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Bearcastle




PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:27 pm

I might have time to come the friday, as some meeting on my agenda has been moved the week after. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:24 pm

If you come on Friday Laurent you will be very welcome and if you can help for a couple of hours or few I will give you a badge for free admission and lunch.

I still have another badge if someone else wants to do likewise and for Sunday too. sunny
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:52 pm

Ah.I wanted to do this one Sad
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:49 pm

Carl I could come early if you need and I could stay until 14h30.
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:37 pm

It's up to you Laurent.

Come when you want. The Friday morning will be very busy in fact it will be chaotic especially at the start so for my part that will better if you come then but there is no obligation.

We need to have lots of steam (or smoke), sound and activity for the opening. cheers
I'm hoping to run the diesel monster! affraid
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:25 pm

I could come early to help you to install your layout. We need to find a rendez-vous point.
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:01 pm

I will be there at 05h00 on Friday!

Seriously......

Laurent please don't worry about coming to set up, if you just come and help with running some trains (because it's double track now and a loop) and three trains are possible. That will be fine if you get there for the opening. Just take the first shuttle bus from Massy.

I will be in the foyer, kettle on, cakes and biscuits.

Anyone else who wants to come will be welcome too. There is no need to gain entry to see me!
But I will arrange for admittance to the show however.
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Mike B



Location : Just outside Marbella, Spain

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:54 pm

I really wish I could make it but having trolled the web for an up to date train map of Spain (failed) and got a quote from RENFE I have the prospect of a 17.5hr journey from Malaga to Paris at a cost in excess of 500euros! and I have to change trains at Madrid and travel across the city from the south station to the north station as well... I think it might be easier to fly! Either way I think I'll try again next year when hopefully the AVE and TGV will be linked better...

Hope you gave a good time.

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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:39 am

The TGV will start soon (december) to cross the border and stopped at "Figuère" as the rest of the line is not ready to go to Barcelona

Carl, I will come with the first shuttle bus. I will be happy to help you there again.
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:39 am

OK Laurent see you there.
Just push past the queues. I will look out for you.

Mike B wrote:
I really wish I could make it but having trolled the web for an up to date train map of Spain (failed) and got a quote from RENFE I have the prospect of a 17.5hr journey from Malaga to Paris at a cost in excess of 500euros! and I have to change trains at Madrid and travel across the city from the south station to the north station as well... I think it might be easier to fly! Either way I think I'll try again next year when hopefully the AVE and TGV will be linked better...

Hope you gave a good time.

Mike


Poor excuse for not coming......


lol!

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Mike B



Location : Just outside Marbella, Spain

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:05 am

Triste, soy tan avergonzado... Embarassed

Miguel

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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:26 pm

So you should be....

I think seriously what we should do is try and publish a rolling calender of events/shows etc. for the year in advance so that we could coordinate a meet.

It did happen earlier this year around May time when Daniel (Tram47) organised something.

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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:03 pm

Well that's it from me for a few days.

I'm off to bed for a very early start.

Van packed and ready to go..........It's show time! cheers

Have a nice weekend. I shall, and maybe I'll see a few of you at RailExpo.
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:06 am

There was a lot of people friday, very difficult to walked throught the alley of the hall.
We were very busy talking to people asking a lot's of questions.

Here some pictures of Carl's layout at the expo













The Hanna in action











This layout needed a track inspection Very Happy





Now few G scale things seen at the expo



And a very nice crane at 1:20













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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:59 pm

Well I'm back and it's all over for another year.

I may have some pictures to follow later when I eventually get sorted out.

Firstly a lot of thanks to those that made a big effort to come and had an impact on a successful weekend:
Laurent, who came on Friday by train with a sack full of stock....yellow of course!
Phil who came specially from London by Eurostar and without his help manning the layout the monster would have never run.
Other friends not on the forum include Denis who brought and ran his RH Katie and scratchbuilt wagons and Eric who loaned me his Regner Lumberjack and RH Billy to wreck.

A few negative points like not so many visitors at the weekend after a manic Friday.
My Regner Hanna failed after a few circuits because of slipped valve timing.
Loads of stupid questions from rivet counting adults (more than usual).

A lot of plus points like the good organisation.
The diesel monster attracting more interest than live steam. - A second model is now a priority.
It ran (after some initial starting problems) on Saturday afternoon and again for several successful runs on Sunday. The noisy, oily star of the show.
The Reppingen EKB performed well and my 7 year old Caradoc which looking back was £500 well spent on steam entertainment.

