Arranging my new workshop

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 9 December 2016 with 2 Comments

Hi followers,

after we moved to our new home, it’s time to arrange and move my workshop as well to get some new projects started (and there are a few nice ideas on the list). Here’s a first overview of my new workshop.

First photo is a view down the stairs into the long room, followed by a back-shot. Down the stairs and to the left is an area wich I’ll use for the workbench and standard tinker area. The long wall to the right will be used mostly for storage.

The old “fire-wood-pile” will be home of the lathe and mill. The mill will be placed in the back, while the lathe will found its new home to the left wall. The right wall may hold shelfs with round stock, used on the lathe, as well as other stock material. In the far end of the workshop, where the 2″-scale bunkhouses are sitting, I like to install a storage shelf for my 2″-scale rolling stock.

Finally, I managed to start with my new workbench area this week.

To get plain and easy to handle walls in this area, I decided to add some wood walls in front of the sandstones. This way it’s easy to hook stuff onto the walls and to keep the sand and dirt out. I leave 2″ gaps at the top and bottom, to vent the walls.

I use the cabinets from our old kitchen in the workshop. The cabinets with drawers are used under the workbench. Once the cover plate is on top, I’ll cover the wall behind as well, installing power sockets and new lightning as well.

And I already moved some of my signs and plates from the old workshop.

Stay tuned for some updates, Gerd

Move update & a fallen flag

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 with No Comments

Hello friends,

nearly two weeks ago, we moved to our new home. Most work is finished by now, except for the workshop, which is still in my old house. But I look forward to get the workshop moved soon as well and once finished, I’ll return to my model train projects. There are some new ideas in my mind, just waiting to get started.

fallenflagBut there are only some sad news. Today, November 11th 2016, is the last day of my well-known 2″-scale Bear Creek Railroad, which will become a fallen flag. The whole layout and most of the rolling stock was built to be set-up as a mobile layout during the big indoor live steam meet nearby. Since the show has moved by mid 1016 to two new locations far away from my home, I’m not able to participate in the same size as I did in the past 10 years. Some structures and track-side details got already scrapped, some freight cars, the passenger cars and the boxcab loco have been sold.

But the end of the Bear Creek Railroad will open a door to something new. I still own the 2 steam locos and all the logging equipment and I’ll stick to them. This stuff will be re-used on a new logging operation starting next year and I can’t wait to start with my new logging adventure on 5″-gauge track.

I’ll keep you up-to-date here on my blog, once the work on my new railroad begins.

Regards, Gerd

Modell train break

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 with 2 Comments

Hello railroad friends,

you might wonder, why it got so quiet here around my logging railroads…

The reason is, we’re gonna move into a new house soon, so the past 6-8 weeks, I spend a lot of time on renovation work and rebuild in our new home. Therefore, there’s very limited spare time for my model trains. Once the move is done and my new workshop is set up, I look forward to some new model and logging train projects.

So please stay tuned for some new updates in the future 😉


Livesteam micro layout

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 8 September 2016 with 2 Comments

Hello fellows,

after my small break here, to exhibit my trolley layout, I’m back on my logging railway projects. First, I cleaned up the workshop, but I didn’t feel in the mood to continue directly with my large-scale trains. So I finished another long time project, which was on my wish list for many month.

Since I got my tiny 009 live steam loco, I was thinking about a small micro layout, to operate the loco. I had this MDF board with some old Egger tracks for a long time and some month ago, I spend some grass mat, which actually coming off again due to bad adhesives. Well, it was time to spend some more attention and get this tiny layout into something reasonable.

So I took of the grass mat pieces and re-glued them with white glue. I reshaped some pieces to match ma actual thoughts of the finished layout. The trees came from my Billerbahn equipment. I don’t use them any more, so I removed the wood base and glued them into pre-drilled holes with hot-glue.

Since the live-steam loco will be the highlight on this micro layout, I was looking for some simple scenery, instead of highly details as my Hon30 modular layout is. Therefore, the brush-trees were just right. But I couldn’t resist to spend some attention to the buildings…

I gave them a slight weathering and build them up without their base plates. This way, they look much better. I painted some traces to the “dirt-road” and started to add clutter around the structures to get the scene detailed. Some parts are from the actual kits, others where from my big scrap bin. At least I added some bushes from Iceland moss and two figures. In the last second, I decided to add a pile of logs at the loading spur, which finished the layout.

