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[MLC] Zürich “Tüffenwies” 2018

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


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


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] 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, […]

[BCRR] – First run of the Forney after overhaul

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 1 August 2016 with 1 Comment

Hello BCRR friends, yesterday, we ha a public operation day at our club layout. We made a family trip and I took the Forney with us for a test run after its overhaul. Our little Ronja was fascinated by the large loco. She likes to ring the bell. At the club layout, we set up […]

[BCRR] – As guest at the famous 5″-gauge layout at Zurich (Swiss)

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 9 May 2016 with 1 Comment

Hello, last weekend, we visited the steam-model-club of Switzerland with their famous 5″-gauge layout at Zurich. This year, we had mixed local train behind our Shay instead of the log train wich we used to run in the past. The weather was very nice and we had a very good time… until Saturday… The loco […]

[BCRR] – Review of the 20th Live Steam Indoor Meet

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 15 January 2016 with 1 Comment

Good morning, with a couple of days delay, here’s my review of the 20th Live Steam Indoor Meet in Germany from the past weekend. All in one, it was a nice event, but we had some issues this time. As usual, we had some new details at the show as every year. Jonas brought his […]

[BCRR] The layout for the 2016 live steam show

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 20 December 2015 (Comments Closed)

Hello logging railroaders, this week, we spend two days at the convention center at Karlsruhe to set up our 2″-scale logging railroad for the 2016 live steam show. As every year, we did some changes to the track plan and added some new structures and details. We got a new “industrial spur” for wood dump […]