Voie Libre n°75 oct/nov/déc 2013
Voie Libre n°75 oct/nov/déc 2013
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• Driving chassis nº4 (1966), fitted with the Marx Nanopermmotor, is identical to nº3, black version. It features the Magnakraft system. The Magnakraft magnet bracket is made of black plastic and doubles as an axle keeper plate. Variations 2, 3 and 3a call on a metal part for holding the axle in place. This driving chassis is found in references 1001 and 1008.• Driving chassis nº5 (1966). To simplify production and reduce costs, the Marx Nanopermmotor is replaced by the Minitrix motor. The chassis is made out of injected plastic, the Magnakraft magnet bracket holds the axles in place. This chassis is unreliable, the motor base is too small, the motor oveheats, the plastic warps. This mechanism is found in references 1001, 1007 and 1009.• Driving chassis nº 6 (1966/67). The base of the motor is widened, and an axle keeper plate, held in place by the Magnakraft system bracket, has appeared. This driving chassis is more reliable than nº 5, but not fully satisfactory yet. It is found in references.1001 and 1010.• Driving chassis nº7 (1967), identical to nº6, only differs by the choice of materials. This one is made of mazak, with electrical pick-up supports made of white injected plastic. Very reliable, it is found in locomotives ref. 1001, 1002, 1005 and 1010.• Driving chassis nº8 (1968/1971), identical to chassis nº7, was fitted with the standard Jouef motor. It is found in references 1001, 1003, 1006, 1009 and 1010. Sometimes in references 1002 and 1007. It is reliable, but noisy and fast.• Driving chassis nº 9 (1985/1994). Still the same driving chassis, but fitted this time with a Mabuchi motor. It was used in locomotives 1004, 1005, 1006, 1009 and 1010, when the Egger-Bahn stocks were sold by CEJI, which had taken over Jouef in the years 1995-1996. A few bodies, left-overs from 1968-1971 production, were fitted with this chassis and sold. It is very reliable, but much too fast.• With its gear train, flywheel and coreless motor, here is the most recent driving chassis released under the Egger-Bahn brand. Incredible slow running guaranteed, inertia that is considerable to the point of sometimes making it hard to control, smooth and totally silent running, such are the qualities of Roald Hofmann’s contemporary production.• Roald Hofmann’s Egger-Bahn layout Page 42 : Models that don’t exist Wolfram Ziegler’s sketchbooks are packed with all types of drawings and plans. Some models he imagined did reach the prototype stage ; others never saw the light of day. Text & illustrations : François Fontana Some of the drawings were feasible, others were ruled out by the author himself who considered them too long for the track programme or too wide. Amongst the handful of prototypes preserved by Andreas Schönfeld, we found this closed van for carrying poultry or smallanimals. Actually, three flat wagon bodies stacked on top of one another, with a closed van roof. The chassis is fitted with the Lima bogies from the Fiery Elias carriages. A model that can be easily built by recycling old wagons. In the same spirit, the blue sets are generously illustrated with drawings showing Egger-Bahn productions. Amongst these drawings is a small bogie crane wagon that was never produced. Jean Fritch-dit-Lang, a keen Egger- Bahn collector and gifted modeller, decided to build this wagon. He used as a base the chassis of a bogie worker wagon, with the bench removed and end-beams added. He then added the crane base, made from the wooden crate of a truck ; the plastic was milled to the proper dimensions, and the boards engraved. In this way, the crane base is Egger-Bahn plastic with its distinctive colour. The body of the crane, the cogs, the chain and the hook are from the crane fitted to flat wagon 66, as is the case also for the Preiser figure seated on the crate. Only the jib is made out of milled plastic. n Page 43 : H09 layout Riffelalp 2222 in H09 After having read Jean‐Louis Rochaix’s article in Issue 69 of Voie Libre, four modellers got together to build the Riffelalp 2222 hotel railway. H09 scale was chosen. Text & illustrations : François Fontana, François Fouger, Matthieu Jacquemart and François Gilbert Riffelalp 2222 is a luxury hotel built above Zermatt, at an altitude of 2,222 m (some 6,500 feet), facing the Matterhorn in Switzerland. In 1898, for the comfort of the customers, a 500-metre long, 80 cm gauge electric tramway was built between the hotel and Riffelalp station on the Gornergrat meter gauge line. Theups and downs of a long life have transformedthis tramway, which now travels over 725 m autonomously thanks to onboard batteries. Gang of four 8 Originally, François