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BigLars
Engineer

USA
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Posted - 03/25/2018 :  5:06:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375

BigLars
Engineer

USA
11333 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2018 :  5:24:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The track in WW1 was temporary and generally very recently laid. I am using unstained ties on purpose for the first stretch of test track. It will most end up as a stretch of track still be under construction.

5 feet of test track down.

Check out Brown sharpies for rail color.



This little push car kept delivering ties up the new line.



Five feet of track.



Now for testing.


My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375

Edited by - BigLars on 06/26/2018 8:32:01 PM
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brucet
Engine Wiper

Australia
444 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2018 :  5:27:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting project. I've been interested in these railroads for sometime. I've downloaded several youtube videos on the subject. Look for the Ontrax exhibitions. There always seem to be some WW1 layouts.

good luck

bruce
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
11333 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2018 :  6:53:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by brucet

Interesting project. I've been interested in these railroads for sometime. I've downloaded several youtube videos on the subject. Look for the Ontrax exhibitions. There always seem to be some WW1 layouts.

good luck

bruce


Bruce,
Thanks. I am getting help from some of the WW1 modelers that display at Ontrax.

My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375
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Rick
Administrator

USA
22800 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  09:20:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Larry.
Definitely something different.
Never seen this modeled before.

That Sharpie is a good tip. [:-thumbu]
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BBLmber
Fireman

USA
6443 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  09:49:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, interesting layout to keep an eye on.

Mark

W,L,&E
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8302 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  10:25:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, this looks like a very interesting project!
At it appears like your off to a great start.

Greg Shinnie
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Frank Palmer
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USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  10:42:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Larry, this should produce some unusual pieces of equipment. [:-thumbu]
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desertdrover
Engineer

USA
17254 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  11:00:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great, and interesting project planned, and off to a good start. Looking forward to your construction, and as Frank stated, this should prove to be some interesting railroad items.


Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
11505 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  11:01:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Larry very interesting thread. I'll be following along like Frank said should be some interesting equipment.

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
11333 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  6:18:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks all. There will be some very interesting models on the railroad. Much thinking to do.



My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375
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Michael Hohn
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USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  6:42:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fascinating idea for a layout. Iíve seen a few articles on the locomotives and rolling stock in the Gazette. How close will you get to the first ont?

Mike

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BigLars
Engineer

USA
11333 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  9:33:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Fascinating idea for a layout. Iíve seen a few articles on the locomotives and rolling stock in the Gazette. How close will you get to the first ont?

Mike


The Trains ran at night close to the front. It is hard to see how close they actually got to the service trenches at the line. I will be moving vast amounts of shells and the trains will get close to the artillery.



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Pennman
Fireman

USA
4103 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  9:39:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry,

Nice project and different like the others have said. I will definitely be following along with your progress.
Rich
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Philip
Fireman

USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2018 :  10:03:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I can hear the thunder!

Philip[:-thumbu]
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railmus
Fireman

Canada
1971 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2018 :  11:39:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit railmus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Larry: Look here as well! Scroll down a ways!

http://silverhawkauthor.com/steam-locomotives-and-trains-of-canada_364.html
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