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Voie Libre international

No. 106

Discover every three months in this international issue of Voie Libre in english, new products reviews, layout descriptions, model building, historical information on secondary lines and prototypes...

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1 min
maquette création : card for laser

Pierre Le Feurmou, who runs Maquette Création, has decided to make the material he uses for his productions available to modellers who practice laser-cutting. We are talking here of glossy and very smooth white, brown or brick red card, whose appearance is very similar to Bristol board. This product is indeed very easy to cut with a laser, generates very little smoke and above all with hardly any charring, unlike more ordinary card. Assembly calls on wood glue. This material is available in thicknesses ranging from 0.3 to 3mm. MAQUETTE CRÉATION CARD FOR LASER-CUTTING PRICE: 5 TO 6.50€ DEPENDING ON THE THICKNESS https://shop.maquettecreation.fr/…

2 min
mosskito axles retrofitting your rolling stock

Neil Moss has gradually put into production a fine selection of blackened brass axles. They feature references in three gauges, 6.5mm (H0f), 9mm (H0-9/00-9) and 12mm (00n3/H0-12). The wheel diameters range from 3.75 to 8mm. Their profile is quite fine and the axle is shouldered to guarantee proper gauging. The central shouldering has a diameter of 2mm. This means they can be used as driving axles by fitting Tenshodo gears to them. In 9mm gauge, the 5.6mm diam. wheels can be used to replace the plastic axles on Peco stock. They are also suitable for the P’tits Kits sugar beet and Decauville 1915 models. Replacing the axles add some weight to the wagons, lowers the centre of gravity and improves their appearance. Each pair of axles costs ca. 3.5£. Some…

3 min
les châtaignes (chestnuts)

In many of his layouts, there are small tell-tale details: Michel Lecoursonnais is from the lower Vilaine valley. And on Les Châtaignes, this is quite obvious. Because the theme of the layout is precisely chestnuts! Alongside apple trees for producing cider, chestnut trees were extensively grown along the Vilaine to provide wood and fruit. Until the early XXth century, chestnuts were even the staple diet in the countryside surrounding Redon. And in Michel’s imaginary Upper Britanny, locked in the 1960s and 1970s, this type of agriculture is still flourishing and has even prompted one grower to build a 40cm gauge railway to carry his crop. Welcome to Les Châtaignes, in a place and time when railway tractors held their own against lorries and when linen was still bleached in a laundry tub…

6 min
trainsmania pass on your train the crazy challenge for a virtual show

The principle was quite simple: a small railcar travelled across a layout, from left to right, running through the specific scenes created by the 14 participants. The gradual definition of the constraints improved the initial project. Gérard CONSTRAINTS There were a few rules, all the same: the surface of the layout was restricted to a half A4 format, meaning 10.5 x 29.7cm. By using 9mm gauge track in 1/87 scale and above all by meeting the demands of the many anonymous viewers who decided, through the 12 polls held on social networks, what the participants should include on their model. DISTANCE MODELLING! But remember, this edition of Trainsmania was virtual, with no actual meetings. Each participant had to film his own bit of layout, always with the same railcar. The images were then assembled to…

1 min
réseau breton: volume 2 is available!

At the end of volume 1, we had left the Réseau Breton in the aftermath of WWII with a high level of traffic. Unfortunately, as road transport picked up again in the post-war years, things soon changed for the RB. With a view to preserving what could be preserved, the 1950s and 60s witnessed the introduction of railcars, the rationalisation of the locomotive and carriage classes, before essentially political – not to say ideological - decisions – finally sealed the fate of the railway… Following on in the spirit of the first volume, the authors conclude an in-depth and detailed study of this exceptional network. D. PARIS AND P.H. EMANGARD LE RÉSEAU BRETON – DE 1945 À NOS JOURS – VOLUME 2 [THE RÉSEAU BRETON – FROM 1945 TO NOWADAYS] PUBLISHED BY…

1 min
the gostivarorhid line, a film star!

In 1963, the Macedonian 60cm gauge made it onto the front page of the venerable weekly La Vie du Rail (issue 910), with a picture of a rusty but still active Brigadelok. This issue must have given ideas to a number of people, as two teams of French documentary producers travelled to Macedonia the following year. Serge de Marchi and Alain Breuil journeyed by road from Paris in a Citroën 2 CV and filmed the whole line. The result was Rendez-vous à Ohrid, a short film shot in 16mm format. The same year, a team structured around Jean Dasque followed in their footsteps and shot Ohrid Express. It took part in the short film competition at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival. And just for good measure, a third team, British, this…