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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 07:28 pm
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Last year around this time I started working on a new layout in 1/43.

If there is interest I will post more pictures and progress updates on this forum.







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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 08:13 pm
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Hi Larry  :Salute:



There has always been a slowly smouldering interest here at Freerails, in the WWI 'War Department Light Railways'.  L:

As a 2-footer in 1:35 scale, the car builds of the W.D.L.R.s have always interested me.



What we have not had though ...

... is a trail-blazing modeler, to encourage others to take a greater interest in the subject.  :cool:



I think either as a research subject, or as info directed into model building ...

... Freerails Members & of course the 1000s of others looking in ...

... would really like to see what you are up to & get updates on your project !  :thumb:



GREAT  looking models.  :)

Pre Bailey Bridge, by the looks of it.  ;)



What more can I say ?  L:

I'll be tuning in, for one !!

Tell us & show us  M O R E !



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Hi

That modelling looks really good.

Could be any War Department Light Railway operation,
(British, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand) somewhere in France.

Looks a little too tidy to be right at the front,
but maybe just out of a transshipment yard behind the lines.

I have always been interested in WDLR,
since I got WJK Davies's book as a school history prize in the late 1960s.

The Motor Rail 40hp "tin turtle" is very well done.
You may know one was recently restored (see attached).

I also saw a version (without the armour) at work at a cement works in the very early 1970s,
and discovered one (somewhat modified) worked at a local gravel pit,
and was stored at workshops about a mile from my house.

Of course it was gone/preserved before I moved here.

I am looking forward to see how the model progresses.
Fine work so far.

Alan 





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This is the "tin turtle" without the tin hauling chalk.

Alan 





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Larry

With close to 80% of the light railways supplying the commonwealth armies,
being operated by the Canadian Railway Troops,
I look forward to any modeling of them.

For a informative book on the subject

'Tracks to the Trenches'
David R.P. Guay
Railfare Pub 2017
ISBN 978-1=92708=336-9




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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 09:23 pm
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And what a mechanic can do to Motor Rail's finest. 

Surprisingly it is being restored and might be working this year!!!

Alan





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Yes, please post more photos of your 1:43 layout.
Great to see someone building troop railways, maybe you will "infect" more to follow.

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Thanks to all who answered.
I will continue to post information as there appears to be a demand.

I have done lots of research and when ever possible I am trying to build scenes of photographs I have found.
 
Most pictures we see of the war are nasty muddy types in no mans land.
Those pictures are pre 1918 for the most part.
In 1918 the war was generally being fought on new land that was not as muddy.

Here is a link to some actual video taken as a cab ride on one of the lines.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060022728

Here is a picture of the bridge scene I am modeling on one 4' Module.







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Here is a picture of the bridge before the scenery was added.







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 Posted: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 02:51 pm
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And a picture of the completed bridge from the other direction.







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