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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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BigLars Posted - 06/30/2020 : 9:32:30 PM
Thanks Rob and Mike. My inbound drives from the UK have now been sitting I customs in Chicago for 20 days, shipped 26 days ago. Every time I have a shipment that lands in that customs office it is a pure exercise in patience. I had a different package I ordered 10 days ago arrive from the UK in 8 days. Same size box but landed in NY.
Figures crossed I can finish this project.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 06/22/2020 : 08:03:41 AM
robert goslin Posted - 06/22/2020 : 02:54:21 AM
Looking fabulous Larry. They all look great.
Nice work on fitting so much into those 20 HP Simplex Petrol Engines.

BigLars Posted - 06/21/2020 : 4:59:52 PM
Thanks all.
Here is the DC version of the Simplex being broken in. It takes a few hours of run time to smooth them out.
Philip Posted - 06/21/2020 : 10:21:27 AM
Catching up Larry! Nice work the howitzers look fantastic!


BTW Happy fathers day!
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/21/2020 : 09:50:58 AM
A bunch of new things in recent days. The Kerr Stuart is rather homely, isnít it? Gotta love it.

Rick Posted - 06/21/2020 : 08:54:03 AM
Always interesting to see what you've been working on.
Bill Gill Posted - 06/21/2020 : 07:57:03 AM
Bill, there are a set of couplers coming that will work for trains used for the war between the states. Larry
Larry, my friend is very interested, Please keep me posted on this.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 06/21/2020 : 12:19:22 AM
They are really neat.
BigLars Posted - 06/20/2020 : 7:51:39 PM
Today's other project.

Kerr Stuart Locomotive.

BigLars Posted - 06/20/2020 : 4:38:49 PM
Thanks for the link Carl.

Thanks for visiting Jerry.

There has been a bunch of activity lately. Some of it top secret still.

I can release progress on building up a fleet of 20 HP Simplex Petrol Engines. These were the most numerous Petrol Engines sent to France. Also dare I say the most difficult to model due to the small size.

I have one running DCC with a Keep Alive. They use a Tenshodo 24.5 spud drive which are hard to source. I have the three needed drives on order from the UK even though the Drives are of Japanese origin.

As a side note I also figures out how to hard wire a keep alive to a TCS M1 decoder which is my critter decoder of choice. I can now add keep alives to my entire critter fleet.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 06/14/2020 : 9:43:03 PM
Larry that is some great coloring.
Carl B Posted - 06/14/2020 : 9:13:40 PM
Larry, here's another company that specializes in "debris" and bricks. Many scales.


I have purchased their product from this US dealer and it is excellent.

BigLars Posted - 06/14/2020 : 9:03:15 PM
Thank you, I will check out the bricks.
First pass at color for the structures. Weathering and soot to follow.

robert goslin Posted - 06/14/2020 : 6:37:52 PM
Larry, good start on the blown up buildings.
Definitely needed for a war time scene.
I found these O scale bricks on line.
Not 50,000, but is a start. Packs of 300 or 1200, brown, red or orange, Only need them on top of rubble piles, and scattered around.


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