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.
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.
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.
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.
To chase the tracks at reasonable speed, the Romanian Forest Railways have long been using cars, vans and small trucks converted into rail vehicles. Formerly Volgas, Rocars, later VW Transporters and Ford Transits. I translated the latter into a H0e copy.
The ingredients: Rietze Ford Transit, Kato 11-106 chassis with engine, some accessories and details in 3D print and an axle with 6.2mm wheels.
Started cutting and modifying the chassis. The Kato chassis has one powered bogie; the other one only pics up current. The latter can easily be removed, which is good because it has to make way for a single axle. With such a small light unit, it’s quite necessary for this rigid axle to take power as well. I fiddled around a bit with phosphor bronze wire which resulted in total non-working misery (of which the remains are still visible underneath…). It was only then that I discovered two strips in the chassis. By drilling some holes I could bend them down and they ended up exactly on the wheels of the single axle. IT IS INCREDIBLE WHAT HAPPENS HERE.
To attach the Transit cab to the chassis I designed an adapter and had it printed in 3D. It slides around the chassis, making it wider and fills the wheel arches. I glued two strips with little tabs that grib around the adapter in the Transit cab. This way, everything is securely fastened, yet it’s still possible to disassemble the lot for maintenance. By now the model weighs 11 grams. That is extremely light (runs like rubbish) so weight (lead) must be added. Furthermore, a cover plate with pieces of interior. Finally I added details, painted the cab and applied some weathering.