[MLC] Logging Forney #2

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 25 March 2017 with No Comments

20170305_190013Hello loggers,

since the car roster is mostly done, it’s time to spend some attention to my Forney loco. Last year, I spend a rebuild to make her look “Maine style”, which doesn’t match the new logging approach anymore. The new logging Forney at the Moody Lumber Co. should be more solid ans sturdy and should match the Shay in paint-scheme as well.

First steps were the end beams which got changed to massive wood beams with run boards, which were ideals when shunting log cars. As on many Porter locos, I added single pocket Link & Pin coupler heads on std. coupler height.

To change the pilot, I had to remove the boiler, which is no big issue for me due to regular training. The new pilot makes the loco shorter and more compact looking, just perfect for a logging engine.

After re-assembling the loco, I overhauled the cab. The roof was painted oxidred as on the Shay and I added boards to the sides which got stained in brown just as the pilot and end beam. Once all the paint was dry, I added road number #2, which will be all the lettering on this engine.

Now the Moody Lumber Co has both locos in service for the upcoming season.

Bye, Gerd

[WBE] 3 years Hon30-layout “Waldbahn Eusserthal”

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 20 March 2017 with 1 Comment

Hello loggers,

three years ago, I started my Hon30 adventure which became later the “Waldbahn Eusserthal”. Time for a small review, starting with some photos from the beginning.

But my review will not focus on my own layout. Instead, I’ll show you two copies of my idea/layout build by other model railroaders. Since I started with my layout, I got dozens of mails from other model railroaders, asking for details, sources and so on. Not each of them was going to build a logging railroad. Many adapted the modular plug&play system for N-scale, TT-scale and even H0n2. Most of them were just happy to have a solution for model railroading in limited space. Ans sometimes, I got response from the other projects and I like to show two of them today.

If you’ve build your own layout based on my idea, feel free to send me a mail and some photos. If you like, I can show your layout here as well.

The layout by Bernd

In march 2016, I showed my layout at an exhibition in Germany, where I first met Bernd. He was mostly working on locomotive kits, but was so fascinated by my layout and design, that he made the step forward into layout building. In just 12 month, he copied my layout incl. some additional modules. We are in close contact and maybe we’ll have a layout meet some day, bringing both together. Here are some photos of the layout, more were hosted on an own page, since it was too hard to sort them out.

The layout by Michael

When I was for a visit at another exhibition in march 2017, I spotted this layout, which has clear parallels to my design. I talked to the owner/builder and as expected, his layout way inspired by my blog as well. He told me, that there are plans to extend the layout in the future.

[MLC] Water Car #3 (Riding car)

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 with No Comments

Today I’ve a “fast project”. Last year, I build a new riding car to go with my Maine-style Forney, based on a typical tender. This car doesn’t fit well into the new logging railroad style, so I decided to repaint it into some kind of old tender, reused as water car on the logging railroad.

I removed the tank and floor, repainted the frame and tank and added a wooden board decking to the frame. The lettering shows what’s inside.

Since I can transport and operate only one steam loco at a time, I decided to scrap the old riding car and keep only the new #3 in service.

Cheers, Gerd

[MLC] Crew & Camp Car #5

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 6 March 2017 with No Comments

Hello loggers,

it took me some time to make further progress on my Moody Lumber since I prepared my trolley layout for a show next weekend. Anyhow – here’s the next car for my new logging railroad.

I rebuild my old boxcar into a Crew & Camp Car for my logging crew. First I updated the frame underside with new cross members and trussrods. The threats were cut on the lathe and I used functional turn buckles.

Since the couplers are mounted on the disconnects, the king pins will take all the pulling force instead of the end beams as usually. Therefore I rigged the truss rods at the king pin cross member. Once the underside was done, the car was ready to ride on a pair of disconnects again.

Next I did some changes to the car body, which was made from plywood with nailed on planks. It was simple to remove some planks and to install windows afterwards. BTW the window glazing and trim comes from my old crew car, which got retired and scrapped.

At least I added some handrails and stir ups at the doors. After painting, I added the road number and the car is now ready for first service on the MLC.

I spend some thoughts about an interior, but I decided to go without, since the car is great to store material and equipment on operation sessions.

Finally, the open-task-list of my Moody Lumber remake get’s close to the end… Next project will be quick one, maybe until end of this week.

Cheers, Gerd

[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