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After Modelling the Woolacombe Bay at 1/13.7 scale, I start a new layout called Vestvagoy.  A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale located on the Vestvagoy in  Lofoten Islands in the north of Norway.



It's a fictional railways. The rea is nowadays. The Track are  45 mm / 2 feet scale. The scale is  7/8 inch for one foot  or 1/13.7
The railway system allows the fishermen to transport the fish and the fishing materials from the boat to the fishery

The layout measures 143 cm by 73 cm plus a fiddle yard on the left part of the layout of 93 cm by 73 cm (not shows on the photos). On the fiddle yard, I have 3 tracks that allow me to do various movements between the layout and the “rest of the world”. I run the layout from the front in order to be able to share and discuss with the visitors. I’m equipped for that with a  DCC Wireless Infrared System to be able to move freely.

I will be able to utilized my fleet of locomotives  of free lance locos and true English and german one like the Lister, the Ruston 20 HP and Ransom and Rapier.

The rolling stocks come from Bachmann, LGB, HLW and also entire scratch build ones.


The layout runs on DCC with an Spectrum EZ Command Control System Dynamis Wireless Infrared System. Each locomotive is equipped with a DCC decoder. The sound of the loco is also played under the layout with an Esu sound decoder plus a subwoofer and two satellites. In parallel, I play a CD on a CD player links also to another separate Hercules XPS2-135 system. The CD contains true sounds of waves mixed with seagulls, sterns, …

The boat and the building on the quay belong to Hansen Fisk company



I start the layout by the central element, the boat. I order the hull in vacuum plastic in UK (30 inches long) plus the accessories of another supplier in UK.

The boat will look like of a mix of that







Here the mock up of the layout at 1/5 scale of 1/13 scale (ie 1/65 scale)








The quay will be done in wood. On the quay, a crane from a truck will help to unload the fishes from the boat (crane from mackmouldings)




The only unknown element for me is how to do a calm sea. I never do that before and I have seen many techniques on internet. The key factor of success for this layout is the sea. I'm a little lost so if you can help me ?

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Hi. Nice theme. I have been to northern Norway and think this water surface from a Norwegian modeller looks a lot like the real thing (quite still, dark blue and cold). It is epoxy. You can Google translate the article to get his idea. His email is also there.

http://sando.co/index.php?nid=3&vis=209

Roy

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A sheet of clear acrilic plastic (6mm?) painted on the bottom gives very convincing still water. In this country it is usually referred to as "Plexiglass"a trade name--in England, I think that it is called "Perspic".

Easy to carefully wipe the surface to remove the ever present dust. Glass would work also, aside from the breakage aspect.

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I Have to test the both idea. I have already seen on a layout plexiglass with a great success.

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Nice theme to layout. Great to see another 7/8n2 modeler.:thumb:

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A good friend and On30 modeler used the rippled side of a "smoke" plexi shower door and from a short distance and in photos, it looks like water. Might be worth a look.

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I'm more and more tempted by plexi because I need to simulate 140 cm by 73 cm of sea (5 feet by 2 1/2 feet) and I need a little flexibility in case of small warping.

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' Perspex ' Herb !

( no good for rivet-work though ! )

Cheers

Si.

( English madman ! )

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Thanks for the correction Si!

I have quite enough trouble with spelling the REAL English--let alone the Brit version---



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Frank,

Weren't you the one doing that scene with all the sand not so long ago? I never saw how that one finished out.

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No probs. Herb !

Just don't try and order any 'Lexan' if you're over Britania side of the pond !

I wondered what the hell that stuff was for YEARS !!!!!

Turns out ( as I'm sure YOU know ) it's just Polycarbonate sheet !

" Doaaaahhh " as Homer Simpson would say !

Anyhow...
...back to the railroadin' !

Cheers

Si.

PS
Polycarbonate...
...can be good for 'rivulets'...
...but NOT 'rivets'.

Close...
...but NO ceeegar !

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mwiz64 wrote: Frank,

Weren't you the one doing that scene with all the sand not so long ago? I never saw how that one finished out.
you can see it at woolacombe I have posted last photos yesturday.

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Not too often do I see a train based in Norway, especially in the far North! This will be an interesting railway to follow and i can't wait to see it finished. Good luck with the project, and keep the photos coming.

