[MLC] Logging Caboose #7

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 18 February 2017 with No Comments

The next piece of Moody Lumber Co. roster has left the shops this week. It’s the logging caboose #7, which was rebuilt from the old BCRR-caboose. I removed the cupola and painted the car in brown.

Since I had some 3D-printed handrails left, I spend them as well to finish the platforms.

The interior was rearranged, since the high seat was not longer useful. I cut down a workbench, which I made for the engine shed scenery and placed it into the car. It fits in very nice and I could recycle another old piece. The car also features full lighting incl. tail lamps.

The next car project will be a bigger one, to ride on disconnects. I guess the car will be ready for service next week.


[MLC] – Tool & Work Car #4

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 with No Comments

Hello again,

my new Moody Lumber Co. was a bit boring with the Shay and disconnect log cars only. So I finished the Tool & Work Car #4 to go along with them. The car was already rebuilt last year, to sit on top of one disconnect log car pair. So I removed the old BCRR lettering and applied the new one for the MLC which is the road# only for the cars. So the Tool & Work Car got #4.

I spend some effort to add truss roads to the flat car body. this was not easy on this car, since I couldn’t add them in full function due to glued construction. So I added them for show only. The other car bodies will get full truss-rods installed. The queen-posts were 3D-printed as well as the hand rails.

So this is the first car (beside the disconnect log cars) in service for the MLC, but will not be alone for a long time. I already started work on the old caboose which will become a logging caboose. More on this project will come the next week.

Fun fact : the shed on the work caboose was built in 2008, when I started my BCRR, as well as some of the “workshop detail stuff”.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Introducing my new 2″-scale logging railroad

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 4 February 2017 with 1 Comment

Dear logging railroad friends,

after a long break, I’m finally back on my 2″-scale logging railroad. In November 2016, I called my old “Bear Creek Lumber & Railroad” a Fallen Flag due to several reason. Some of the rolling stock is now used on a new logging operation and looks into a new future.

The “Moody Lumber Company”

20170201_211421Several miles from the Bear Creek, Mr. Moody claimed several acres of timber and set up a lumber mill. When he was looking for some cheap railroad stuff to build his own logging railroad, he bought some locos and cars of the former Bear Creek Railroad. He could also acquire some miles of rails to lay the first logging line into the woods. Before the second-hand rolling stock got into service, they were maintained and repainted for the new owner in their own shops. The first loco in service for the “Moody Lumber Co.” is Shay #1, which is shown here, fresh out of the shop.

The new Moody Lumber Co. operates a Shay and a Forney which were bought from the BCRR second-hand. This makes the train operation special, since the Shay is mostly used on the logging lines deep in the woods, while the Forney acts as a “Mainline”-engine and pulls loaded log cars from a central logging camp down to the mill. Beside the typical log trains, the ML also takes care of all other goods needed in a logging operation. This includes supplies and food for the log camps as well as loggers themselves.

During 2017, I like to rebuilt and even new-built the other cars and the Forney. I look forward to have the Moody Lumber Co. set up until the end of the season. As before, I like to show you updates and progress photos here. I hope you enjoy my new adventure as I do.

Cheers, Gerd

It’s (mostly) done…

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 with No Comments

Hello followers,

in the past days, I spend some time here and there to get progress done in my new workshop. After moving the bigger machines into the new shop and filling all the drawers and cabinets with tools and stuff, nearly everything has found its new home. Finally, I defined the new workshop “ready to be in working condition”, with some smaller open issues. I’ll make an additional drawers for my wood drills and the lathe and mill need some maintenance before I can mount them to the supports.

To move the large and heavy equipment, I used a chain hoist. The machines got pushed onto a work table, moved below the hoist and lowered down to a roller board. They were then loaded onto a hand car to be moved to the new workshop. To place the machines, I used the chain hoist again in opposite order.

The support for the milling machine was already built from old cabinets our of the old workshop. Here I found some additional place to store my welding tools and equipment for the mill and lathe as well as my color cans.

The lathe got a separate support, which also houses the metal-bandsaw, which is mounted to a roller board and can be pulled out for operation. The drawer below the lathe was used for stock material in the old workshop. I just cut her down in size, to match the new table.

