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[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 the corner, Shay engine #5 is ready to run the first trains into the morning sun. The Shay starts to roll slow and rattling, to collect the consist of cars for the trip up the hill.

In front of the log cars, the consist also features a boxcar for food and an empty flatcar. One of the steam donkeys need repairs and will be brought down into the shops.

After a short water-stop at the wye, the train continues north and passes the rock cut at Emils-Top, where a section house was erected by the track gang.

Once Summit-Point is reached, the train coasts down into the camp at Feddy Grove. Once arrived, the train gets split and all cars are shunted to their loading spots.

Round about midday, the train is made up for the return trip down to Ronja Springs.

Bye, Gerd

[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 the forests is at Fagrotund. From this point, the empty cars are pushed up the line to the final loading points.

Later, the loco returns with a string of loaded cars to the Fagrotund. Here the cars are shunted into new order, keeping the disconnected log cars to the end of the consist.

And as usual on logging railroads, no running without derailments. I tried to rerail the loco with wood as on the prototype, but this didn’t work well.

The reason for the derailment was grass growing over the rails. So, it was time for some gardening… with use of the railroad off course :-)

Once done, Resita loco 764-467 made another trip with a Moldovita-style consist.

Next report will be from my workbench, where I already started the next project…

Bye, Gerd

[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

[Garden Railroad] Aerial view of my garden railroad

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 16 April 2020 with 6 Comments

Hello, since I started with my garden railroad, I had the idea to make an aerial view video from the roof above the terrace. As our tree in the garden got trimmed last week, this was the best time to make the movie. Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] First MoW train on the garden railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 with 3 Comments

Hello garden railroaders, last weekend, Shay #6 headed out into the woods with a short MoW train. After the winter break, the MoW crew was looking for bad spots on the main line which will need repairs before the new season will start. Fortunately, there are only small issues along the tracks. Additional, the track […]