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[LVLC] adjusting the log car length

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello,

since I seem to be in “Logcar-buliding-mode” at the moment, I just switched scale and spend some attention on my 1:20.3 skeletons. I original build them with 18′ length to make them suitable on 3′ radius curves. Since I moved on to 4′ radius, I did some test runs if I can enlarge my logcars from 18 to 20′. 20′ log cars are very common for minimum size and they look much better behind the large Bachmann-Shay.

So I took all my courage and cut one car in half to add a connecting centerpiece. It turns out that 20′ cars will still negotiate the 4′ radius S-curves on turnouts, which was one of the most important goals. Therefore, I cut new centerpieces and rebuild all 5 log cars.

I’m very happy with the result and it’s amazing how much this change adds to the character of the cars.

I’ve 3 more pairs of trucks and couplers on the shelf so maybe I’ll step directly into building some more of this cars. On the other hand, I made good progress on the planing for my own garden railroad… Let’s see what I can show you next week.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] Sawmill construction stopped – Climax back in service

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 (Comments Closed)

Good morning,

since I started to realize, how big my small sawmill will become, I came to a very import question – where to store the sawmill once finished?

Since I don’t have spare room at the moment to store such a huge construction, I decided to take a break on the sawmill project. We’re going to set a new garden shed into the backyard next year and I look forward to get some of the clutter out of my workshop, to get some space for the sawmill. I’m definitely very interested in getting the sawmill finished one day.

Instead of sawmill-progress, I can share other good news, that Climax #4 is back in service. I was still waiting for a decoder-set to get the loco finished and finally remembered the old Locolinc-system we used in late 90th. Locolinc is RC-based and works with addressed receivers and is easy to install with batteries. It’s somehow outdated, but still works fine and is quite right for me. And we still had two senders and a couple of receivers. I made a quick wiring on the Climax to check all functions and installed the receiver into the boiler, while the battery took place in the water tank.

Afterwards I restored the outline of the loco and glued all bits and bites back in to place. I also swapped the RC-system in the Shay to Locolinc, so both engines can now be operated on the same system and at the same time (which was not given by the other system I used before).

Together with the Livesteam Shay, the LVLC now features 3 geared stem locos in service. Usually, only 1 or 2 locos are in operation at the same time, since my LVLC is a very small logging railroad. The other locos are mostly for some variety in operation.

With most projects on the LVLC finished, I’ll take a break at this point. Next week, I’ll start with a new logging railroad project, which is on my wish list for more than 20 years now. More details will be shown next week.

Stay tuned, Gerd

[LVLC] Finding the footprint (size) – Sawmill #2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 with 1 Comment

The template from last week worked very well and the following timber frames were assembled with half an hour each. With the five frames done, I figured out how big my sawmill will be. The main building will be 85cm by 50cm (33.5″ by 19.5″) with the log deck and carriage loading outside of the […]

[LVLC] Preparing the sawmill construction #1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 with 1 Comment

After some research, I found a nice prototype sawmill, which will be used to build the Louise Valley mill. The Pine Ridge Lbr.Co. was a very small logging operation in California’s Sierra Nevada. The mills output was rough cut timber only, which got sold to the nearby …. The lumber was send down to the […]

[LVLC] Sawmill kit by Garden Textures

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello, some while ago, I found this sawmill kit on eBay. It’s in new and unbuilt condition and after a check, all parts are there. It’s a basic mill with a simple interior, but such kits allow a lot of customizing and bashing. After a first view to the plans, I’ll stretch the whole mill […]

[LVLC] We’re knitting some water piping – Dolbeer part 3

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 with 2 Comments

Hi folks, before I proceed with the next set of details part, I decided to give all components a basic coat of paint, since its hart to paint them, once the details are in place. Later, I’ll spend a weathering to the whole Steam Donkey. The last bag of parts holds the water piping between […]

[LVLC] Dolbeer Donkey – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 (Comments Closed)

Welcome to part two of the Dolbeer build-log. After finishing the wood sled last week, I continued with the boiler. Looked like a simple straight-forward “drill & glue”-job… Well, a test-fit of the smoke stack showed, that the hole in the boiler top is to wide. To make it fit nice and keep the stack […]

[LVLC] A Dolbeer Donkey from Ozark

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 14 August 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hi, since I’m fully in Fn3-scale-mode, I decided to start the next project for my LVLC. Some month ago, I ordered a Donkey kit from Ozark-Miniatures , which recently arrived. Such early steam Donkey were used to haul wood from the cutting area to the log-landing. I ordered the simple version without haul back, since […]

[LVLC] – Livesteam-Tuning of an Accucraft Shay

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hello, today, I have a tuning report of my Accucraft Shay. No, I didn’t spend a low-rider chassis neither a V8 motor… But I could improve the running of the loco very well. Large scale railroader Bill Allen wrote an article regarding the Porter-style “Ruby” made by Accucraft. After measuring and calculating, he determined, that […]

[LVLC] Climax #4 – restoration started

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 (Comments Closed)

Over a year ago, I bought-back the original LVLC Climax #4 and now I started the restoration project on this loco. Since the old batteries were already dead and the RC-control out-of-date, I decided to do a full rebuild. I started with dismantling and removing the old electronic stuff. Next I repaired the pilots. Since […]