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  1. Nice to see such careful attention to detail, combined with fine craftsmanship - Chapeau !! Mike
  2. I thought our next little ride might be in the opposite direction to the first one, this time from Gueret to Saint Sulpice Laurière, where this cross country line joins the Paris-Toulouse main line towards Limoges. Before we do though, here are a few infrastructure pics of Gueret station taken at different times. Although now something of a rural backwater, the station must have once been quite a busy place, mostly handling coal from the local coalfields, but it was also the hub for several obscure local routes, all now long closed. One of these led to Saint Sebastien where there was an
  3. Hi Eddie, Thanks for your encouragement! Now, I have deliberately made only the slightest reference to the photographic aspects of the pictures I've put in this thread, simply because the forum is about French railways, and not about vintage cameras! You clearly have far more than a passing knowledge of photography, so I'll send you a private message with some info about the cameras, films, developers and such like, that were used for the pics, to answer your questions more fully. Information and photos about railways in central France are not exactly abundant, particularly some
  4. And finally, here is the Alco built Mikado at the front of the train, at Commentry. 1952 Welmy Six This is in the western slopes of the Massif Central and it's quite a stiff climb up from Montluçon, and the sound of the loco exhausts reverberating off the face of the rock cuttings was truly awesome! This was on the former route of Bordeaux-Lyon trains, but the line between Gannat and St Germain de Fossés closed to passenger traffic at, I think, the end of 2012, and although it's still possible to travel by train between Montluçon and Lyon, it involves changing at either Riom
  5. Montluçon to Commentry These three steam locomotives were seen in Montluçon at Festirail 2011. TD.140.740 from Limoges, 141.R.420 from Clermont-Ferrand, and 141. R. 840 from Vierzon. I don't think that Montluçon can service steam locos now, it was subject to a big environmental clean up some years ago, and although I haven't been to Festirail recently, I notice that all the excursions seem to be diesel or electric hauled. 1952 Welmy Six 141.TD.740 was built in 1932 by SFCM in Denain, 141.R.420 was built in 1946 by Alco in Schnectady NY, and 141. R. 840 was built by
  6. David, many thanks for your kind encouragements, and the useful information. Yes, you are quite right about the difference between these photos and those taken with a digital camera, but it is not the difference between a digital image and an equivalent film image, it is a matter of size. Here is a photo of 140. C. 38 and the diesel back-up that you mentioned, about to leave Gueret en route to Montluçon, taken with a Canon Digital Ixus 960is in 2015, and for something not much bigger than a packet of cigarettes, the detail and resolution is remarkably good. Now, t
  7. Hmm, I seem to have messed up the previous post, - not sure why, but the pic above is 1.6mb, but when I try to add another of similar size I get a message saying the max total upload is 10mb and nothing happens. Is this limit for each post, the whole thread, my contributions, or what? 1948 Kodak Tourist Anyway, here's the granary/feed mill photo that should have been with it! (Nah, it was a gremlin!) Mike
  8. Back en route to Montluçon, this is the station serving the little towns of Parsac and Gouzon, and the siding to a granary/feedstuffs mill, which seemed to be shut down when I took these photos in 2012. This was always a single track line, but most of the stations have double platforms with a passing loop. 1948 Kodak Tourist Very few, if any, trains stop here now, and despite an extensive re-signalling of the entire route some years ago, it appears to be in terminal decline. When we came to live here in 2004 there was a daily cross country DMU service Lyon-B
  9. Just beginning to dip the aged toe into 1:100 - still nothing really definite as yet, but I thought it best to try a few buildings for a start, to make sure that I like the scale. The Three Mile House is a tribute to the late John Ahern, whose little book Miniature Building Construction has been a source of delight to me for many years. Based on his sketch of The Duchess of Albany pub, which was an Ushers house in Salisbury, my effort has been transposed to a Dales of Cambridge pub in East Anglia. It isn't finish
  10. John, de rien, c'est mon plaisir! Thanks for your kind words. To be honest a lot of these pics were taken as shots on proof rolls after I had done a restoration or repair, so they are not "fine art" or anything, merely things that caught my eye, but it's nice to share them on here. Best, Mike
  11. Thanks for your encouragement! Shortly after crossing the viaduct the line divides, and here on the left 141 TD 740 climbs strongly away towards Lavaufranche, while the line at the right descends through the tunnel towards the abandoned coalfields at Lavaveix les Mines, and then onwards to Aubusson and Felletin. I always think that this pic looks as if it was a photograph of a model railway, rather than the real thing! 1952 Welmy Six As a little diversion, here are a couple of photos taken in Felletin, now the terminus of the line on the right in the
  12. Here's a pic of what I think is a Sprague-Thompson trailer car, - it's in a field not far from where I live! RATP, the Paris metro, usually run a Sprague set, pretty original except for upgraded brakes(!) on the Jours de Patrimoine, usually the first or second weekend in September. Cheers, Mike
