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CFF H0e (1:87) Layouts

CFF Diorama

Thought I’d make a little (20x20cm) diorama to try out some techniques and to see if I could capture a bit of the Romanian Forest Railways atmosphere.

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CFF H0e (1:87) Rolling Stock

CFF Flat Cars

Căile Ferate Forestiere (CFF) 
Romania H0e – 1:87

On the Romanian Forest Railways all kinds of flat cars were used to transport equipment and goods. Furthermore, people and livestock traveled along on these cars. The railway lines were often located in remote areas with the train being the only way to get in and out of the forests. 

I have made three different types. Construction is always the same: a styrene structure on 3D print bogies. 
– First type, a flat car with bulkheads, a bunch of lumberjacks and grandpa and grandma with grandchild. 
– Second type, a livestock car. Used by lumberjacks to transport horses and oxen and by farmers to transport livestock and harvest.
– Third type, a regular (empty) flat car.

PS 3D prints of the bogies are available here.

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CFF H0e (1:87) Rolling Stock

CFF Log Cars

Căile Ferate Forestiere (CFF) 
Romania H0e – 1:87

This is where the adventure of building Romanian rolling stock actually started. At the time I couldn’t find any suitable cars in H0e that machted the prototype. The classic log cars from Minitrains / Roco are a bit too small compared to the Romanian version. For just one typical logging train one needs at least 6 to 8 pairs and I didn’t feel like scratchbuilding that many cars. I found a possible solution by designing and printing the cars in 3D.

PS 3D prints of the bogies are available here.

Left: standard Minitrains / Roco log cars. Right: CFF log cars
Together with the Krauss, Tender and Caboose it makes a typical Moldovita train

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CFF H0e (1:87) Rolling Stock

CFF Tender and Caboose

Căile Ferate Forestiere (CFF)
Romania H0e – 1:87

The Krauss only has little space for fuel so to be able to provide the locomotive with sufficient coal and wood during the ride adding a tender was common practice. The same goes for little cabooses that can be seen on many photos. Like this one . These cars where used by railroad staff as well as lumberjacks, farmers and peasants, school-going youth and even served as mobile bakery outlets.

Both cars are scratchbuilt out of styrene and some brass on 3D printed chassis.

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CFF H0e (1:87) Krauss 763 193 Rolling Stock

Krauss 763 193

Căile Ferate Forestiere (CFF)
Romania – H0e / 1:87

The holy grail of the Romanian Forest Railways is a heavy 4 axle Resita steam locomotive with an outside frame. In addition to the large Resita’s, there’s a small three axle locomotive built by Krauss in 1921. It served most of its life at CFF Moldovita before eventually moving to CFF Viseu de Sus. Here’s a sweet picture with the Krauss on the left and a Resita on the right.

I figured the classic Roco H0e steam locomotive could be a perfect chassis donor. Next I set up a 3D model based on photos and had it printed. I designed it as a kit to avoid as much visible stepping and support wax traces as possible. After cleaning and assembling, I installed the pipework, sprayed it moody black and added etched details including number plates. Weathering with oil paint did the final trick.

PS 3D prints are available here.