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Everything around my 5″ gauge logging railroad

[MLC] Adding a siphon to my Shay loco

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 20 May 2022 with 2 Comments

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 in building one, but without sucess. Finally, I found a ready-to-use syphon at Shapeways. This one works great.

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If interested, here’s the link to Shapeways.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/leavitt-locomotive-works

Regards, Gerd

[MLC] New smoke box & stack

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 1 April 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hi folks,

after the new boiler jacket, I also added a new smoke box and stack to the steam donkey boiler.

Next, I’ll tackle the winch assembly, by milling the pedestals.

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[MLC] Working on the club layout and running some trains

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 24 March 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hi folks, together with Jonas, I spend another work-duty on our club layout. The layout uses 10x20mm rec.tubing as rails and due to a bad batch several years ago, we struggle with deformed rails. Therefore, we replace single rails or stretches of whole track with new material. To reduce costs, we salvage the ties from […]

[MLC] New jacket for the boiler

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 21 March 2022 with 2 Commentsas

Hi folks, I turned my european-style boiler into some typical steam donkey boiler. Details are shown in the video. Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from YouTube, a service provided by an external third party. YouTube privacy policy If you accept this notice, your choice will […]

[MLC] The heat is on

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 (Comments Closed)

Parallel to the water plumbing, I installed the gas valve and finished the plumbing as well. The burner was part of the boiler I bought second hand. The second part of the video features some overview and look out. Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from […]