[CFF] A new back for the Resita

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

I already showed the pieces last week, and here they are in place.

As the front pilot, the rear is also very basic on the model. Compared with the prototype, there’s a lot of potential for a model builder like me. I designed a new end beam and cnc-milled it out of 2mm brass. I also added another 6mm to the length of the frame, to get the correct length.

As on the front, the rivets are made from nails. The new toolboxes at the side are made from 20x20mm square pipe and I silver-soldered a back to them. The endbeam and toolboxes are soft-soldered together with a small piece for the frame extension.

Once the sides of the old endbeam were cut off, I filed all edges flush and slipped the new endsection over the frame. I drilled two holes on each side through the back of the toolboxes into the sides of the frame, to hold the extension in place with screws.

Now to the brake equipment. I added the levers of the hand brake to the firemans-side and the steam brake on the engineers-side.

Now I wait for the ordered suspension-rigging and couplers to complete the frame.

Will be continued soon 😉

[CFF] Rebuild the front pilot

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 with No Comments


another week at the Resita-workshop has passed and I made progress on the front pilot.

I filed the edges and “rivets” flush with the frame. From prototype photos, I made a proportional drawing of the front cut-outs and rivet location, which I printed on self-adhesive labels.

Once the drawing was sticked onto the brass frame, I drilled the rivet holes and also a bunch of holes where the cut-outs are. The cut-outs are then filed to final shape. To make the rivets, I used 1.1mm brass nails I had in my shop. They are hammered into the 1mm holes and have tight fit. There’s no additional adhesive necessary. I cut them off on the back and filed them flush with the frame.

Next project is the front boiler support. The original piece in the kit is well made, but was to wide when compared with the prototype. So I created a new one in CAD and cut the parts out of 1.5mm brass sheet on the cnc-mill.

Once they are soldered together, I filed the edges flush and made a test-fit on the frame.

I also decided to move the front frame cover from on-top, into the frame to be flush with top edge of the sides. This brings the whole pilot closer to the prototype-proportions. The boiler-support is just set in place and will be held down by the boiler.

As you can see on the last photos, I also milled parts for the rear end, But that’s a project for the next days.


[WBE] The new Decauville “Progres” loco from Minitrains is released !!!

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

Hi folks,

the new Decauville Progres loco from Minitrains (Announced in 2017) is now available. I picked mine up from Minitrains on the Model Train Show at Friedrichshafen yesterday. The loco is very well detailed and looks tiny, but matches well into the world of Minitrains. This loco sill start my new set of french logging locos, which will be extended by the Schneider Locotracteur, which will be available soon as well (announced in 2016).

The loco will get some weathering and details within the next weeks as well as a crew.

Regards, Gerd

[CFF] First work on the frame

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 with No Comments


once the long list of projects was done, I started work on the frame. First I un-soldered the tool boxes at the rear end beam and the center support for the water tanks. The valve gear on the real Resita shows a lifting arm behind the expansion link while on the model version, the arm is on the same shaft as the link, facing towards the cylinders. This is one of the details I like to change so I drilled new holes for a shaft, which will take the relocated lifting arms. I also drilled holes for the dummy-brake rigging below the cab floor.

Next I moved the frame to the mill. The lower edge of the frame shows a recess behind the last drivers, so I milled 3mm off the frame. I used a 6mm ball-mill to start with the round sections and milled the remaining areas with an endmill.

The top edge of the frame is also a bit to high, so I milled off another 3mm at the marked sections. The areas around the shaft bearings and cross supports stayed in place.

Once the milling was done, I soldered the water-tank support back in its new location behind the new lifting arm shaft.

Next I’ll build the components of the brake system and I’ll spend some attention to the rear buffer beam of the frame.

[CFF] The “Resita”-kit arrived

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 with 1 Comment


last weekend, I picked up the first two kits for my new Resita-loco at Dampfmodellbau Reppingen. It was a very exciting and interesting visit. I was able to get the components for the chassis and boiler. The cab and water tanks as well as bunch of details will be shipped later. I was very impressed by the workshop. It would be really great to have such a workshop on its own.

Back at home, I checked all the parts to get a feeling of the loco and the kit. While doing so, I also noted some changes and improvements, which I like to add to my loco, to make her one-of-a-kind.

Basically I’ll keep the Reppingen-loco technically, while I’ll spend some work on cosmetic details such position of the domes, the front boiler support, details on the frame and many others.

Most of them are small bits, but may result in a very nice and close-to-prototype-model. As usual, I’ll post the progress here on my blog.

Stay tuned, Gerd

[CFF] Introducing a new logging railroad project

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 with No Comments


today, I like to introduce a new logging railroad project, starting soon. Several years ago, my first logging model railroad was a Romania styled railroad in G-scale. Most stuff was scratch built and the railroad even featured two live steam locos in the later years. I attached some photos below. When I stepped into 2″-scale, my G-scale activities came to a halt and during the years, I sold most stuff, so only three cars of the original first train have left (center photo).

