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[MLC] Zürich “Tüffenwies” 2018

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 with No Comments

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 still growing each year.

This year, I focused on movie clips instead of photos. Ans as I’ve posted many regular movies of my running trains, I decidede to spend more attention to the steps before the train is running.

Cheers, Gerd

[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 ramp. The new lift table makes it very easy to handle the loco in the yard and finally to load to the transport rack in the car. Now the fun starts already while loading the locos ;-)

Pre-steam-up at Karlsruhe

Let’s go for some rides. The first steam up was on the layout in Karlsruhe, where I met  Jonas Sommer. We had the whole layout alone and enjoyed a very nice day, running our steam locos. Once my Shay was awakened from the winter sleep, she performed very well. It was great to run the trains very slow, without all the other trains around. The Shay pulled a short supply train to the logging camp.

Jonas was running his steam loco “Susi”, which pulled a string of cars modelled after the  Internationalen Rheinregulierungs-Bahn (IRR). From the same prototype, he build the red loco “Heidi” several years ago. Actually he builds a new version of this loco with proper dimensions by using original plans.

“2018 Season start” at the DBC Rhein/Main at Gustavsburg.

Last Sunday, I attended the official season start at our club layout near Mainz. The day started with rain, but close to High Noon, it became a warm and sunny day. Engine #1 pulled a string of empty log cars along the line. Unfortunately, I don’t have a log load anymore for my cars…

Bye, Gerd

[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 […]

[MLC] Operation session at Gustavsburg

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, after a long break, I visited our club layout with the new Moody Lumber Co. I had a supply and work-train with me, hauled by the Shay. The Shay improved very well, strong and powerful, while smooth running. Since I was the only loco on the inner loop, I could run very slow […]

[MLC] The tale of 3 roof-slats – building a new flat car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hello fellows, once upon a time, three roof slats decided to go and see the world behind the horizon. They liked to see other areas as well as taking on some serious task… They just got rid of being ordinary roof slats. No issue, the Moody Lumber Co. has its own car-carpentry ;-) First, the […]

[MLC] Shay #1 is now ready for regular service

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 11 June 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hi, during the children’s treat last week, the Shay proved her power and function during 8 hours of non-stop operation. As reported last week, the loco also showed some issues, which got solved in the meantime. The packing nut of the front cylinder was self-loosening, so I added locking screws to keep them in place. […]

[MLC] Children’s treat at Böchingen

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Last Sunday, we host a big children’s treat in my home village in celebration of our 1250th anniversary. Beside several games and Böchingen’s well known cake buffet, my 5″-gauge live steam railroad became the highlight, not only for the kids. Many elder visitors were fascinated by the steam railroad as well as some of them […]

[MLC] Daylight for MLC Shay #1

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 29 May 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hi folks, last week, I made a simple ramp-construction to get my 2″-scale Shay out of the workshop to the daylight. Since the derailment last year, which caused huge damage to the steam engine, the loco was steamed up for the first time on Thursday. The Shay worked well and there’s only one issue left, […]

[MLC] Logging Forney #2

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 25 March 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hello loggers, since the car roster is mostly done, it’s time to spend some attention to my Forney loco. Last year, I spend a rebuild to make her look “Maine style”, which doesn’t match the new logging approach anymore. The new logging Forney at the Moody Lumber Co. should be more solid ans sturdy and […]

[MLC] Water Car #3 (Riding car)

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 (Comments Closed)

Today I’ve a “fast project”. Last year, I build a new riding car to go with my Maine-style Forney, based on a typical tender. This car doesn’t fit well into the new logging railroad style, so I decided to repaint it into some kind of old tender, reused as water car on the logging railroad. […]