The stock material is now stored in 4 wooden boxes in the storage rack opposite to the lathe.

Once the rough move was done, I started to sort all the tools and stuff into the drawers and cabinets. I also decided to dump some older stuff, which I don’t use and especially such clutter from small pieces which you might use/need some day, but actually you doesn’t.

With the new workshop done so far, I’m able now to spend some work on my railroad projects again. There were some module-legs to be built for my trolley layout, but once they are done, I’ll be back on my logging railroad projects.

Cheers, Gerd

First changes in my workshop interior

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 with No Comments

Hi folks,

in the past days, did some finishing touches on my old house, which is actually for sale. I also brought a lot of stuff and tools from the old workshop to the new one and started to fill the drawers and cabinets with stuff. I soon realized, that I want have enough space for all the stuff which is still in the old workshop. Especially model making materials and parts. Finally I moved the 2″-scale bunkhouses and deco-stuff into the old garden shed and installed a shelf instead. Here’s a before-after-view :

Since I doesn’t need the roller boards for my steam locos anymore, I rebuild one of them to hold the disconnect-crates. Those were also shortened (since I made them a to large originally) and now the crates can be easily moved too. They found a place beside the storage shelf with the other 2″-scale rolling stock.

This weekend, I’ll finally move the three large workshop machines (lathe, mill and bandsaw) and once the machines were in the new shop, I can finally install the supports for them and I look forward to get the whole Workshop finished within the next 2-3 weeks. Once I’m done, I’ll immediately step into my next logging railroad project.

Cheers, Gerd

More kitchen cabinets and storage shelfs

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 5 January 2017 with No Comments


here’s another short update. I finally installed the remaining kitchen cabinets as well as some shelfs to hold material. Later, these shelfs will hold my raw materials.

At least, I added bottom shelf to the work table to store some more stuff.

I also made some theoretical progress on the mill and lathe support. Both are designed and can be build soon. I’ve to start with the mill to have full access to that corner.

Will be continued, Gerd

Happy new year & workshop progress update

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 2 January 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello folks,

I wish you all a happy New Year 2017 , health and peace as well as many joy with our hobby !!!

I wasn’t busy at the end of 2016 and did major progress in the workshop. My dad helped me out one day and we covered the last walls to get the room clean. Here’s a before-after comparison.

The day before, I finished the electric installation. Once the rear section was cleaned out as well, we raised a storage rack for my 2″-scale rolling stock. The two spots on top will hold the Boxcar and Workshop-car, which have not yet moved to the new home. There’s a third empty spot below the Shay, which will hold a new flatcar one day. The Disconnects were stored in transport boxes separately.

Once the rack was build, we made a moveable work table which has the same hight as the loco tracks. So it’s easy to pull the locos out of the rack on top of the work table and move the table to the work area. The same table will be later used to load the locos into the car when driving to operation days. But Therefore I’ve to add some ramps and another transport vehicle in the yard outside the workshop.

The work table can be stored beside the rack when it’s not in use. All other equipment was also stored in this area like the bunkhouses and the water tower.

The last big task is, to raise workbenches for the lathe and the mill and finally to move all the stuff from the old workshop into the new one.

I hope to get the remaining stuff finished until end of January…

Stay tuned, Gerd

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 the years before, we didn’t have snow yet.

Anyway, our daughter and I enjoyed the time we spend with the steam train.

We’ll see us again next year šŸ˜‰


Merry X-mas and a happy new year

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 22 December 2016 with 3 Comments

Hi folks,

my family and I wich you a Merry Christmas and a good start into 2017.

WeihnachtsgruƟ-2016Good bless and keep up model railroading šŸ˜‰

Ronja, Katrin & Gerd

Making progress on the new workshop

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 with No Comments

Good morning,

yesterday, I had a free evening and I used the time to make major progress in my workshop. I finished three more walls and finally 2/3 of the workshop is done. I installed some more power sockets as I realized, that I had some “dead spots”. Next step will be to install the benches for the lathe and mill.

I look forward to get the new workshop ready within the next 6-8 weeks. It makes a lot of fun to made all the installations, but actually, I really like to do some log train projects…

See you soon – Gerd