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Old 2nd September 2005, 23:02   #11
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Very interesting subject, Steve. Good looking layout too.
I have a book, published in the last 10 or so years, called 'Narrow Gauge to no-Man's land'.
This is all about the US Army's WW1 trench railways. Lots of clear B&W photos of in service trench engines, including the gas-mechanical Baldwin locos.
It also has a bit on the Ft. Eustis RR, a WW1 survivor in action stateside in WW2.
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Old 3rd September 2005, 03:46   #12
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Thanks for sharing. Just researching the era must have been a big exercise. I have read a fair amount on WW1 but was not aware that rail got that close to the front. I would imagine that you and Stuart got a lot of satisfaction from the project. Please keep us informed.
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Old 3rd September 2005, 22:50   #13
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Don, in the book I mentioned, there's a photo of tracklaying in an open field and in the distance is the smoke/dust plumes from artillary shells (German, according to the caption).
The gas locos were intended for use in forward areas where steam locos would draw enemy fire due to the constant telltale smoke & steam. There were two types of gas-mechalnicals too, a 25hp and a 50hp model.
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Old 3rd September 2005, 23:53   #14
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Good info Russ.
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Old 17th September 2005, 13:57   #15
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Very nice Steve Thanks for sharing
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Old 17th September 2005, 15:34   #16
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very interesting
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Old 1st August 2006, 01:21   #17
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like the trench railway idea, great layout.
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Old 1st August 2006, 14:25   #18
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Perhaps is not a new, but a little of these lines survived both WW and are still operating as preserved railway. More on www.appeva.club.fr
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I've pretty much made my mind up that this layout's restoration will be my next project. My Kingman layout will have to be stored ( sold????? ) to make space.

To start with, the layout needs its own legs making, as it used tressles for support before. As mentioned earlier in this thread, there will be a new back scene to make, LED's to add, landscape to re-work, track plan will probably be changed/upgraded, electric motors probably added to the aircraft, and some more rolling stock produced.

I'm going to try and get some pictures of the layout when I go to dad's for the Hull show ( it's in his shed ). That should give me a better idea of what needs doing.

I'm not sure when this will happen, but I'll keep you informed when things start.

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Old 5th November 2007, 00:32   #20
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great pictures. BIG fan of WWW1 aircraft.

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