[CFF] Log cars for the Resita – the design phase

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 with 1 Comment


after my short intermezzo with Hon30, I’m right back on the garden railroad, since the new season will start soon and my Resita needs some rolling stock. In the video of the Resita from last december, there are already some cars shown and in the following posts, I like to show you the details and how I made them.

From my first G-scale logging railroad, I still had two flatcars and a workshop car left, which should become a second live on my CFF line behind the Resita.

When I build these cars many years ago, I used LGB tipper car frames, the one with oval shape. While I was waiting of the parts to build the Resita, I collected several of these frames at eBay as a start for new rolling stock, built-in the same manner. But finally, I switched my ideas to more realistic and detailed rolling stock, as my Resita started to become a more detailed model as well.

From my skeleton-logcar-rebuild, I still had several 26mm diam. all-metal wheelsets left, which would fit well under some Romanian style logging disconnects. So I started some designing on the PC. By shortening the frames and adding new couplers and journal boxes, the frames can be rebuilt into nice logging trucks. Not 100% accurate, but very plausible and at least strong and sturdy for rough use on a garden railroad.

First of all, I designed a new coupler. This is basically a smaller version of the standard LGB-loop, combined with a link&pin buffer above. It’s especially designed to fit the oval-frame-chassis and just drop into the original coupler pocket. The hook and spring are also LGB parts. The buffer above the loop hides most of it and the result is nice looking and 100% LGB compatible coupler, which is great for use on the garden railroad.

Next I spend some attention to the frames. I cut off the original bearings and shortened the frame at one end for approx. 11mm. The new journal boxes are 3D-printed as well as the couplers are. I use a drilling jig (3D-print) to bore the holes for the new journal boxes, which came in pairs. By adding brass plates, the frame segments are screwed together and become very strong again.

And here we have the “pre-production” version of the log cars to come. You can see the difference between the original frame and the rebuilded one below. The planks will be cut from real wood and the handrail and brake spindle are added from brass and steel.

Maybe it would be easier to build whole new cars, but as I already have many of the oval-frames and couplers on stock, I’ll keep on this method/type. Overall, I plan to build 24-28 single trucks, which will be used in pairs, not only for disconnect log cars, also as trucks for flat or box cars.

Next week, I’ll tell you more about the mass production.


[WBE] Logging railroading convinced again

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 with 9 Comments

Hello folks,

last weekend, I exhibited my Hon30 forestry railroad layout in Sinsheim/Germany together with the “copied” layout build by Bernd. The new sawmill-module acts as interchange between our layouts and it was the first time, that we combined both together for an eight meters long layout.

We didn’t have any test-setup before, but everything matched together perfectly. It was the first exhibition for Bernd, so he was very excited. But hi did great, even during the official photo-shot.

The interest in our layout was very well. Many knew the layout from the internet, others saw them for the first time and got caught by a totally different concept of model railroading.

As in the last years, the layout was shown in the competition of private home layouts, sponsored and organized by the Miba-magazine. All nine layouts got voted by a jury, composed of model train experts. Despite the high quality of other layouts, the operation, joy and flexibility of our layout concept convinced the jury again. Finally we got honored with 1st place.

Motivated by our success, we’re full of new ideas for the next event.

Regards, Gerd

[WBE] The new module is done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 with 8 Comments

Hello folks,

just in time for the model train show starting on Friday, the new module got finished. I added the backdrop and some small details. I’m very pleased with the result, which turned out better than expected.

I’ll build a transport-crate for the new module this week and the whole layout will travel to Sinsheim (Germany) Friday morning. It would be nice to meet one or the other reader of my blog in person 😉

Cheers, Gerd

[WBE] detail work and lots of boards…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 with 5 Comments

Well, the most work is done…

Since I got the landscape and flora done last week, I just finished the last huge step, detailing the sawmill-area. I also printed the name plate, which is shown in German here. There’s also an English version printed.

The stacks of boards and timbers are made from balsa wood and are glued board-by-board.

At least, there are some final touches necessary here and there as well as the backdrop. So the module will be ready for the show next week in Sinsheim/Germany 😉


[WBE] Weir, trees and grasses…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 with 6 Comments


the last week, I’ve build the weir for the water-wheel and added it to the canal. Since the time is running by very quick, I directly planted the trees to get the progress continue.

The next evening, I started with the bushes and grasses. It took some time to get the whole layout covered, but once I’m in the mood, it’s a relaxing and enjoyable work.

As on my other modules, I uses several foliage and grasses made by Woodland and Busch. So the new module matches perfectly to the rest of the layout.

Regards, Gerd

[WBE] Ballast and first greens

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello again,

another week has passed. I added the ballast to the tracks as well as basic green ground cover I use.