--James :java:

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mwiz64 wrote: Frank,

Weren't you the one doing that scene with all the sand not so long ago? I never saw how that one finished out.
You can follow it on woolacombe bay

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Franck

How is Vestvagoy progressing-- Harbor scenes hold a special fascination for me.

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Herb

No as fast as I want. I was delayed by finishing my last project "the woolacombe bay" and also by the realisation of a panzer IV at 1/16 scale for my brother.


I have complete the study of the project with the visit of numerous harbour for taking photos of harbour and details of the boat.

I just start the building of the boat.

As soon as I will have some photos of the progress I will post it.

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Frank the plexi works great.

You can place it over a painted area, or paint the underside for depth effects.

You can also add small ripples here and there with slightly thinned Modge Podge and a paint brush tapping in select areas. ( Even calm seas have some ripples from the breeze. )

Looking forward to see what you come up with here.

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I start the layout just after I came back from Midland Railex where I have validate during the 2 days of exhibitions that I can have fun with 3 tracks only and a transfer table.

So now I can built my new layout

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Today, I make some progress :

- installation of the backdrop

- painting of sea

- Gluing pcb tie

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Nice choice for the backdrop Franck.
Looks real good.

Pleased to here the UK exhibition went well.

Cheers

Si.

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I made some progress during the last 2 days. I install the rail and I begin also the structures.

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I have finished the wood beam of the pier, paint the pier in white in order to put snow on it. I have also pre stained the building before the red paint.

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Hi Franck

Interesting development.

I see you now have a 'sector plate' at the end of the wharf.

Havn't seen that before; quite like this...

...good for more compact operations ?

Lookin' good.

Cheers

Si.

Go on Franck...

...put a periscope in the water !

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Si. wrote: Hi Franck

Interesting development.

I see you now have a 'sector plate' at the end of the wharf.

Havn't seen that before; quite like this...

...good for more compact operations ?

Lookin' good.

Cheers

Si.

Go on Franck...

...put a periscope in the water !


Effectivly I had a sector plate (not preview at the beginning) to allow more operations.

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Franck-I really enjoy your thread, looking forward to more developments. If I didn't have soooo much "invested" in my chosen scale/gauge, I would get into 1:13.7. Who knows, maybe the future is calling me! Inspiring work, sir.

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W C Greene wrote: Franck-I really enjoy your thread, looking forward to more developments. If I didn't have soooo much "invested" in my chosen scale/gauge, I would get into 1:13.7. Who knows, maybe the future is calling me! Inspiring work, sir.

Woodie
Hi,

thank you for your message. You may always explore 2 different scales (like me for 1/13.7 and gn15) and perhaps in a near future american fn3

I have practically finish the building. The boat is not finished.










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After a long period of inactivity on the layout, I made some progress on the boat. I need to add few details.







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Nice Wellies Franck.

"UP PERISCOPE !"

Cheers

Si.

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Si--

Harbor is probably far too shallow for a submerged sub.

But one of those old ball shaped mines with the short rods sticking out floating nearby---

Na.--  Too few viewers who would know what it was.

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Herb Kephart wrote: Si--

Harbor is probably far too shallow for a submerged sub.

But one of those old ball shaped mines with the short rods sticking out floating nearby---

Na.--  Too few viewers who would know what it was.

Herb

like that mine

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sort of 'Don't touch, it's mine' thing, eh?

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Herb :- " Harbor is probably far too shallow for a submerged sub "

- - - - - - -

Not if your name is JAMES BOND !

Cheers

Si.

Details on the boat look GREAT Franck...

...I know my eyes are gonna pop-out when it gets your paint treatment !

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maybe a flat bottom sub lol

Dennis

:P:P:P

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May be we can find an old missing German mine because at Laukvik (where the harbour is situated) German bunker from the west wall are still present  (bunker link):Salute::Salute:

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This is the correct link
The bunker system there had nothing to do with the Westwall, but it was part of the Atlantic Wall. They had coastal artillery there.

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Helmut wrote: This is the correct link
The bunker system there had nothing to do with the Westwall, but it was part of the Atlantic Wall. They had coastal artillery there.
Sorry for the big mistake, the west wall was the siegfried line :doh:

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Very interesting link!

