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    • February 5, 2019 3:00 PM EST
    • Our local steam group headed by Mr Wee Bee Loco Works (Jim Sanders) himself, set up the portable layout at the NMRA winter show in Noblesville Indiana last Sunday.   Here is a short video of my Stainz pulling 3 LGB coaches, which would be the prototype train length hauled by the tiny prototype.   Slowly getting better with each running as things get run in.  A minor valve timing adjustment after this run yielded even slower speeds without stalling or uneven speed.  

    • February 5, 2019 2:57 AM EST
    • Hello,

      today I’ve the latest progress on the tender rebuild.

      First I added some U channel to the front end of the tender body to add wooden boards which will hold the coal load in place.

      The coal bunker on top was made from wood and is hold in place by a push-fit. This allows easy access to the receiver and battery inside the tender. The water hatch at the back was made from brass and copper, together with some Ozark parts.

      While adding more details to the tender top, I painted the main body and mounted it on top of the chassis.

      To model the coal, I used some decoration pellets which had the perfect size, but the wrong color. But this got fixed quickly with some paint.

      And here’s the finished tender together with the loco. Still missing is the rear head light and lettering as well as some details.

      That’s it for today, Gerd

    • January 29, 2019 2:40 AM EST
    • Hello, now the loco is ready for radio control!

      It took me some time to figure out how and where I could place the servos for the radio control. Finally I found the solution by getting rid of the Johnson bar and turning the reversing-servo upside down. The regulator servo is placed upright and is mounted in a self-made bracket, bend from sheet steel. The lever is sticking out from the back of the cab, but this is okay. It allows more clearance between the servo and the boiler. Just beside the servo is the cut out for the reverser servo.

      Left of the lubricator is the reversing servo, which got installed upside down. The third servo to the right is for the whistle.

      As there was no space left for the receiver (the gas tank will take place on the firemans side), I moved the reveiver to the tender. The nine wires of the servos were wrapped in some heat shrink and bend to end under the cab floor in-between the frame.

      Here I installed some simple PBC with a 5-pole socket and I combined all red wires to pin 1 and all black wires to pin 5, while pins 2-4 are used for the orange signal wires.

      The tender got the matching cable with plug at the end.

      To connect the cable with the receiver, I installed the typical plugs at the ends. So it’s easy to change channels if necessary. At least I installed the power switch and made a battery pack ready. Usually I install a charging socket as well, but I won’t carry the large loco to the charging station each time. So I made the battery pack removable by plug & socket.

      Beside the Rc components, I installed a T-connector with whistle valve between the manifold and the pressure gauge. Unfortunately, I missed to take photos from the progress, but the finished parts are shown in the 3rd photo above. I also swapped the pressure gauge to a 1/2″ diam. gauge. At least I installed a new safety valve. Unfortunately, the weather is bad outside, so I was not able to do test runs yet under steam, but on air, everythign worked fine so far.


    • January 21, 2019 5:45 PM EST
    • Yes Dan, all is made from round bar, using lathe and milling machine.

      After some research, I found some space inside the frame to install a whistle. I had to do some cutouts at the firebox sheets.

      Finally I was able to install a long brass whistle here, which will be hidden by the boiler.

      Once the whistle was in place, I mounted the boiler back to the chassis. When installing the steam exhaust pipe, I cracked the fragile threaded end of the thin copper pipe. So I took the advantage and made a new exhaust pipe with a so called chuffer, which is an exhaust chuff sound enhancer.


    • January 21, 2019 10:56 AM EST
    • Nice machining work, Gerd.  I assume the parts started out as round bar stock?

    • January 21, 2019 6:54 AM EST
    • Hello again, I did some progress on my Mogul project.

      Since the early AC boiler had no water gauge, I made the required fittings from brass and installed a home made water gauge.

      I made all required parts in one single piece and sliced it into the separate parts at the end of the process.

      Shape finished, connecting pipes with threads silver-soldered in place and finally sand-blasted. The elbow will be used on top of the boiler and still needs some drilling and taping.

      Here I cut the single unit of the fitting into the top and bottom section, as well as into two clamping flanges.

      Here's the finished water gauge installed on the boiler.

      Now I'm trying to fit a steam whistle...



    • January 14, 2019 2:01 AM EST
    • Hello,

      as promised above, here's the latest progress on the tender body. I sandblasted the tender shell to remove all the paint. This makes any soldering action easier and allows some changes to the tender design. The paint was very sticky and it took me some while to get it off. Parallel to the sandblasting, I painted the tender frame, and let the paint rest to dry.

