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    : In the deepest, darkest Franche Comté, France
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    00 gauge, collecting mostly GW and BR(W), all with DCC and sound chipped ready for when I build THAT layout that I promised myself 40-odd years ago. Well, that's what I thought. Seems that 30 of them need chipping - urgh.

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  1. @The Johnster Ah ..... Pengam Airport. As a child of about three years age, I flew into Pengam in a Dragon Rapide from Paris. It had wicker seats still! All I really remember of the flight was coming over Cardiff Docks at a low height to land, and looking down at all the ships funnels - one that in particular sticks in my mind was a red one with black smoke coming out of it. Would have been about 1953. You couldn't do that today as there is now no airport and neither are there any ships! BTW Johnster, did you know TE Willows (Willows Avenue that runs alongside one of the old runways, is named after him - Cardiff man too) was the first to cross the English Channel in a gas balloon? On arrival in France, the customs wanted to charge him import duty on the hydrogen in his gas-bag! Cheers, Philip
  2. @Captain Kernow There was an accident on the M5 and my brother Peter (he of Lord and Butler) ran into (figuratively speaking) br2975 (?) in the same jam. Cheers, Philip
  3. @Fat Controller Funny that I should find you on this page! Regarding the three models shown at the top, annoyingly the 'Railion' wagons were on offer at a silly price earlier this year ..................... if only I knew then .......................... mumble mumble Cheers, Philip
  4. @Fat Controller Thanks for the info regarding the IHAs. As for the moment they're not being made commercially for the UK market (though Cavalex seem to be working through the catalogue of UK steel carriers - so you never know) I wondered if I could get some as placeholders. In my mind, as the Euro-gauge is more generous than the UK one, at the slightly reduced scale size (1:87 v 1:76.2), would they look out of place? And thanks to you and @Joseph_Pestell for the sleeper information. Cheers, Philip
  5. Ah ... there we are. I have learned something new today as I knew nothing about the frettes or their availability. I was making the comment as I'd never seen it before (except on the 1:1 version). I shan't probably use any as I'm into UK stuff and unless I'm mistaken, they're not used, probably as the UK timbers are/were imported from Australia made from Yarrah (or is it Yarrow). It seems to be of a different profile - the UK timbers being rather squarer. I don't know what the timber is used in French sleeperwork - at a guess homegrown and perhaps more prone to splitting. It seems also that the profile is not as deep as the UK ones, (might be an illusion, or my eyesight, regarding the profile) which may affect their resistance to splits. Cheers, Philip Added to say that there was a discussion on another thread regarding sleeper spacing when panels were being made up - it depended, as you mentioned, company policy (GWR, LNWR etc., UK-wise) and also, the length of the panel itself. Again, another item that I did not bookmark at the time .
  6. In this shot there are two covered bogie wagons (sorry it's fuzzy but the train was on the move and I didn't set the camera to flash). These seem to be similar to stock that is currently being used on steel trains in the UK especially on the South Wales mainline. There are referred in the UK as 'SNCF' wagons for carrying steel coils. In another thread, someone made reference to UK stock formations with these particular wagons within them. What I would like to know is this: Are these the same wagons? If so, who makes the model? What is the UK TOPS designation (it's something like INA but it's not that and I couldn't find any reference to them)? If they're not the same as the UK ones, is there a model of them and by whom? Here's the picture ...... There are a few other pictures that I took and if you would like to see them just leave a reply and I'll post them up (about another four or so). Anyway, hope you enjoyed all the ones above. Cheers et bonne nuit, Philip
  7. The Cakebox Challenge! The show had its version of the cakebox challenge - just very small dioramas (about the footprint of a cakebox) but with a common theme - you had to have a signal box on show. It didn't matter the style or size - a signalbox. The ones on display were from the very small to big (I suppose a UK ground frame size upwards). One had an oops! with two shunting movements entangled outside the 'box. Would there be any mileage in having a similar one for the BRM challenge - just think of all the different varieties of 'boxes in the UK let alone Europe and the rest of the world? Anyway, here are two of them........ We are at the end. The very last photo (honest) is some rolling stock, and I have a question to ask ............
  8. Still with Maurienne ..... as it was a very popular layout I couldn't get anywhere close enough to get a decent shot of the graded section, but here is another shot of the scenery and one of the section of the layout with OLE that leads into the graded part with the third rail - the whole thing is quite long .............. We're nearly done .....................
  9. @Northroader Thanks. The backgrounds looked better in the flesh than on film - I'm not sure if it was down to the lighting being used (a lot of it was overhead LEDs with may have affected how the camera picked up the colours. These next ones are of the Maurienne - a well-known layout on the French circuit and it has been in the modelling press a few times. The original upon which it is based is on a steeply graded section of the SNCF mainline in the foothills of the Alps. The trains operated off a third rail and locos were specially adapted to run off OLE or the third rail. It wasn't uncommon to have trains triple headed, or double headed with an assisting loco, or on the downhill return trip, to have a rear loco as an additional braking force .......... I thought the scenery was superb - I just hope I can just do 10% of what they did - and look at the trees - they were everywhere!!!
  10. The next set of photos are two of the larger layouts ........ the first pair is of a layout that had telephone lines individually strung up to each pole AND across each base board joint - can you guess how they would pack them away? As expected the level crossing gates worked correctly .....................
  11. This was the rolling stock - a beat up railcar that was just going round and round slowly appearing every three or four minutes. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't do it justice as your 'umble correspondent was fighting for space in the small TV sized aperture with another person that had a camera with a lens upon it about a mile long ........... We're coming to the end (soonish)................
  12. This one I loved and well executed - not your standard layout but very buccolic, atmospheric and a charm all of its own. It was of an O gauge size but may well have been freelance. It seemed to be based either in the Carribbean or central America .......... somewhere exotic .......... .... another one follows .......
  13. Here is an O gauge model representing the Chemin de Fer Vicinaux (or Departemental). I think it was 16.5mm gauge trackwork. The line would have been based in the Doubs not far from the Swiss border and some of the metre gauge lines would have linked with the ones in the Haute Saône - where I'm based. The station building is very typical of those that can still be found dotted around the countryside today - some as dwellings or storage sheds and some abandoned ............. ....... and there's more ......
  14. Here's another viaduct with a wealth of dressed stone detailing ............ Some more ..........
  15. The Causses viaduct and a 'Micheline' on approach in the second shot - nicely executed (if a little too 'clean' ) ....... Onto the next ones ...............
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