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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2012 10:46 am
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This is really an interesting video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3s01i3aa7w&feature=related

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2012 10:56 am
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And here is another of that era.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvx5zxtIXLE&feature=endscreen



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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2012 12:10 pm
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Do many people model military railroads? I'm really fascinated by the first video I posted. That could be a really cool 1:35n2 scale/gauge railroad subject. I could see some Bachmann Davenports modified to look just like some of those locos. I could use 1:35 scale military figures and trucks and stuff right out of the box... Those steam engines in the video might be a little harder to come up with but building one or more of those could happen down the road when I've honed my skills a little more. I'm feeling pretty inspired right now. It certainly would be different. At least to my way of thinking. I've never seen a military railroad layout before.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2012 12:24 pm
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I've watched that first video 4 or 5 times now. I could model the construction of the railroad itself just like in the video. Do you think those steam engines are European engines and not American? I like that there is plenty of other machinery to model, cranes, a boat dock. There is standard gauge, which might be tough to do in 1:35 scale...

I'm doin' it! I don't really know if the little Brookville project I've already got under way will make sense there but who cares...

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And another link. http://www.army.mil/article/47644/forgotten-tiny-trains-carried-wwi-vets-to-victory/

I wish I could find a better photo of those critters.

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Holly Smokes! The modeling opportunities are endless with this subject. Critters, Garrats... Heck there is even a bunch of guys sitting on a couple of flat cars being pulled by a dog team. I'm pumped! No. I'm not modeling the dog team.

http://www.histomil.com/viewtopic.php?t=5865

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Do I seem excited about this modeling subject? I just bought myself a Christmas present. It's a book called Narrow Gauge To No Man's Land. It's about the 60cm (1.968') gauge railroads in France during WW1. BTW, 0.03' is about 1/4". That's close enough to 2' for me. 1:35n2 is going to be perfect for this!

I am so happy I found this subject to model. I'm certain there are others modeling it. There is too much subject matter on the net for there not to be. If any of you are aware of model railroads on this subject or other modelers, I would be greatly appreciative if you'd pass the info along my way.

Cheers,
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Mike:

Thank you for posting the links to the WWI video.  The first one appears to be all US railways - I wonder if the first part is training images, then about mid-way through the footage gets really interesting.  I like the way the tracks thread through the town ruins.  In one of the shots, you can really see the loco rock back and forth on the rough track - really neat!


At Fort Benning, Georgia, the infantry museum there has this Davenport 2-6-2 and passenger car on display.  I think these were remnants from base equipment used to train operating troops, perhaps, but also to transport soldiers to training areas.  I am not certain if this ran up to WWII or not.


That little passenger car would sure look good in 35n2!


I'm not sure what you'd use for the locomotive, but the running gear is very small proportioned, so maybe there's a convenient 0-6-0 mechanism.

I'm looking forward to see what you come up with!

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I agree about the locomotive. I'll figure something out. They have what appears to me to be some small gas critters too. I'm hoping the book I ordered has some better photos. In the beginning, it's my intention to convert a Bachmann On30 Davenport to look something like one of those. After that, I'll try to build myself one of those tank engines from some sort of HO mechanism.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2012 05:01 pm
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In the beginning of the first video you can see them laying ties and gauging the rails but if you look a little closer you can see the surveyors out in front laying out the centerline. There is a guy facing away holding the range rod. If you look farther up you can see the instrument man putting him "On Line". He waves one quick wave with his left hand. The rod man then moves the rod slightly left. He waves it again and the rod man moves again and then the instrument man waves both arms up and down, meaning the rod is exactly on the centerline. Generally the rod man then outs a nail with a ribbon on it into the ground at that location. If you like I can explain how they lay out curves too.

Mike

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