Voie Libre n°75 oct/nov/déc 2013
Voie Libre n°75 oct/nov/déc 2013
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if required be replaced for example by N scale couplings. The markings are very fine, especially on the original versions. Although lightweight, which is normal given their very small volume, the wagons hold the track perfectly and tackle turnouts smoothly. Dare we dream of some passenger carriages hauled by a fine locomotive ? François Fontana Peco. 1/76 scale, 9 mm gauge track Ref. closed van L&BR : GR-220B. Open wagon L&BR : GR-200B. SR van : GR-221C. SR open wagon : GR-201B. Price observed : ca 13 £ H012 Brekina : an original lor ry-railcar The island of Sylt, which is part of the Friesian archipelago between the north of the Netherlands and Germany, was served from 1888 to late 1970 by a 35 km-long meter gauge network. Five weird railcars were built between 1952 and 1954 to replace the steam-hauled trains, using as a base a Borgward 90 hp lorry able to travel at a maximum speed of 50 kph, and a welded articulated passenger body. Brekina, which has accustomedus to producing fine road vehicles, has reproduced one of these machines : unit LT4. The vehicle is driven by both axles on the rear bogie. This gives it enough power to easily haul two trailers, as was the case in reality. An 8-pin NEM 652 digital socket is pre-fitted inside the body next to the motor. The only job left for enthusiasts is to fit a few figures to conceal the motor and the decoder. Jacques Royan Brekina. 1/87scale, 12 mm track Ref. 64210. Analogue, pre-fitted for digital Price observed : ca. 180 euros Book Le Réseau Br eton en voyage sur la ligne Car haix – Rosporden Not a specialist work, but a pleasing little book about one of the Réseau Breton lines. Densely illustrated, the text includes clear and educational explanations as wellas testimonials from employees or travelers on the Carhaix-Rosporden line. Éric Fresné Jacqueline Cantaloube-Bronnec and the Ar Marc’h Du Association. Published by Liv’éditions. Format 19x26 cm, 96 pages, softbound Available from the LR PRESSE shop and on www.lrmodelisme.com Code : RESEAUBRE Price : 16 euros plus postage PAGE 6 Book Rope & Chain Haulage, the for gotten element of railway histor y Long before using locomotives, many railways called on cable haulage to move wagons. This book provides a detailed overview of the various techniques used, in particular in Britain. A real gold mine of information, lavishly illustrated. Take care however, the book is dense and fluency in English is recommended ! Éric Fresné Colin E Mountford Industrial Railway Society http : //www.irsociety.co.uk/format 18 x 25, 384 pages Price : 29.95 £ plus postage H0 Standard gauge Atlas : a four-wheeler railcar In their « Autorails de France » collection, Éditions Atlas has released a Somua ZZ50 railcar. Only two of these machines were built for the PLM, and more specifically for the lines in the Doubs département. The model is nicely produced. In my view, this is the most accurate in the series so far. It is fairly easy to motorize and can be used on a large number of secondary lines, as its loading gauge is very small ! François Fontana Éditions Atlas 1/87 scale for 16.5 mm track Available only by subscription Book The Bular d mine 1890 : huge quantities of lead and zinc ore are discovered at the top of the north-eastern slopes of the Mail de Bulard in Ariège, at an altitude of almost 7.500 feet. In 1901, a path was cut into the cliff-side to reach this treasure, a treasure that was also hell on earth for the miners. « Queen of the Pyrenees » for the engineers, « man-eater » for the seasonal workers, this mine operated for a full 20 years. The scene is thus set for the story of this exceptional mining operation, where cableway and railway were used in extreme conditions. Each double page features a photo and a story by José Manuel Garcia, a Spanish miner. The railway isn’t the main subject of this book, but it’s everywhere in the photos and the narrative, and should inspire many a modeller ! YannVannier Claude Taranne. Published by Éditions d’Aylie. Italian Format 94 pages, softbound ISBN 978-2-7466-1614-1. Price 20 euros Book Les chemins de fer industriels With hundreds of locomotives used on thousands of kilometers of track, French industrial railways remain a neglected subject in the specialized literature. This book attempts to fill the gap. Most of the book consists of a very large pictorial