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[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 a lot of fun and I look forward to tell more about this after one of the next sessions.

Regards, Gerd

[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] 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] More overhaul work on Forney #2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, today I’ve some updates from my large-scale Moody Lumber. I spend some work on my Forney #2, since I had a list of overhaul-tasks for three winters now. Since I build and installed the new axle water pump, the loco is back in service, but I had issues with steam and fire during […]

[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 […]

[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 […]