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[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.

If interested, here’s the link to Shapeways.

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.


[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. Next episode will feature the typical smoke box and stack. Cheers, Gerd

[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. More to come :-)

[MLC] steam donkey – water supply plumbing

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 28 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I added a water pump for boiler feed along with all plumbing to the donkey frame. Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Steam engine is ready

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I finished the steam engine and she runs fine on air. Next episode, I’ll install the feed water pump and water lines. Gerd

[MLC] Steam Donkey Update

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 4 February 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hi folks, I started work to refurbish the steam engine. First part is shown in the video below. The valve gear will need some more attention and will be handled in a separate part. What I like to share is the photo below, showing the planned arrangement of the assembly. The donkey puncher is 10″ […]

[MLC] Building a steam donkey – part 1

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 (Comments Closed)as

Hello folks and welcome to a new video series. In very early 2022, I decided to build a steam donkey for my 5″-gauge railroad “Moody Lumber Co.” in 1:7.2 scale, which is 1-2/3″ or 42mm to the foot. The initial idea was, to reuse the old steam winch that was mounted on the Shay locomotive. […]

[MLC] Big overhaul of the Shay locomotive

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 7 January 2022 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, welcome in 2022 and I wish you all the best and more important health for the new year. Stay safe and enjoy your hobby. In the past weeks and month, I spend a huge overhaul to my Shay-locomotive, which were not yet shown here on the blog. Meanwhile, the loco is back in […]