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Short break

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

spontaneously, I took a break from model trains last week and simply enjoyed the summer and family. Therefore there’s no update on the caboose this week. But it will continue next week. I already did some progress on the planking and it looks great. So stay tuned for next weeks update.

Relaxed regards, Gerd

[LVLC] Basic construction for the new caboose.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello folks,

since I was still unsure which style of caboose to build, I’m glad to present first progress on the caboose this week. During research for the sand & gravel car in the West Side Lumber Co. book, I spotted old WSLC caboose #2 with its diagonal bracings on the outside. This car looks something special and will be used as inspiration for my shorter version.

Let’s start with the basic timber construction. The timbers were cut on the bandsaw. First I thought that 4x4mm might be to thin, so I cut them to 5×5. Later I realized, that 4×4 would have been better. Anyway, next time I may remember and choose the correct size.

If I’m in need for multiple pieces with the same length, I use to bundle them together with sticky tape and cut them in one go.

The timber frames were glued together on a sheet of backing paper, since the white glue will not stick to it and the finished parts can be removed easily. The assembled segments are then glued to the car frame.

Last part for today is the cupola on top. Next week, I’ll start to cover the frame with boards and install first details as well.

Bye, Gerd

[LVLC] Sand & Gravel Car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 with 1 Comment

For the third car, I choose a prototype from the famous WSLC, sand & gravel car #276.  All strips and timbers were cut on the bandsaw and glued together to build up the super structure for this one.

Last of the new cars is the caboose. I’m still looking for some ideas how to build the body on the new caboose. Let us see next week, if I could find some inspiration.

Bye, Gerd

[LVLC] Water Tank Car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 (Comments Closed)

Let’s continue with a water car, to supply logging camps and steam donkeys with fresh water, in case there’s no natural source nearby. The tank comes from an old Faller E-train tank car. The size was just perfect, but the tank lacks a lot of details. Finally, no issue for a passionate model maker like […]