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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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brucet Posted - 08/11/2020 : 7:33:45 PM
BigLars all his sisters and brothers were 6ft+. Our son was also tall. (Now nolonger with us). My uncle, his son, was also around 6.4. So it's in the genes. My grandfather was blessed during ww1. He was at many of the blood baths involving the Australians. He was no more than cannon fodder. But survived. (He was recommended for bravery awards but refused due to his 'off field' activities!) Albeit in the lockup at the end of the war. Long story but it involved women and wine in Paris!!

It's a noble project you are on.
BigLars Posted - 08/11/2020 : 5:30:05 PM
Thanks Mike.

Frank you can see the ladies on a different post - Rich Beau' Ameri-Towne Challenge - Burke Building.
No connection between the Ladies and Mules. This is France not Mexico :-)
Frank Palmer Posted - 08/11/2020 : 09:24:49 AM

Wait a minute, there has to be some kind of story going along with 11 ladies and 6 mules?
friscomike Posted - 08/11/2020 : 09:09:22 AM
Larry, the war continues. Great realistic modeling. Your work gets better each post.
BigLars Posted - 08/10/2020 : 9:15:58 PM
One of several projects I worked on this weekend while at the beach. Some DAS clay is stating to shape into a signal point scene. I also made about 5,000 pieces of rubble, painted 11 figures French Ladies and six mules.

Philip Posted - 08/10/2020 : 9:10:36 PM
No problem. The wreck looks good!

BigLars Posted - 08/10/2020 : 9:04:30 PM
Calvin's Simplexes on the layout. Not sure where they will end up but they definitely will fit in.

BigLars Posted - 08/10/2020 : 8:52:07 PM
Bruce, 6'5" was very tall in 1918, Glad he survived as did my Great Grandfather and his brothers.

Philip. Your package arrived todays with Calvin's box. Thank you.
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.


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