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[YLPC] Sawmill second part

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 with 6 Comments

Welcome back to the second part.

The sawmill got placed on the first segment. The ties for the further tramroad are also placed into the sandy ground of the Sandhills. With the mill in place, I started to add the final components and details. To add the roofs, I used 0.4mm plywood instead of cardboard as supplied by the kit. The tar paper also comes with the kit. As mentioned in the first part, my model railroad will represent the early begining of a new logging operation, so structures and equipment doesn’t heavy wear or weathering yet.

As the lower row of photos shows, the rails are also in place by now. I made them from basswood strips 1×1.5mm. Next will be to add some green and grass to the ground and to continue on the next segments as well.

Bye, Gerd

[YPLC] A new timber railroad adventure just begins

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

after many ideas and withdrawn plans, I finally found a way to build a timber-tramroad layout to run my little Toma-Shay. The layout is designed in 3 segments and will show a fresh started logging operation in the late 19th centuray, out in the Carolina Sandhills.

I found an old diecast kit of the “Tie & Plank Mill” produced by Woodland Scenics, which will become the sawmill on my railroad. To make it fit, I had to mirrow the working direction so the logs will come in from the right, while the timber output is to the left. This required some kitbashing. Also, the mill will become a relief structure right at the backdrop.

Once the parts were deburred and cleaned, I made the required changes and created subassemblies when possible. This would make the coloring part easier. All parts got primed and base colored with an airbrush. After a wash to highlight the wood grain, all the small details got hand-painted.

Finally, the sawmill got pre-assembled on my workbench. Remember, that this will become a relief structure and lean against the backdrop one finished.

Next weeks report will show the final touches on the sawmill and installation on the first segment of the layout.

Cheers, Gerd

[YPLC] Shay “Gopher”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 with 5 Comments

Hi folks, short update from my projects. Not much done, but at least, the tiny Toma Shay got named “Gopher” inspired by Shay c/n433. I had ideas to build a small layout for this loco, but non of the plans could convince me by now or at least, were to large for my space. So […]

[YPLC] Toma Shay – part 4 – an untold secret

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 with 1 Comment

Well, some may have wondered about last weeks update, others already got an idea what I did. Here’s the 4th part of my tiny Shay loco, showing you a little untold secret ;-) The Toma Shay is factory equipped with a small coreless motor. I meassured the current draw of this motor, which is 6-7mA […]

[YPLC] A test track of special kind

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 7 March 2021 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, time for a new update. I did some research on 13ton open cab Shays in the past weeks and where they were used. Doing so, I found a couple of such locos in North Carolina, running into the Carolina Sandhills to get timber, turpentine and tar from pine trees. A very interesting detail […]

[YPLC] Toma Shay – part 3

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 4 March 2021 (Comments Closed)

Hi folks, the tiny Toma Shay is finished. Beside the firewood pile and crew figures, I added obligatory tools and clutter to the runboards. I also spend a light wash-weathering. As this loco was build in 1890 and will be used in its early years, there’s no heavy weathering needed. As a special detail, I […]

[YPLC] Toma Shay – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 28 February 2021 with 2 Comments

Hi folks, I’m so sorry, but the assembly was so joyful, I once missed again to take progress photos. I hope the few photos below can give you some ideas of the details. I’m still amazed by the boiler back head detail. Sure, this is an open cab loco, so the back head is visible […]

[YPLC] Toma Shay – part 1

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 26 February 2021 with 2 Comments

Let’s assemble the working driveshaft for the RTR chassis. Many parts are attached on a sprue and it’s recommended to leave them in place, until they are needed. Many holes have to be drilled to final dimension, which will provide nice press fits on the silver shafts. My hand in the back gives an idea […]

[YPLC] Toma Model Works “13ton open cab Shay”

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 25 February 2021 (Comments Closed)

Hello loggers, after my short “trip” to Wales, I’m now back on logging related projects. The first project will be a new tiny Shay for 9mm gauge, which I bought mostly out of curiosity. This kit is offered by Toma Model Works in Japan and is mostly made from 3D-printed UV-resin. As I feared the […]

[WBE] What’s up at the Waldbahn Eusserthal?

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 26 November 2020 with 5 Comments

Hello logging railroaders, as announced last week, there has been some small changes on my Hon30 logging railroad, all affecting the rolling stock and motive power. Some months ago, I decided to get rid of both Brigadelocos and all the HFB-wagons. These models were seldom used as they looked to big on the tiny layout. […]