I’m very happy with the result and look of my micro layout.

And of course, I couldn’t resist to run some trains once I was finished. I steamed up the loco two times and enjoyed her running through the new layout.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] – new locos for my garden railroad

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 25 August 2016 with No Comments

While I’m working on my trolley layout, I’ll show you some other updates in between from my Fn3 garden logging railroad.

The livesteam and the Bachmann Shay were actually in service, but there were two more locos on my roster. Together with the Bachmann Shay, I also got a Climax for the same railroad, but I sold her some years ago. Now I got the chance to get her back into my collection, so both locos were united again. The Climax needs some restoration, because of damage during shipping and I’ll replace the outdated battery-power-system with a new one similar to the big Shay. I’ll also add sound to the Climax.

To the far left is a very small Shay, which was my personal second Shay ever (unfortunately, the first one is lost). I got a box with parts of a KTM Shay in 1:24 scale, which was hardly damaged. I had to spend a whole new frame and drive. Later I replaced the cab to make her matching to my 1:20 rolling stock. Anyhow – I decided to bring her back to live after a break of 10 years, resting on top of a showcase in the living room. I already removed the old batteries and will repower her with modern Lipo batteries and a simple control system, but no sound. At least, she’ll be a very small Shay beside the bigger ones, but there has been such Shays in real too.

Grüße, Gerd

[BCRR] – Assembling the trucks

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 22 August 2016 with No Comments

Last weekend, I assembled the trucks from 272 parts each. It took me arround 10 to 15 minutes for each truck. The more I finished, the faster I got.

And here are the trucks in detail. The first step into my new freight cars is done.

I’ll exhibit my H0m trolley line layout on September 4th, so work on my new freight cars will pause for two weeks, until I’ve got everything prepared for the show. Afterwards, I’ll continue work on the box car.

[BCRR] – Bolster pre-assembling

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 20 August 2016 with No Comments

With the last bits done, it’s time to pre-assemble the truck bolsters for painting.

I decided to glue the spring plank between the sides and to get a tight bound, I’ll glue them before painting. To insert the springs, I’ll make the lower plank removable, but put them in place to get the bolster glued up square and parallel.

The bolts and nuts were used to clamp everything together. Once the glue was set, I removed the screws in the center ans replaced them with wood dowels. On the real thing, the spring plank would move freely up and down to provide the suspension to the car body. The spring plank would be guided by the side blocks, screwed in place. To get a prototype like looking truck, I faked them a little bit.

In the late evening, I took the spray cans and painted the truck sides as well as the bolsters. I also pre-painted the nuts and washers and all other hardware.

Next is to assemble the first truck… I’m very excited… really…

[BCRR] – Testing my 3D-printed journal boxes.

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 19 August 2016 with No Comments

I got some questions about the strength and durability of my 3D-printed journal boxes, which I use on my archbar trucks. Here’s what I found out…


[BCRR] – making swiss cheese…

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 18 August 2016 with No Comments

Hard to beleave, but actually, the trucks are more holes than parts… I cut the last planks for the bolsters and made some movie clips, showing how fast one can work with good preparation and jigs/stop blocks…

Next I drilled 200+ holes into the 24 wood pieces. Most of them are to screw the bolsters together with M4 bolts and nuts. Some holes and at least some hardware is still missing, but the trucks were making good progress.

At least, I drilled the spring pockets with a 12mm milling bit. Next I can pre-assemble the bolsters and once the last hardware is done as well, I can start to set the trucks together.

[BCRR] – Carpenters work for the trucks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 with No Comments

Once the archbar sides were done, I started with the bolster. I chose a prototype with wooden bolsters, and since they will be painted in freight car brown, I used plywood to make them strong enough.

But first, I made a cross-cut-sled for my table saw, which is very helpfull on such tasks. By using stop blocks, it’s very fast and accurate to cut down several identical parts. In just 4 steps, I cut the side pieces of the bolsters. All 12 of them where equal and square.

A first test with the archbar sides looks very neat so far. Next I’ve to cut the lower and upper plank to complete the bolsters. Meanwhile I also decided to NOT go for working spring suspension. I’ll place springs for the detail, but the bolsters will be rigged. But I’ll still try to make them look realistic in detail.