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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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brownbr Posted - 12/02/2019 : 06:08:27 AM
Sweet looking carpool
Neil M Posted - 12/02/2019 : 04:45:04 AM
That all looks brilliant Larry. I particularly like the tracks running behind the artillery. I feel like the other side (the offensive side) of the trenches is often focused on but the supply side is in many ways more visually interesting and it makes a great subject.

Originally posted by BigLars

Can I just ask, where is the open Simplex on the track in the middle of this photo from? It looks like it might be a 3D print but it might also be in primer?
Grubes Posted - 11/30/2019 : 5:46:35 PM

Amazing modeling and research. In addition to being in awe of your workmanship, I learn something every time I read this post.

Keep it up,
brucet Posted - 11/30/2019 : 5:14:04 PM
Pete a nice summary of Monash. He actually was late. He promised it would take 92 minutes and he failed by 1 minute!!

The French commander, Foch, was responsible for a new' approach. He called in Monash and Canadian Currie. Together they planned a new approach and the 3 of them were responsible for the 100 day campaign that ended the war.

Monash is a hero in Australia. I believe the Australians and Canadians had had enough of the British incompetence and their common sense approach changed the war.

BigLars great work and I'm enjoying your progress.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/30/2019 : 3:13:12 PM
Your ready for the fight! Great modeling Larry.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/30/2019 : 3:12:29 PM

This saga has been a magnificent journey for me, and a story that needed to be told. To that, I'll offer that Australian troops also added an enormous contribution to Victory, but we in North America pretty much know nothing about it.

Several months ago one of my Australian friends recommended a book by Peter FitzSimmons entitled "Monash's Masterpiece: the Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World." This turns out to be an eminently readable chronicle of the contributions of General Sir John Monash, an Australian engineer who realized that tossing men into machine gun fire until you either took the objective or ran out of troops or ammo was not a good way to proceed. He pioneered the concept of massed combined arms, put together a schedule for the invasion of Le Hamel right down to the minute, and used his aircraft, artillery, tanks and troops as one force. He took the premier objective in 93 minutes at a relatively low cost in casualties. I'll argue that his approach, which was opposed by most of the British and American generals, shortened the war by over a year, as the fighting stopped four months later.

Please keep this masterpiece coming!

in Michigan
Frank Palmer Posted - 11/30/2019 : 2:54:06 PM

Larry what a quartermaster you are. The troops are well supplied. I think we'll win this war after all.

ironflyer Posted - 11/30/2019 : 11:48:47 AM
Just plain Awesome Larry!
BigLars Posted - 11/30/2019 : 09:22:31 AM
I have three main storage areas to hold details that are in process of being ready for the layout. This picture is a part of the vehicle area.

There is also a small detail stock pile and a figure area.
George D Posted - 11/30/2019 : 09:20:01 AM
Interesting looking cars, Larry. This is a very fascinating project to follow.

BigLars Posted - 11/30/2019 : 09:11:14 AM
Thanks all for your nice comments.

Work continued on the US train Friday. I now have five cars ready for lettering and weathering.

Larryc Posted - 11/28/2019 : 3:32:02 PM
I've read through your posts and your WW1 layout is really nice and very well done. It's interesting to see a combination of Military and Model Railroading being done. People would be in awe at a show to see this layout. Keep up the great work.
ironflyer Posted - 11/10/2019 : 10:08:41 PM
Nicely done Larry,
Thanks to all for their service,
Hopeless Posted - 11/10/2019 : 8:38:26 PM
Very impressive. Looking forward to every step you make.

BigLars Posted - 11/10/2019 : 6:17:47 PM
Thanks Paul and Ted.
Tomorrow is the 101 Anniversary to the end of the Great war.
Lest we forget any veterans, thank you for your service.

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