album, mainly depicting engines. It is sandwiched between two explanatory folders. The first is a kind of inventory, region by region, of the main industries connected to the national network. The second one, more technical, deals with the stock and its suppliers. Fans of industrial atmosphere and locomotives will enjoy this book. Eric Fresné Bernard Collardey and Patrick Etievant Published by Éditions La Vie du Rail Format 25x33 cm, 192 pages hardbound with sleeveAvailable from the LR PRESSE shop and from www.lrmodelisme.com Code : LESCFIND. Price : 55 euros plus postage PAGE 7 009 H09 The WD Models side tippers Text & illustration : François Fontana Manufacturer : WD Models Scale 009 (1/76 scale on 9 mm gauge track) compatible with our H09. http : //www.wdmodels.com/Price : set of three wagons : 21 £ plus postage. Transfers : 6£. These kits are presented in the customary manner : a small transparent plastic box containing six plastic pouches that enclose resin and whitemetal parts, three sheets of etched nickel-silver and the axles, together with instructions in English. Three wagons can be built, and can be assembledeither in travelling position or with the skip tipped sideways for unloading. Some precautions Standard practice ! De-grease the resin parts by steeping them briefly in acetone. Also de-grease the etched parts and the whitemetal castings. Remove any flash from the parts with fine needle files. Easy assembly The nickel-silver chassis is folded, and the whitemetal parts are glued onto it : I don’t think soldering is required, considering how light the model is and how little effort the parts support ! The instructions recommend applying primer to the parts during construction, this is a trick I had never used, but it turns out really useful, and is worth trying ! Especially as the axles must be installed during construction and cannot be removed afterwards. Painting If you want to give the models a military livery, they should be painted grey. The manufacturer sells a complementary set of transfers, easy to apply. Finish off the job with some light weathering using pastels, and hey presto ! The model is designed to be fitted with Greenwich couplings, but I opted to represent a wagon with the skip raised and with prototypical couplings, which means it cannot be coupled to a train. The two other wagons will be fitted with working couplings. These are very fine models, finicky to assemble because of the tiny parts, but fairly easy. Obviously, they are a trifle large for modelers in 1/87, but as there aren’t any others on the market, these are most welcome. Why de-grease ? [Box] Because the moulds are coated with a greasy parting agent. This substance is easily removed with acetone. Because our fingers are naturally greasy. Hands must be washed before and during work sessions. But de-greasing is imperative prior to painting, using plain soap and tepid water. No acetone in this case, as this solvent attacks assemblies made with cyano adhesive. Page 8-9 : What’s new ? ? Pasadena, just as if you were there ! Voie Libre is everywhere ! And when, exceptionally, Voie Libre cannot be there, Voie Libre has agents in the right places ! This is how we can offer you a few snapshots from the 33rd Narow Gauge Convention, which took place this year in Pasadena ! Text & illustrations : Jacques Royan California. Pasadena. Suburbs of Los Angeles. Hilton hotel. From Wednesday 28 th August to Sunday 1 st September 2013, fourth visit to the Narrow Gauge Convention. I simply love it ! Conventions are a fine way to visit the U.S : they always take place in different locations. Attending a convention means taking many side trips and discovering narrow gauge railways or their remains ! What is a « convention » ? In plain English, a convention is a gathering of likewise-minded people, and hence the opportunity to meet narrow gauge enthusiasts, but also to discuss with artisans, to see tradesmen and even to meet… industrial manufacturers. It’s also an opportunity to visit club and individual miniature layouts and railways. Even though some of them may be more than 140 miles from 2