But there was on loco, I never got in G-scale so far – The Romanian RESITA. This loco is somewhat as the Shay, build in the 1940/50th for the Romanian logging industries C.F.F. , this type of engine served on many Romanian logging railroads. Beside the Shay locomotive, this logging loco is on 2nd place in my list of favorite logging engines.

Dampfmodellbau Reppingen, a German maker of G-scale live steam locos, build a couple of these steam locos in 1:20 scale. Unfortunately, I missed the first batch several years ago and when the second one was announced in 2014, I had other plans and ideas in mind. Happy me – I could order one engine of the last batch in December 2016, which will be delivered soon.

In the meantime, I had the opportunity to run/operate one of this locos on a live steam meet and it’s a pleasure to run this loco. She’s powerful with a good sound and tumbles along the tracks just as the prototype. I just had a call with Mr. Reppingen last week and I look forward to get the first parts of my kit this weekend.

[LVLC] Sawmill construction stopped – Climax back in service

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 with No Comments

Good morning,

since I started to realize, how big my small sawmill will become, I came to a very import question – where to store the sawmill once finished?

Since I don’t have spare room at the moment to store such a huge construction, I decided to take a break on the sawmill project. We’re going to set a new garden shed into the backyard next year and I look forward to get some of the clutter out of my workshop, to get some space for the sawmill. I’m definitely very interested in getting the sawmill finished one day.

Instead of sawmill-progress, I can share other good news, that Climax #4 is back in service. I was still waiting for a decoder-set to get the loco finished and finally remembered the old Locolinc-system we used in late 90th. Locolinc is RC-based and works with addressed receivers and is easy to install with batteries. It’s somehow outdated, but still works fine and is quite right for me. And we still had two senders and a couple of receivers. I made a quick wiring on the Climax to check all functions and installed the receiver into the boiler, while the battery took place in the water tank.

Afterwards I restored the outline of the loco and glued all bits and bites back in to place. I also swapped the RC-system in the Shay to Locolinc, so both engines can now be operated on the same system and at the same time (which was not given by the other system I used before).

Together with the Livesteam Shay, the LVLC now features 3 geared stem locos in service. Usually, only 1 or 2 locos are in operation at the same time, since my LVLC is a very small logging railroad. The other locos are mostly for some variety in operation.

With most projects on the LVLC finished, I’ll take a break at this point. Next week, I’ll start with a new logging railroad project, which is on my wish list for more than 20 years now. More details will be shown next week.

Stay tuned, Gerd

[LVLC] Finding the footprint (size) – Sawmill #2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 with No Comments

The template from last week worked very well and the following timber frames were assembled with half an hour each. With the five frames done, I figured out how big my sawmill will be.

The main building will be 85cm by 50cm (33.5″ by 19.5″) with the log deck and carriage loading outside of the main building. This will result in a total foot print of approx. 115cm by 50cm (45.25″ by 19.5″). The mill is designed to home a circular head saw, edger and cutoff saw as well as the boiler and steam engine. The plan is laid out to work with 16′ logs.

[LVLC] Preparing the sawmill construction #1

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

After some research, I found a nice prototype sawmill, which will be used to build the Louise Valley mill.

The Pine Ridge Lbr.Co. was a very small logging operation in California’s Sierra Nevada. The mills output was rough cut timber only, which got sold to the nearby …. The lumber was send down to the finishing mill via the … flume.

This prototype is just the right size for a small and authentic sawmill for my logging railroad. I go to use the GardenTextures kit as basis. After my first thoughts, it has to be twice as long as the kit is.

First I got some red cedar and cedar wood, which is used to cut additional timbers for the sawmill. I cut them on my bandsaw, which works very well. The color of the wood doesn’t match perfectly, but it’s okay for me. Using the original parts from the kit, I cut a full set of parts to build a fifth main timber frame.

I copied the original plans to use them as templates during the construction. I nailed some stop and fixing blocks in place, to hold and align the timbers during construction.

Once the uprights are in place, I glue and nail the floor trusses first. Afterwards, the timbers for the roof are added. I used std. wood glue and small nails, while I predrill the nail holes to avoid the wood from splitting. Once the first side is done, I take the frame out of the jig, turn it over and add the second set of …. to the other side.

So first timber frame done, four more to go…

[LVLC] Sawmill kit by Garden Textures

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 with 2 Comments


some while ago, I found this sawmill kit on eBay. It’s in new and unbuilt condition and after a check, all parts are there. It’s a basic mill with a simple interior, but such kits allow a lot of customizing and bashing.

After a first view to the plans, I’ll stretch the whole mill to take the 16′ logs, which are hauled by the log trains. The original kit is designed to work with 10′ logs only.

During my research on the kit as well as on typical model train sawmills and prototypes, I found that many are “out-of-proportion” in general, or “un-logic” in construction. Some small mills were missing the board outlet or don’t have any space for them. Others are feet with huge logs, way to big to be handled inside the mill. Here are two examples, found on the internet.

So I’ll spend some thoughts on how I’ll build my sawmill. I’m very sure to build a realistic sized sawmill with plausible interior.