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Re: [OT]Re: [Z_Scale] Track work - a lighter side

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  • de Champeaux Dominique
    Yes Jeff, about 12 to 13 hours to run the 160-kilometer distance between Merida and Valladolid. What is funny about that railroad (which will be the basis for
    Message 1 of 16 , Mar 12, 2013
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      Yes Jeff, about 12 to 13 hours to run the 160-kilometer distance between Merida and Valladolid. What is funny about that railroad (which will be the basis for my future Z scale layout - I already have repainted a MTL GP35 and I have 2 undec AZL GP38 for that purpose) is that it has been regauged to standard less than 30 years ago, in 1986. Prior to that it was 3' gauge and part of what was Ferrocarriles de Yucatan, a 3' gauge railroad network, with no connection with the remaining of mexican railroads until the 50's... And although the regauging trackwork was less than 30 years old it gave the feeling that it was very old...

      But for those who appreciate caboose operations and locomotives without ditchlights in 2013, this railroad is definitly a must!

      Dom







      --- En date de : Lun 11.3.13, Jeff Newburg <jrnwbrg@...> a écrit :

      > De: Jeff Newburg <jrnwbrg@...>
      > Objet: Re: [OT]Re: [Z_Scale] Track work - a lighter side
      > À: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Lundi 11 mars 2013, 23h11
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      > Dom, looks like they don’t believe in
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      > caboose has seen better days, but it’s sorta cute! I hope
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    • Reynard Wellman
      Hi Dom, Wonderful links to railroad and aeronautical videos. Your research on the Mexican branch lines of the Yucatan is fun on many levels. Thank you for
      Message 2 of 16 , Mar 12, 2013
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        Hi Dom,

        Wonderful links to railroad and aeronautical videos. Your research on
        the Mexican branch lines of the Yucatan is fun on many levels.
        Thank you for sharing.

        Reynard
        On Mar 11, 2013, at 4:02 PM, de Champeaux Dominique wrote:

        > Some 5 years ago I shot the video below, in Yucatan, Mexico. I was lucky enough to hold the railroad dispatcher's phone number, and lucky enough to manage to speak a few words of spanish. Provided there is only one to two trains a week each way on this railroad, every time I spent a few days in Cancun I gave the dispatcher a phone call, and very kindly he told me the next scedules... Then I just had to rent a car and to join the train at known spots, provided I knew its time of departure from Merida and its average speed (~10 mph).
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        > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REXN6uGfTDE&list=UU7wCE2Fk3jnlH_dVBdZt-xw&index=9
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        > The train looks like tilted to its right hand side because I put my digital camera on the automobile's roof, that wasn't fully flat... But the screetch of wheels and the twisting cars give an idea of track condition!
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      • de Champeaux Dominique
        Thanks for the kind commentZ Reynard! That s true, this mexican shortline is definitly amazing... A railroad looking like abandonned and invaded with weed...
        Message 3 of 16 , Mar 12, 2013
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          Thanks for the kind commentZ Reynard! That's true, this mexican shortline is definitly amazing... A railroad looking like abandonned and invaded with weed... Somewhere you don't see any track, you don't even suspect there's a railroad just over there, and suddenly here comes a train from nowhere, rocking and screeching, running besides wreck buildings... I fell in love with it and my purpose is to build a Z scale layout that will depict it. I'll just have to protect my locomotives's truck underneath in order to prevent static grass from beeing swallowed by gearing....But paradoxically, as this railroad will be more challenging to build than my 1st project (the Tehachapi Pass) it will be more fun to operate as well, because dedicated to switching operations, such as any other shortline...
           
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          --- En date de : Mar 12.3.13, Reynard Wellman <micron@...> a écrit :


          De: Reynard Wellman <micron@...>
          Objet: Re: [OT]Re: [Z_Scale] Track work - a lighter side
          À: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Mardi 12 mars 2013, 13h39


          Hi Dom,

          Wonderful links to railroad and aeronautical videos. Your research on
          the Mexican branch lines of the Yucatan is fun on many levels.
          Thank you for sharing.

          Reynard
          On Mar 11, 2013, at 4:02 PM, de Champeaux Dominique wrote:

          > Some 5 years ago I shot the video below, in Yucatan, Mexico. I was lucky enough to hold the railroad dispatcher's phone number, and lucky enough to manage to speak a few words of spanish. Provided there is only one to two trains a week each way on this railroad, every time I spent a few days in Cancun I gave the dispatcher a phone call, and very kindly he told me the next scedules... Then I just had to rent a car and to join the train at known spots, provided I knew its time of departure from Merida and its average speed (~10 mph).
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          > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REXN6uGfTDE&list=UU7wCE2Fk3jnlH_dVBdZt-xw&index=9

          > The train looks like tilted to its right hand side because I put my digital camera on the automobile's roof, that wasn't fully flat... But the screetch of wheels and the twisting cars give an idea of track condition!
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