, here’s a genius life-hack for you: I proudly present “Logging railroader’s keyboard”. Well, it’s finally a joke to fill a gap here in my blog. I’m working on some bigger projects recently and didn’t find […]

[LVLC] Into the woods with Shay #1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello followers, today, I’ll show you one kind of operation concept that I use for my US style logging railroad on my garden railroad layout. First some fictional facts for today: – The mainline between Ronja Springs and the wye is called to be a steep grade, which allows only 4 logcars per train. – […]

[CFF] The final touch on my Krauss loco

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello folks, when I checked the photos for last weeks episode, I got bothered by the first photo below, showing a bright shining Krauss loco beside my other “well-used” rolling stock. Even if my freelanced Krauss loco is well done, something very important was still missing all the time. The solution sounds simple, but takes […]

[CFF] First operation session with the new siding

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 with 6 Comments

Today, we’re back in Romania again, operating the first trains after installing the new siding in the upper section of the garden. At the beginning, the locos are made ready for todays service. Resita 764-467 will run the main line today, while Krauss 763-237 is back-up loco. The first train of empty log cars is […]

[Garden Railroad] A new siding and log landing

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 May 2020 with 4 Comments

Hello my friends, today I like to solve the open question from last week, regarding the dead-end photo. Since last year, I was looking for an additional log landing side as well as run-around siding. Basically it’s possible to turn trains on the wye, but especially on my Romanian rolling stock, I take care to […]