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

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 (Comments Closed)

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.

[MLC] Equipment Flatcar & Boxcar

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 with 1 Comment

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 Flatcar” will be used to haul logging equipment for log loading and others.

Afterwards, I took care of the boxcar i.e. camp & crew car. The photos above are showing the car as it was before the work started. My first plan was to cut off 35mm at the top of the side walls as I did on the caboose. But I came to close to the windows and had to replace them as well, which started to become very difficult. I also had to rebuilt the small section above the door, which made the whole job much more complicated. Best would be to cut at the lower end, but the floor from plywood is screwed and glued to the side walls and the boards on the outside are longer to cover half of the frame below.

Finally I decided to go the more complicated “easy” way and removed the whole body from the chassis. The chassis got an all new planking from boards I cut years ago for my new BCL&RR flatcars which never got built.

Back on the boxcar body itself, I placed new nails at the lower portion of the boards and lined out the cutting lines all around. I used my circular saw for the cutting, which worked perfect. I added some enforcement braces across the door area to secure the wiggle section above the doors.

Since the car now features a detailed floor, I decided to spend some attention to the plain plywood walls on the inside as well. I painted bord-joints with a pencil and hot-glued thin stripes in place to represent the timber-framework.

Once the car body was mounted on the flatcar, I cut off the doors as well and reinstalled them with all the hardware. Ad on the previous rebuilds, the car now looks longer and wider, just perfect for a 24′ long 3′ gauge boxcar.

By now, the car has no further interior, as I use it regularly to hold all the steam-up equipment on meets & events. But with the new details inside, it’s a pleasure to run the car with open doors..

Cheers, Gerd

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

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 (Comments Closed)

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 by Gerd on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 with 2 Comments

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 by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 (Comments Closed)

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 […]

[MLC] Logging Flatcars – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 (Comments Closed)

Good morning, the new logging flatcars for the Moody Lumber Company are ready. Once the side sills were ready for assembling, I took all parts together to create the basic car frames. Once a frame was done, I painted it in my prefered freight car color and laid them into the sun. Once the third […]

[MLC] Logging Flatcars – part 1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, when I cleaned the workshop two weeks ago, I found lots of timber cut-offs and I decided to use them for a project I had in mind for a long time. During the last Moody Lumber operation session at Zürich, I had several derailments with the loaded disconnects. The heavy log loads. Most were […]

[MLC] Zürich “Tüffenwies” 2018

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello, with a one week delay, I’m happy to show you my latest videos from our 2018-trip to Zürich in Switzerland. As each year, the Swiss Dampf-Modell-Club holds a 4-day meet around the Ascension day. We had a great time there and meet a lot of friends and enjoyed the very nice layout which is […]

[MLC] 5″-gauge season 2018 got started

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, last week, in I started into the 5″-gauge live steam season 2018. In preparation, I made a new cart for loading the loco. I got a scissor lift table and spend some modification to make is fit the large steam locos. As before, the locos are rolled up from the workshop on a wooden […]

[MLC] Forney steam up with issues

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 (Comments Closed)

Good morning, end of august, I visited our live steam club layout. Since I had a few operation sessions with the Shay this year, I decided to run the Forney this time. At least, I struggled with some injector issues and after four laps, I had to pull the fire, since I was not able […]