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  1. It is a huge and magnificent layout which is sometimes used by REE Models as a stage for publicity photographs of their latest engines, carriages and wagons.
  2. Well, how odd. It worked for me, and I pasted the link direct from the email from the publisher. Try again: https://en.calameo.com/read/006235721f891cdc52233 If that also gives error messages it must be something going wrong at their end. Which, if I am frank, is not uncommon with French websites.
  3. This may be of interest to many here. The French publisher La Vie du Rail has just published an "Historic Atlas of French Railways". Volume 1 can be seen here: https://www.boutiquedelaviedurail.com/l-atlas-historique-des-chemins-de-fer-francais-tome-1-la-vie-du-rail-c2x33149687 More than 300 pages for 49 euros! And that is just the first volume covering a mere four regions. You can sample it via this link: https://en.calameo.com/read/006235721f891cdc52233.
  4. Well done. Are you aware that the French model firm REE are producing a ready-to-run version of this, with DCC control and sound effects, for both 9mm and 12mm gauge rails? They should be available this summer. Here is a link to the catalogue: https://ree-modeles.com/catalogue/catalogue-hom/materiel-moteur/555-autorail-billard-serie-1
  5. I saw that carriage at Pacy-sur-Eure last year. Here is my pic.
  6. I bought one of those old kits (on Ebay) a couple of years ago. A word of warning - the parts do not fit. Repeat: the parts do not fit. If you want a ready-to-run version of that autorail, you can buy this one made by R37: https://www.jura-modelisme.fr/44-autorails/s-6/fabricant-r37/categories_2-autorails By the way, I applaud this layout. My parents spent many years enjoying summer holidays in a house overlooking Bedarieux.
  7. Someone in France has an ebay shop selling old 16mm and 8mm films, including this documentary about French railways: https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/274117986083?ul_noapp=true The postage charges seem extortionate but the films look interesting. This link displays the railway films: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=boulevard-du-cine&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Film+16%3A+sncf&_sacat=0.
  8. ianp


    The French publisher La Vie Du Rail publishes a historical magazine called Historail. The latest edition has a variety of articles (in French) including this one on the shipment of champagne by train; https://www.historail.fr/du-champagne-sur-les-rails/ The pictures alone look fascinating.
  9. Dropping that pic of the Villelaure sign into Whatthefont suggests it might be replicated by a font called Coldharbour Gothic: https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/result which cunningly replicates some of the rusty smudges on the lettering.
  10. Get a decent picture (from a photo in a book or somewhere on the internet) and upload it to this website called Whatthefont: https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ It should tell you exactly the font/typeface, or suggest something very similar. My sister, who works in the TV graphics effects industry, uses it so it must be reasonably good. I have used it and it works. Here is a similar website though I haven't used it: https://www.whatfontis.com/
  11. Indeed. Every day in our recent week's holiday, when driving, I had to consult a street map of the city, reconcile it with the actual roads, reconcile the map and roads with the road signs, and then always felt I was on the wrong road or going in the wrong direction; even If I wasn't. Rouen has the most badly designed road system I have ever come across, making a bowl of spaghetti look orderly and streamlined. I know that French road signs are always designed for people who know where they are going, but the ones in Rouen seemed deliberately designed to mislead the unwary into going the wrong
  12. The latest edition of the magazine Voie Libre confirms that the next Trainsmania exhibition will be in 2021. I went to both the 2017 and 2019 shows and they were both brilliant; well worth a trip to Lille for a long weekend.
  13. I watched the film on DVD. As mentioned above, some interesting rural and railway views. The film itself is a mixed bag - with some hammy acting (especially Alec Guinness!), stiff dialogue, poor editing, continuity mistakes and a thoroughly bonkers plot. In other words, typical Ealing fare. I quite enjoyed it.
  14. Hell and damnation! I had no idea about Acquigny. Had I known, I would have visited.
  15. Here are some more pics, all taken at Pacy apart from the final pics of narrow gauge steam engines which are parked - seemingly just for decoration - at Breuilpont.
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