Welcome to February : visit from France & trip to France
- Dear fellow Valeasians,
It's been a week since my last message to you and what a great way to
start off another month than to have the opportunity to spend some
time with a fellow Valeasian. Yesterday, my wife and I enjoyed a few
hours with Dominique deChampeau and his wife, Carolin, who were in
Montréal on their way to a winter vacation in the Lac-St-Jean region
Dominique and I first met at Sinsheim's "Faszination Modellbau" in
2002. Since then he has become a very active member of Z_Scale and
the "Z" modelling scene in France. His home layout, representing the
Tehachapi Loop of the Union Pacific in the modern era, is well
underway with the first yard tracks laid and ballasted. He informed
me that he can actually make up trains on a "small scale" of
The wives, Carolin and Marthe, share a common boredom when it comes
to model trains but they are most gracious in letting
their "adolescents in adult clothing" have their play things. I
found out that Dominique has negociated his train space in return for
a full kitchen for Carolin who is a cordon bleu cook. Seems to me to
be a very good deal for both parties!
Dominique has been working hard on behalf of the VECRR. In fact he
has arranged confirmed display space at the 2006 Mondial de la
maquette et du modèle réduit (World miniature and scale model Show)
Thanks to the lessons learned from our attempt to participate in the
2004 show, we have modified our plans to make the participation less
expensive and less complicated by far.
1. Comexpo-Paris, the show organiser, will provide free display space
to the VECRR and crew as well as publicize our participation.
2. The VECRR will be on display on the last four days of the 9-day
show. This includes Thursday (10am to 7pm), Friday (9am to 9pm) and
the last weekend (10am to 7pm) when the attendance is highest
(~120,000/200,000). A 4-day participation means that a crew of 2
(minimum) or 3 (better) can handle the crowds instead of the 6
crewmembers that would be required for a full 9-day show.
The official registered VEC crew will be limited to 3 members
although fellow Valeasians who are in the Paris area for the show are
welcome to join us on an "ad hoc" basis.
3. I'm hoping to be able to take two sections of the VECRR (VEE+VEW)
in checked baggage. I have already successfully tested airline
handling of a crate I made for VEW. Making a second crate is a day
project and would cost about $100 in material.
Using checked baggage eliminates the requirement for a bonded
shipping agent, temporary import and export fees and unionized labour
handling charges. In 2004 these fees totaled $4500 CAD!
4. Micro-Trains Line has already generously accepted to sponsor the
VECRR. I'm hoping that another sponsor or two will also provide
Of course, you'll read all about the planning for the Paris 2006
AdventureZ. There's always something in the workZ at the VECRR.
- Hi Jeffrey,
Me! Me!! Please pick me!!! And Terry! We wanna crew for you!
Well, at least I do, Terry may have better thingZ to do that week.
Since the Atlantic is still a mighty puddle to jump, even for
airliners, I suppose I'll have to break down and buy an airline ticket
(I'm sure the Z Scale group would pitch in to make it a one-way
ticket, at no cost to me! :) That is, unless Dominique can get me
into baggage on one of his airline's flights from the West Coast
(assuming they have any - actually, anywhere in the U.S. would save
Dominique, was this the vacation trip you were originally hoping to
make to California going all the way back to last June, then the Fall,
then the Winter ... ? The Bay Area Z Module Cooperative/Group/Gaggle
would love to host you and yours whenever you can make it out this far
West (and go see the Tehachapi Loop in person for an update on the
All Z BeZt,
P.S.: Is this the same 2006 that you may finally go to Japan in
August, or is this an either/or choice (assuming that Japan is still
somewhere in the vicinity of appearing on the Grand Map of
Invitations-Only sometime during our life expectancies - strung
--- In VECRR@yahoogroups.com, "Jeffrey MacHan" <jmac_han@y...> wrote:
> It's been a week since my last message to you and what a great way
> to start off another month than to have the opportunity to spend
> some time with a fellow Valeasian. Yesterday, my wife and I enjoyed
> a few hours with Dominique deChampeau and his wife, Carolin, who
> were in Montréal on their way to a winter vacation in the
> Lac-St-Jean region of Québec.
- Hi Jim,
Haven't heard from Kato USA re: JAM since last March... March 2004
that is! You already provided some insight into the Japanese concept
of "soon" being anything in the next 100 years ;-) Maybe we'll get a
chance to travel to Tokyo with the VEC in our lifetimes but I'll be
very happy just to pull off the Paris 2006 trip. With Dominique's
help and the enthusiastic participation of crewmembers like yourself,
the chances are good that one or two sections of the VECRR will be
part of the Mondial de la maquette et du modèle réduit in April 2006.
Keep your fingers crossed and thanks for your very welcome offer to
join us in "la ville lumière". BTW Dominique insists that we spend a
few days at his Burgundy château playing with his layout. Talk about
an offer that's impossible to refuse!
- Dominique, was this the vacation trip you were
originally hoping to
make to California going all the way back to last
June, then the Fall,
then the Winter ... ?
Hi Jim, unfortunately I'm not able to plan a trip to
California now, and unfortunately it's unlikely I'll
be even able to come in 2005, because as a married guy
now, I have to deal with the wife, who is not a
railfan nor a modelrailroader, like most women (but as
she encourages me with my tastes and hobbies I can't
But as I'm missing more and more California (as my
airline has had switched off California flights for 2
years now) I'll deal with my wife a 4 to 5-day trip in
LA or SFO area maybe on next year....
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