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Vacation break and some steam in the garden

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello,

since we were on vacation last week, I have no new progress to show this week. But there’s a short movie I made 1.5 weeks ago when we were at my parents garden railroad. This was the first time for my Resita with log train to run on a larger layout with real grades (3.5%) and a heavy load.

Since time was short in front of our holidays, the comments are in German only in this video. Feel free to contact me in case of questions.

Bye, Gerd

The Waldbahner Gazette #1 – “Galgenberg Waldbahn”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello friends of logging and forestry railroading and welcome to a new category here on my Blog.

The “Waldbahn Gazette” will show you reports from other model railroaders, which are modelling logging railroads or related stuff. I got this idea while I talked to some new model railroaders, which started to build their own layout, based on my ideas. It seems that my Hon30 layout has inspired dozens of model railroaders to create something similar.

If you’re working on a logging railroad as well and you like to show/present your work here on my blog, feel free to send me a mail. Depending on the input, this could become a monthly post here on the Blog.

The opener in issue #1 will be the “Galgenberg Waldbahn” (gallows hill logging railroad), build by Hagen. I found this new layout at the forum www.schmalspur-modell.at. He spent some effort into planing first, and even did 3D-plans for the first modules. I really like the drilling template made from aluminium.

Gerd


Die Galgenberg Waldbahn

Thematic background of this Hon30 logging railroad is an old std. gauge line between Elsenfeld and Heimbuchenthal in Germany. This railroad opened service in 1910 and was abandoned in 1978, while the passenger service had ended 10 years before. The name “Galgenberg Waldbahn” comes from the nearby hill at the south-west of the Spessart mountains. The narrow gauge railroad is freelanced and starts in Schippach, where the railroad connected to the std.gauge railroad. Regular freight on the line was timber from the woods to some sawmills along the Elsava river. There were also some mines connected to the railroad, which got served with timber. Another freight was clay to make pencil-lead. There was also some passenger service on the forestry railroad to connect the small villages in the Spessart mountains with the larger cities.

[CFF] Flatcar rebuild… or is it a new construction?

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 with 1 Comment

Another week is overĀ  and here’s the report on my flat cars as announced.

These two cars are left over form my very first logging railroad and for some nostalgica, I was looking to use them on the new railroad as well. Since the trucks got modernized together with the other log cars I showed last week, I was now looking at the car frames with mixed feelings…

When I build these cars nearly 20 years ago, I had totally different thoughts in model making. The length was determind by simple 1/3 of a 1 meter U-channel and the construction was very simple and crude. They turned out to be to wide as well and at least they doesn’t match my todays style and philosophie.

So I removed the wooden planks, sandblasted the frames and took the whole frames appart with the tourch.

In my scrap-box, I found another section of the same brass-channel I used for the long sills. So I was able to add some more length to the car body and get it closer to the prototypical length. The new frames are also a bit narrower , so the finished cars are looking much longer as the old ones, since the proportions are closer to the protoype.

Once the basic frame was done with all the center sills and cross members, I adde the stake pockets from square-pipe and truss rods from brass. What a difference between the two versions. Once the first frame was done, I continued with the second one.

The photo beside shows the cars with the first load. Next is to add paint and weathering. I’m not sure yet about deck planks. Many of such cars were used without planks, but at Campul Cetatii, the flatcars are mostly used to haul pulpwood, so all had deck planks on top.

Bye, Gerd

[CFF] Bulk production of log car trucks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 with 1 Comment

Welcome back to part to on the Romanian log cars. Last week, I should you the pre-production sample and now I’m ready for the bulk production. The first series includes 8 pairs, which makes 16 single trucks. To make live easier, I built all parts first, before I later go for the assembling. I started […]

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

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

Hello, 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 […]

[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 […]

[WBE] The new module is done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 with 9 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 […]

[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 […]

[WBE] Weir, trees and grasses…

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

Hello, 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, […]

[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 […]