  13. Bit of a false start there! No sooner had I posted the first pic in this thread than France Telecom began the installation of fibre optic internet in this part of Creuse, and although it's very welcome it has caused a lot of service interruptions. Anyway, a couple of infrastructure pics. 1952 Welmy Six Having left Gueret the first stop is Busseau sur Creuse, once a busy junction for trains from the extensive coal mines in the area but now only handling a couple of daily passenger trains in each direction. The relative size of the station in an otherwise quit
  14. I have lived in Limousin since 2004, and although I am an avid rail enthusiast, I also enjoy(?) restoring and using vintage cameras, so here are a selection of photos taken when the two interests coincided. They are not in any particular geographic order, and I cannot be certain of dates, because of a couple of computer disasters, and film cameras don't have exif data! And on the subject of cameras, bear in mind that most of these pics were taken with various folding cameras, some dating from before WW2 and the youngest at least 60 years old, so they are not the same as digital c
  15. OK, thanks for your encouragements! I'll start a thread, and see how we go! Best, mike
  16. Thanks for your encouragement! I have a lot of photos of railways and trains around Limousin, but another of my hobbies is restoring vintage cameras, so they are mostly black and white. Do you think there would be any interest on here, if I were to start a thread? Best, Mike
  17. Yes, until the early 2000's there was also a daily through train from Clermont Ferrand to Bordeaux via Brive le Gaiilard, but this got cut back to Ussel - Bordeaux a few years later, and has now disappeared altogether, as has the other Clermont-Bordeaux service via Limoges- Montluçon. Here is the class 67 of the afternoon Ussel- Bordeaux, backing on after running round the four coach train at Tulle, in I think, 2009. At least one if not two of the coaches were corridor stock, - this was the last time I rode in one of these in revenue service in France. Mike
  18. I agree with Campaman, that pdf's are ideal for sharing drawings - I've never used Libre Office, but it sounds pretty good. Another good program for graphic design for models is Inkscape, which is what I use. It is free, can open or save in a wide range of file types, and can even be made to save in Autocad .dxf, for use in CNC devices like plotters or laser cutters. It's default format is .svg , scaleable vector graphics. It is a good compromise between simple drawing programs and a full blown CAD suite like Autocad, which I reckon is a bit over the top for model buildings, but I hav
  19. Very nice model. Alex! Well done! Mike
  20. Chapeau! Very imaginative, and beautifully realised, Well done! Mike
  21. Rear View Some time ago, I showed the photo below of New Prospect Lane, and it gives some idea of the frontages of the houses in the lane. They are all based on Scalescenes 'Row of Cottages', but because I wanted them to descend down a slope they are built as pairs of semis, rather than a terrace. I also used these buildings to compare different materials for construction, mostly with the aim of weight reduction, but also ways of easing construction, and this rear view shows some of my efforts. Except for the fourth pair, I used 3mm MDF for the gab
  22. Thanks for your interest and encouragement. I am slowly working towards making a little video of this model, but to be honest I'm a little bit out of my comfort zone, so it's going to be a while! As for starting to move - yes, it is strange to see wagons begin to move with no apparent motive force, but I should explain that R&R were built for another layout, where they were used to move stock in and out of hidden sidings from a traverser, only rarely appearing "in the flesh" and when they did, the origin of their movement was unseen. Coupling the motor vans to an unpowered l
  23. More Road Vehicles Mid 1950's AEC Mercury. This is another Base Toys hybrid with a scratch built frame for the tank and pipe trays. Like most British vehicles of this era there was no power steering, so when parking alongside a wall or loading bay it was usual to leave the front wheels in a position that would reduce the effort on the steering wheel at low speed, when beginning to move off again. I have tried to reproduce this effect in some of the trucks in the model. Here are some pics of how it was done. First, a section of the chas
  24. I hesitate to comment on someonelse's thread, especially this superb series of dioramas, but do so only to answer the question about the figures. They are undoubtedly made by Modelu - they are 3D printed figures, the result of scanning real people in 3D, so they don't get much more authentic! They come un-painted in scales ranging from 1:148 up to 1:19, and there are many footplate figures in the range , both steam and diesel/electric. They are amazingly realistic! No connection, just saying. https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/ Mike
  25. Motorised Vans continued. Here's a few closer pics and description of the motor vans: The motor is a little Mashima 1020, driving through a 108:1 gearbox, both of which came from a High Level L&Y Pug conversion, which I never carried out, and the whole thing is axle hung, much like many full size diesel electric locos. In order to get a reasonable degree of traction from the 12.5mm dia. wheels I machined grooves for traction tyres in the wheel treads, and made a mould to cast the massive lead weight. Long screws from underneath hold the weight and three bra
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