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Review, ideas, future…

Posted on Tuesday, 10 January 2023 with 6 Comments
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Hello folks,

after a long break, I slowly return back to the hobby.

The last year didn’t went well. Huge workload and unexpected incidents made it quite challenging and finally, I couldn’t withstand. The rare hobby time was used for project process but they also came to a full stop around mid year. So I ended up in eraly stadium of burnout and depressions. Thanks to gut therapies, I slowly return to the old self I was before…

… but this should not be the goal actually. Beside others in life, I also will rearrange my hobby to not end in the same spiral again as before. I operated eight different railroads on four gauges/scales, which can be a rabbit hole sooner or later. I asked myself, which railroads give me the most joy, fun and feedback.

The answer was very clear: all trains on 45mm and 5″ gauge. It’s very enjoyable to build models in these scals and operating them, especially the live steam trains, is so much fun. That’s the reason why I decided to quit H0n30, and to focus on the larger scales only. Meanwhile, many rolling stock got sold and some of the layouts as well. But not all…

My famous modular H0n30 layout “Waldbahn Eusserthal” will stay in my collection along with a reduced fleet of rolling stock. Beside three little steam locos and some cars, I also keep the Shays and livesteam loco.

But what next? First of all, my therapy isn’t finished yet. Since the hobby is a good place for me to relax (as long as I don’t have too much topics/scales/projects) I will tackle some smaller projects in the near future. Later on, I have some bigger projects in mind.

All this will also effect my blog. I used to post once a week in the past, which also was a lot of stress and organizing for me. In future, I like to post single progress or project updates or a monthly review. All of them as by mood and time. I like to remember for the subscribe option, to get informed when new entries are posted.

That’s it for now. In the next updats, I like to show the progress and final steps on my steam donkey build.

Kind regards,


Happy new year

Posted on Tuesday, 3 January 2023 with 2 Comments
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Hi folks, I wish a very happy new year to all of you. Stay healthy and keep safe. The following photo was taken today while running my Shay loco. Gerd

Short update

Posted on Thursday, 15 December 2022 with 2 Comments
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Hi folks, first of all, I’m fine, but 2022 didn’t went as expected. I look forward for 2023, to became a better year again. First steps are made, let’s see how it works out. Anyway, I decided to sell my H0n30/H0e collection as well as my layouts. Starting next year, the main focus will be […]

[MLC] Adding a siphon to my Shay loco

Posted on Friday, 20 May 2022 with 2 Comments
in Workreports

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 […]

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

Posted on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 with 3 Comments
in Layout construction, Layout technique, Operation Sessions, Hon30 logging

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