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[CFF] live stock on the railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 with 2 Comments

This week, I’ve just a small project.

Many logging railroads were used for much more as hauling logs. It also brought loggers and other “passengers” into the woods as well as food and supplies to the camps. But sometimes, they also worked simple as a “common carrier”.

Along my logging empire, there are some fresh meadows and a shepherd uses the railroad to bring the young sheep out into the woods. Therefore I build some side walls from wood strips, to be used with one of my flat cars to create a “stock car”.

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part2)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 with 3 Comments

Here comes the second part of this small tender car. As announced last week, I spend a sand-blast and painted the body black. Once assembled, I soon realized, that something went wrong with proportions in height.

I checked some prototype photos and soon found out, that the roof on my car is 6mm to height. So I cut it down with Dremel-tool and soldered back on in the correct height. Much better. The split wood was made from real wood and glued in place with white glue. Finally, the car got a nice airbrush-weathering and is now ready for service on my railroad.

And work on the next project has already started. So stay tuned for next weeks update…

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 with No Comments

Hello my friends, many Romanian logging railroads used wood to fire the steam locos and since wood has a lower fuel value as coal, many locos used aux. tenders to enlarge the fuel capacity. For my railroad, I choosed the small 4-wheel tender used at the Moldovita forestry line. The prototype was rebuild multiple times […]

[LVLC] Shay-Update

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 23 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello, during the last months, my Louise Valley Lumber Co. acquired two 3-truck Shays for heavier log trains. Originally, both were “oil-burner” and got defined to be the “2nd generation” of motive power at the LVLC. Later, I converted both to coal-burner as I like the look of Shays with diamond stacks more than the […]

[CFF] Resita 764-467 back in service

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 15 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, after the crash of my Resita loco some weeks ago, it took only a few days to get the rough warp repaired, but it took several more days to get the loco back into perfect operational condition. In the past days, I disassembled and re-assembled the loco several times, fixing many small issues […]

[LVLC] Shay Days 2019

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 1 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello Shay lovers, on July 17th, Ephraim Shay would have celebrated his 180th birthday. His birthday is celebrated each year at Harbor Springs during the “Shay-Days”. I jumped on the event at my garden railroad and operated my live steam Shay with some ordinary supply and freight trains. Here’s a collection of photos, taken during […]

[CFF] Resita is back on track

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 with 1 Comment

Hi followers, after the accident with my Resita loco, I’m glad to report her back on track and in operational condition. I was able to bend all warped parts straight and I even found the spare water side glass. I dismantled ans reassembled the loco two more times to fix several minor issues. After a […]

[CFF] sad end of an operation session

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 with 4 Comments

Hello, last Sunday, I had my recently upgraded Resita out in the garden for some operation runs. Once finished, I stored all the rolling stock and went to bring the loco into my workshop, when the¬†worst scenario happened. I still can’t tell how exactly, but the loco slid from my hand and crashed 4′ down […]

[CFF] Klien-Lindner-axles for my Resita

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 15 August 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello followers, the past weeks were quite on my blog, but not in my workshop. Today, I like to show you the latest improvement and rebuild I spend to my Resita loco. The prototype uses Klien-Lindner-axles and I was trying to equip my model loco with the same feature. The Klien-Lindner-axles allow the end axles […]

[Garden Railroad] Veggi-Train

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 with 2 Comments

Hi garden railroad friends, who ever thought a garden railroad is nonsense… here’s the counter-proof ;-) The first seed in my wifes raised gardening bed has grown fruits for the first home-grown salad, we harvested some lettuce, radishes and finger-carrots. And while there are some tracks right in front of the bed, the veggies got […]