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I will run on this layout english locomotives and german one like geimder

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looking good...sweet lil fishing boat and a Nice backdrop for a micro scene....everything fits nicely and the perspectives great!! Cant wait to see it finished weather'd and barrels of Lutefisk being offloaded he he :)

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Nice lockies in ...

... JAMES BOND flick ...

... Christopher Walken ( bad guy ! ) ...

... forget name of the flick ...

... filmed at 'Amberley Chalk Pits Museum' in Blightey !

Cheers

Si.

UP PERISCOPE !

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The layout progresses a little

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I just finish tree locos for this layout. I work hard during 3 days to paint them and weather them.

The first one is a free lance diema base on a 040 davenport of Bachman. I use few laser cut parts.










The second one is a free lance loco base on a 040 davenport of Bachman. I use parts of backwood transkit. I'm not very happy with the result but The loco will stay like that.











The last one is a Gmeinder 18/20 on a davenport chassis. I use marvellous casting parts of Bill Martinsen c/.







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Amazing work!

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WOW, if you cropped out the backgrounds in a few of those last shots, I would have believed it was a full size locomotive!

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I spent a lot of time to finish my boat, I'm not a model boat builder so It's quite boring.



I just finish a snow plow inspired by a narrow gauge model from Germany





I just finish a snow plow connect to a loco inspired by a narrow gauge model in Italy.





I add also light to my building.





I test also a new kind of snow because I'm fully satisfied by this one.

This week end I wil do an exhibition near Bruxelles with the woolacombe bay.

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Just exquisite modeling! What else can I add?

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Hi Franck.

Awesome boot-prints in the snow...

...makes me reach for my thermal-wellies !!!

Love the snowplows.

Cheers.

Si.

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That's some pretty convincing snow! I especially like the footprints. One suggestion, if I may, about the snow: don't make it too white, unless you want fresh powder. Snow has a tendency to absorb some color due to oils, dirt, rocks, and whatever else it lands on. Like I said, just a suggestion. The snow looks quite good the way it is now.

Good job and keep us posted, as always.

--James:java:

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Great!!

What else can we say----


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This is looking great I love what you done with the snow, all the shoe prints etc..

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I have nearly finish the boat. I have to add windows and do little weathering





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I'm not satisfied at 100 % on the details because I have finish my layout in the hurry. Our club closes at the end of the month !

Anyway, the layout is more or less finished and will be ready to go in exhibitions.

Here some photos with new locos and a few new rolling stocks. I will run also on the layout also a listen and a Ruston too.

The gmeinder



The boat



Bob during a pause



Bob on a free lance deutz









The snow plow







A precious load for Bob and Doug



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Love the snow scene. So seldom modeled.

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Won't Bob freeze his b...s sitting in the snow like that? I know Norwegian fishermen are tough, but......

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Helmut wrote: Won't Bob freeze his b...s sitting in the snow like that? I know Norwegian fishermen are tough, but......
The photo was took for the fun indeed

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I will exhibit the layout in France for the year 2015 : 10 and 11 October 2015 at Sedan and for the 27-29 November at 2015 Rail Expo near Paris.

For the year 2016, I will exhibit in UK.

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I just come from the exhibition in Sedan.

It was my first exhibition with these layout and with 3 new locos.

I just forget to do video. I will do that on the next exhibition and I will post it.

The layout proves that it was reliable. I have just a little gap to improve between the layout and the transfer table.

For the locos, the beginnings was not top because of the running-in period but after it was ok. I have just to repair one because I have a swing with the wheel.

For ny next exhibtion in Paris, I will run my lister and an hudson.

I have update also my list of exhibition for 2015 2016 and 2017. So I will be pleased to see you at it.

27-29 novembre 2015 Rail Expo (Paris)

Nederlandse Modelspoordagen (Netherlands) 9/10 January 2016

MONTELIRAIL 2016 15/ 16 octobre 2016


25/26 November 2017 Warley MRC (Birmingham)

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As usual Frank, I love your models. Nice work, thanks for sharing them with us. I'll be watching for a new video.

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Helmut wrote

''Won't Bob freeze his b...s sitting in the snow like that? I know Norwegian fishermen are tough, but......''


