Voie Libre international OCTOBER 2015 - 83

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
voie libre , a fine tool!

While working on this issue, we could already picture it lying on your workbench, next to your tools, a companion for your projects. Throughout the following pages, we endeavoured to gather pragmatic information, simple but sensible knacks. The layouts reviewed were chosen for their practical qualities and the many smart ideas used by their builders. Not forgetting to supply you with drawings to help you build and put on your thinking hat: the central folder brings together wagons and an electric motor-unit, as well as the weird Blanzy rail barrows! As for the layout project, it’s a pretext for conjuring up your very own station. Finally, no issue of Voie Libre would be complete without its rich documentation: a journey through Portugal and an excursion along the now vanished lines…

10 min
what's new?

Bachmann: side-dump cars are back This isn’t actually a new release, as this item has been available in the Bachmann catalogue for some years. Nevertheless, this side-dump car is of interest to all fans of 0 scale narrow gauge, and not only to those modelling US-style layouts. Entirely cast in metal and fully functional, these cars are supplied in sets of three in the manufacturer’s classic green box. One new feature, however: a new livery is available in the catalogue. In addition to the red version, these items can now be supplied also with an olive green body. At the last NMRA convention, Bachmann also announced the release in 2016 of a new digital series of its tender 2-6-0 locomotive in 0n30. The first model produced by the firm in this…

5 min
san rocco torinese: under the scorching sun of the pô valley

Imagine two black boxes, what we usually call “show cases”, arranged back to back, and connected by two semi-circles of track, with one of them forming a large fiddleyard. Imagine varied operations: mixed trains, pick-up goods trains or heavily loaded bulk trains. Imagine that the overcast sky generates a slightly blinding white light. Imagine the heat and humidity so typical of the Pô valley. Open your eyes, listen to Enrico and Massimo Boniforti, and let’s take a trip through northern Italy. François Fontana: The layout doesn’t evoke a specific location, but rather an entire region? Enrico Boniforti: In Italy, there used to be miles and miles of narrow gauge railways, as was the case in most countries; they were eliminated by road transport. But they contributed significantly to the economic growth of…

8 min
the tramways de la haute-vienne

The longest local electrified railway network built in France was the Tramways de la Haute-Vienne. A very structured network, this railway featured a star-pattern of four lines radiating around Limoges, and was from the outset designed for electric traction. Remarkably advanced in technical terms, this railway was supplied by high voltage industrial current and operated “American-style” via an operations manager inspired by US dispatching practice. Four branches for a star Planned as early as 1897, the network was declared of public utility in 1909 and conceded to a company managed by Messrs. Giros and Loucheur, engineers who specialized in projects running on electrical power. The railway opened in stages between 1911 and 1913. The network was built along the roadside in a very hilly region. Gradients were as steep as 60‰ with…

2 min
building a cask wagon

Necessary supplies • Roco truck (ref. 34602, available from www.train-modelisme.com) • Peco N gauge axles with spoked wheels (ref. NR-101, available from www.train-modelisme.com) • 15x18 wooden cask (ref. 819-033 1518, available from www.micro-modele.fr) • Evergreen strips (ref. 167, 294) • X-Acto knife, cyano adhesive, sandpaper (grain 60 and 150) • Humbrol paint (n° 11, 62), Lefranc et Bourgeois acrylic (n° 127 – Umber earth, n° 265 - Black) • “Black” and “rust brown” pastels If you are about to venture into scratchbuilding rolling stock and want to be reasonably sure of success, it’s advisable to start with a very simple model. Such is the case of this small H09 cask wagon, which can be used to carry all kinds of fluids: weed killer, water, alcohol… Let’s proceed step-by-step, or rather, photo by photo!…

3 min
minitrains, america here we come!

Both models • Manufacturer: MinitrainS • Scale: 009/H09/H0n30 • Gauge: 9mm • Driving mechanism: can motor, flywheel, worm gear and straight gear tower • Lights: working with light yellow LEDs • Price: 139.90€ • Forney: black and brown ref. 1031. With F&C Ry markings: ref. 1032. • Porter: ref. 1011 Two new references is good news, but two new locomotives is even better! Especially when these two locomotives have different chassis, one with two driving axles, and the other with three. The choice of the prototypes Clearly, the two locomotives, a Forney 0-4-4 T and a Porter 0-6-0 saddle tank, although inspired by plantation prototypes, are imaginary. Their tiny size and small driving wheel diameter places them squarely in the category of their Egger-Bahn or Joe Works ancestors. They are strikingly similar to earlier brass kit references from the Joe Works…