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[CFF] Running my Romanian trains

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 with 1 Comment

Today, I like to share some photos from ordinary service on my garden railroad.

Let’s take a trip with Krauss loco CFF 763-247 on the railroad of Oituz. After leaving the station at the sawmill, the train runs through forests and meadows before the valley gets narrow and the grades steeper. Last runaround loop in the forests is at Fagrotund. From this point, the empty cars are pushed up the line to the final loading points.

Later, the loco returns with a string of loaded cars to the Fagrotund. Here the cars are shunted into new order, keeping the disconnected log cars to the end of the consist.

And as usual on logging railroads, no running without derailments. I tried to rerail the loco with wood as on the prototype, but this didn’t work well.

The reason for the derailment was grass growing over the rails. So, it was time for some gardening… with use of the railroad off course :-)

Once done, Resita loco 764-467 made another trip with a Moldovita-style consist.

Next report will be from my workbench, where I already started the next project…

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] Resita Backdate

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 June 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

meanwhile, the garden railroad season has started. After a cold and unsteady May, several log trains have been operated in June already. And while doing so, I came to the idea to add some changes to my Resita loco. When I choose CFF 764-467 of the Campul Cetatii line, I did this for several reasons. One of them was the fact, that the loco didn’t had headlights in the later years, so there was no need to model them as well.

Two things have changed since them. I missed the headlight and I found very nice brass castings to model them. So I spend a backdate to my Resita loco from 1993-state back to 1989 when the loco was still equipped with lights, generator and the roof extension on the engineers side.

I decided for optical modifications only, so the headlights are non-functional.

Unfortunately, the first run after the modification was surprised by rain. So I went back into the workshop and it came, as expected… I added LEDs…

I don’t see a reason to remote control the lights, so I simply added a switch under the engineers side water tank flap. The small PC board holds resistors for the micro LEDs, installed in the headlights. BTW, I didn’t install direction independent lightning. It’s simple all on/all off.

The last photo shows a typical train on the Campul Cetatii line, heading down to the mill.

Bye, Gerd

[YPLC] Final scenery on the microlayout.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 with 3 Comments

Hi folks,

after the video presentation of last week, here’s the final building log of this micro layout. Each segment is 75mm wide and the backdrop 60mm high, while the track length is approx 3′. To make the backdrop, I searched the internet for a good photo of sandhill forests. With simple graphic tools, I made a long backscene by copy/paste and mirror-function. The backdrop is than printed on sticker paper on a color laser printer to be glued to the backdrop.

Small hills on the layout are created with foam and spackle. The lower portion was milled into the 8mm thick baseboard.

After a coat of acrylic paint, I glued the ties in place and covered them immediately with sand. I use white glue for this step. Further layers of sand are glued down with water/whiteglue-mixture. The rails themself are added once the ground cover was finished. I also sanded the ties flat on top for smooth operation of the log train.

The rails are made from 1×1.5mm basswood and glued down with super glue every 4th tie. I made small gauges from brass to ensure the correct gauge of 9mm.

To add more interesting to the scenery, I made some relief trees from Woodland branches on real wood logs. The stumps are also Woodland white metal castings. With the relief trees, the layout gained more depth. It’s also nice to watch the train passing underneath the leaves.

At the right end of the line, I installed a log deck from timbers and logs.

Finally, I added the vegetation from different FineTurfs and grasses, made by Woodland and Busch.

I used water/whiteglue mixture to glue the turf down and regular glue for bushes and grass. I spend effort to blend the vegetation into the same colors as used on the backdrop.

Well, this was my second Microlayout in 2021. Now it’s time to get back to the larger scales. There’s a full list of ideas and a well filled parts-box on the shelf. At least, the warmer weather calls for mode garden railroading ;-)

Cheers, Gerd