since I got the two Bachmann “geared steamers”, many years ago, I was in trouble with two different fuel types on a single logging railroad. While the Shay was equipped with a wood load, the Climax was a coal burner. Now I found the time to rebuild the Climax as well.
I still need to touch up the weathering, also to blend in the re-newed road number.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]