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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:
http://guysboroughgreatwarveterans.blogspot.com/2013/02/canadian-railway-troops.html

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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TRAINS1941 Posted - 08/12/2020 : 6:04:49 PM
Just keeps getting better with every post.
BigLars Posted - 08/12/2020 : 5:41:55 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Hopeless

Larry, Everything looks great. I was hoping to see it in person at the Harrisburg meet if you brought it with you, but sadly it has been canceled.

Roland


Roland,
I was really hoping the show would go on. Hang in there, it will get there one day.
BigLars Posted - 08/12/2020 : 5:40:30 PM
quote:
Originally posted by brucet

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.



I love the stories people post. The ANZAC and Canadians were the tip of the spear late in the war. They were also the highest paid, so could get into the most mischief in town.
Hopeless Posted - 08/12/2020 : 2:08:23 PM
Larry, Everything looks great. I was hoping to see it in person at the Harrisburg meet if you brought it with you, but sadly it has been canceled.

Roland
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.
~mike
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!

Philip
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!

P
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.


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