and Matthieu wanted to model this railway in 0 narrow gauge. But this would have required a fairly large surface. Another François suggested using H09, a scale they had practiced before, and which would allow most of the scene to be modelled. Yet another François offered to make proper scale models of the buildings ! The project was born, the team was complete and the layout registered at On Traxs in Utrecht. Now it had to be built ! François, François, François and Matthieu (one at least who is easily identified !) rolledup their sleeves. Who does what ? Well, that’s fairly simple ! François built the structure of the layout out of pine battens and 5 mm thick MDF. The trackbed is supported by 5 mm thick plywood risers. The track is from the Pecorange. The turnouts are operated by motors fitted under the track bed. The balloon loop has a switchable stretch where the track polarity is changed through a switch. Trains always enter it from the same side. Matthieu built the scenery shellusing a lattice of card strips, covered with wrapping paper coated in adhesive. The soils are made with water-based filler, painted and flocked. Matthieu often multiplies the coats of flock material, to create depth in the grass-covered areas, blending the types and shades of the products he uses. François is in charge of the rolling stock. For the tramways : cast bodies fitted to Kato chassis. They operate in pairs, the motors are electrically connected, and the running quality is exceptional ! The meter gauge carriages and wagons are built with recycled Lilliput items in H09. The mock rack locomotive is an extensively bashed Tillig 0-6-0 T, whose boiler has been set at an angle. The Gornergrat line is electrified, and Riffelalp station features a passing loop. To save space, it was downgraded to a simple halt on the layout. And because the engine was available, the line was converted to steam haulage ! François made the buildings using photographs and a cadastral survey to identify the dimensions. Jean-Louis Rochaix was roped in to help with a few essential on-site measurements ! Modelling is straightforward enough when the right men are in the right places ! The layout The layout can be viewed from all four sides. It supports an overhead cross-beam which carries a few lighting spots to create a sunny atmosphere. The meter gauge track is a large oval, concealed underground over three-quarters of its length. On the stretch opposite the station, there is a loop where a second train can be held to add variety to operations. As per the prototype, the 80 cm gauge line features three turnouts. The first one, at the halt, serves a siding under the shelter. The second one serves the rolling stock shed located alongside the hotel. The third controls the balloon loop. The track is embedded in the road leading to the hotel. We modelled a few typical buildings : Riffelalp station, the old hotel building, the entrance to the new chalets, not forgetting the Anglican church. The layout will be displayed in Walferdange during Expo-Trains Luxembourg on 9 and 10 Novembrer 2013. Come and chat with the builders, and try to identify François, François, Matthieu and François ! n The layout at a glance [Box]• Inspiration : Riffelalp hotel 80 cm gauge tramway• Scale : H09 (1/87 on 9 mm gauge track)• Dimensions : 120 x 80 cm• Supply : analogue Specific rolling stock [Box] The tramways are built on Kato chassis. The body elements, of which there are seven, are cast as four different parts. The first mould contains the body side, the second mould the front body panel and the control panel, the last mould is for the roof. The castings are made out of Sintofer resin. The passenger carriage is built with one body and a half from Lilliput H09 four-wheeler carriages. The composite carriage features the second half of the Lilliput body paired with the body of a goods van. Both vehicles are fitted with Bemo bogies ! • Master models, moulds and castings.• A pair of trams on the balloon loop.• The passenger carriage.• The composite passenger/van [Captions]• Behind the hotel, a wooded hill closes the perspective. To save a little space, the axis of the church was slightly modified.• The gang of four at Utrecht.• Here is the connecting station. A tramway is awaiting the arrival of a meter gauge train. The rack rail is fictitious, cut out of card to the proper outline.• The layout is built on a standard pattern. Pinewood battens and 5 mm ply. The legs are 30 cm high. The layout stands on a table, with the track level in the station 120 cm above ground.• Relief is made out of a web of card strips, covered with wrapping paper coated with adhesive. This provides a solid, flexible and lightweight structure. Ideal for a transportable layout.
