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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] 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

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 […]

[LVLC] Operation sesson at Ralf’s layout

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Hello logging railroaders, a fey days ago, we visited out Friend Ralf, who invited us for an operation session and BBQ. It was a pleasure for me to run the LVLC trains on Ralf’s layout, since I got my US-logtrains from him many years ago. It was such a nice afternoon/evening, that we continued the […]

Christmas-steam 2016

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 26 December 2016 with 1 Comment

Dear friends, yesterday, we set up a temporary track in our new backyard and steamed up the Accucraft Shay with a supply train of the Louise Valley Lumber Co. This was the first steam train running in the new garden as well as the last one in 2016 (probable). It was cold, but as in […]

[LVLC] – Running trains in the garden

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 with No Comments

Hello friends of garden railroad log trains, last weekend, we had a small family BBQ at my parents home and since my father started to reactivate our old garden railroad, I brought my Louise Valley Lumber Co. log trains to run some trains. After 4 years, this has been the first official trains on the […]

LVLC – Running trains in the garden

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with No Comments

To start the BBQ season, we were at my parents home and I run my Shay with log train on the garden railroad.

garden railroading in Dammheim

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 14 April 2014 with No Comments

Yesterday, my parents started the BBQ season and we were invited for dinner. I brought my Fn3 log train and we run the train a couple of laps on the garden railroad. The Shay performed good, but I had some issue with the gas inlet valve. I couldn’t get the tank full enough to get […]

LVLC – christmas eve 2013

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 with No Comments

I set up a test layout on the workbench with section tracks and ran my live steamers. The Climax shown in this photos was soled in spring 2014.

LVLC – steam up at easter 2012

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 12 April 2012 with No Comments

On easter, we spend an afternoon at my parents home and we ran some trains in the back yard with my new Shay and dad’s Lumber Jack.