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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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Frank Palmer Posted - 12/04/2020 : 09:26:19 AM
Larry you have an amazing amount of insider information to these WWI bits. Are you getting first hand knowledge?
Rick Posted - 12/04/2020 : 08:28:59 AM
Larry, it all looks good.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 12/03/2020 : 08:50:36 AM
Well you sure know how to keep our interest going! Beautiful work Larry.
George D Posted - 12/03/2020 : 07:44:12 AM
Your search for authenticity is impressive, Larry.

Being a hearty Canadian, why are you building models when you can be laying on the beach working on your tan.

George
BigLars Posted - 12/02/2020 : 8:56:04 PM
Thanks Ted.

Beach isolation project for tonight. Starting to bash a possible field modification WW1 Track repair car. The Canadians rail crews did custom one off cars that were seldom photographed. Parts from three kits so far. It is the one on the right side. of the photo.



Some parts before cuts.

quartergauger48 Posted - 12/02/2020 : 11:42:43 AM
Larry, so many projects, and the enemy, not enough time to get them all done'... Keep up the tremendously nice work'... It's going to be a blockbuster when finished...
BigLars Posted - 12/01/2020 : 5:38:40 PM
Thanks Mike, Philip. Mike and Tyson and all the others on the previous page I missed.


quote:
Originally posted by Yannis

Arriving late at this party... the level of work is admirable really! Now you need to add a couple of 1/48 aircraft and you are set (my other part of the hobby).

Subscribed and following!


Thanks Yannis,
I have a stack of WW1 plane kits. I want one crashed, one being moved in parts back to the rear and one in the air. I just need more modeling time to get it all done.
Michael Hohn Posted - 12/01/2020 : 10:25:37 AM
You certainly don’t do anything by half, Larry. When built the bogies make beautiful models.

Mike
Tyson Rayles Posted - 12/01/2020 : 09:16:23 AM
friscomike Posted - 12/01/2020 : 05:17:42 AM
Larry, I continue to be amazed by your work. All I can say is persist!

mike
Philip Posted - 11/30/2020 : 11:39:56 PM
Wow! Nice!

Philip
BigLars Posted - 11/30/2020 : 6:43:38 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Philip

Ah you'll be done in no time

You need some stout liquor!

What are they Larry? Loads?

Philip


Philip,
These are what we call trucks. 2 per car (Wagon) They are almost impossible to find, but needed for all the scratch built equipment I need. I acquired this batch from Australia. Yes I have had a drink or two already.

Here is a sample of a finished set. They were multi purpose and were placed under freight cars or used as disconnects.
Philip Posted - 11/30/2020 : 6:38:10 PM
Ah you'll be done in no time

You need some stout liquor!

What are they Larry? Loads?

Philip
BigLars Posted - 11/30/2020 : 6:00:48 PM
Today’s adventure. Every bogie (20) eventually will have 17 parts added, need 10 holes drilled, 9 cuts, all parts straightened and many bad words. This is my beach seclusion project this week. Glad the sound of the ocean calms me down. Building these assembly line style. I included a picture of the instructions. I skip a few things.
More to follow.





In case you are wondering - these will go on some upcoming scratch build projects.
BigLars Posted - 11/28/2020 : 4:13:52 PM
A big thank you to all who took the time to comment.

quote:
Originally posted by robert goslin

Great scenes Larry. Both the model & prototype photos. We are lucky these days, so much info is readily available on the Web.
Curious about the 2 lines in the prototype.
One with the troops, the sleepers are clearly exposed. The other one they're buried. Or is that not a railway line ?



There is a passing siding in the picture. Two tracks. Ballast was not readily available and if the track had to be re-laid for some reason; such as expulsions or replacing lighter set track to allow steam engine access. The new track might not get ballast right away. Often they had to use chalk as ballast for a nice white look.

When I say set track I believe the track for the first train sets found a prototype in WW1. The track cam in prebuilt pieces to quickly lay. The pieces actually slid together

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