The ballast is spread out dry along the rails. I use a mixture of Noch model train ballast with sand and fine turfs. Once the ballast is done, I moisture everything with rubbing alcohol , which will crawl into the ballast, so the later added water/whiteglue-mixture will creep easier into the ballast.

At the turnout’s I use less ballast below the moving parts, to avoid mechanical issues. While the glue is setting, I test the movement of the turnout regularly.

While the glue on the ballast is still wet, I paint the landscape surrounding with water/whiteglue-mixture and add an earth-blend mixture of Woodland fine-turf as basic green groundcover. The fresh applied glue will also be sucked into the ballast and the applied turf will stick to the ballast sides as well. This creates a smooth and soft transition instead of a hard line.

Once everything is dry, I can start to install the sawmill with surrounding details.

See you next week 😉

[WBE] Wires and hills

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with 5 Comments


another week has passed. Once the electrical stuff was done, I gave the rails an airbrush weathering and spend a light grey dry-brush to the sleepers.

To raise the hills, I glued some layers of foam (used for house insulation) to the layout and cut them to shape. I use a wire-brush in the power-drill, which makes fast progress, but a dirty mess.

Once the foam is in shape, I add plaster, which just started to set. I spread it with my fingers and “massage” the plaster into the foam and landscape. Once dry, the whole module get’s a coat with acrylic paint in earth-blend. Now the module is ready for ballast and scenery.

More to some next week.

[WBE] digging out the mill creek

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 with 7 Comments

Hi folks,

I just got the “go” for the Exhibition in Sinsheim/Germany on March 9-11th. So it’s time to get some more progress done on the new module.

I made a cut out to the module box just beside the sawmill to add the mill creek. I added strips of plywood to gain some depth and finally a sheet of plywood below to form a canal.

The whole canal is revetted with sand stone. I used some structure sheets from Vollmer and colored them to match the sand stone we have in our region. The riverbed got simply painted and some stones and greens added. I than spend 4 “fills” of Woodland water to create the water surface.

The water-wheel will be placed in the right channel, so I added a wall to hold the bearing. At the far edge of the module, I’ll add two water locks to regulate the overflow (left) and the water-wheel. With the mill creek done, I was able to fit in the last two pieces of track. I used some old code 100 rails as bridge trusses. Should work for such a slim gauge logging line 😉

No I’ve to wait for some electronic bits I had to order, before I can finish the wiring. The turnout mechanisms are already in place and connected.

See you next week, Gerd

[WBE] A new module for my Hon30 layout

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 with No Comments

Hello logging railroaders!!!

After spending so much time on my Resita loco, I’ll switch to a smaller scale project. I just started work on a new module for my Hon30 forestry railroad. I look forward to exhibit the layout again in March 2018, so it would be great to show something new. Once the module is done, I’ll return to the garden railroad project. Promised 😉

The new module will be 80x20cm, just the same size as my station-module and connects right to the left of it. The module will feature a sawmill-scene. Central piece of the module is the little Faller mill. I really like the model, but I’ve to kitbash it, to make it fit on the small modules.

So the water wheel will move from the back to the side of the mill. This makes the whole mill assembly 3cm narrower, so it will fit on the module with a run-by-track in front of the mill. I first made a paper moke-up to see if the clearance to the rail is okay, before I started with the building.

On the side of the main building, I closed the lower door and window, since the water wheel will be moved to this area. I pre-assembled the parts with tape to check the clearance to the rails again. Once I was sure, I started painting the plastic parts and assembling the sawmill structures.

It took me some time to get all the parts painted, weathered and build up. As usual, I build the houses without the base. I also decided to mirror the far right shed-section to make it fit better into the scenery.

With the sawmill building done, I can now start with the woodwork on the Casani-boxes.

Will be continued soon 😉

[CFF] The Resita is ready to run !!

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


the last work is done on the Resita and the loco is ready to run.

Beside the paint on the cab, I added some last details as well, like the oil pump on the right hand cylinder or the sucker-pipe to take water. I used a white crayon to add the washed trim on the water tanks and bunker.

After the airbrush-weathering, I added the last details to give here the prototypical look of a well used Romanian logging loco. The number plates are custom etched, as the kit is delivered with 764-484 plates.

And here she is, finished and ready for first service – CFF 764-467 of the Cimpul Cetatii line in the 1992 version.

The loco was finished on Dec. 23rd. so I was able to run here during the annual X-mas-steam-up the next day.

Since the loco was finished, I took a break (hard to believe) and I’ll start with finishing the cars next week. So stay tuned, the Cimpul Cetatii story will be continued

Regards, Gerd