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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 a miniature German 0-6-0 live steam, coal fired locomotive for passenger hauling on 7¼" gauge, scale 1:8.

The model was started in 2006 and first ran under its own steam in 2017. It is a small T3 branch line locomotive of the KWStE origin (Königlich Württembergischen Staatseisenbahnen), with outside cylinders and Walschaerts valve gear. The model loco is about 1.10 metre long and weighs 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.

Click for direct link to start of construction series of: T3 7¼" steam locomotive or Open goodswagon Omk or Beer wagon



Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Steaming at Le Petit Train à Vapeur de Forest (Bruxelles)

On 2th October we went to the track of the model engineering society PTVF in Brussels. They have a magnificent ground level track, with several intertwined loops. Your run is controlled by the people in the signal box and can be as long as a 20 minutes nonstop drive. There are some bridges, steep gradients and a very fine signalling system, which keep you as driver quite occupied during the run.

We took the Württembergische T3 with the new wagons along and Toin, a fellow member of Stoomgroep Zuid brought his GWR 14xx class along.

There is always a friendly and warm atmosphere at the PTVF and it is great to meet fellow steam enthusiasts. PTVF members have a fine collection of locomotives and Wolfgang from Hannover had his newly completed V80 diesel locomotive on the track.
To communicate a mixture of French, English, German and Dutch language is spoken. At the station bar they have a great selection of great Belgian beers available, which is making conversation in different languages a lot easier 😀.

This was our first international steam meeting in a long time, due to the Corona circumstances. This "Grande Fête de la Vapeur,  Week End de Fermeture"   (last weekend of their steam season) was therefore still organized in a limited setting.