where the convention is held ! Not forgetting tourist railways and preserved lines. A convention is also the place for attending « clinics », in other words conferences dealing with a wide range of topics. This year, you could choose from 41 talks. It’s impossible to attend them all, but take a look at the list : photographing models, painting backdrops, restoring real railway vehicles, weathering scenery or rolling stock, Cuban railways… In the framework of the convention, a few layouts are also on display in the hotel lobbies and you can talk with their builders. n [Captions]• The modular layout in 0n30 of the Pasadena Slim Gauge Guild displayed at the convention. In the United States, many layouts have no backdrop nor lighting ! • Here is some Sn3, meaning three foot gauge track modelled in 1/64 scale. Untypically, this layout is displayed in a caisson, with a backdrop and lighting ! • Locomotive C 19 nº 41 of the Rio Grande Southern at Knott’s Berry Farm. This is three foot gauge track (914 mm). The engine, modified to burn oil, runs on an oval of track in a leisure park, with its mate nº 340, from the D&RGW, undergoing overhaul during our visit.• Bob Treat’s Snow Creek Railroad, a garden layout in 1/20.3 scale. Page 10 : What’s new ? ? DVD The Vivarais saga seen thr ough two DVDs The Vivarais railway has a special place in the hearts of the enthusiast community. This is evidenced by the whoops of joy that greeted the return of steam on the plateau and the resurrection of the Tournon-Lamastre line (albeit slightly shortened). This double DVD therefore comes at the right time to celebrate these events. As is often the case with Éditions du Cabri, the films feature fine archive footage collected by the publisher, as wellas new and specially shot sequences. Add to this a pleasing and educational commentary, and these two hours are a must-have for all CFD Vivarais fans. Éric Fresné Published by Editions du Cabri Ca. 75 and 80 minutes Available from the LR PRESSE shop and on www.lrmodelisme.com Code : DVDVIVALO Price : 39 euros plus postage 1/19 SM32 Slater’s : a 60 cm gauge militar y wagon Known as « 16 mm scale » in the U.K., 1/19 scale on 32 mm gauge track is familiar to British enthusiasts. Slater’s began producing kits in this scale a few years ago. The latest releases may be of interest to French modelers, as these are wagons that were used during WWI, and then enjoyed a second life in French industry. For the time being, the signature bogie Class D wagon, as wellas a small class A, are available. I built the latter one. The kit essentially consists of resin parts, very finely cast. The master model must have been produced using 3D printing. The kit can be comfortably assembled and decorated in a couple of days. On the border between garden railways and indoor modeling, this large scale is truly seductive and conjuresup ideas of a small industrial layout in the corner of a room. Éric Fresné Slater’s War Department Light Railways A Class Wagon Ref. 16W07. Price : 33.74 £ plus postage www.slatersplastikard.com Press review The Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review opens its latest issue with an article that is distinctly tropical and sweet in flavour ! A Dutch enthusiast has built a Java sugar mill in H0-9. A highly atmospheric layout, operated with Liliput Austrian 0-6-2 T engines that are hardly recognizable. On the other side of the Indian ocean, Rail et Industrie has visited Madagascar and its meter gauge lines. Large European diesels appear e d there some time ago. This is also an opportunity to take another look at the famous rubber-tyred Michelines and other vintage vehicles. Appropriately, Voie Étroite celebrates the resurrection of the famous Vivarais railway. In its issue 54, our Italian fellow-publication Tuto Treno Modelismo carries out a full review of the Egger-Bahn brand, under the pen of Roald Hoffmann, the Swiss businessman who took over the make. Likewise, the German-speaking Swiss magazine, Loki, celebrates the Egger-Bahn jubilee in its latest issue. Also thanks to Roald Hoffmann’s knowledge s ! The Editorial team Exhibition On the rails of Morbihan The media center at the « Espace Culturel de Terraqué » in Carnac (south Britanny) is housing this exhibition in October and November 2013 It was designed and put together by the départemental archives of Morbihan. An opportunity to discover the birth and life of the various networks and how they altered local life. During this exhibition, the media center is organizing a drawing competition for 5 to 15 year olds, in partnership with Éditions LR PRESSE. Espace Culturel Terraqué. Phone + 33. (0)2 97 52 50 50. contact@terraque.fr Expo-Trains Luxembour g On Saturday 9 th and Sunday 10 th November, the « Association des Modélistes Ferroviaires