Wrong video posted

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 6 February 2022 (Comments Closed)

Hi folks, I just realized, that I posted the wrong video link in the last steam donkey posting. I just replace by the correct video of the steam engine rebuilt.


[MLC] Steam Donkey Update

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 4 February 2022 (Comments Closed) as

Hi folks,

I started work to refurbish the steam engine. First part is shown in the video below. The valve gear will need some more attention and will be handled in a separate part.

What I like to share is the photo below, showing the planned arrangement of the assembly. The donkey puncher is 10″ tall.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] First train on the garden railroad

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 28 January 2022 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

the first trains were operated on my garden railroad in 2022. Recent build Budapest loco 764-253 headed some work trains to check the line. As the second train shows, there seem to be some repairs necessary. But due to cold weather, any heavy work will be postponed to a later date.

I wish you a successful and happy garden railroad season 2022 ;-)


[MLC] Building a steam donkey – part 1

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 (Comments Closed) as

Hello folks and welcome to a new video series.

In very early 2022, I decided to build a steam donkey for my 5″-gauge railroad “Moody Lumber Co.” in 1:7.2 scale, which is 1-2/3″ or 42mm to the foot. The initial idea was, to reuse the old steam winch that was mounted on the Shay locomotive. But later, it turned into a while new design and construction. More about the components and the built will be shown in the upcomming videos.

Since my viewers are half German, half English speaking, I decided to not use naration on this video series. I hope this will be okay for you and you’re welcome to post questions and comments below for feedback.

Part 2 will feature a closer look to the steam engine, disassembling, overhaul and installing on the base frame.

[MLC] Big overhaul of the Shay locomotive

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 7 January 2022 with 1 Comment

Hello folks,

welcome in 2022 and I wish you all the best and more important health for the new year. Stay safe and enjoy your hobby.

In the past weeks and month, I spend a huge overhaul to my Shay-locomotive, which were not yet shown here on the blog. Meanwhile, the loco is back in service and performs great, as shown in the latest video.

Finally, I’ll show you some of the repairs I did along with some improvements. Let’s start with the new eccentrics I made to use ball bearings. This rebuild was actually done some while ago.

I noticed some slack in the eccentrics as the eccentric rings start to wear out. I ordered some ball bearings and made new eccentric-discs. I was able to find some workshop-drawings with important measurements.

Fortunately, I could reuse the eccentric rings by boring them out for the OD of the ball bearings. I left a small flange on the inside, which will hold the rings on top of the bearings. Once installed, they can’t move to the outside and will support each other in the center.

Additional, I made new cross heads from bronze. The original parts also show some wear and to avoid future damage, I simply made a new set. This reduced some more slack from the steam engine.

On some parts, I can’t exactly tell which material I made them from, so some parts might have worn due to bad material parings. Anyhow, if the overhauled engine will work for another 10 years, I’ll be happy for now.

Let’s move on to the next issues. The lubricator didn’t work fine the last runs so I spend some improvements here as well. I rebuild the drive from friction bearings to a ratchet drive which works more reliable. But here were some more issues to be eliminated like missing valve-balls and O-rings.

And when a lubricator doesn’t work for a longer period, it’s a good idea to check the cylinders. You may guess, they were dry as dessert and the piston rings in bad condition. So I took some PTFE and made a new set of piston rings.

Next surprise came up when I checked the valve chests and valve stem. The stem showed massive corrosion, probably they were made from regular steel instead of stainless. I replaced them with stainless parts and started reassembling. And as I went along…

… I found some more potential for improvements. The steam brake also caused issues with lots of leaks. I spend new seals and piston rings as well. A new improvement is a displacement lubricator for the brake valve and cylinder. This will help sealing the valve and the force of the brake system.

In parallel, I replaced some other broken parts and spend the final touches of my 1:7.2 scale rebuild. I re-arranged some pipes, lowered the cylinder cover in front of the cab, enlarged the front window on the fireman-side and re-shaped the diamond stack to a more Shay-like design. Last step was to replace the cab ladders from 1-step to 2-step ladders.

Now I look forward to a new season on 5”-gauge and especially to a new project in this scale which will start this spring here on my blog. Stay tuned for a new masterpiece to be born.


[MLC] Cold winter steam

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 23 December 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

yesterday, I made a trip to the club layout to run the last steam trains in 2021 together with Jonas. We had -3°C so the steam plums were great.

Unfortunately, the lubrictaor in my Shay still causes trouble, so I had to stop running earlier as expected. I tried but was not able to fix the issues in place, actually, I found some more weak points.

So at the end of the day, I loaded the Shay in to the car and brought her home into my workshop for overhaul. Beside the lubricator issues, I expect leaky piston rings, so there’ll be a long list with repairs over winter time including some upgrades here and there.

Anyhow, I which you all a Merry Christmas season, keep save and healthy and I which all the best for the next year. Enjoy your hobby and we’ll see us.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] Welcome to Moldovita

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 16 December 2021 (Comments Closed)

Hello folks

Today, I like to share my overhauled Resita loco. Some while ago, I shared some thoughts about my rolling stock on the CFF roster. Some equipment is used on my freelanced CFF Bochina line, while the Moldovita-style cars were somewhat homeless.

Finally, I rebuild my Resita loco into 764-449, which was homed on the Moldovita line. There were just some small changes necessary. I removed the rings on top of the domes, added the external water ejector and full headlights on both ends. All other changes were cosmetic by painting the window frames and finally by adding new number plates. Those were ordered together with 764-449, but were etched in nickel silver instead of brass. Finally I gold plated them to make them look like brass.

Most people know Moldovita for the more famous Krauss loco 763-193. 764-449 was mostly used as backup loco, while the Krauss loco was always preferred. It’s told, that the heavier Resita tend to derail on the spur tracks to the log landing sides. Even the steep grades caused trouble for the big engine. In 1992, the Krauss went to Reghin for big repairs, so 764-449 came to use for a longer period. Also, the Resita was in regular service during the final years, when Krauss 763-193 was already used for tourist operation.

Let’s jump onboard 764-449 on its trip up the valley to pick up a string of loaded log cars. After taking water, the new arrived passenger car is added to the train. Even if this car is not a Moldovita-vehicle, it blends in quite nice. More on this later.

The track was not especially cleaned for this trip and is partly overgrown by moss and grass. But finally, no single car derailed during the whole session. Even while pushing the string of loaded cars out of the siding worked very well. The loaded cars are pushed out of the siding to be exchanged with the empty cars. Once the other cars are switched to the end of the train, 764-449 starts the trip back to Moldovita.

After I pulled the fire in the Resita, I noticed the left empty cars in the upper area. This was the moment when the new built Budapest 764-253 came to use. At the end of the day, both locos are resting at the depot.

BTW, the Moldovita all-time-roster lists a similar Budapest loco to be used here, but only for 1 year two. For some reason, 0-6-0 locos were always preferred before 0-8-0.

Now as I have the correct loco for my Moldovita cars, it’s time to build the remaining passenger car and the bread-store-car as well. There were also two railcars used in passenger service along the mainline. And how about Krauss 763-193 one day?

Finally, there’s a nice video of the real 764-449 in use on the Moldovita line on Youtube.

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

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 with 1 Comment

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 in Oituz around 1982. Other locos of this type were used at Comandau and even at Moldovita (for a short period).

As on my Krauss loco 763-237, I changed the road number a little bit to represent another birthdays-date of the family.

You may notice that all kinds of weathering and clutter are still missing. I didn’t find the right mood yet for this last step, but it may follow soon.

Cheers, Gerd