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Vacation break and some steam in the garden

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


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

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

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

Another week is over  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 […]

[CFF] The Resita is ready to run !!

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

Hello, 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 […]

[CFF] The Resita is nearly done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 with No Comments

Hello again, this might be the forelast report until the Resita is finished. After the successful test runs under steam, I installed the RC-components. I use 4 channels for reverse gear, steam valve, whistle and brake. The brake was added subsequently, after I noticed that I need one to slow down the train on downward […]

A new steam loco engineer got trained

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 5 January 2018 with 2 Comments

I often read about the live steam hobby, that this is something for “old men”… Well, our little daughter (3) is too young to know about that, so she just enjoys, that she has fun with. Running dads live steam trains for example… I’m glad to have more than one live steam loco, so we […]

[CFF] more paint for the Resita & first steam-up

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 with 2 Comments

I’m totally in love with logging railroads, mostly for the worn out and cluttered look of the locos as well as the whole railroads. Clean and shiny museum railroad locos are missing the special flair and charm of the railroads when they are still in service back in the 80′ and 90′. So I grabbed […]

[CFF] Painting the Resita and finishing the steam part

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 with 1 Comment

Even on Christmas, here’s a small update for you. I disassembled the chassis and sand-blasted all parts, which need to get painted. I use spray-paints from Metaflux, wich I dry in the oven at 80°C for about 30 minutes. I’ve a small oven in my workshop, for larger parts as the frame or boiler, I’ve […]

[CFF] She runs !!

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I assembled all the rods and valve gear and finally got the loco running on air !! It’s a wonderful feeling to see a new build steam loco/engine coming alive. There are some small issues and a few parts still missing, but at all, the loco is coming together step by step. Beside […]