First page of the Operation Sessions archive.

[CFF] Welcome to Moldovita

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 16 December 2021 with No Comments

Hello folks

Today, I like to share my overhauled Resita loco. Some while ago, I shared some thoughts about my rolling stock on the CFF roster. Some equipment is used on my freelanced CFF Bochina line, while the Moldovita-style cars were somewhat homeless.

Finally, I rebuild my Resita loco into 764-449, which was homed on the Moldovita line. There were just some small changes necessary. I removed the rings on top of the domes, added the external water ejector and full headlights on both ends. All other changes were cosmetic by painting the window frames and finally by adding new number plates. Those were ordered together with 764-449, but were etched in nickel silver instead of brass. Finally I gold plated them to make them look like brass.

Most people know Moldovita for the more famous Krauss loco 763-193. 764-449 was mostly used as backup loco, while the Krauss loco was always preferred. It’s told, that the heavier Resita tend to derail on the spur tracks to the log landing sides. Even the steep grades caused trouble for the big engine. In 1992, the Krauss went to Reghin for big repairs, so 764-449 came to use for a longer period. Also, the Resita was in regular service during the final years, when Krauss 763-193 was already used for tourist operation.

Let’s jump onboard 764-449 on its trip up the valley to pick up a string of loaded log cars. After taking water, the new arrived passenger car is added to the train. Even if this car is not a Moldovita-vehicle, it blends in quite nice. More on this later.

The track was not especially cleaned for this trip and is partly overgrown by moss and grass. But finally, no single car derailed during the whole session. Even while pushing the string of loaded cars out of the siding worked very well. The loaded cars are pushed out of the siding to be exchanged with the empty cars. Once the other cars are switched to the end of the train, 764-449 starts the trip back to Moldovita.

After I pulled the fire in the Resita, I noticed the left empty cars in the upper area. This was the moment when the new built Budapest 764-253 came to use. At the end of the day, both locos are resting at the depot.

BTW, the Moldovita all-time-roster lists a similar Budapest loco to be used here, but only for 1 year two. For some reason, 0-6-0 locos were always preferred before 0-8-0.

Now as I have the correct loco for my Moldovita cars, it’s time to build the remaining passenger car and the bread-store-car as well. There were also two railcars used in passenger service along the mainline. And how about Krauss 763-193 one day?

Finally, there’s a nice video of the real 764-449 in use on the Moldovita line on Youtube.

[CFF] Budapest 764-253

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 with 2 Comments

Please welcome…

the latest addition to my Romainan Forestry Railroad roster: Budapest loco 764-253.

This loco is loosely based on a prototype (764-235) which operated on the Line of Orastie. A similar loco (764-234) was in use on the line of Oituz, which made this loco interesting to me. The prototype of 234 got scrapped in Oituz around 1982. Other locos of this type were used at Comandau and even at Moldovita (for a short period).

As on my Krauss loco 763-237, I changed the road number a little bit to represent another birthdays-date of the family.

You may notice that all kinds of weathering and clutter are still missing. I didn’t find the right mood yet for this last step, but it may follow soon.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] Trains on a summer morning.

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 4 July 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, after the op-session with my Romanian trains, I used the great weather to run my US-trains. Shay #5 is steamed up and ready to bring done some logs and broken equipment from the camp at Feddy Grove. When arriving at Ronja Springs in the morning, the station is still quiet. But just around […]

[CFF] Running my Romanian trains

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 with 1 Comment

Today, I like to share some photos from ordinary service on my garden railroad. Let’s take a trip with Krauss loco CFF 763-247 on the railroad of Oituz. After leaving the station at the sawmill, the train runs through forests and meadows before the valley gets narrow and the grades steeper. Last runaround loop in […]

[CFF] (electric) winter steam

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 17 January 2021 with 4 Comments

[CFF] Der letzte Holzzug der Saison

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 26 December 2020 with 2 Comments

Operating my garden logging railroads

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 with 2 Comments

Hi folks, last weekend, a friend and model railroad came for a visit and we operated my garden logging railroads for a full day. First, we ran the Romanian style rolling stock “CFF Romania”. Later we switched the rolling stock for my Louise Valley Lumber equipment. The day ended with BBQ and campfire. Regards, Gerd

[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. – […]

[CFF] First operation session with the new siding

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 with 6 Comments

Today, we’re back in Romania again, operating the first trains after installing the new siding in the upper section of the garden. At the beginning, the locos are made ready for todays service. Resita 764-467 will run the main line today, while Krauss 763-237 is back-up loco. The first train of empty log cars is […]

[CFF] spring operation sessions

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 23 April 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello folks, here are some photos of this springs Romanian railroad action on my garden railroad. Some of the pictures are actually “historic” since I started some rebuild this week on the upper section of the railroad. Details may follow here on the blog next week. Bye, Gerd