Porter: Detailing and Knuckle Couplers

Since the first test run some time has passed by, but there have been only a few opportunities to make progress with the tender’s construction. Nevertheless I managed to slip into the shop now and then and today I’d like to summarize the progress.

Tender mit Klauenkupplung und Rangiertritt

Tender with knuckle coupler and conductor’s platform

The most important thing first: the tender’s got a knuckle coupler. On the one hand it seemed plausible to me, since I’m going to model a railroad at the beginning of the 20th century, as mentioned on creating the blueprints. On the other hand I’m hoping for easier operations. I’ve already got some experience with link and pin couplers and I find it quite cumbersome to pull and put the links and pins between the cars with a long set of tweezers. Knuckle couplers however allow for automatic coupling at the best of times, especially if you can set brakes on the cars. Decoupling is even easier if you have cut levers at the side of the cars or use an R/C-controlled servo to pull the pin.

A Timewarp and Construction Diaries

A lot has been going on in the last months, hence I haven’t found much time to post on this site.

I posted the last updates on building the Porter tender in single posts, with their date matching the days when I actually worked on the model. Since some of them date back several months, here’s a list of new posts:

Besides that I created an index page listing all posts concerning my construction diaries. I hope this will make it easier to find specific steps in the construction process. The index page is now listed as a submenu item of “Model Railway”.

Multilingual Site

For some time I have tried to present this site in german as well as in english. That proved to be quite cumbersome, because on the one hand I had no proper way to structure the contents, and on the other hand I couldn’t link two language versions of the same content.

Because of that I have only posted in german for some months. However, I’ve got some feedback recently from english-speaking visitors, so I’d like to put some effort in keeping this site multilingual. This time I will try a plugin. This post is the first test with said plugin, namely Polylang.

Update August 7th: The existing posts are now linked with each other and can switched between german and english language via the flag symbol at the top.

There is still plenty left to do, namely Tags and a number of posts that have to be translated.

Update August 11th: Taxonomy is translated.