He has his love (in the bottle) to keep him warm


Herb

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perhaps he is to drunk too be conscious [toast] of the temperature or perhaps I have to sit him on a box.

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Please find the video of the layout during the last exhibition at Sedan. Thank you to rail tv and Claude Doussot.


https://youtu.be/YJKV_6aYdX0


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Very impressive

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like the video very much

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I add two english locos to my layout for the railexpo exhibitionin Paris



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Is it just me or does this figure look like Mike Myers

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It's bob and Doug McKenzie


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_and_Doug_McKenzie

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I also use a modified wagon from swiftsixten to load a broken locomotive

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and does the driver know his locomotive is broken? :bg:

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It's an illusion, at the rear of the loco there is another loco where bob is sitten.

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Duh, how silly of me. I should have known, guess my memory is shot

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I'm well confused! :dope:

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Hi Franck :wave:


Looks very nice indeed !


:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:


Just out of curiosity...

...can you tell me Franck, what size is the main scenic baseboard area of Vestvagoy ?


:bg:


Si.

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Just "knock-down" beautiful work! What else can I write? Franck, you are surely a master and real artist.

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Thank you for the comments.

The main board is 4 feet and 5 " long and 2 feet and 4" wide plus the traverser 3 feet long

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After the hold up of photobucket, I post my photo on flick r.

This is a selection of 4 old photos.

IMG_7243 by franck combe, sur Flickr

IMG_7254 by franck combe, sur Flickr

IMG_7287 by franck combe, sur Flickr

IMG_7229 by franck combe, sur Flickr


The layout will be exhibit at warley mrc at Biringham in november. So I decide to do another locomotive typically English with a Ransomes and Rapier 20 hp. The chassis was made by my friend Jean-Pierre Duval and the kit came from back2besix.

IMG_8128 by franck combe, sur Flickr

IMG_8129 by franck combe, sur Flickr

IMG_8130 by franck combe, sur Flickr

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Hi Franck :wave:


Your dudes sure know how to drive trains, keep warm & drink beer !


Just curious Franck, what is the diameter of the wagon-wheels in Photo-4 ?


:bg:


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I have nearly finish the ransomes. The plate name was done by Ferdinand Mels. I need now to add and test the decoder and paint the beast.

I want to thanks all the persons that send me photos and information.

Bob McKenzie seems to appreciate this new loco and drink a beer on the seat in order to see if the locomotive is confortable !

This kit was well done except for the chassie. I had just to modifie few things according the real photos and even if there is again one mistake I will leave it.

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As always...SPEECHLESS!

Woodie

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This amazing work. Truly.

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I will exhibit the layout and the ransomes at Warley MRC (Birmingham) in 25/26 November 2017.

I have finished the ransomes and rapier.

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Once again your work is truly inspirational.  

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Hi Franck :wave:



Great work on the loco ! :bg:





Is that Don Johnson ?? ;)



:moose:



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That loco is beautiful.

I'll be a Warley this year, so I'll pop over and say hi for sure! :D

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amazing work looks beautiful

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Si. wrote:




Is that Don Johnson ?? ;)


No, that's 'Sawyer' from the TV show, "Lost":https://www.amazon.com/Lost-2-Sawyer-Action-Figure/dp/B000QJ5Q9K

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Wow! That's far and away the most realistic looking piece of model railroading I've ever seen.

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For the figures, I am a dummy so I buy the figures from the mac farlanes (tv series like lost or bob and doug mac kenzie)

try this link http://www.cmdstore.com/mcfarlane-lost-tv-show-action-figures-series-2-sawyer.html

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The figures is James Ford and in the lost tv series is Sawyer.

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This layout is for sale. You can contact me by P.M. to discuss price, shipping & other details

The layout does not include the locomotives or rolling stock or the figures.

The layout is available to be picked up from Paris.



Last edited on Wed Mar 20th, 2019 07:15 pm by franckcombe

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Tsk   Tsk   Tsk


Hi Franck


It is OK to offer 'personal' items for sale on Freerails

But it is not OK to display the price $$$ of these items


If someone is interested in buying an item offered for sale

They can contact the seller by P.M. to discuss price, shipping & other details


There is more information on this policy & it is also discussed in these threads 


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Selling items on Freerails is OK as long as the guidelines are followed


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Sorry for the mistake. I have corrected .


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