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BigLars Posted - 03/25/2018 : 5:06:21 PM
For my next Railroad I want to replicate some of the activities of the Corps of Canadian Railway Troops in Europe 1918.

At the height of World War 1 the Corps of Canadian Railway Troops contained 19,000 personnel - 16,000 working in France and Belgium, with the remainder in England.

Canadian railway soldiers constructed all light railways in areas occupied by the five British Armies, and 60 % of the standard gauge lines connecting the channel ports to the front lines. In total, Canadians built 1169 miles of broad gauge railway line and miles of narrow gauge line during their wartime service. That is some serious Narrow Gauge railroad to model.

For some partial information you can go to this link:

I will be modeling using 1/43 and 1/48 in forced perspective. Track will be Code 70 set at 16.5 mm. It should be 14mm but I need to use available drive units from HO models. Therefore the closest fit is ON30.

I have been building a few models for the past 6 months. Now it is time to get serious.

Let the games begin.
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Philip Posted - 08/06/2020 : 09:19:58 AM
Calvin's a nice young man!

brucet Posted - 08/06/2020 : 02:55:01 AM
My grandfather served on the western front. He was 6ft 5in. He said he spent a lot of time on his knees in 5ft trenches. He survived with just one wound. And it was way south of his head!!!!
BigLars Posted - 08/05/2020 : 8:01:56 PM
Adding this picture for a reminder. Not everyone is the same size.
6'5" soldier versus 5'0" soldier.

BigLars Posted - 08/03/2020 : 7:30:32 PM
An on line friend saw my 20 HP simplex project and wanted to have a go at one.

His models showed up destroyed so this is what he ended up doing with them.


No fear, I sold him one of my finished versions at cost. I packed it in 3"of foam on each side.

I will rework his models into a scene.

A good modeler never lets anything go to waist.
BigLars Posted - 08/02/2020 : 6:21:04 PM
Thanks Philip, Jerry and Frank.

I will be trying something to look like mortar. Only on some of bricks for effect, no way to paint 10,000 of them up.
Today I figured out a simple way to make a rolling 20HP simplex to run two at a time but only one powered. So I ordered 4 more 3D printed units. I also acquired the last of the Tenshodo spuds I would ever need from a vendor in the UK.
Neil F Posted - 08/02/2020 : 5:55:10 PM
Hi Larry, the project is now moving at a fast rate, I love your new backscene it makes the layout come to life and real depth.
Your new bricks are looking good although look a bit new, I would paint the long sides only, then you would get the mortar effect, there would be a lot of mortar and brick dust mixed in, I don't know what you could use, can you get plaster of paris or grout, mortar could be any shade from off white to grey brown. Have you been on any of the War gamer web sites, there's sometimes items of use, I got some war damaged trees once, I made them into cut down trees, could be used to blend the back scene in places.
This is going to be a show stopping layout, keep going, your giving us all ideas.
Philip Posted - 08/02/2020 : 12:51:22 PM
Sweet! I've heard of fold painting the molds and it stick well. never tried it tho.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 08/02/2020 : 09:33:56 AM
Wow can you say "looney bin"??

Godspeed Larry they'll be waiting for you at the church with "white coats".

Another impressive detail by you!!
Frank Palmer Posted - 08/02/2020 : 09:06:30 AM

250 to 500, that's a steep ramp. Nice.
BigLars Posted - 08/01/2020 : 5:35:09 PM
Thanks for the link I did not have that one.

It is getting real.

Plaster of Paris is easy to color with water based craft paint while mixing. I doubt I ever get the same color bricks twice this way.

This is the 250 brick test pour. I will ramp up to 500 at a time. I also added a floor to the church which you will see in the picture. The bricks will not be inside the church, it as just handy.

jbvb Posted - 08/01/2020 : 5:23:01 PM
On a related subject, I stumbled upon this yesterday and read all 400 pages: "The Tank Corps" by Maj. Williams - Ellis


A good scan but it wasn't published as a photo book.
brucet Posted - 07/31/2020 : 8:10:23 PM
You don't have to be nuts but it certainly helps!!

Lately I've been doing similar nutty jobs. Provided you look at what you are doing and not the finish line then it's surprising what you can achieve.
BigLars Posted - 07/31/2020 : 6:37:21 PM
Thank you Larry, Frank, Bruce, Arthur and Coaltrain.

Stepping up my level of insanity. Now starting to cast individual bricks.
Working on a method to color them.

Frank Palmer Posted - 07/31/2020 : 09:40:00 AM
Larry the module and backdrop is to die for fantastic.
Larryc Posted - 07/30/2020 : 4:21:23 PM
Wow Larry, that really makes your modeling "POP". Rob what a great idea that you came up with. Very well done guys!!

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