O scale logging structures

Bob’s been in touch with some inventive O scale logging structures – log cars!


I enjoyed reading how Hemi uses spare parts to make good things. His post about making the log cars really hit home.

As you may remember I am an O Gauge Hirailer. When MTH came out with the first O Gauge Shay; two of my train buddies collaborated to produce custom log cars.

Johnnie funded the project and Barry being the mechanic designed and constructed the cars.

Johnnie acquired 13 pairs of Lionel Standard O sprung trucks. These trucks are equipped with a screw mounting point.

Barry used tubing to construct the frame and welded cross members at each end. He flatted each end of the tubing and drilled a hole to take the mounting screw. He fashioned a chain and spring assembly to hold the logs on the cars. Johnnie, Barry and the rest of the Tuesday night train crew were pleased with the finished project.

They looked great running on Johnnie’s layout. Johnnie passed away several years later and Barry asked his family if he could take the log cars. When Barry passed a few years later, I asked his widow if the Tuesday Night Train Crew could keep the cars; and she agreed. I have attached a few pictures showing the car’s construction and a video of the cars moving logs on my layout.



O scale logging structures

log cars O scale

O scale logging structures

O scale logging structures

Thanks to Bob for sharing his O scale logging structures – really enjoyed reading and looking at the pics and vid.

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing your inventions and solutions when it comes to trains.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget, if you want to stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

12 Responses to O scale logging structures

  1. John Duryea says:

    They look great, I too run Hi Rail S give me an idea.

  2. Art Romano says:

    Great skeleton cars!!

  3. Hemi says:

    I’m glad that I could inspire you with my work on using old parts to make things and give those parts a “new lease on life” as a running part of some model I want and or need more of (for instance the log cars!)

    GREAT WORK tho! I may do some skeleton cars too in the future….. As I am also lacking those for my log trains so…… Your post inspired ME!

    Keep up the great work!


  4. Ken Seibert says:

    Hemi & Bob
    I have On30 could I put or I should say try to build one my self or are the truck holes to large for the HO trucks? Thank you for the How Too scratch build. My Condolences for your two Buddies and fellow train crew members that passed.

    . Ken

  5. bob
    Really nice cars enjoyed the video

  6. Matt Schulze says:

    Nice log cars. Realistic.
    One of the best parts of the video was at the very beginning, seeing only the shadow of the approaching train on the far (right) wall.


  7. man the best .i try to think of new thing all ways …mack

  8. Dienzel Dennis says:

    The Shay and large radius curves makes this a great video to watch. Great work.

  9. model trains are a great hobby
    your posts are always welcome here in the states
    where would retirees be without them

  10. Steve Ruple says:

    Awesome log cars !!! I’m starting a “o” scale layout and I have a shay locomotive and I have been looking for logging cars. Thank you for sharing how you built them and the video.

  11. THOMAS says:

    Nice video of the train … but kill that lousy sound !
    No Steam Engine ever sounded like that !

  12. Dave Karper says:

    I assume Thomas has never heard a real steam engine This is the most realistic sound I have heard. Probably because the speakers are large enough to carry the lower frequencies. The sound is much closer to what I heard in the 1940’s and 1950”s when I would train watch at trackside.

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