• This preparatory sketch shows how the various levels were designed. A viewer located on one side cannot see the other side. The trees and the hotel provide a scenic divider.• Let’s follow the tramway along its route. It starts by running through the forest on a wide and steeply graded curve. The meter gauge track vanishes into a tunnel.• The tramway on the curve. The fir trees were bought off-the-shelf, while the deciduous trees were home-made using natural twigs : the trunks are pine twigs, and the branches made from dried plants. Foam flock and Modelmates spray weathering.•The Anglican church is a little below the tramway trackbed, facing the hotel. Both buildings are made out of several layers of card, computer drawn and cut with a Craft-robot machine.• The balloon loop. The pond water is made with many layers of glossy acrylic medium. Bush water-lilies and rushes are glued into the last layer.• The layout in show configuration. In this specific case, when the pictures were taken, the audience was actually a herd of cows ! The trapdoor providing access to the hidden sidings is open.• Photo shooting with cows ! Légende plan Minimum radius 15 cm Crest line Page 50 : Discovery 75 cm gauge in Poland Jean-Louis Rochaix takes us Eastwards to discover a picturesque 75cm gauge railway ! An ideal source of inspiration for H09 or 016.5 fans. Let’s follow the guide, and dream for a while ! Text & illustrations : Jean-Louis Rochaix I was twice able to visit the interesting 75 cm gauge railway centered on Nowy Dwor Gdanski. The first time in 1978, under the former regime. While freedom was restricted, food scarce and hotel services basic, the railway enjoyed a high level of activity. The second time, 16 years later, was more welcoming to tourists, but the railway was in decline, despite the delivery in 1985 of modern railcars and trailers. Looped like a model layout The interesting looped network on the right bank of the Vistula had been built economically by the Prussians to develop transport of agricultural produce. This area used to be German. In 1920, the total length of the « Westpreussische Kleinbahnen Aktiengesellschaft » (West Prussia light railway limited company) was 323 km, of which 233 were open to regular service all the year round, while the remainder operated depending on the needs of agriculture. Construction had begun in 1899 and 55 km of line were operational by 1901. In 1905, a line from Gdansk (Danzig) to Stegna and Stutowo was opened, with a ferry crossing across the Vistula between Swibno and Micoszewo. During their 1944 retreat, the Germans flooded the area, destroying two-thirds of the network and 25 of the 38 railway bridges. Following reconstruction, there remained 197 km of lines. In 1955, the ferry service across the Vistula was suppressed and in 1974, the entire left bank system was closed. All that was left was the right bank network, which I visited again in 1994. It was completely closed to all traffic in 1996. Since 2002, a tourist line has resumedoperations around Stegna. n [Captions]• A Lisewo-bound train stops at Pogorzala, km post 25, the southernmost station on the network. 20 May 1978.• Waiting to pass at Lisewo station, the junction for the lines via Nowy Dwor Gdanski (37 km) and Nowy Dwor Gdanski for Malbork Kaldowo (66 km). 20 May 1978.• A modern railcar, MBxd2 213, built by Faur in1985, seen at Lisewo station, shortly before final closure of the railway. 19 May 1994.• Arrival of a steam-hauled goods train at Lichowy, km post 9, on the Nowy Dwor Gdanski loop (37 km). 20 May 1978.• Shunting with the non-reversible railcar tractor MBd1 131, in Nowy Dwor Gdanski station. 20 May 1978.• Arrival from Lisewo at Nowy Dwor Gdanski. 20 May 1978.• Passing at Matwy Male, km post 17, on the Lisewo-Nowy Dwor Gdanski stretch via Malbork Kaldowo (66 km). 20 May 1978.• A Lisewo-bound train at Malbork Kaldowo, km post 33. 20 May 1978.• Arrival of a steam-hauled mixed train at Wezownica, km post 56, on the Lisewo-Malbork - Nowy Dwor Gdanski stretch (66 km). Locomotive Px 48 1773. 19 May 1978.• The train bound for Nowy Dwor Gdanski has almost reached its terminus and pauses at Kmiecin, km post 61. 20 May 1978.• The locomotive runs past the railway’s snow-ploughs.• Turning locomotive Px 48 1784 at Nowy Dwor Gdanski. 19 May 1994. 9• A Stegna-bound goods train at Nowy Dwor Gdanski, the junction for the Stegna-Sztutowo line, (19 km). 19 May1994.• A Stegna-bound train crossing a canal between Nowy Dwor Gdanski and Cygane (near km post 2). 