Jan 29, 2006
Looks great. Nothing more satisfying then have a loco nobody has.
in the last week I startet my Project "Taunusbahn".
The Taunusbahn is a privat Railroad from "Friedrichtsdorf to Brandoberndorf in my Home mountains Taunus
In the future I plan a small layout from a part of the Taunusbahn.
For an realistic Traffic I need some original Locos.
At first I get from the "Atlas Serius" the french Train Mistral. These french waggons where needed for an special Train from 1972 to 1975, the D257. These train was an international train from Paris to Frankfurt. Between the arrivel and the departure they use the waggons for an local train to the Taunus, french (and german) waggons with the Loco BR 216 (Diesel).
The first 2 waggons I used the chassis from Shapeways , but they dont run perfekt.
The next 2 waggons I used an Märklin waggon 81003. The chassis was cut and the Dremel makes it smaller.
And here is the result:
The 4, Waggon waits for an chassis, but....
And the Atlas axes find a new place
The next original Train was the VT51 from the HLB (Railroad owner) in the old colour.
At first in 2015 I buy from Shapeway the shells of the BR 628 (at HLB it was the VT51).
In the End of 2016 I get the jananese chassis from the Shinkansen and the last week I startet to build the VT51.
The Shinkansen chassis was under the Dremel, but it was only a little bit tu rasp and it was fixed.
For the 2, shell I used the chassis from an Märklin 81003 (82411). These chassis was to small, so I clue some smal stribes of polystyrol at the sides to fix the shell.
Now I wait for the ais brush (I send it to an specialist).
If it is back, I try to find a way for the lights, also there will be the sound decoder redy for install
Here is the original:
Drover Caboose Used as a Building
I started making this caboose and completed the shell, windows and doors, but had not started the end platforms or the undercarriage.
And then I thought, "wouldn't this make a neat little building"? So I added a cider block foundation (railway ties would probably been better) and some steps.
AZL sd45 repaint to N&W 1776
Whoa, that is awesome Aaron!!
Lajos Thek's Z scale Boxcab Loco!
Boxcab Painted. The lighting to capture the photo detail makes the green stand out as bright. It is just the opposite.
The loco is a new 5 pole Marklin 0-6-0 loco. Chassis modified to take AZL couplers. I was asked to modify the kit to resemble the Boxcab made by the Great Gerd. The unit and the sister will each be controlled via DCC decoders with forward/reverse LED lighting when completed.
This model is the first of two I am working on for the infamous and elusive Z scale Kingpin, Jeffrey White!
Wait, I'm confused: judging by the airhorns on the F units, those are MTL Z scale, correct? So, what the heck is the story on that little Hudson?
Mark in Oregon
Yup, correct! The Hudson is a Hallmark Christmas decoration that I'm just gonna put some small Milw decals on. Hallmark has a few really small but detailed steam loco ornaments. Just something else to collect and modify!
This arrived two days ago. The loco was seized up as expected. A couple hours of careful cleaning, oiling (and a few choice cuss words!) and it now runs very well...
Mark in Oregon
Sometimes it just need tender loving care.
Indeed. That "Hardened Oil Syndrome" is a sonuvagun; luckily, I'd read about it on various websites, so I knew what to look for, although this was my first time to experience it firsthand. All the gears were locked up tight, but with contact cleaner, light oil(s), and LOTS of patience, I was able to free things up. This little loco, like my (one) other Marklin, runs very well and is surprisingly quiet; much more so than my MTL F7s...although they have, I think, a better speed "range"...
Mark in Oregon
I agree on the HOS. Fortunately, it is a condition easily fixed. I wish more Z scalers were willing to try and bring HOS locos back to life. We have a large number of them in our Resale shop, but few folks wanting to work with them.
Rob, I'll guess most of the 'HOS' locomotives also still have the 3 pole motor.. If you want install a replacement 5 pole motor, the total cost might exceed the price of a new locomotive..
Re-selling cleaned and upgraded with 5-pole motor, might help selling.
Almost finished up. I meed to print correct style number boards