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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.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Güterwagen Omk (part 4) brakeman's cabin doors (Bremserhaustüren)

To continue with the brakeman's cabin I've started in making the doors. 
The first versions of these wagons the cabin was closed on one side and open on the other without a  door. The later versions had wooden doors with windows on both sides. 

Pine wood strips of 4 mm thickness and 18 mm wide are ready available from the DIY-store, and suitable for the job. The ends are reduced to half their thickness in the milling machine. This is done on both parts; so the created overlap is used to glue them together. 

 From paint stirring sticks the lower panel of the door is made. The recess is also cut in the milling machine.

The inside of the door

The outside (without the window frame)


An old hinge of a wooden toolbox was adapted to make the hinges for the doors.

 After sawing out of the old hinge, they were cut to size on the angle shear. 
 Bending them to fit the door....

.... and drill the holes for fixing.

With glue and nails they are secured to the door.


With small M1.2 screws they are fixed to the cabin.

From a modelshop some very fine grain wood (sapele mahogany) was bought for making the edge of the door. These were cut to size with a small saw and directly glued on the door. A pencil and a ruler, a pair of small clamps is all that is needed for this job. The surplus of glue, pressed out of the seam, is removed straight away with a small scraper. 

The window frames were made of coffee stir sticks.



 Steel strips, previously forged in shape when red hot, ready for silver soldering. This will make the balustrade.  


A protective coat of primer to protect the wood. 

 I still have to think about how to make the door locking mechanism for these doors. Even in 7¼" gauge (1:8) this is a small and fiddly thing. 




Cap for brake handle