Voie Libre international No. 104

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...

LR Presse
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what’s new

0/22.2 SCHNELLENKAMP : TRANSPORTWAGEN Michael Schnellenkamp has released a reproduction of the «transportwagen» (carrier wagons) built in large numbers for German metre gauge railways by Both&Tillmann in Dortmund. This industrially-built model, in 1/45 scale for 22.2mm gauge, is made of metal with injected plastic detailing parts and RP25 code 110 wheels. They are designed to carry standard gauge wagons with a maximum wheelbase of 6m. The locking chocks are magnetic and work very well. When tested, on normally laid track, they can run through 400m radius curves. Herbert Fackeldey SCHNELLENKAMP / spur-0-kaufhaus.de / Price: 150€ H0-12 LEOPOLD HALLING : AN ARTICULATED TRAM From the Leopold Halling range, here is a fine, articulated 5-segment model, three of which have wheels, based on a Brussels trams prototype. The model is made of injected plastic and reproduces one of the…

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LE RÉSEAU BRETON, FROM ITS CREATION TO THE 1940S All you ever wanted to know about the Réseau Breton Among the main French metre gauge networks, books about the Réseau Breton were somewhat scarce when compared to those dealing with the railways of Provence, Corsica or the Vivarais. LR Presse decided to fill this gap. In the first volume, Dominique Paris and Pierre-Henri Émangard draw a detailed picture of this very special network. The text goes well beyond the usual description of lines. The railway’s architecture and its timetables are analyzed. This approach helps to understand the ideas upon which the network was based, and how it evolved. There is a wealth of images, combining archival material and photographs, many of which had been unpublished until today. This book is a…

2 min
press review

Rail & Industrie has accustomed us to publishing in-depth studies about highly specific and little known subjects. Such is the case once again in Issue n° 81 with a description of the coal mines at La Machine in the Nièvre, which featured 110 and 50cm gauge railways. This is wehre the small Schneider 0-4-0 locomotive, preserved at the Pithiviers museum, used to operate. Issue 243 of the Industrial Railway Record, the publication of the Industrial Railway Society, contains an excellent account of a trip to France in 1965. There are some fine shots of the 700mm gauge locomotives of the Lambert quarries at Cormeilles, and one realizes that industrial engine does not necessarily equate with black and grimy! There is some 60cm gauge track in Issue n° 402 of Chemins…

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It was with great surprise and sadness that we heard about the passing, on 17th November, of Cyril Ducrocq, following a long illness. A gifted and innovative modeller, Cyril had decided once retired to create Trains d’Antan, developing over the years a large range of metre or narrow gauge kits. With his engineering qualifications, he opted from the outset for novel techniques, and was probably the first artisan in France to call on CAD and 3D printing for his master models. His friends and customers will remember his warmth and generous advice. The Editorial Team of Voie Libre expresses its deepest sympathy to his spouse and children.…

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train’in box the narrow gauge

The box is tiny and cute: a kraft cardboard package with a fine green label carries us away at once to a rural dreamland. As is now customary, the Train’in Box team, Christian Fournereau, François Fouger, Eric Fresné and François Fontana suggest you build a narrow gauge layout from A to Z. IT’S ALL IN THE BOX! Seven 3mm thick MDF boards to build the baseboard and the trackbed. All the sectional lengths of track and the turnouts, from the Peco 009 range. Kraft paper to build the relief, and glue to assemble the various parts. But also: coloured paints for decorating the structure, pouches of ballast, sand, flock materials for decorating the ground. The trees are also supplied, as well as fencing for the meadows, not forgetting figures who will dwell in…

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waldbahn - eusserthal

This place is steeped in the fragrances of freshly-felled logs, damp undergrowth, creosote and burning coal! It’s just like being in Abreschviller. It must be said that Bernd is a real fan of this heritage railway, which he knows inside out, and has very accurately modelled. Gerd, on the other hand, is more into fiction and has imagined a forestry railway located in the Black Forest. We shall see how they designed a system of small modular “bricks” that can be assembled into all kinds of positions. François Fontana: The Waldbahn layout is designed to be displayed on a table, how is it built? Gerd Ziller: It consists of an assembly of layout elements all designed around the Casani boxes produced by Boesner. They are made out of beechwood, carefully manufactured and…