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[GVT] New station building at “Dropstone”

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 29 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

I added a new station building to Dropstone on my little 009 layout.

Original, this is a “Coal Office” kit made by Dapol, but size and style fits well for a small station shelter as used on the Glyn Valley Tramway. So this one now serves my Gwyrdd Valley Tramway.

All signs were researched from the internet and printed on a photoprinter at home.

More structures and deatils are in progress and will be shown soon.

Cheers, Gerd

[GVT] Small transmitter & RC-conversion

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 with 1 Comment


first I used my existing Deltang transmitters from my garden railroad trains to control the tiny 009 locos. But soon I had the idea to make a small handheld transmitter especially for the small locos. Since I couldn’t find a small housing, I made my own from beech wood. Both blocks were milled to sice and hollowed out to take the components.

Beside a Deltang Tx2-transmitter, you’ll need some switches, LDE and resistors, together with a throttle pot. I installed a small 300mAh Lipo battery for power and as there was enough space, I also included the charging-module inside. To make the control LEDs of the charging module visible, I added small window in the backside. Circuits, how to wire the Tx2 are shown on the website.

After final testing, all components were stuffed into the housing and I added printed lable on top.

To operate two trains the same time with the new transmitter, I addapted the Selects-function. Instead of the regular 12-channel-switch, I added a regular switch for only two locos. I simply summed the resistors to simulate all the other channels. My transmitter now uses channel 1 and 6 only. It’s recommended to habe channel 6 involved, as it’s used for calibration.

At this point, I’ve an important hint. To use the Selecta-function, the Tx2 has to be set to profile-1. This automatically include the inertia-function. If you won’t use the inertia, you’ve to wire pin 6 anyway to avoid failures. To simualte the inertia-pot, simply wire pin 6 to ground and also via 20kOhm resistor to +3.3V. This set’s inertia to inactive. Leaving pin 6 floating causes failures and the transmitter will not work. It took me some time and nerves to figure that out.

ATTENTION – Please read data-sheets and instruction of the components you might use. Any usage of the shared documentation on this blog is to your own risk!

[CFF] (electric) winter steam

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 17 January 2021 with 4 Comments

[GVT] Kerr-Stuart loco – part 3

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 15 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, it’s time to show the third part of the Kerr-Stuart loco. Today’s post shows the cab and changes I did. Since the die cast cab adds a lot of weight to the back of the loco, I had issues to keep the overall balance. I added lead pieces to the side tanks. The […]

[GVT] Kerr-Stuart loco – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 9 January 2021 with 2 Comments

Hello again and let’s continue with part 2. The kit provided by Five79 is designed to fit a N-scale chassis. To make room for the motor, the boiler is missing the lower portion. Since the motor on the Minitrains-chassis will be located in the cab, I made a new full-size boiler from brass. I milled […]

[GVT] A new 009 loco

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 7 January 2021 with 3 Comments

Hi folks, six years ago, I got the chance to buy a rare Brian Caton live steam loco in 009-scale. I once saw his great little engines in action more than 20 years ago on a convention, but I was never able to get one. Since than, my little “Jupiter” was running solo either on […]

Happy new year, happy new project ;-)

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 4 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hello my friends, I hope you had a good start into 2021. I wish you all the best and especially health!! Those who are also following me on youtube might have seen the video below already. In the upcomming weeks, I’ll share more details about the new little loco and it’s features. I’ll also spend […]