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[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 frame was also assembled, the paint on the first was already dry, so I could continue work immediately. In the second step, I attached the pre-painted stack pockets and gave the whole car frame a second coat of paint.

As before, I was able to continue work in loops. Once the second coat was dry, I attached the truss rods and final details. I installed the span locks and chain holder from the old log bunks, which will help to secure loads on the flat cars. I also glued and nailed the deck planks in place.

In the last step, I placed each car frame on a pair of disconnects, which are now acting as trucks. Instead of the previous design, the trucks are now permanently mounted to the car bodies, which gave the whole cars mor stability on track. The new cars are now resting in the rebuild train shelf, awaiting the next operation session.

Still missing is the lettering, which will be done some what later, as I’m short on matching stencils at the time.

Regards, Gerd

[MLC] Logging Flatcars – part 1

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


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 caused by the log load. While the disconnect log cars make trouble, the truck based freight cars do not.

So I started to build 3 more logging flatcars similar to the one I made some while ago and I’ll use the disconnects as trucks as I do on the other equipment.

I re-saw the timbers on my little sawmill (circular table saw) to get all the sills, beams and bolsters to make three flatcar frames. Some are already equipped with hardware. Next step is to prepare the side sills and finally assembling and painting of the frames.

Another big advantage on the flat cars is, that I can easily add some gondola walls to haul ballast or other freight as well, so I’m more flexible. And I can choose which kind of lumber/logs I like to haul from huge redwoods, to pulpwood.

Cheers, Gerd


[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] 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. […]

[MLC] Crew & Camp Car #5

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 6 March 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hello loggers, it took me some time to make further progress on my Moody Lumber since I prepared my trolley layout for a show next weekend. Anyhow – here’s the next car for my new logging railroad. I rebuild my old boxcar into a Crew & Camp Car for my logging crew. First I updated […]

[MLC] Logging Caboose #7

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 18 February 2017 (Comments Closed)

The next piece of Moody Lumber Co. roster has left the shops this week. It’s the logging caboose #7, which was rebuilt from the old BCRR-caboose. I removed the cupola and painted the car in brown. Since I had some 3D-printed handrails left, I spend them as well to finish the platforms. The interior was […]

[MLC] Tool & Work Car #4

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hello again, my new Moody Lumber Co. was a bit boring with the Shay and disconnect log cars only. So I finished the Tool & Work Car #4 to go along with them. The car was already rebuilt last year, to sit on top of one disconnect log car pair. So I removed the old […]

[BCRR] – Assembling the trucks

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 22 August 2016 (Comments Closed)

Last weekend, I assembled the trucks from 272 parts each. It took me arround 10 to 15 minutes for each truck. The more I finished, the faster I got. And here are the trucks in detail. The first step into my new freight cars is done. I’ll exhibit my H0m trolley line layout on September […]