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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 10:27 am
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Alain Feypel
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Hi,

I am Alain from Luxembourg (the little shoe-shaped country in Europe). I am not yet 43.

I grew up in what we call „De Minett“. It was the area were ore was mined and I had the chance to see some of the rolling stock used in mining in action if only for a short time. We were living at my grandparents‘ and a train station was just a minute away. I had to be taken everyday over there to see the trains passing. Double headers were seen everyday, even 3 to 4 locomotives pushing the ore cars up the grade.

I got my first trains, more exactly first 2 locomotives, at the age of 3. They were from Lima. I will always remember that everytime I wanted to play my dad locked himself into a room playing with MY toys leaving me crying in front oft he door, not a really joyful souvenir.

One day my mom saw me disassembling a locomotive. « Are you nuts ? Your locomotive will never run again! Why are you doing this?“ My answer was simple: „I got to see what is inside and how it works!“

At 8 the roster grew to 36 locomotives and about 200 cars. Only a handful are still alive the rest was dumped or sold.

On holiday in Switzerland my grandparents bought me a book with all the rolling stock that existed worldwide(1984/1985). In that book i saw a steam locomotive that was really weird: a shay. One was a Key imports 3-trucker the other one was a 4-truck shay form Westside. Seeing those, I said to myself:“I need to get one like that“. Interest in geared engines was born.

Later at 18 interest changed to cars and trains were forgotten until my wife and I bought a house. In 2008 I finally bought my first shay a PSC 36-ton 2-trucker. The worst locomotive I ever bought. No matter what radius it derailed or the shafts were binding. The scrapyard took care of it. I don’t want a locomotive that does not run, putting it on a shelf is not an option.

Months later I owned a fleet of the Bachmann shays. Those are good, smooth runners and they scream for beeing kitbashed.

From 2008 until now I build 5 layouts. None oft hem lasted very long except the last one, which is a growing project. (From 2011 until 2015 the trains had to be put aside because a car restoration slid on the first place on the to-do list.)

It began with a length of approx. 13‘. Then 3‘ were added and this year another 4‘. About 30‘ will be the next addition.

It is a narrow shelf layout, point to point, along the garage walls. It is obvious that the theme is logging but somewhere i will also put a coal mine, making it a logging/mining layout.

The motive power consists ONLY of geared locomotives.

I think this tells a bit from me.

Alain

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 12:20 pm
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:wave:Hello Alain,welcome to this great forum.I think your history that you have written is the same sort of story that many of us can relate to.I am one of those that has a similar story,but I didn't have as much rolling stock as you at the age of eight.I agree that the shays run very well,I have five of them on my timber logging tramway.If you can post some pictures of your layout at some stage ,that would be good. Once again welcome to the forum.:rah:.........Peter.



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Hey there!
A couple notes;
If you don't already know of it here is a reference website for different types of geared steam locomotives,
http://www.gearedsteam.com/

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If you don't already know of it here is a reference website with various topics including mining railways in and around Luxembourg. The website has been redesigned a couple times over the years. It currently has a very distracting animation at top of page I don't know what genius thought that was a cute idea.
http://rail.lu/index.php/grouwebunnen

Last edited on Thu Dec 14th, 2017 12:31 pm by Kitbash0n30



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Alain Feypel
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Thank you for the warm welcome.

I will post pictures of the layout in the different build-stages in the right section which would be HO. (forgot to mention that i am in HO). I also had some Z-scale and N-scale stuff.






Alain





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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Alain Feypel
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Kitbash0n30 wrote: Hey there!




A couple notes;




If you don't already know of it here is a reference website for different types of geared steam locomotives,




http://www.gearedsteam.com/









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If you don't already know of it here is a reference website with various topics including mining railways in and around Luxembourg. The website has been redesigned a couple times over the years.




http://rail.lu/index.php/grouwebunnen





Thank you very much. The gearedsteam.com is one of my favorite websites. And the rail.lu is also visited sometimes  to revive some good memories.




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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 02:51 pm
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Howdy Alain, welcome to Freerails! Like you, I have a love for Shay locomotives. Over many years, I have had Shays, Climaxes, Heislers, even a Dunkirk...but the bevel gears and offset boilers are what I really love.
Have fun and run those "sidewinders"...slow is always better.

Woodie



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Hello Alain

Welcome to FreeRails from a modeler and auto restorer of sorts!

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Hi Herb,

Nice to hear from another car guy who is into model railroading. On forums I read alot of people beeing into cars or dragracing and model railroading but I never met one here in Luxembourg except my son who also loves both. The bigger and louder the engine the better he likes it.

Alain

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