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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 - 06/02/2019 : 4:06:00 PM
Thanks Philip and Roland.

I got about this far over the last two days.

Built or worked on Eight wagons and repainted a lorry. One poor Tommy on KP duty peeling spuds. Everything needs weathering and additional details.

An additional picture of multiple kitchens together.
Hopeless Posted - 06/01/2019 : 8:51:53 PM
That is a great picture with lots of details. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Philip Posted - 06/01/2019 : 7:30:53 PM
Great scene brewing!
BigLars Posted - 06/01/2019 : 12:26:00 PM
I have been traveling for work almost every week this year so little time for modeling. I will get to do a little this weekend.

Thanks to Neil and his acquiring figures and wagons I can start to create module 4.

I will base the module off of this picture. Hopefully I will have something to show by the end of tomorrow.

BigLars Posted - 04/24/2019 : 7:23:21 PM
Hi Neil,
I just returned from Canada and the package you sent was delivered today.
Thank you so much, I will send an email tomorrow. Now to unpack the suitcases.
Neil F Posted - 04/23/2019 : 7:14:21 PM
Hi Larry,
Have you received your figures yet, there was no instructions for some of the carts but Phil sent some from other kits. The magazine may be of interest with several WW1 bits of interest.
The show at Dortmund was a very good show with lots of interest from the public, and lots to see, last years show had over 77,000 through the doors, from Model Tractor pulling to Robot Wars, do a search on the show.
One of the better ones of our layout https://youtu.be/Sig2qyt6wsg with Shaun having to give details to camera.
Then 12 days later we have been at York for a 3 day show, I can now pack away my stock and do some repairs and get back to building its replacement.
jbvb Posted - 04/02/2019 : 09:01:38 AM
Ge0rge, I've had good results from Tix brand low-temp solder & flux. Available from MicroMark, DigiKey and a lot of jewelry supply houses. Not sure if it's marketed outside the US, though.
George D Posted - 04/01/2019 : 10:31:46 PM
Larry, a step by step would be interesting.

Philip Posted - 04/01/2019 : 9:34:57 PM
Wow your ready now! Nice steamer and wagons!

BigLars Posted - 04/01/2019 : 7:58:57 PM
Originally posted by George D

Thanks, Neil. I've seen pictures of white metal kits and heard they were difficult. I guess the name of the game is practice and the correct tools and equipment.


Thanks Neil.
Looking forward to your show report.

I tried to post a reply earlier but the site crashed. If there is interest I will post a step by step on soldering white metal.
I have a soldering iron with a temperature control and set the temp at 150 Fahrenheit. You need low temp solder and a special flux. I also thought practice makes perfect and that is why I started on the slate cars.
George D Posted - 04/01/2019 : 7:31:16 PM
Thanks, Neil. I've seen pictures of white metal kits and heard they were difficult. I guess the name of the game is practice and the correct tools and equipment.

Neil F Posted - 04/01/2019 : 7:11:15 PM
Hi JBVB we visited last year to have a look around the show, its very big we had 2 days to look around and still missed things, this time we have the layout with us, we only have 6 operators and 2 guests, 1 a local who has been a big help with the language, 4 of us in a truck will be sailing across the north sea with the layout in a trailer. The others are flying out to meet us.
George D asked about soldering white metal, you have to clean the metal , use flux and the correct type of low melt solder, then use a temperature controlled soldering iron, Low melt works at about 95c so will melt in boiling water, the metal has a melting point about 30c above the solder. I sometimes use a 15w iron but you can melt the metal if the iron is on the metal too long, tin the parts first then run the iron across the joint the solder changes colour as it flows then goes mat when solid again. Practice on a cheep kit or stick pins in figures is a good way to start. Best of luck.
BigLars Posted - 04/01/2019 : 6:25:22 PM
Machines often changed sides during the war.

It was not uncommon to have equipment captured, used by the enemy than recaptured.

This little British Baldwin just made it back from behind German lines (101 years late). It is a Wrightlines white metal kit.

I will get better pictures of her. I wanted to show something as I was so happy it arrived in one (well 2) pieces.

The small petrol engines I had to date could pull 2 or 3 loaded cars. The Baldwin would have handled 6 - 9 cars but would have stayed at least 3 miles back of the lines so the smoke did not give it's location away.

This will mean I need to model a transfer point.

Frank Palmer Posted - 04/01/2019 : 11:12:17 AM
It's a Baldwin 4-6-0 built in the US, for the British, sold in Germany. Wait a minute SOLD in Germany? Those clever rascals.

That's a good looking loco.
George D Posted - 04/01/2019 : 09:27:39 AM
The cars look good. What's the secret to soldering white metal?


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