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Live steam model on 7¼" gauge of the Württembergische T3 no 924

Welcome to this blog. It will inform you about the progress of designing and building miniature live steam, coal fired locomotives for passenger hauling. Currently I'm working on a 7¼" gauge, scale 1:8, German T3 steam locomotive.

In 2006 I started this new project. This is a small 0-6-0 branch line locomotive of the German KWStE (Königlich Württembergischen Staatseisenbahnen) origin with outside cylinders and Walschaerts valve gear. The loco is about 1.10 metre long and will weigh approx. 100 kg.

On the left you'll find the index where you can browse through the different articles and on the right you'll find all the extra's. On the top tabs you'll find a brief description of my other locos.

Enjoy this site. Erik-Jan Stroetinga. The Netherlands. Europe.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Bier-Kühlwagen finishing brakemans cabin (6)

The completing of the brakeman cabin consists of finishing doors, making the  brakeman's seat and brake lever. the window frames and roof.  Below some photos to show the progress. 


For drilling a round hole in thin sheet metal, a piece of cloth or emery cloth between the drill point and the plate works wonders. This will 'fill' the  clearance angle of the drill and this will prevent the otherwise triangular shaped holes.  (A special plate drill works also; but I don't have these)



The Gressel bender in use for making the door handles. 


The parts for the door handle before silver soldering


A small hole in the stone and a parallel clamp are sufficient for a setup for soldering.


Something different:  milling oak.  This will be the wood for the seat.


No cnc milling or laser cutting, but chain drilling and a chisel, for making a square hole in the seat support frame. 


With a file this is method is still a quick way of making these parts.

The seat frame

The complete foldable seat in the cabin. It is a similar construction as on the Omk open goods wagon. 

The brake lever ready for silver soldering the handle.


A back plate is the support for the seat and brake lever. This makes it possible to remove the complete cabin  (for transport the wagon in the car)

Cladding the doors with wood

A construction glue is all that is needed. 

The window frames are of hard wood. These fine wooden slats are available in a model store and are usually used for ship building.

The window frames on the front and rear. 

The roof is build up.


Small profiles are filed to shape. 


The roof is cladded with 1.8 mm plywood, which also comes from the model shop, and is normally used for making aeroplanes.


Small beading under the roof is glued in position. 


 The final detail are rounded heads of the bolts that fix on the real full size wagon the planks to the iron frame.