'Le Mortier Gourmand' tease
- Mike -
From the opening paragraph I was expecting shots of the layout and rolling
>As some of you know, I have been engaged in a long(ish) term project tomodel a 1:32 scale, 60 cm gauge (= American 'On3' track) diorama of a
1950's French beach tramway, one supposedly built in the 'Belle Époque'
(when such things were obligatory for any resort of stature) and now on
its last, worn out gasp. The station buildings are shamelessly lifted
from Le Mortier Gumond on my all time favourite narrow gauge line, the
metre gauge Tramways de la Corréze*, about which I have written
previously. Aficionados of Mlle. Brigitte Bardot's 1956 bustout film
'And God Created Woman' will doubtless recognize various of the
vignettes and maybe even the 'costumes'. A scratch-built 1:32 scale
Decauville 0-4-0T, bearing an alarming resemblance to famous No. 509
from Volos, Greece, is all but complete (weathering is awaited), whilst
a couple of rakes of characteristic Decauville trellis underframed
'balladeuse' bogie "toastrack" coaches are all but complete.
- Charles Hansen wrote:- "From the opening paragraph I was expecting shots
of the layout and rolling stock."
As soon as the people are done, I promise :-)
After all, photos of what us (few) narrow gauge modellers out in Western
Canada disparagingly call 'plywood prairies' - those vast, perpetually
unfinished and inadequately sceniced HO gauge empires seemingly so
beloved of our standard gauge compatriots - are only SO interesting...
Besides, a 'certain gentleman' in New Zealand is also building a
1:32-ish model of the Le Mortier Gumond buildings, and I wouldn't want
to steal his (photographic) thunder, would I (hint!)
lost somewhere in deepest Western Canada
- BTW, There are photos of the real station buildings of the TC to be found at
www.voiemetrique.org. Go to the album section and then to "France".
somewhere in rainy Germany
>Von: Mike South <mikesouth@...>
>Betreff: [FS32NGModelrail] Re: 'Le Mortier Gourmand' tease
>Datum: Die, 10. Feb 2004 19:05 Uhr