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

More progress on the new workshop

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 12 December 2016 with No Comments


last weekend, I did some more progress on my new workbench. Once the kitchen cabinets were arranged and level, I added some braces to support the table top in between and finally set the table top in place. The wall was covered with wood and I installed power sockets and light right into it. You can’t have enough power sockets in a workshop…

My dad supported me on Sunday and we installed the new power supply for the workshop. He also had a left-over piece from a stairway in his garden, which can be used perfectly to add the missing lower step in my workshop.

This week, I’ll continue work on the opposite wall. Once the walls were covered with wood sheets, I’ll arrange some more kitchen cabinets to hold tools and stuff.

Until next time, Gerd

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 šŸ˜‰


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