19 May1994.• A goods train crossing the mobile bridge over the Elbe-Vistula canal, near Tuisk. 19 May 994.• Unlocking the safety turnout after crossing the mobile bridge near Tuisk. 19 May 1994.• A Stutowo-bound train at Stutowo Muzeum, km post 18. A sinister museum indeed, as this is a former Nazi concentration camp ! The line ends at Stutowo, km post 19. 20 May 1978.• The Stutowo-bound trains pauses at Stegna/Gdanska. In former days, Stegna was located 39.9 km from a line connecting it to Gdansk (Danzig) via a river ferry. 20 May 1978. Page 56 : 0 standard gauge/0 meter gauge layout Three companies in Corrèze For once, we have decided to review a layout that combines standard and meter gauge in 1/43.5 scale and is stillunder construction. This will give its creator the opportunity to disclose some of his know-how. Text & illustrations : Éric Fresné - Drawing : François Fontana Long-time readers of LR PRESSE publications will recall Gilles Gayral’s passion for Corrèze, for railcars and for cardboard, leading to several fine articles about his scratchbuilt models. Following what is nowadays knows as changed personal circumstances, Gilles has become the happy master of a large basement which he can arrange as he wishes. Apart from a small workshop, naturally dedicated to railway modelling, all the space is takenup by a vast layout project in 1/43.5 scale. Voie Libre galore ! Despite being accurately located in both time and space – Corrèze in the 1950s – Gilles Gayral’s layout is not based on a specific prototype. Nevertheless, nothing is purely imaginaryeither. Gilles has successfully reproduced and combined various pieces of reality. All these elements will give the layout, once it is completed, its realism and its specific flavour. The railway part has been dealt with in the same way. Gilles is a compulsive builder. His main medium is card, and he can produce a completed model in the time it takes the average modeller to makeup his mind to start working on one… Items of motive power roll off his work bench at an amazing pace. And his collection comprises machines from all over the place. Likewise for buildings. Modelling a single prototype company would have involved too many constraints for him. To ensure he can run his entire collection, Gilles opted to combine two gauges and three more or lessimaginary companies. The EFC, a standard gauge secondary railway, is heavily inspired by the Mamers - Saint-Calais railway, from which he will soon borrow the depot traverser. The Tramway Electrique de la Corrèze has more than a few genes in common with the Haute-Vienne electric tramways. The Tramway de la Corrèze, finally, is a free-style adaptation of the real TC system. This approach ensures that all Gilles’rolling stock can stretch its wheels happily, without much need for justification. Pleasure first… n Technical features of the layout [Box]• Scale : 0 (1/43.5)• Gauge : 32 mm standard gauge, 22 mm meter gauge.• Inspiration : Corrèze in the 1950s• Power : analogue• Dimensions : 8 x 4.5 m Bushes galore [Captions] Decorating such a large layout means finding a few short-cuts to save time and money. Having to make at least four meters of bush-covered embankment, Gilles opted to use synthetic fiber as a base for the shrubs. Well known to enthusiasts in the United States, this material comes as dark-shaded padding, black or green, depending on the brands. The material is very simple to use. Small clumps of a suitable size are selected and sprayed with adhesive. « Leaf » type flock is then sprinkled over, and the bush is ready. By working on the shape of the clump and by varying the colour and density of the flock, a wide variety of bushes can be obtained - and even trees. This fiber is also ideal for filling in a background. A very good quality material is available from Micro-Mark (www.micromark.com) : Green Poly Fiber. Ref. 84222, ca. 15 euros. Standard gauge in Voie Libre ? Yes, but Secondary Standard Gauge ! [Box] The acronym VNS (for « Voie Normale Secondaire », or « Secondary Standard Gauge »), is a pleasing invention of members of the LR PRESSE forum (http://forum.e-train.fr/). This is how they chose to designate their models of standard gauge secondary railways, governed, like many meter gauge railways, by the French laws of 1865 and 1880 on railways of local interest*. Straddling two different worlds, Secondary Standard Gauge



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