      On the tender, I relocated the rear hand rails from the side, into the bend, just as on the front end. First I soldered new rails in place, afterwards, I snipped the old ones off and filed them flush with the tender shell. Before that, I un-soldered the tender brackets, which will get relocated as well, while my tender frame is narrower then the original one.

      Another task was to fill in the holes in the tender shell. I mad small plugs on the lathe and soldered them into the holes.

      Then I sanded them flush with the tender shell on both sides. Once these are sandblasted and painted again, they wont be visible.

      The fixed tender body does look much better now. Still missing were two new brass sheets to cover the front deck of the tender tank. Here you can see the tender brackets back in place at a right angle to the tender ends.

      As the inner parts of the original tender were no longer useful, I removed them and decided to install a wooden interior to the tender. I epoxied two blocks of 1/2″ plywood at the far ends into the brass shell.

      Later I added the top from 2mm plywood.The whole wooden part will be hidden by the coal bunker above, so I’m happy with this solution.

      At the rear end of the tender, I placed the air tank, which was originally located under the cab. I use several Colorado & Southern Moguls for inspiration on this project. There are still lots of details missing and paint off course.

      Now it's time to get some more progress done on the loco. More on this will next week ;-)


    • January 10, 2019 2:29 AM EST
    • Thanks Dan.

      I printed a line drawing of C&S Mogul #22 in 1:20.3 scale and compared this with my loco. The tender is a bit shorter on my engine, while the boiler is longer. The wheelbase matches neraly perfect. As I don't model a specific prototype, I'm very happy with the result so far. You can also see that I managed some further progress on the tender in the meantime - I'll share the details later this week.



    • January 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST
    • awesome looking with the shorter wheel base . 

    • January 8, 2019 1:02 AM EST
    • Thanks David, by now, the rebuild works better than expected, also the result.

      I started to sand-blast the paint off the tender shell, but that paint is very sticky on the brass sheets. This will take some while.


    • January 7, 2019 5:04 PM EST
    • Real nice.

    • January 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST
    • Hello,

      as announced, I did some work on the tender. My first plan was to rebuild the original tender frame but I got to the conclusion, that it might be much easier to build a new frame from wood instead.


      The new frame is longer and narrower than the original one. I'll go to model the new tender to the style and type of the tender on my Bachmann C-19.

      From the original frame, I salvaged all detail parts and attached them on the new frame. The bolsters got cut to get a longer wheelbase.

      The rear foot board was made from brass.


      And here's the rebuild loco so far. I really like the longer tender together with the shorter wheelbase on the loco. It changes the overall look so well.

      In the meantime, I got the RC components so I can continue work on the loco as well.


    • January 2, 2019 1:14 PM EST
    • Hey, Rocky,


      you may want to reconsider your comment, glad hand would be open to center of the gauge, including when placed on the opposite side  as Gerd has currently. I worked in all manner of train service in preservation and as you sugest would just not work. think about it.


      Al P.

    • January 2, 2019 12:54 PM EST
    • Hi,

      thanks for the hint, I'll turn the gladhand during the next workshop session.


    • January 2, 2019 10:35 AM EST
    • Great work Gerd.  As someone who worked briefly as a trainman/brakeman, I can really appreciate having the front and rear airline/angle valves on the engineer's side of the locomotive.  When coupling cars by yourself you always want to have eye contact with the driver, so this saves you from having to climb or reach over to connect the hoses and feather the valve open.  The only detail to consider on the pilot end is having the gladhand face away from the coupler.  Otherwise it would be very difficult to connect. 

    • January 2, 2019 2:43 AM EST
    • Hi folks,

      I found some minutes "between the years" as we call it in Germany (meaning the time between Xmas and NewYear) and did some progress on my mogul.
      I reinstalled the brake rigging and added two brake cylinders made from brass stock. All is non-functional. There's a brake cylinder on each side as typical on such engines.


      Here's a view from the underside. Due to all the black paint, the details are not very vissible.


      Next I spend some attention to the front pilot and tried to install a Kadee-coupler. the first attempt with a #830 worked well, but looked terrible.


      So I rebuild the whole pilot again and installed a #835 instead, which turned out perfect. I also installed a brake hose.


      As I have to wait for some parts to continue work on the loco, I'll spend some time on the tender next.


    • January 2, 2019 10:22 PM EST
    • itchy finger, duplicate post

    • January 2, 2019 10:22 PM EST
    • If it has been running well and everything else is OK the jet is probably clogged.

      Blow backward through the jet with butane gas.

    • January 2, 2019 9:10 PM EST
    • I've been running one of these for several months now, after it had been a "shelf queen" for probably ten or more years.  Lately, though, the fire doesn't stay lit.  I thought it was just low on fuel, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Any suggestions of the problem and how to get it running like new?