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  1. just got hold of a copy of the book. Must be a 2nd(or more) print rerun, as I had not seen it on sale for a whlst(apart from over inflated priced second hand copies). Very impressive book. Plenty of new models to design. Had not realised the ex Camargue wagons were around for so long as I thought they were not as good as hoped due to earlier damage/corrosion caused by salt transporting.
  2. I would imagine the type of rail depended on whether most of the line was inset or normal track. Nothing about the rail used in the book about this line, but in the book about the lies centred on Castres, which had quite a bit of inset track in the street sections, there is a drawing of traditional tramway type rail(Broca?) and I think it actually says it was not used. The photos of the track in Castres do look more like traditional railway track rail,and I think using a mixture would have meant that no wheel type could have ben compatible with both types of rail. I thought the narrowness
  3. There is a new 2 part book(s) about the Reseau Breton coming out this year. First part takes story up to 1940s so probably does include any railcar detail. It is from the Loco Revue team, and the sample pages shown online suggest the drawings may be same as the ones published in Voie Libre over the years.
  4. 5.5mm/ft might be non standard to some, but it is getting more interest. Although EM/P4 might be closer to scale, I have been working on a project using 16.5mm gauge(a lot easier to find r2r chassis and track). Remember Pempoul was built using EM gauge but was to bigger scale of 1/50, and it still looks superb.
  5. I had wondered about the J70 chassis, but how many locos are there with wheelbase 3ft 9in and 3ft 9in, and with 3ft 6in diameter wheels which is what it works out in HO,
  6. I will need to do the narrow version of the Billiard as that was the version used on this line.
  7. As my main interest has been smaller locos I had not checked the big ones. Certainly nothing over 9ft wide, which is 31.5mm in HO. On checking some of my HO locos which are continental, but could be used on a British layout(eg Liliput fireless loco) they are slightly wider over the cylinders, but it is not that obvious. I would suspect many r2r manufaturers would increase width across cylinders if that was only way to get a working model. It is a pity the old Rivarossi LMS Royal Sot was done to slightly bgger scale, maybe because that was only way to get it to work.
  8. 28-30mm is absolute maximum, and for most 28mm . 33m on the King which I presume is 4mm scale is 8ft 3in. Remember the cylinders on the Halls were out of gauge for some lines(eg ex GCR) and one on a tour in the 1960s had to be taken off train because it wa out of gauge. I suspect for r2r chassis only really suitable for insde cylinder locos(possibly similar reason to why Jack Nelson modelled LNWR which had mainly inside cylinder locos). Some continental HO locos might be OK. An obvious one would be the USATC loco. The Electrotren/Hornby low cost steam loco is too wide, mainly because
  9. anything more than a scale 8ft would probably be too much,for width.
  10. I seem to remember hearing that in the layout I was referring to, a new gear wheel , smaller was built . I was talking to one of the group involved in that layout(operating not building ), and he said it was one chap who built the roadway and only he knew the details. I am sure I read something about it in one of the magazines.
  11. just got hold of a copy of book by Jim Horsford,at less than £10 including postage.Fascinating railway system. With ex LMS coaches, a GE44 ,a USATC tank loco and some USA wagons it would not be that difficult to build a model in HO scale, possibly not dead scale,but certainly inspired by the railways. There is a partial drawing of the Metro-Cammell railcars introduced in the 60s,enough to do a model I think.
  12. someone at Blackburn club managed to get a cycle route with a very tight circle I seem to remember. I think they had to modify the links somehow.
  13. Thanks Gareth, your ideas on internal fitting of wheels is exactly what I have been trying to tell people about.
  14. there are 2 main problems when trying to find suitable chassis for British steam locos. Firstly for outside cylinder ones, the width of continental HO models across cylinders is too much, but in some cases could be modified(has anyone done this with the low cost Electrotren/Hornby loco?), and second problem is position and size of motor. Oddly the old way of having a separate weight which can be removed can makelife easier, but the current trend for r2r manufacturers to have weight as part of chassis makes conversion difficult.
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