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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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Frank Palmer Posted - 09/09/2020 : 09:53:32 AM

Rick Posted - 09/09/2020 : 06:09:48 AM
You love your critters.
BigLars Posted - 09/08/2020 : 9:09:02 PM
Originally posted by Philip

Good stuff! especially like the goofy light truck

Who is down & dirty On30? cool!


That was a line that Backwoods Miniatures used for the kits that did not require you to be a master builder. They were still not exactly week end projects, they still require above average skills. Getting proper wood grain on the propeller, plus DCC and keep alive will be my ultimate goal on this model.
Philip Posted - 09/08/2020 : 8:51:44 PM
Good stuff! especially like the goofy light truck

Who is down & dirty On30? cool!

BigLars Posted - 09/08/2020 : 7:36:25 PM
I'm still waiting on the Baldwin to arrive from Greece.
I have continued to scout the internet for stuff. I have always wanted one of these kits.
I'm going to claim that the Canadians used a downed Hun plan to create a fast inspection car for the line.

Also waiting on this critter to arrive.

Again a story of a one time field modification will be required.

The troops did build stuff as tests. Not everything was photographed or the photo's found. Pictures keep appearing every day. Like.

CieloVistaRy Posted - 08/23/2020 : 1:50:05 PM
Great find, Larry!
Philip Posted - 08/23/2020 : 1:28:39 PM
BigLars Posted - 08/23/2020 : 12:38:23 PM
I just acquired this Baldwin 4-6-0 from Greece. I hope it makes it safely. It will require a new stack and a couple of other small details to make it all work out. It was built from a Wrightlines white metal kit which are extremely hard to track down.

BigLars Posted - 08/22/2020 : 3:42:10 PM
Thanks all for the suggestions and support.

I also had this one emailed to me.

I don’t think when you got the “tour” of the railroad, I stopped at any of the buildings where I laid up either stone or brick facades. I saw on the latest posting that the subject of mortar came up. Go to your favorite big box store and go to the ceramic tile section, they have containers of a latex type grout that works very well. It comes premixed and various sizes, the smallest container should do you. I spread a bit of it on the backing wall with a 3/16” wide blade and on the ends just like laying real brick. You can usually do a few rows at a time then you need to let it set up. You might want to draw a few parallel lines as a guide to try and keep things somewhat level. Also, don’t forget you need lintels over the doors and windows. I don’t know what you used to make them but a pair of ceramic tile “nippers” are good for cutting them.
Best wishes, stay healthy, stay safe and hopefully will see you on Zoom Sept. 12th

I will try out the suggestions soon.
Philip Posted - 08/20/2020 : 10:23:01 AM
As Bill suggested screening brick is a great idea. I can send you a piece of soft red brick that was made in the good ole days. It is almost like chalk but a bit harder and was laid with soft mortar. Not sure, it may have been a fire brick.....

Bill Gill Posted - 08/20/2020 : 07:21:47 AM
Wonder if for the mortar you could put a (test) batch of bricks in a small jar and add a tiny sprinkle of a dry gray tile grout.
Shake the jar gently to get some of the dry grout powder to cling to parts of the bricks, pour them out on a nonporous
surface and gently mist with water to set the grout?

BigLars Posted - 08/19/2020 : 9:58:28 PM
Originally posted by Philip

Are you painting those bricks? looks terrific!


I added craft paint to the plaster on this lot. It was suggested I put mortar on them. I am going to try to spray the mold with grey paint, let it dry and then add colored plaster next. I have to keep experimenting.

Originally posted by brucet

Good time to take up drinking. Or maybe MORE drinking!!!

Way too late...
brucet Posted - 08/19/2020 : 9:49:02 PM
Good time to take up drinking. Or maybe MORE drinking!!!
Philip Posted - 08/19/2020 : 9:09:06 PM
Are you painting those bricks? looks terrific!

BigLars Posted - 08/19/2020 : 8:38:11 PM
Originally posted by Bill Gill

"Sure, now you suggest that!" Big Lars
You should hear the list of ideas I come up with for my own projects AFTER they're 'done' :)
but you can still used the screened real brick for the bottom layer(s) and sprinkle your bricks on top and maybe not have to cast another complete batch...

I will give it a try, I still will need more castings. I have a few thousand more made in different colors. The process does not take long other than the time to dry. I can make 500 hundred in a batch.

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