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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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BigLars Posted - 02/23/2021 : 6:19:44 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

So it was the brake the Lance Corporal was fiddling with. It puzzled me why he'd turn it a bit, then turn it back. Maybe a trick to keep the loco from picking points or square rail joints. Apropos of that, I noticed the Sapper pushing the point of a switch they were dismantling back into position just before the loco passed through without stopping. Oh, would there be shouting if something like that took place at my 1:1 trackwork volunteer job.


The more I dig the more I realize this was a well documented operation. If only color film was readily available.
jbvb Posted - 02/23/2021 : 6:08:56 PM
So it was the brake the Lance Corporal was fiddling with. It puzzled me why he'd turn it a bit, then turn it back. Maybe a trick to keep the loco from picking points or square rail joints. Apropos of that, I noticed the Sapper pushing the point of a switch they were dismantling back into position just before the loco passed through without stopping. Oh, would there be shouting if something like that took place at my 1:1 trackwork volunteer job.
BigLars Posted - 02/23/2021 : 11:42:04 AM
Thanks Larry and Philip.

Frank,
I was looking for this picture but needed to wait until I was at home. It outlines the controls for these little 20 HP Petrol locomotives.


Philip Posted - 02/23/2021 : 11:05:48 AM
Simply an amazing documentation of living hell.

Philip
Frank Palmer Posted - 02/23/2021 : 09:02:28 AM

I was wondering if the wheel was used as a brake wheel?
Larryc Posted - 02/22/2021 : 6:04:06 PM
Larry outstanding work as usual. By the time your done with all your modules you'll have quite to layout to show.
BigLars Posted - 02/22/2021 : 5:02:30 PM
Thanks Mike.
Heath, I saw two other artillery pieces firing but missed that one.
thtroll Posted - 02/22/2021 : 4:25:01 PM
Did you see the arti piece fire at 7:17 in the vid clip?
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/19/2021 : 7:11:45 PM
Interesting film.

I like your camouflage; very true to prototype.

Mike
BigLars Posted - 02/19/2021 : 5:43:21 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

Interesting movie. The site says the Lance Corporal is a brakeman, but I think he's the driver and the wheel is the loco's throttle.


Here is a picture of a 20 HP simplex that shows the controls. It was a one man operation. Note the peddles on the floor and the wheel. Not sure on the exact name of the operators.


Thanks Rick.
jbvb Posted - 02/19/2021 : 11:00:05 AM
Interesting movie. The site says the Lance Corporal is a brakeman, but I think he's the driver and the wheel is the loco's throttle.
Rick Posted - 02/19/2021 : 09:26:00 AM
Interesting camouflage on those cannons.
Nice work Larry.
Frank Palmer Posted - 02/19/2021 : 09:13:11 AM

SCENES ON THE TRACK AROUND LIEVEN AIX AND NOULETTE

I think the title should have been "Leveling Axe" and "No Outlet".
BigLars Posted - 02/18/2021 : 7:17:02 PM
Thank you Rob, Bruce, Frank and George.

Frank here is video of a train running in the same town, same tracks. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060022728
I will be building this train in the very near future.
George D Posted - 02/18/2021 : 11:27:34 AM
Good looking "background" details, Larry. You have high standards.

George

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