du Luxembourg » organizes the 33rd edition of Expo- Trains Luxembourg at the Prince Henri Centre in Walferdange. A Voie Libre team willattend. www.amfl.net Rail Expo On Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 th November, the Traverses des Secondaires association organizes Rail Expo in the Hall Saint Martin, chaussée Jules César at Pontoise, near Paris. Éditions LR PRESSE will be present, a great opportunity for getting together ! www.traversesdessecondaires.fr www.railexpo.fr H012 Atlas : Legendar y Tramways Editions Atlas are marketing a new collection of world trams in 1/87 scale. Overall, these new productions are rather better in terms of quality than the previous collections. The models will not be the same in all countries, and the equivalents will not be supplied in the same order. In France the collection starts with a Paris motor unit, and at least five other French models are expected. In Switzerland, the collection kicks off with a 0-6-0 T steam locomotive and a bogie carriage from the Berne tramways network. As usual, the first model is sold for a ridiculously smallamount of euros, the price increasing afterwards. This collection is only available by subscription. François Fontana Page 12 : 0 16.5 layout Sugar beet due North ! Peter de Vries imagined an exhibition layout based on the sugar beet growing areas of northern France. He built it in 0 16.5, and his friend Len describes it for us. Text : François Fontana (based on informations provided by Len de Vries) Photos : Len de Vries Peter de Vries was a gifted modeller ; keen on industrial archeology, he used to visit European sites during his holidays. In the course of his travels in northern France, he decided to model a scene from the sugar-beet countryside under its grey skies. Peter was unable to complete his layout and died before displaying it. But his friends Len et Gerbrand pickedup the torch, finished the layout and showed it to the public. Choice of theme, scale and gauge Peter de Vries travelled extensively across the sugar beet growing plains of northern France. He also used a large body of documentation, in particular Éric Fresné’s book published by Éditions LR PRESSE : « 70 ans de chemins de fer betteraviers en France ». He chose to model a shunting area between the fields and the sugar mill. 0 scale was the most suitable for modelling the many details of the scene and of the rolling stock. For the sake of convenience, he opted for 16.5 mm gauge, which allowed him to use off-theshelf H0 driving chassis. Prototypically, he should have used 14 mm gauge, but that would have meant scratchbuilding all the mechanisms. All the track is from the Shinoara range, originally procured for an American-style layout. The sleepers were removed and replaced by strips of copper-clad epoxy, cut to the dimensions of narrow gauge sleepers. The same work was carried out on the turnouts, by replacing all the original sleepers one by one. This technique enabled Peter to remove approximately one sleeper out of every three, and replace them by new copper-clad sleepers, without affecting the original geometry of the turnout. The copper cladding is slit to ensure electric insulation of the rails. Flatlands under low cloud Peter had been struck by the flat scenery and the huge sky that are typical of these sugar beet growing regions. He wanted to evoke such an atmosphere on his layout. To achievethis, he got rid of angles ; the layout backscene is a wide and gently curved arc on which the horizon and cloudy sky are painted. His friend Len de Vries airbrushed the clouds. The ground is madeup of polystyrene foam sheets, coated with plaster, then textured and painted. The paving stones are made of card ! Two different thicknesses are used ; they are cut out and glued onto a curved card former to evoke the cross-section of the road. Filler was used to plug the gaps in which sand and earth are found. The grass was put into place with a Grass- Master, while the trees were built on a brass wire armature. The bushes are flocked zeeschuim. A Roco central unit provides the power, and Petre’s friend Gerbrand Haans fitted decoders to the engines. Bespoke rolling stock As for the remainder of the layout, Peter decided to also scratchbuild the rolling stock. He used articles and documentation from Voie Libre to carry out this work. The 0-6-0 T locomotives are fitted to Roco chassis, the Cro- 3

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