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[MLC] Gondola #17 & stakes

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

another week has passed and here’s fresh painted Gondola #17 ready for first service.

I also made a couple of stakes for my flatcars. the short ones are used as stop blocks when hauling logs on the flatcars. I made 20 of them, to equip each car with 4 such stakes.

To make things easier, I used ready cut square-timbers and “dowel-glued” them to twigs. This went much faster then trying to cut the twigs to matching size.

Additional, I made a full set of long stakes.

Having completed my Flatcars rebuilds, I’ll switch back to the smaller large scale, meaning 45mm gauge. I’ve some new equipment for the Louise Valley Lumber in the works and I also plan a new loco-building-project starting this summer, incl. a whole new railroad company.

[MLC] Gondola #18

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 with 2 Comments

While the flatcars are done, it’s time to start another project, which got postbonded several times in the past. Building a set of Gondola walls to fit on one of the flatcars.

So I ordered screws and nuts and bought some timber from the DIY store. Usually I cut my own timbers from cheap roof battens. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to start so I spend some money and bought ready cut timbers :-)

The side walls are hold by the new stake pockets while the end walls are guided in channels at each end of the sidewalls. This way it’s easy to remove the walls if I’m in need of another flatcar and they will need small space for storage.

I’m so happy with the look of the new car, that I immediately decided to build another set. I should have enough material on stock.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Flatcars part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 with No Comments

Hi folks, within the last days, I finished the upgrade on all flatcars. In between, I spend a day at the club layout in Karlsruhe to run a short freight train with Shay #2. Together with a good friend, we made point-to-point operation on single track with halfway passing siding and time table. It was […]

[MLC] Further improvments to my logging flatcars

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 June 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi, after upgrading the old disconnects with functional brakes at the beginning of the year, I decided to spend an upgrade on the flat cars as well. The design was quickly created from a few roof battens and hardware from the DIY-store. Especially the origin stake pockets didn’t fit well, especially since I changed the […]

[MLC] Tree faller saws and peaveys

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello logging railroaders, what would be a logging railroad without loggers and their tools? As I model in a scale of 1:7.2 (42mm scale) I’ve to build most of the details parts on my own as well. Today we’ll start with a pair of peaveys, used to handle and load logs in the woods. The […]

[MLC] A day on Shay – Operating the Sisyphos-Logging-Branch

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 4 June 2020 with No Comments

It’s finally complete. This might be the longest and most complex video so far. I hope you’ll enjoy ; -)

[MLC] Brake rigging and final assembly

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 with 3 Comments

Hi logging railroaders, today, I like to share the last part of the brake installment on my 5″-gauge rolling stock. The last report featured the brake beams and shoes, now it’s time to get them connected to the brake gear. To determine the length of the brake rigging, I used threaded rods first. The final […]

[MLC] Brakes for the disconnects

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, after a short break, I’m back to work on the brakes of my old 5″-gauge logging disconnects, which are in use as trucks under my new 42mm-scale logging cars. Since I couldn’t find matching brake shoes in my scale, I decided to create my own. I had some brake shoes from my 1:20.3 […]

[MLC] How I make multiple identical parts

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello, this week, I like to share some techniques I use to make multiple identical parts for projects on my model trains. Instead of using modern laser cutting, I try the good old way when possible, as long as the number of parts needed is not to high. Let’s start with a couple of sheet […]

[MLC] First operation of Forney #2 after overhaul

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 with 4 Comments

Hello folks, after finishing the overhaul maintenance on the Forney, the next goal was a test run with some heavy train loads to check if the new-made smoke box door as well as the new seals are improving the performance of the loco. The best opportunity was given by the nearby “Dampflokfreunde Karlsruhe”. The track […]