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[BCRR] – Assembling the trucks

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 22 August 2016 (Comments Closed)

Last weekend, I assembled the trucks from 272 parts each. It took me arround 10 to 15 minutes for each truck. The more I finished, the faster I got. And here are the trucks in detail. The first step into my new freight cars is done. I’ll exhibit my H0m trolley line layout on September […]

[BCRR] – Carpenters work for the trucks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 (Comments Closed)

Once the archbar sides were done, I started with the bolster. I chose a prototype with wooden bolsters, and since they will be painted in freight car brown, I used plywood to make them strong enough. But first, I made a cross-cut-sled for my table saw, which is very helpfull on such tasks. By using […]

[BCRR] – Drilling holes….

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 13 August 2016 with 2 Comments

Today, I did nothing than holes… 216 of them and each was made in two steps… I added a wooden drilling table to mill with a fence at the back, which allows fast alignment of the work pieces. I used the center line mark on each flat bar to pre-drill the first hole with a […]

[BCRR] – Bending archbars…

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 11 August 2016 (Comments Closed)

Finally, I started work on the new archbar trucks for the new freight cars. I wasn’t sure how to bend all the flat bars to proper form, so I spend some thoughts and ideas in this task. To get the task done, I bought a used hydraulic press and made dies from steel for the […]

[BCRR] – Planing of new freight cars

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 with 2 Comments

Today, I’ll show you a preview of my new freight cars that I’m planing tu built for my railroad. My idea is to replace the 4-wheeled freight cars, which were poor runner on uneven track and unusual for 1920th US narrow gauge railroads. I’ll replace them by classic truck based rolling stock, which will negotiate […]

[BCRR] – MoW cars of the logging division

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 3 August 2016 (Comments Closed)

When I drove home from our club layout last weekend, I thought about the next projects and where to start. I designed very nice archbar trucks, but they will need some effort to be built. Making 5 or 6 pairs of them might be a mess… In between, I was thinking about my log cars. […]

[BCRR] – New pedestal covers on my logging disconnects

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 24 July 2016 (Comments Closed)

A few days ago, I got a heavy parcel from the laser cutting company. Inside were new pedestal covers and coupler links for my railroad. I laid out the new pedestal covers on the work table and painted them black. I didn’t care about dirt and dust while painting the parts, so the finish will […]

[BCRR] – Riding car #2

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 (Comments Closed)

Let’s continue work on riding car #2. I installed bolsters for the trucks to the underside of the chassis and a 4mm plywood on top as floor. With the trucks mounted, I could determine the correct hight of the rear coupler. Once the chassis was done. I spend a coat of black paint before starting […]

[BCRR] – riding cars

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 16 July 2016 (Comments Closed)

Since I redesigned my steam locos, I decided it’s time to spend some attention to the riding cars behind as well. Both riding cars are equipped with a water tank and are used to ride behind the locomotives to operate them. I originally designed them as logging-based equipment. I had to replace the trucks on […]

[BCRR] – Starting with the passenger cars

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 (Comments Closed)

Hello, since the locos were finished so far, I started with the next projects by reworking the cars for passenger service. The To-Do’s were short : Change coupler height to 8cm above rail head, glue the step boards into place, small repairs as necessary and adding new lettering. I placed the coach on a piece […]