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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:22 pm

Aha.....I've been out visiting and playing trains today.

Whilst I was at Railexpo earlier this year a very pleasant couple introduced themselves and I discovered they live near Pont Audemer just 30 mins from me!

They invited me over for the day including a sumptious calorie busting Norman lunch.... king

This chap Alain, an exquiste skilled modeller has been working away by himself in 'Garden Scale' for a number of years not knowing that there are like minded 'dingues' not too far away.

And to my added pleasure he is originally from the Correze and vehemently passionate about it which is reflected in his modelling.

He has a well planned but unfinished layout in the front garden occupying some 20 metres x 5 metres, elevated about 60cms with a long extension around and into the house plus another in typical Correze style disappearing off into the countryside somewhere!

Here are a selection of (some locomotive vapeur...I love you) pics from a fine December day.

The jolly thatched building at the back is his workshop!









...and for those who like their Corpets black....

(This is the part inside his house.)





We ran some live steam despite the cold. Plenty of pressure but unable to keep the cylinders warm.







A brief diversion (while waiting for steam-up) into his workshop revealed some gems.

A working water mill in brass/zinc and plastic.



A beautiful G scale paddle steamer in wood.



A Correze mallet in brass.



Back to the steam...







...and last train to Seihac maybe...typical Correze train....De Dion ML autorail.

And yes apparently there were metre gauge tank wagons on the Correze



....And after a long afternoon we went inside and in the dining room I found this completely handbuilt diaroma...



I have some movie film too for a later post.

To be continued....
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:35 pm

Quote :
I have some movie film too for a later post.

To be continued....

YES PLEASE!
Some very beautiful work and a great looking railroad.
And what an awesome watermill!

Quote :
And yes apparently there were metre gauge tank wagons on the Correze
Now that's good news! I knew they must had existed! More info please!! Razz

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:52 pm

Superb... I imagine there must be quite a few like him, who have pottered along for years in blissful ignorance of the fact that there are others of a like mind dotted around the place. For some reason I am drawn to the fact that his track crosses what is obviously a well-used access for 1:1 scale motor vehicles! In fact, all his track-work looks hand-built to my untrained eye? Or is it LGB/Bachmann with every other sleeper removed?

Yes please, more photos, more video, more everything!


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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:07 pm

The track is mostly Peco code 250 but where it crosses the main driveway and disappears away (I never found the end....) it is code 338 in a sort of handbuilt trackbed.

The guy is a mechanical genius and I will be visiting again.

The layout is a sort of dogbone with cross connections and tunnels, viaducts and a lake. It has a half neglected look and remains very unfinished. I have offered to help him connect up the loop so that continuous running is possible.

He also models in zinc.... I have some scrap pieces to play with and he has shown me how to solder it.

All the half finished buildings (and most of the water mill) are made from this.

It could be revelation if I can work with it too.....

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:07 pm

Ditto the remarks above, love the railway. Very Happy

I, like Clive, really like the way the drive crosses the tracks.

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:00 am

What a find Carl, an amazing guy. I can see some interesting information coming from him. I am impressed with the ground cover in the 13th 14th picture's by the tunnel, I could do with some of that.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:52 pm

The ship is pretty amazing, too.

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:46 pm

Ooooooh I like that railway!

What a happy meeting!

Be great if you could follow up with even more info and pics, perhaps they would like an outing to the Charente?

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Chemin de Fer en Haute Normandie   Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:06 pm

I have some more pics to sort out.

I'm not sure about Charente although I will ask. But I'm sure an open day in Normandy is possible.
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