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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:23 am

.......Hang-on we haven't finished the cold turkey and he's already talking about RailExpo.

And why not! Laughing

For 2012 a change of venue. It will be on November 23/24/25 at the Halle St Martin 95300 Pontoise.
This is twice the size (6,000m2) as Villebon.

This is much better placed to the north-west of Paris with excellent direct public transport access from most of the main stations in Paris.

Hotels are located 200-800 metres away with ample parking.

There with be at least 3 live steam steam layouts and suppliers for G scale garden railways.

More details as the new year unfolds....

I already have people interested in helping but everyone will be welcome of course.
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:14 am

Count me in!
I'm very happy with the location, it saves me an hour traveling time for sure now I can avoid the Périphérique.

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:23 am

Count me in please.


David Cool
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:23 pm

This is in my diary! It was a real disappointment that I had to miss it this year, where a splendid time was obviously had by all!
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:46 pm

...and you were missed Phil, you would have enjoyed it.

You can come in your work dress if you want. Laughing

David, I promise I will have some 32mm track. I will probably have to actually for certain commercial reasons but more about that later.
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:10 pm

That would be excellent Carl, but equally most of my locomotives are adjustable to 45mm, Covadonga being an exception.
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:41 pm

I have confirmation from the organisers at TDS that I shall indeed be participating at RailExpo this year.

As for the actual format of the layout I'm not too sure yet. I have still to make some modifications. The worst will be the same as last year.

People will be welcome as before.
Operators will be 3 plus myself (but bring some stock, even if just one loco.) That means up to 3 people will have tickets and food for all 3 days.

Anyone else who comes and brings stock to run will get fed and free admission for the day.

I can't help with subsidised accommodation I'm afraid but there are plenty of cheap hotels nearby, parking is easy and public transport too.

Could be a very good event.
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:18 pm

I have just made a reservation at the Hotel Campanile, Cergy/Pontoise for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

I plan to bring at minimum of 1 steam and 1 diesel locomotive, 32/45 mm convertible.

I hope my response was not indecently hasty but last year was very very good.

David
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:42 am

David Grantham wrote:


I hope my response was not indecently hasty but last year was very very good.

David

You already contacted me David so it's not hasty.

This year will be certainly much bigger and I imagine infinitely better.


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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:51 am

As you know, you can count me in Carl! Not sure for the full three days though; I'll come back on that!
I'm planning to bring at least the Egger "steam" railbus and the VW microbus.
Looking forward to seeing you all again!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:05 am

Got you penned in Paul. Let me know what days nearer the time.

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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:48 pm

Any space for one more?
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:34 pm

Sparkeswood wrote:
Any space for one more?

If it's you then yes....Laughing

Can you give me your phone number by PM/e mail (lost it again...) and I will call you and discuss arrangements as I need to talk diesels too.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:07 pm

Sounds like a great party. Pink tee shirts for all!


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of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:55 am

So does that mean you won't be coming or won't be becoming Bill?

Actually I think pink should be 'de riguer' for RailExpo.



Let me know your sizes please........
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:32 am

I'm gettimg a bit worried now... lol!

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ted



Location : charente

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:06 am

Count me in also please ? Geoff Parton
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:14 pm

Counted.

Geoff, had you any more thoughts about a simple bell system as discussed last time?
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ted



Location : charente

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:57 am

Carl Hibbs wrote:
Counted.

Geoff, had you any more thoughts about a simple bell system as discussed last time?

Yes - will start thinking a bit more deeply now and let you know what I come up with. Hopefully we should be able to simulate two signal boxes communicating with each other.
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:54 am

That'll be excellent Geoff.
Even if there are no trains running it will keep people amused and or baffled. Let me know if you need me to do or try and obtain anything.

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:24 am

If anyone's thinking of coming.
The two hotels nearest are:

Hotel F1

Approx 29€ per night but no toilet or shower in the room (but a sink) and no restaurant.

and

Campanile

Approx 60€ a night, with a restaurant.

Both are in the same road:

RUE PIERRE DE COUBERTIN
95300 PONTOISE

just round the corner from the exhibition hall.
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:01 am

Geoff , ideas for bell coding system.

- Maybe only signal one track in one direction so operators don't get confused
- Split into only 2 section with a single home guarding each
- Only codes would be can accept/yes/no
- No electronics
- Manual bells
- No interlocking
- I have some Hornby 0 gauge signals if you want them

David
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:19 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:
So does that mean you won't be coming or won't be becoming Bill?

Actually I think pink should be 'de riguer' for RailExpo.



Let me know your sizes please........
Although it is unlikely, if I happen to get a busines trip to the continent in late November, you can set a place for me, even if it means wearing a pink tee shirt.

_________________
Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:45 pm

Hi Carl

So far, taking advantage of a senior citizens fare, I've booked myself return to Paris Montparnasse Early 23 Nov thro late 25th on the TGV.

Any suggestions on travel and hotel thereafter, I'll be available to help in any way you think best?

Cheers Brian

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: RailExpo 2012   Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:17 pm

It'll be good see you twice in one year Brian. A pity we couldn't have been able to bring the MOMI modules together at Railexpo.

For onward transport I think the easiest would be to take the metro at Montparnasse line 12 and 13 to Hausseman (Gare) St Lazare and then take a surburban train to Pontoise. It's not far and still within the Paris zone (5) system. There are other ways to go including arriving at Cergy le Haut which is the end of the RER line A3.
I would say Pontoise is slightly nearer and easier to walk to the exhibition place, 10-15mins or a local bus.
You might get free or half price travel for OAP's in Paris, check the RATP website.

Accomodation as per the links in previous posts. There are two hotels within easy walking distance and of others about 10-15 mins walk.

We have really all the physical help needed to operate the layout so just come and enjoy. If you can bring something to run all the better.
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