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[CFF] Final work on the new/old passenger car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 with No Comments

Hi folks,

last week, I shared my new/old passenger car for the Romanian railroad. Once done, I spotted some broken window framings and some more missing parts.

I repaired the existing window frames, build a new one and finally closed one window with boards. This adds some more character to this old car.

I also added some figures and spend a weathering to the new added CFF couplers.

Now, the car is ready for service on my “Bochina” line. Unfortunately, the weather is cold and rainy, so probably, I’ve wait for spring to reopen the garden railroad.

Next week, we’ll take some care of the Resita loco, which will receive some transformation…

[CFF] A new old passenger car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

in August, I shared some thoughts about my rolling stock for the Romanian logging lines. Some while later, I had first ideas to solve my issues but finally, it developed totally different than expected when I spotted an interesting offer on eBay.

Please welcome the old coach of the “Eussertalbahn” which was acquired for my freelanced CFF Bochina line. This car became of special interest for me for several reasons.

It’s not a …, that the name on this car sounds close to my H0n30-railroad. A hint can be found on the underside of the car body. I rebuild this car from a LGB model in 2005, but sold it some years later, when I started work on my 5”-gauge Shay loco.

13 years later, the car now returned to it’s origin home. I spend some finescale wheelsets as well as my newly designed CFF couplers. Unfortunately, the car got damaged here and there. Especially the homemade wooden window frames are no longer complete and in best shape. But the winter is coming soon, so there’s some time to spend additional repairs.

Starting next season, this car will operate along with my old workshop car, hauled by the Krauss and Budapest loco on the free-lanced CFF Bochina line.

But what will happen with the small Moldovita cars and the Resita? Well, I’ll share some updates on these soon.

[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 […]

[CFF] Time for painting…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 November 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, due to some other troubles around, I missed to update weekly as usual. Sorry for that. So time to share some photos of the painting process. First it feels wrong to assemble a finished loco after weeks of construction. But the final result will be worth the effort. After cleaning the parts, I […]

[CFF] Detailwork at the cab

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 October 2021 with 3 Commentsas , ,

It’s time for another update. I glued the parts of the cab together after adding the rain gutter to the sides. The side walls were cut with extra width and I used spacers then gluing the front and back. Once the glue was dry, I filed the sides flush with the ends. Nevertheless, I need […]

[CFF] Starting the cab construction

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 with 1 Commentas , ,

I postponed this final step for a long while, but now it’s time to tackle the cab. As on my Krauss loco, I made all walls from 1,5mm ABS plastics. To bend the backside wall, I heated the plastic and used a jig. The windows were cut out with a scroll saw and filed to […]

[CFF] More details…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 with 3 Commentsas , ,

Hi folks, I was able to postpone the cab construction by adding more details to the water tanks. So I added water hatches for the tanks from PVC and ABS plastics. Another typical detail on such Budapest locos is the location of the water-sucker inside or in front of the smoke boy support. The model […]

[CFF] Water tanks done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 (Comments Closed)as , ,

Let’s continue with the water tanks of the loco. The basic construction is made from 2 and 3mm styrene. I glued a 0.5mm sheet to the underside, which represents the walkway along the loco tanks. BTW, I decided to model a welded replacement tanks, as many prototype engines got new tanks before the era I […]

[CFF] Backhead detail

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 with 2 Commentsas , ,

Welcome back to this weeks blog, as announced last week, I’ll focus on the boiler back-head. Since this is a large scale model, the cab interior will be well visible and needs some decoration as well. The parts are scratch-built from styrene, brass and wires. For hand wheels, I use brass-castings. The parts for the […]

[CFF] Smokestack and more

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 with 3 Commentsas , ,

Let’s finish the boiler. I was looking for cast brass parts to add the water feed valves, but I couldn’t get some. So I finally decided to make them scratch-built from brass. The parts are made on the lathe and I added some cast hand wheels. Looks better than the cast brass parts . On […]