First page of the Operation Sessions archive.

[Hon30] Kiso Shinrin Tetsudo Bento – Logging Railroad in a Lunchbox

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 with 3 Comments

[YPLC] The “Yellow Pine Lumber Company”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 with 4 Comments

Howdy folks,

as this layout features some special feature, I decided to present you the final layout today. Once you know the final details, this movie might become somewhat unspectacular. Enjoy!!

The Yellow Pine Lumber Co. was founded in 1894 at Hoffman in North Carolina. The railroad operated two lines. The first one down into the south, later a new line to the north east was build. The original ROW is still visible in form of roads today. This railroad operated on the rare gauge of 30″ and owned one of only two 30″-gauge Shays in the Sandhills region. Therefore, this was a perfect match for my little Toma Shay.

As usual, my micro layout is dedicated to the prototype, but no accurate model of any prototype situation.

Cheers, Gerd

[WBE] “Trainsmania 2019” in Lille

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 with 8 Comments

Hello folks, a year ago, my friend Bernd was invited to attend the model train exhibition “Trainsmania 2019” in Lille, France. The invitation came from Francois Fontana, head editor of the “Voie Libre” narrow gauge model railroad magazine. Such an invitation can’t be denied, so Bernd and I started to France last week to show […]

On show with my Hon30 logging railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 with 5 Comments

Hello, last weekend, we had a big model railroad event here in my area, called “the long night of model trains”. More than 20 clubs in the south-west of Germany held an evening-open-house from 4pm to 10pm for interested model railroaders and visitors. I was invited to show my Hon30 logging layout in Ludwigshafen (near […]

[WBE] German/French forestry railroad meet – The uneven twins

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 26 November 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello again from the smaller Hon30 railroad, in spring this year, I showed some layouts from other model railroaders, which were based on my design of the WBE. Bernd Iron copied my entire layout with some additional segments, and gave it a totally different look. Yesterday, he came for a visit and brought some of […]

[Hon30] – First exhibition of my Hon30 logging layout

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 7 March 2016 with 10 Comments

Hello logging railroaders, last weekend, I participate on a model train show in Sinsheim, Germany, and showed my modular Hon30 layout in public for the first time. On this show, a German model train magazine organizes a competition for private model train layouts and mine was part of it. Unfortunately, I had a helper for […]

[Hon30] operation session on the WBE

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 30 November 2015 (Comments Closed)

Hello logging railroaders, in the past days, I set up two different layouts from my Hon30 modules and ran some trains with different locos. I also tested the new Minitrains Controller and I’m very happy with it. Here are a couple of photos, taken during the op-session. I guess it’s time to start the next […]

“Jupiter” hauling log trains

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 16 February 2015 with 1 Comment

Hello, last Sunday, I steamed up my 009 live steam loco to haul some log trains on my Hon30 layout. I ran 3 boiler fills of water and had a lot of fun as well as warm fingers :-) This was the first time that I set up the whole layout after adding the backdrops […]

The big log train movie

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 9 November 2014 with 4 Comments

Well, it’s finally done… after 4.5 hours of work and from 50 minutes of raw material, I finally got a 14 minutes movie about my Hon30 logging railroad. Unfortunatlity I forgot to make photos along the videos. Anyhow… maybe at the next operation session. As they are shown in the movie, here are some details […]

Outer Creek log landing

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 with 4 Comments

Hi folks, here’re the photos of the finished segment as announced in the last post. Beside the log landing, there’s a cutting area and a small station building for the loggers and their equipment. Cheers, Gerd