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[MLC] Adding a siphon to my Shay loco

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 20 May 2022 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

what could be more typical for logging steam locos, as taking water from streams or ponds. Many logging locos were equipped with syphons to lift water from natural sources into the tender tank.

For my 5″-gauge Shay, I had such feature on my wishlist for a very long time. I spend two attempts in building one, but without sucess. Finally, I found a ready-to-use syphon at Shapeways. This one works great.

If interested, here’s the link to Shapeways.

Regards, Gerd

[Hon30] Kiso Shinrin Tetsudo Bento – Logging Railroad in a Lunchbox

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 with 3 Comments

[LVLC] Log trains in spring

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 28 April 2022 with 2 Comments

Hi logging railroaders,

this spring, I spend a few op-sessions on my garden railroad and collected some photos for you.

Unfortunately, time is short to continue work on my build-projects, but I look forward to a short update on the steam donkey soon.

Bye, Gerd

[MLC] New smoke box & stack

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 1 April 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hi folks, after the new boiler jacket, I also added a new smoke box and stack to the steam donkey boiler. Next, I’ll tackle the winch assembly, by milling the pedestals.  

[MLC] Working on the club layout and running some trains

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 24 March 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hi folks, together with Jonas, I spend another work-duty on our club layout. The layout uses 10x20mm rec.tubing as rails and due to a bad batch several years ago, we struggle with deformed rails. Therefore, we replace single rails or stretches of whole track with new material. To reduce costs, we salvage the ties from […]

[MLC] New jacket for the boiler

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 21 March 2022 with 2 Commentsas

Hi folks, I turned my european-style boiler into some typical steam donkey boiler. Details are shown in the video. Next episode will feature the typical smoke box and stack. Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] Garden railroad season opened

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 6 March 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, a few days ago, the first trains of the Louise Valley Lumber Co. ran on my garden railroad. Cheers, Gerd  

[MLC] The heat is on

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 (Comments Closed)

Parallel to the water plumbing, I installed the gas valve and finished the plumbing as well. The burner was part of the boiler I bought second hand. The second part of the video features some overview and look out. More to come :-)

[MLC] steam donkey – water supply plumbing

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 28 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I added a water pump for boiler feed along with all plumbing to the donkey frame. Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Steam engine is ready

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I finished the steam engine and she runs fine on air. Next episode, I’ll install the feed water pump and water lines. Gerd