Here's a bit of diesel video for the time being.





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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:21 pm

Well done Carl sounds like a great success!

Really sorry I couldn't make it this year!

C'est la vie!

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Mike B



Location : Just outside Marbella, Spain

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:20 am

Really sorry I could not make it having seen all those pics. Sad

The diesel went well by the look of the video cheers Hope there was good ventilation in there with all those diesel fumes! I remember taking my old magazine's exhibition stand (The NG&IRM Review) to an indoor venue but the organisers allowed the live steam modellers to run meths fired locos in doors! More than a few of us threw up before it was stopped and they were sent outside to a chorus of derision for the afflicted! Mad

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:19 pm

Good show Carl, well done.

First procedure successfully negotiated so I am optimistic about being at the show next year.


David
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:24 pm

Hi David,

You've got to get that diesel running. They were crazy about it. Live steam is great but many have seen it all before.

Live diesel is the way to go for unusual interest. Even the grumpy Pompiers wanted a demonstration
I'm planning a few machines for the future now. At least one using a rigid chassis (080)...... Laughing

I wouldn't mind just doing a small stand with only live diesel. That is trains operating but also some running explanation and demonstration of how it all works.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:59 pm

Looks like a great time, Carl. I can imagine the Sturm und Drang of the live diesel was a great deal of its "charm". An interesting concept to say the least. If my project list weren't already way too long, I might contemplate building one myself.

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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:24 am

Some more pics of ExpoRail:

Carl's layout was in prime position in the foyer:



The monster needed a sharp talking-to outside before it behaved:



But it was up and running to general appreciation and amazement:



And produced satisfying amounts of clag (my job was to ensure that the foyer fire-door was open for ventilation):



Pierre d'Imagimonde's stand:



and his might-have-been railbus, which I particularly liked as I'm trying to produce something similar:



Some of the smaller gauge layouts that caught my eye:







...mostly because of rural/"secondaire" atmosphere.

The diesel was unique, but otherwise I share Carl's view; it wasn't exactly full; if you like the French HO/N approach to modelling with unbelievable detail and closeness to prototype, it's very intersting; the trade stands were mostly selling HO/N stuff; even thespeiclist bits retailers produce for those scales. There was a Gauge 1 steam layout with top-of-the range scale steamers, including a Britannia. And cheery old Max from Apocopa, when I showed him the pictures in my camera of my railcars built from his kits, brightly informed that he wasn't producing any more and that "IIm in France is dead."

I think not: but we are its life support system.

Phil














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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:50 am

thanks everybody for the pictures. I think the comment should have been 'llm in France is too expensive!!'

mikey
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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:57 pm

Those are excellent pictures Phil. You were modest enough to say that you couldn't handle a live steam locomotive but you can certainly take better pictures than me.

The first one is a gem. You managed to actually capture the moment of flame and firing up when starting a steam engine.

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I was wearing the special fireproof Teflon-crotch overalls on Saturday for the first firing of the monster.
There were a number of bizarre minor problems like the RX crystal working loose and not making contact but only when the engine was running. scratch
Then there was a clochard who kept hanging round me outside shouting "allumage !" every few minutes. I very nearly did set light to him.bom

As Phil said Max was his 'usual self' until Sunday afternoon when I spoke to him about railcars and he did suggest that if I or anyone wanted anything then to contact him......confused
He was prepared to sell me a Billard 80 narrow body (although I want a wide body version) or a 150.
However at his prices I think I could adopt some techniques (llike Troy has used on trams...) to create the round ends and produce something out of wood for a fraction of the price.
Shame because his resin shells are fire resistant at least to soldering temperature.

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:39 pm

Great pics Phil, but who was that manning Carl's stand?
His clean shaven, leaner, fitter, younger brother?

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:20 pm

Looks like it was a very nice weekend! It's obvious why they placed you in the foyer with all that steam and diesel.
As I can read it's a good thing some of you showed G-Scale is still alive and kicking!



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PostSubject: Re: Rail Expo 2010   Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:54 am

I had an E mail from Patrick who was running the other huge live steam mostly gauge 1 layout.


Bonjour,

Ci-dessous les adresses youtube de 3 petits films sur le réseau CAV/Gauge 1
présenté à Railexpo

partie 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAF38qSSIDo

partie 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4y0UL69Eys

partie 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5G2c3gNH2s


Patrick
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