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Descriptions and galleries – written in English

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Engines – steam of course

A nice small Consolidation, this N&W class G1 which needed a digitalization for its first use as motive power of an Xtra-train.

A relative small engine from my collection, this N&W class G1 built in 1897 which needs less repairs only, but I had to digitalize the model, before I could use this loco as motive power for an Xtra-train.

Read a description including some comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.
All photos of prototype can you see because of owner restrictions only here in my gallery – with English captions.

This is the idea of an Xtra-train for transporting this extraordinary and large pressure tank.
You find further information about this tank a bit more below, please scroll down to Loads.



The prototype and my model of N&W class M twelve-wheeler – a rare but nice looking brass model that will be used as motive power for my 1930 freight train after some modifications and a digitalization.

You can see a complete gallery of this modeling job here on my website with captions in English, of course.



The prototype and my model of Espee’s #3000 class A-6 Atlantic – a very nice model and a good base for a fast digitalization as a very good runner for my future five car Sacramento Daylight train.

Read a description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.

You can see all pictures also here on a gallery including all those of the Daylight train while an exhibition in Dresden, Germany. Sorry, captions not available in English.



Brass models

This old brass model of a gasoline rail coach of NH needed a reworking especially of running gear. Together with the digitalization I received a very rare and well running model.
Read a description in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist including comments of readers.

Three old brass gondolas where the prototypes were built in 1890 with a lenght of only 27'. However models needed a lot of repairs and some new details.

Three small old time brass gondolas of the NYO&W, where the prototypes were built in 1890, which fit very well my 1900-train. However, I had to make some repairs, and they all have received an additional detailing!

Read a description including comments of readers on my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.

A new model, a caoose of Norfolk & Western class CG. A steel caboose planned for use with my 1930 train - and now ready after some changes and an excellent painting and weathering!

A new Norfolk & Western caboose for my 1930 freight train. However, it needed some changes in order to receive a correctly detailed and well running model!

Read my description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist or look a shorter version as pictures on my gallery here – with English captions.


Scratchbuilt models

The prototype of a heavy load platform car (flatcar) of the Wabash RR. with a mighty shaft - on a picture of 1901.

The prototype of my first complete scratchbuilt models –
a 16 wheel heavy load platform car of Wabash Railroad, built in 1889 – with a heavy and very impressive load!

Read a description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.

And, in addition, I had to build two more models after my first car, absolutely!
These two loads were in my stock, and this car was the right base to transport them.



The prototype! To me a very long time fascinating car. Look for the many details on underside and how the body is additionally arched up!

This is the very extraordinary prototype of my scratchbuild project – a 66′ gondola of Lake Terminal RR. built in 1899 with 16 (!) trussrods and arched up by rain and humidity.

Read a slightly shortened description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.

It was a must to build a few of these models with their very unusual length of 66′ at their time and I would like to build such models with their extremly large number of details – 12 truss rods under the frame and four more over the side boards!

Click the following links to see the full description including many more pictures
- Beginning of project and Detailing of models – here on my website, in German.



The sketch of a reefer from that I was fascinated a long time - until I started to build a small series of such models.

Long time I was fascinated about this reefer with its off-centered doors and a very nice looking decoration on side walls – thisa White Swan reefer where I found the sketch in a reprint of a Seattle Car & Foundry company from 1913.

Read the second part of description including comments of readers in my thread on Big Blue train forum.

Please open the following link seeing a complete gallery with all steps of this project beginning with frame and the skatch after which I built these – White Swan billboard reefers – here on my website with captions in German.



Kits, kitbashing and loads

Reefer models by ATLAS - which I changed to real model train cars with a 1900 era fitting wood frame and a correct detailed outer design.

Reefers with a roof lettering, these Decker meat reefers
- I wanted to run some of them with my 1900 train! However they should look like good models and not toy-like!

Read my description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist.

The load master says, all ok with fixing of this unusual load. An interesting project with fine detailed fixing parts, built from scratch.
A large ship propeller is a rarely seen load on a railroad car, however it was modeled after a real picture. The load fixing was a very delicate work but with a good result, I think.

Click on link for downloading and reading The Keystone Modeler – Spring 2014. Description starts on page 22.

A mighty pressure tank precisely built after a picture. In my opinion a highly interesting work. And two additional flatcars for an Xtra-train of the year 1922 were parallely built with this tank.

A very large and extraordinary load on a flatcar – this was a project, where I found a picture of prototype – and that was very fascinating to me on the first sight! Now the model is ready including two more flatcars as a Xtra-train!

Read my description including comments of readers in my blog on Model Railroad Hobbyist or look a complete short version as pictures on my gallery here – English captions.

Five such reefers were to build for a friend. A lot of detailing parts must be added which were not prepared or enclosed by Sunsine Models - the maker of the most expensive resin kits!

Five models which I have built – PFE Super Giant reefers. These models were to build after the wishes of a friend, but please with using the finest available detail parts!

Unfortunately there exists a description in German only, however look a short version here in my picture gallery, please – with English captions, of course.


Technology of model building and hints

Universal joints, often a problem at engine models if cheap produced parts made from plastic or also brass are used.

There was the need to repair some parts of gear mechanism at one of my model locomotives.
Doing this I shot some pictures and so a new gallery “Universal joints – very easy to repair!” was created.

See this gallery on my website here.

A new technology to me, how I produce rivet strips and gusset plates, a quite simply method and that yet in a wide variety!

Here I write about a new technology to me for making of “Rivet strips and gusset plates”. I think this will be a relatively simple method, therefore I’m sure that you can achieve very good results, too!

Read a description including comments of readers on the US Train forum Big Blue.

A very simple way for an independent lighting and, nevertheless, switchable, also without a decoder. For the analogous as well as for the digital powered layout.

You can see a short video how I added a car lighting, here especially a flashing end-of-train light which is switchably also without electronics. I’m sure that this is a very simple solution and therefore everyone can build this also!

See this short video Lighted cars – without electronics! on with short remarks in English.

You find here an extended gallery Illiminated oil lanterns with step by step instructions including a lot of hints for scratch-building in HO-scale or read an article in MRH Magazine 08/2017 issue.

Sorry for my not so good English in the descriptions. I have written all these texts with my relatively elementary school English. Nevertheless, I hope that you can understand of what I would like to inform and I hope that you have a help by the pictures.

This overview will be increased in such a way as I will write new English texts. Therefore, I would be pleased very much if you soon visit this website again.