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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 - 12/29/2019 : 5:34:09 PM
For those following along. I will be doing an entry in the 2020 group challenge. Many of the concepts I do will end up on the railroad at some point in the future.

I will only duplicate post what I think is important to the story I am telling on this thread.

If you would like to follow along with the Challenge here is the link to my build.

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52342
brucet Posted - 12/27/2019 : 03:55:17 AM
BigLars I'm working on getting back to modelling again. If I don't I think the wife will kill me for getting under her feet!!
BigLars Posted - 12/26/2019 : 1:25:03 PM
quote:
Originally posted by brucet

This thread both inspires me and annoys me!! It inspires me that someone can be so dedicated to a subject and have the inspiration, dedication and skill to be so committed to it. It annoys me that I can't get off my fat @#$@ and put in the same effort.

I've been crook, (sick for non Australians), for the past 18 months and find getting back to modelling hard. This thread is very much a part of keeping my interest going.

BigLars thanks for the thread. Thanks for keeping my interest alive. I hope you and all the readers and troops in the trenches have a very happy and healthy festive season.

bruce



Bruce thank you, I hope you get well enough to get back to modeling soon.



Philip
Here is a Video link. It runs nice - just needs a little break in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8FEcV8hutE
Philip Posted - 12/23/2019 : 7:18:41 PM


I like the new stuff!
How's the new engine run?

Philip
brucet Posted - 12/23/2019 : 7:15:09 PM
This thread both inspires me and annoys me!! It inspires me that someone can be so dedicated to a subject and have the inspiration, dedication and skill to be so committed to it. It annoys me that I can't get off my fat @#$@ and put in the same effort.

I've been crook, (sick for non Australians), for the past 18 months and find getting back to modelling hard. This thread is very much a part of keeping my interest going.

BigLars thanks for the thread. Thanks for keeping my interest alive. I hope you and all the readers and troops in the trenches have a very happy and healthy festive season.

bruce
jbvb Posted - 12/23/2019 : 11:30:36 AM
I hear you, though your examples appear to be two reporters and a Staff Officer minder.
BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 10:27:21 AM
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

Looking at your soldier figures, several seem a little 'prosperous' around the waist compared to period photos.



I always have some type of photo evidence. Check out the Canadian Press Tour. Some of these guys were very well feed. Plus I actually know all the guys that these images were created from and I want to have some fun inserting them into some photo ops on the layout. They will not be permanent fixtures.


jbvb Posted - 12/23/2019 : 10:14:12 AM
Looking at your soldier figures, several seem a little 'prosperous' around the waist compared to period photos.
BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 09:26:47 AM
quote:
Originally posted by George D

That's a nice running loco, Larry. Do you plan to observe the Christmas truce?

George



There will be no fighting on Christmas. I do hope to do some work.
George D Posted - 12/23/2019 : 09:06:00 AM
That's a nice running loco, Larry. Do you plan to observe the Christmas truce?

George
BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 08:52:45 AM
Now for the figures.

There is a secret on30 society called the Mid Hudsoners. They represent some excellent modelers and are usually on the cutting edge on ON30.

Les Davis has scanned a number of them and 3d printed them for me.

These figures are going through a modification process to get them ready to be in scenes on my WW1 layout.

They will represent reporters and train crews that were not required to be in full uniform or even of age or fit.

Anything on or attached to the figures that is a color other than grey was a detail I am adding.

I used paper to represent straps, belts, fix hats and add pockets to the figures. I also converted a fire helmet to a Pickle Helmut by adding a spike and doing a little carving. Added pouches and guns from a WW2 British Figure kit.

BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 08:38:17 AM
Frame modifications to accept the coupler.
BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 08:31:25 AM
I spent much of the day yesterday adding couplers to cars and reworking figure.

Here are a string on Peco v tipper cars I added couples to. The cars do not come ready to accept a coupler so I had to drill out and file a slot to insert a modified Grandt Line link and pin couplers.


BigLars Posted - 12/23/2019 : 08:20:51 AM
I finally got to put the video on youtube. Here is the loco running on an unfinished section of my layout I use to store my WW1 stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8FEcV8hutE
brucet Posted - 12/21/2019 : 8:28:18 PM
Doughboys??

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