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    [MLC] New axle driven water pumps for Forney #2

    Posted on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 with No Comments
    in Workreports

    Hello friends of the large steamers,

    since the last bigger maintenance 3 years ago, I had issues with the boiler water feed systems on the Forney, so the loco was not in service for the past two years, resting on the dead track.

    But a few weeks ago, I suddenly took the loco on my workbench and started to assemble the loco down to the frame.

    As the original pump got lost, I simply build a whole new one. First I had to add new eccentric rings to the second axle. This needs to me to remove the whole axle. Finally everything was much easier than expected.

    The parts for the pump were made from stock brass on the mill and lathe. The single parts for the pump body were soldered to a single unit. I use a high temperature soft solder which is strong enough for such tasks.

    To have easy access for maintenance, the pump is hold in place by a single screw. Once loose, I can take the pump out of the frame to the cutout section in the bottom of the former water tank. Last task was to rebuild all necessary water pipes for the axle pump including the bypass back to the tender tank.

    The first test run at home was very successful.

    So next I headed for a local club layout on June 2nd for a long-term test run. The loco performed great for more than 5 hours and is now back in full operational condition. This makes me really proud, as the loco is already 36 years old, but still not tired.

    Originally, I planed to rebuild the Forney for 1:7.2 scale as well as I did with my other rolling stock recently. But in the end, I can’t get warm with the 1:7.2 proportions on this loco. So I decided to keep here in 1:6 scale for the moment and gave her on loan to a sugar cane railroad.

    [Garden Railroad] Unexpected track extension

    Posted on Thursday, 6 June 2019 with 5 Comments
    in Layout construction

    Hello logging and garden railroaders, this week, I’m a bit late with the update, but I’ve some news on the garden railroad tracks for you. I spend a lot of thoughts about some kind of a continuous run in the upper garden to have the possibility of “long distance” runs. I took the level and […]

    “Veggie Corner” and garden shed

    Posted on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 with 1 Comment
    in Layout construction

    Well, this might not be related to “logging railroads”, but it’s an important step into further extensions of the garden railroad. My wife asked for a raised bed for veggies and we also wanted a garden shed for tools and stuff in the back of the upper garden. The raised bed is homemade from stock […]

    [LVLC] New Logcars (part 2)

    Posted on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 with No Comments
    in Workreports LVLC

    Let’s continue with the logcars. Unfortunately, I forget to make pictures of the assembling part. The couplers are screwed to pieces of thin plywood together with the cover plate from brass. This sub-assembly is glued into the pockets at the end of the center beam. the log bunks are also glued into place. all wooden […]

    [LVLC] More Logcars (part 1)

    Posted on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 with 2 Comments
    in Workreports LVLC

    Hello, since the exhibition in Lille has passed, I’m back on my garden railroads. When I introduced my 3-truck Shays some while ago, I noted the need of mode skeleton log cars to run longer trains. I spend a lot of thinking, using the same pattern from the first cars, or a different one. Finally […]

    [WBE] “Trainsmania 2019” in Lille

    Posted on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 with 8 Comments
    in Operation sessions

    Hello folks, a year ago, my friend Bernd was invited to attend the model train exhibition “Trainsmania 2019” in Lille, France. The invitation came from Francois Fontana, head editor of the “Voie Libre” narrow gauge model railroad magazine. Such an invitation can’t be denied, so Bernd and I started to France last week to show […]

    [MLC] Equipment Flatcar & Boxcar

    Posted on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 with 1 Comment
    in Workreports

    Hello, here’s part 3 of the rolling stock rebuilt. First I ripped down my old tool & work car. The shack and open workbench got scrapped, while the detail parts got sorted. Those that are still useful and matching to the new scale got stored or added to the caboose interior. The new”Supply & Equpiment […]

    [MLC] Rebuild of caboose #7 to 1:7-scale

    Posted on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 with No Comments
    in Workreports

    And on we go…. the last week, I rebuild caboose #7 to the new scale of my 5″-gauge trains. When I build this caboose for my Bear Creek Lumber & Railroad, I had the unusual 4-wheel cabooses of the Uintah Railway in mind. So the tiny and low placed windows are coming from the Uintah […]

    [MLC] Shay – Re-gaugeing the other way

    Posted on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 with 2 Comments
    in Workreports

    Hello, after I checked my other 5″-gauge rolling stock for useability in 1:7 scale as well (and they will look great, promised), I couldn’t wait to get the re-gaugeing started. Usually, re-gaugeing means the change of wheel-gauge on a loco, but in my case, I just cut the cab down to change the scale, which […]

    [MLC] Measuring and calculating on my Shay

    Posted on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 (Comments Closed)
    in Workreports

    Hello my friends, when I looked at photos of my 2″-scaled live steam Shay in the past month, I interfered with the proportions of my loco, compared to typical Shay locos. To match the already existing rolling stock of my railroad, I build the Shay in 1:6-scale, as my back-in-time Bear Creek Lumber & Railroad […]