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[LVLC] New Shays at Ronja Springs

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 with 3 Comments

Hello Shay-lovers,

one year ago, I got the chance to buy another Shay for my garden railroad, a Bachmann Spectrum Class C 3-truck Shay. Once arrived, I re-lettered her several times for different railroads and swapped between wood and oil burner multiple times. And I was never sure how to add this loco into my existing Louise Valley Lumber Co.

The final solution was found, when I simply bought another Shay in early 2019. There was a bargain offer for a LGB/Aster “West Side Lumber Co.” Shay 12 which I couldn’t resist. 500 of these locos were made by Aster in Japan for LGB in 1996. The loco is entirely made from metal (brass & steel) and runs just great. When I compared the model to plans of WSLC #12, it shows that the model is closer to 1:20,3 scale as I thought.

Referring to many logging railroads in California, my free-lance Louise Valley Lumber Co. switched to oil burning locos in the 1930th. Instead of rebuilding the old woodburners, the LVLC simply replaced the older Shays by 2nd hand locos from other railroads. So the new locos got lettered for the Louise Valley Lumber Co. and got road numbers 6 & 7. Both are equipped with Deltang receivers, powered by LiPo-batteries. The two new Shays will represent the “modern” motive power on the LVLC. Now I can run either the old-time woodburner, or the modern oilburner.

Both new locos will get an airbrush weathering soon as well as some typical detail parts added.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] Romanian railbus

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 with 2 Comments

The last week, I showed you the logging railroad by Tobias. Afterwards I had a look into old photos of my first logging railroad and realized, that I’ve lost my original principles in modelling logging railroads during the last years.

Back in time, logging railroads meant to do something wired, outside of rules, eras and scale art, it was more some kind of “cheeky”, “crazy” and “rebellion”. Well, and then I found a LGB railbus in the classifieds of eBay…

Being “cheeky”, it had some analogy with the railbus used on the Moldovita line and in the next second “crazy” took the scepter and I bought the railbus. Once arrived, he came in contact with my “rebellion”… First I cleaned the gear boxes from old grease and replaced the electric stuff with Deltang and battery. As my layout features 4′ minimum radius, I locked the swinging gear boxes in place.

I added new coupler mounts to the frame with my own CFF-couplers and some rail guards. The body itself got only a few changes. I removed all the lettering and installed some compartment for the battery with bull’s-eye windows.

After just 2 days, the new railbus was ready for first service. Now I’ve a battery-powered loco in addition to my live steam Resita. Maybe I’ll build another steam loco with battery power as well? It would round the roster very nicely.

BTW, the railbus is very strong and can haul 4 loaded log cars up the hill with ease. The railbus at Moldovita was also used to haul log trains along the plain sections of the line.

AND I’ve to admit that I had so much fun kitbashing this railbus. Maybe my “logging railroad rebellion” just needed some refresh ;-)

Early spring is here

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 with No Comments

Hello logging railroaders, after my drift into the Colorado narrow gauge world during the last weeks, it’s time to return to my favorite logging railroads. The good weather outside motivated also to take the “Louise Valley Lumber Co.” out into the garden to do some operation. While I was shunting trains in Ronja Springs, I […]

[Mogul] New headlights and repaired cab

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 with No Comments

Another week has passed and here’s the actual progress. Since I was not able to get a second headlight which matched the already installed one, I decide to make two new headlights from stock. The parts are made on the lathe and mill. To mount the headlight on the tender, I also made a small […]

[Mogul] Progress on the tender

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello, today I’ve the latest progress on the tender rebuild. First I added some U channel to the front end of the tender body to add wooden boards which will hold the coal load in place. The coal bunker on top was made from wood and is hold in place by a push-fit. This allows […]

[Mogul] Installing the RC components

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 with No Comments

Hello, now the loco is ready for radio control! It took me some time to figure out how and where I could place the servos for the radio control. Finally I found the solution by getting rid of the Johnson bar and turning the reversing-servo upside down. The regulator servo is placed upright and is […]

[Mogul] Water gauge, whistle & chuffer

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 with No Comments

Well, now it’s time to make some progress on the loco. On top of my list was the water gauge. These early Accucraft locos didn’t have water gauges and since I couldn’t get one in short time, I decided to build my own water gauge from brass and the spare glass tube of my Resita […]

[Mogul] Fixing the tender body

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello, I couldn’t stop working on the tender so I continued with the tender body. I sandblasted the tender shell to remove all the paint. This makes any soldering action easier and allows some changes to the tender design. The paint was very sticky and it took me some while to get it off. Parallel […]

[Mogul] New tender frame

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello, as announced last week, I did some work on the tender. My first plan was to rebuild the original tender frame but I got to the conclusion, that it might be much easier to build a new frame from wood instead. The new frame is longer and narrower than the original one. I’ll go […]

[Mogul] Brake rigging and cylinders

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 with 1 Comment

The new year has just started and here’s the first progress report. I modified and reinstalled the original brake rigging to match the new wheelbase of the chassis. Since there’s plenty of room below the cab where the rear driver was original located, I made two typical brake cylinders from brass and mounted them to […]