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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2007 11:09 am
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If you want to see photos of prototype and model narrow gauge, try this site :

http://narrow-gauge.org/en/default.aspx

It is the English language version of a site run by my friend Jack Treves. As most contributors are French, you will see French trains but as some railfans are also globe-trotters, you will find photos of several other countries, including the USA.

The last ones were taken at fhe 26th NNGC in Durango, where 6 Frenchmen, including Jack and me, attended the convention and rode the Durango &Silverton and the Cumbres & Toltec.

Jack also built a beautiful Cuban Layout in On30, called "La Zafra". There is a special topic about it on his site, in the "files" section

Jack also opened recently a net TV :

http://railtv.org/

If you have Window Media and a fast Internet connection, you just have to click on the last word (ici) of the first sentence :

Bienvenue sur RailTV la première chaîne de télévision ferroviaire qui diffuse ses programmes en continu ici

These are videos taken by French railfans, that run 24h/24. Up to Jan 16, you will see, among other movies, The Cumbres and Toltec and Cuban narrow gauge steam. The program will be changed, depending of the videos brought by the friend railfans  

 



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 Posted: Tue Aug 24th, 2010 12:14 am
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Love the rail fan movies. The second link is great because you are sitting in the engineers seat and watching everything go by as the train rolls along. Believe it or not I spotted a 1957 Cadillac on the left side near the begining of the film. Looks restorable too but how did it get way over there?  Then the Swiss Steam Park with all narrow gauge model trains. There was one really nice Big Boy there but you didn't get to see too much of it. Really nice live steam trains there. Good videos Tyrphon and thanks for posting them. Wish we had a Rail TV here.   pete

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 Posted: Tue Aug 24th, 2010 07:06 am
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Thank you norgale, but I'm not the author of these movies.
Jack Treves shows movies from various railfans - including myself sometimes.



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In the sugar train movie, I way supprised at the amount of "flashback" from the oil fire. That, and the amount of black smoke(!) would indicate that something wasn't right with the combustion process.

Wonder how often they had to sweep the tubes?


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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 05:26 am
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Some answers about the cuban movie.
Classic American cars are common in Cuba. It's even a "National Landmark" and it is forbidden to export them, to the USA, for instance.
Before the revolution (around 1960), Cuba had narrow links with the USA, and there were only US cars there. After the revolution, people had no money to buy new cars (with the exception of a handful of russian cars) and they kept and maintained their old US car. And now, Cuba is a living American car museum.
Backflashes were very common with Cuban steam engines. I saw it myself. By the way, Cuba is also an American steam engine museum, as almost all steam engines were US products, either built for the Cuban National Railways or for the sugar industry. Many of them are now preserved.



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