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[LVLC] adjusting the log car length

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello,

since I seem to be in “Logcar-buliding-mode” at the moment, I just switched scale and spend some attention on my 1:20.3 skeletons. I original build them with 18′ length to make them suitable on 3′ radius curves. Since I moved on to 4′ radius, I did some test runs if I can enlarge my logcars from 18 to 20′. 20′ log cars are very common for minimum size and they look much better behind the large Bachmann-Shay.

So I took all my courage and cut one car in half to add a connecting centerpiece. It turns out that 20′ cars will still negotiate the 4′ radius S-curves on turnouts, which was one of the most important goals. Therefore, I cut new centerpieces and rebuild all 5 log cars.

I’m very happy with the result and it’s amazing how much this change adds to the character of the cars.

I’ve 3 more pairs of trucks and couplers on the shelf so maybe I’ll step directly into building some more of this cars. On the other hand, I made good progress on the planing for my own garden railroad… Let’s see what I can show you next week.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] Completing the rail-car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 with 1 Comment

Hi,

today I’ll show you the second part of the rail-car. As announced in the last post, I made a new trailing truck from brass and small 18mm wheelsets. As before, I used photos of the car at Commandau as reference. The truck can be taken apart by screws to insert the wheelsets after painting.

At the car, I added a bolster to take the front truck. From the scrapbox, I took a pair of old couplers which are used as buffers. Below the side doors, a step from brass will help to climb into the car.

Once the driver was glued in place, I screwed on the body shell and gave the whole car a nice weathering. Once I can acquire some tools and crates, I’ll add some load to the trunk of the car.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] A rail-car for the logging railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 with No Comments

Hello again, I’m proud to report the last batch of logging trucks (disconnects) done. Over all I made 12 pairs of them and I can’t imagine to make more of them ;-) 8 pairs are used as logging disconnects to haul logs, 2 pairs are used as trucks on the flat car, another pair below […]

[CFF] log loads and storage boxes

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, last week I spend some attention to the storage and transport of my new garden railroad rolling stock. Since I got some more cars together now, it’s not the best way to just set them into crates for storage and transport. So I bought some sturdy plastic boxes and added wooden stop blocks to […]

[CFF] Updates on my romanian cars and live steam meet at Schramberg

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hi folks, another week has passed with lot’s of activities. First of all, I made an interior for my tool box, which was on my to-do-ist for a long time. The wooden tool box comes from the home store, while I added the compartment setup for all the tools and stuff I need to operate […]

[Garden Railroad] Heavy earthworks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello, today I’ve no news from my model trains, but an important update out of the backyard. A few month ago, we torn down the old side structure in the back yard. To the north side of the structure lies another 75m² section of our garden, which was heavily crowded by stinging nettles as well […]

Vacation break and some steam in the garden

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello, since we were on vacation last week, I have no new progress to show this week. But there’s a short movie I made 1.5 weeks ago when we were at my parents garden railroad. This was the first time for my Resita with log train to run on a larger layout with real grades […]

[CFF] Flatcar rebuild… or is it a new construction?

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 with 1 Comment

Another week is over  and here’s the report on my flat cars as announced. These two cars are left over form my very first logging railroad and for some nostalgica, I was looking to use them on the new railroad as well. Since the trucks got modernized together with the other log cars I showed […]

[CFF] Bulk production of log car trucks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 with 1 Comment

Welcome back to part to on the Romanian log cars. Last week, I should you the pre-production sample and now I’m ready for the bulk production. The first series includes 8 pairs, which makes 16 single trucks. To make live easier, I built all parts first, before I later go for the assembling. I started […]

[CFF] Log cars for the Resita – the design phase

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, after my short intermezzo with Hon30, I’m right back on the garden railroad, since the new season will start soon and my Resita needs some rolling stock. In the video of the Resita from last december, there are already some cars shown and in the following posts, I like to show you the details […]