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[LVLC] Caboose – part 4

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 with 4 Comments

Its time to get the interior finished.

The wooden strips shown in last week preview were assembled to a workbench, which got weathered and detailed with tools and clutter.

Back in time, Pola/LGB/MO-Miniatur offered a workshop & toolcar in G-scale, which included a whole bunch of diecast detail parts, which I use on my models. Unfortunately, they are rare to find these days and not cheap.

I also made a shelf for more clutter from some boards and strips. The oven and barrels are parts from MO-Miniatur as well, while the fire protection sheet was made from real sheet metal.

Here are two more photos, showing the completed interior as well as a final photo of the caboose with the roofs on top.

BTW, all four new made cars got some wood stain applied as base for the upcoming airbrush weathering.

[LVLC] Caboose – part 3

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 with No Comments

Good morning loggers,

let’s start with the interior. The high seats for the conductor/brakeman were made from wood. The cabinets underneath got some details parts added made by Ozark and handrails from wire.

The brakeman also got a facelift (literally) as this (probably a Bachmann figure) was somewhat creepy. I cut away the gloves, re-positioned the right arm and gave him a new coat of paint.

Here’s a test fit inside the caboose, first progress on the roof and finally an outlook for next week project.

See you :-)

[LVLC] Caboose – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi folks… … and welcome back at my caboose project. I finished the planking on the basic body-frame. I used coffee stirrer for the planking, which are 5-6mm wide and 1mm thick. With the different texture and color, they already provide a very authentic surface. Some of the bracing-timbers were cut to size at the […]

[LVLC] Basic construction for the new caboose.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, since I was still unsure which style of caboose to build, I’m glad to present first progress on the caboose this week. During research for the sand & gravel car in the West Side Lumber Co. book, I spotted old WSLC caboose #2 with its diagonal bracings on the outside. This car looks […]

[LVLC] Sand & Gravel Car

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

For the third car, I choose a prototype from the famous WSLC, sand & gravel car #276.  All strips and timbers were cut on the bandsaw and glued together to build up the super structure for this one. Last of the new cars is the caboose. I’m still looking for some ideas how to build […]

[LVLC] Water Tank Car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 with No Comments

Let’s continue with a water car, to supply logging camps and steam donkeys with fresh water, in case there’s no natural source nearby. The tank comes from an old Faller E-train tank car. The size was just perfect, but the tank lacks a lot of details. Finally, no issue for a passionate model maker like […]

[LVLC] Blockcar for firewood

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 with 1 Comment

During the past two weeks, I made the chassis for my new freight cars. Now I’ll start with the superstructures for each of them car by car. The first car I made is a blockcar to haul firewood and wood blocks to the camps or steam donkeys. They were not only used for firewood, but […]

[LVLC] Trucks and couplers

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 with 2 Comments

Next step is to bring the car frames onto wheels. I got a couple of die-cast trucks with real springs, originally made by Regner many years ago. Those are the same as on the other cars. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the same wheelsets, so I mixed in another brand. All parts got a bath in […]

[LVLC] New freight cars for my garden railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, since my very-large-scale projects are finished, I’ve time to add some more cars in regular-large-scale to my roster, talking about 1:20,3-scale. My Louise Valley Lumber Co. is going to install a logging camp up in the mountains and is in need of some additional freight cars to serve the camps. The basic frame […]

[LVLC] Into the woods with Shay #1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello followers, today, I’ll show you one kind of operation concept that I use for my US style logging railroad on my garden railroad layout. First some fictional facts for today: – The mainline between Ronja Springs and the wye is called to be a steep grade, which allows only 4 logcars per train. – […]