First page of the Operation sessions archive.

[MLC] Forney steam up with issues

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 with No Comments

Good morning,

end of august, I visited our live steam club layout. Since I had a few operation sessions with the Shay this year, I decided to run the Forney this time. At least, I struggled with some injector issues and after four laps, I had to pull the fire, since I was not able to top-up the boiler water.

Since I had some duty on our public ride trains, I got the chance to operate the K1 Garrat instead, which was built by a club member. This loco weights 380kg and is a real compound engine, build in 1:4.5 scale. The engine has a lot of power and is a real pleasure to run her with some heavy load. That’s close to real steam loco operation 😉

While driving home, I got an idea about the injector issues I had on the Forney. At home, I checked the injector steam valve and found some sealing material, which ran across the bore. This has limited the steam flow so the injector was not able to feed into the boiler. I had a quick steam-up the next day to check the injector again and it worked better now, but still not 100%.

After some days of thinking, I decided install new axle-driven water pumps (the old ones got removed some while ago due to issues). The injector only is finally a solution for short-distance runs as I had on my annual “big logging Show” on the live steam convention. But for long-distance runs, the axle-driven pumps will be the better choise, especially on the small boiler, which has not enough reserves to operate an injector while running under load.

I’ll post some updates once I get started with the new pumps.

Cheers Gerd

[MLC] Operation session at Gustavsburg

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

after a long break, I visited our club layout with the new Moody Lumber Co. I had a supply and work-train with me, hauled by the Shay. The Shay improved very well, strong and powerful, while smooth running. Since I was the only loco on the inner loop, I could run very slow and do some switching on the line.

Usually, the tracks are not that crowded with weeds, but I really welcomed it for the nice “backwood-ish” photos above.

It was also nice to meet all the friends again, which I haven’t seen for several month. On the way back home, I got some ideas to make it easier to load and unload my family-van when going to such sessions. More to come  in a couple of weeks.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Children’s treat at Böchingen

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Last Sunday, we host a big children’s treat in my home village in celebration of our 1250th anniversary. Beside several games and Böchingen’s well known cake buffet, my 5″-gauge live steam railroad became the highlight, not only for the kids. Many elder visitors were fascinated by the steam railroad as well as some of them […]

[MLC] Daylight for MLC Shay #1

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 29 May 2017 with No Comments

Hi folks, last week, I made a simple ramp-construction to get my 2″-scale Shay out of the workshop to the daylight. Since the derailment last year, which caused huge damage to the steam engine, the loco was steamed up for the first time on Thursday. The Shay worked well and there’s only one issue left, […]

[BCRR] – First run of the Forney after overhaul

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 1 August 2016 with 1 Comment

Hello BCRR friends, yesterday, we ha a public operation day at our club layout. We made a family trip and I took the Forney with us for a test run after its overhaul. Our little Ronja was fascinated by the large loco. She likes to ring the bell. At the club layout, we set up […]

[BCRR] – As guest at the famous 5″-gauge layout at Zurich (Swiss)

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 9 May 2016 with 1 Comment

Hello, last weekend, we visited the steam-model-club of Switzerland with their famous 5″-gauge layout at Zurich. This year, we had mixed local train behind our Shay instead of the log train wich we used to run in the past. The weather was very nice and we had a very good time… until Saturday… The loco […]

[BCRR] – Review of the 20th Live Steam Indoor Meet

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 15 January 2016 with 1 Comment

Good morning, with a couple of days delay, here’s my review of the 20th Live Steam Indoor Meet in Germany from the past weekend. All in one, it was a nice event, but we had some issues this time. As usual, we had some new details at the show as every year. Jonas brought his […]

[BCRR] The layout for the 2016 live steam show

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 20 December 2015 with No Comments

Hello logging railroaders, this week, we spend two days at the convention center at Karlsruhe to set up our 2″-scale logging railroad for the 2016 live steam show. As every year, we did some changes to the track plan and added some new structures and details. We got a new “industrial spur” for wood dump […]

BCRR – Testrun of my Forney after overhaul

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 with No Comments

Hello, last sunday, I was at our club layout for the season close steam up and tested my Forney after the overhaul of the last weeks. The loco runs well and the maintenance of the valve gear shows good results. Anyway, I found 3 issues that have to be done as well. The steam valve […]

BCRR – first steam up in 2015 season

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 with No Comments

Last Sunday, the 2015 live steam season started at our club layout and I took the Shay with a short freight train there to test the Shay after the modifications I made. I also tried my new transport rack in our new car, which has much more room for family and model trains. The new […]