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mikeyh




PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:05 pm

even the market was all hustle and bustle!






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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:10 pm

mikeyh wrote:
Demiel must have been the only place in France where the shops were open this afternoon!


mikey



Very nice....I presume they were having their sales.......

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:43 pm

Auchan open on 14 Juillet? Mon Dieu! The French are becoming more Americanized every day.

BTW, Mikey, the 'new' camion looks good; hope it doesn't frighten the chevaux.

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:10 pm

Nice pics Mikey, I take it the gypsies legged it for the day, whilst the famile Benet were away on a fishing jaunt!

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:15 pm

Unfortunately Clive, the Gendarmes have taken the bear into protective custody for 24 hours in case the fireworks frighten him; Mr Benet is just starting his third bottle of champers at a 'do' in the Mairie!!

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:24 am

Just how realistic does a garden railway need to be?





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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:30 pm

Pretty cool, Mikey. Maybe you could sell these to visitors as a souvenir.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:40 pm

HeHe; Na, theFrench narrow gauge magazine 'Voie Libre' carried a facsimile of the timetable for the Tramway de Royan and I just changed the pertinent details!!

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:11 pm

Like it, Mikey

Maybe make them look a bit more 'faded' and sepia-coloured, then you could flog them at an antiques fair! At least you can say it is a genuine timetable for a tramway which still exists!

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:06 pm

started the extension to the military camp today, the idea being a loop from the main line so that the train will change direction which should make for more interesting running;



I am hoping that the train, though short, will be heavy enough to open the points that will be against it;



the ground will have to be built up, including the camp to ensure smooth running;



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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:56 pm

Ah, a reversing loop. Interesting running indeed. A great justification for battery power.

You seem to be able to cobble everything together from your scraps, I was wondering what you used to make the tracks? They look so realistic. Laughing

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:58 pm

Those pics with tight radius curves, loops and points going all ways remind me very much of the former military installation at Bramley, Hampshire. It looks prototypical.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:16 am

A couple of years ago I bought an old Echo trainset on fleabay for 25 euros. So far it has given me the loco body for a tram loco, four wagons and 3 metres of plastic track. Now i have worked out a way to join it to LGB track I can use it. Perfect for battery power as you say Bill. When live steam is running just switch the loop out of the circuit.

Carl; Bramley is too far back for me but Marchwood also has loads of points and tight curves. British Rail health and safety doesn't apply!!

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:21 pm

This could go on and as interesting as it is, it is not about the Tramway Demiel so I will make another thread.

Here we are:

http://www.cgtrains.com/t958-secret-bunkers#12146
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:35 pm

when I was preparing the track for the military line I realised that i needed one more set of points. Being a tight b""""""r I thought ' Hang on, the passing loop at the station is never used, why not make it a goods siding and pinch the points from there', so I did;



whilst taking the above picture i heard a funny noise behind me, and this is what i saw;



More lifelike than the Schleich animals!!


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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:28 pm

Looking great now, Mikey... only, M Benet's jolly-boat appears to have sunk! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:49 pm

clive_t wrote:
Looking great now, Mikey... only, M Benet's jolly-boat appears to have sunk! Shocked

You've good eyes... cyclops

That's looking very Dordogne Mikey and the town grows with each picture.

I think you should reinstate the loop and indeed add an extra siding. I have a spare R1 point (that I will never use) if you want for free in the course of railway development.

I also feel the town has outgrown the (meagre) facilities at the station and all due consideration should for a larger BV. Monsieur Benet.... il faut mettre ses mains dans les poches..... Razz
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:57 pm

Well spotted (yet again Clive) I well varnished the boats, but when it rains the water cant escape so the boats gradually sink. i must remember to empty them before the next lot of pics!
Carl you are so right! As the town gets bigger a new station is called for. Once i can build the extension to another village this station will be moved. I am collecting R1 track as its much cheaper on fleabay, and straightening them myself.

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:07 pm

Liking the developments Mikey. You have so many buildings !
Reversing loops are great to add variety to running.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:51 pm

With the new station up and running its time to run trains again:





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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:45 pm

Great to see the station in service!

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I am collecting R1 track as its much cheaper on fleabay, and straightening them myself.


Idea Idea That's smart! Idea Idea

I suppose the 2 inner rails and 2 outer rails make 2 straight tracks in different sizes. But how do you straighten the rails? I've tried this once but I only got some twisted piece of rail out of it... Rolling Eyes

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:13 pm

I know exactly what you mean Paul! I borrowed one of those expensive rail straighteners and thought it was very over-rated. My own method is to use two pieces of the 'plumbing' copper piping. You insert each end of the piece of rail into the end of the tubing as far as it xill go ( 30 cm lengths of tubing to gain leverage). then bend it straight. As the piece you are bending straightens, insert it further into the tubing. Keep checking it by eye and you will very quickly, and cheaply, have straight rails, then simply re-insert it into the sleepers (after first cutting the inside radius plastic webbing).

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:45 pm

Thanks Mikey! I will try that.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:30 pm

Thanks to the superb generosity of Carl and Clive I have been able to restore the passing loop and add a siding:



et en service;

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Thanks guys!!

mikey





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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:31 pm

You're welcome, Mikey, glad to see the points getting used. Vive le Tramway Demiel Cool

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:54 pm

Thats a neat and realistic solution and the siding is functional for the watertower.
Great looking buffer stop btw!

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