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 Posted: Sat Jun 19th, 2021 06:59 pm
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A few years ago I made layouts in 7/8ths scale.

Then by lassitude I left to explore other scales,
like HOe with 'SIDI FONTANA', and On30 with 'Lucky Luke'.

Finally I came back to the 7/8ths scale,
with the theme of archaeological exploration in Egypt, with a railway.

As is often the case in my networks, I always mix the real and the fictional.

The narrow gauge railway was often used for exploration in Egypt,
with or without a locomotive.

I chose to do it with typical English locomotives (colonial heritage).
I have a Lister, a Ruston and a Ransom & Rapier.

There will be a sand chute system between the ground and the first level.
On the left side of the layout, there will be a cross bridge.

The layout of which you have a volume model is 70cm x 100cm,
plus the cross bridge.


Here are some real photos from Egypt which I will use as a basis.




















































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I like the idea as well as the locomotives...

Seems you have a number of weird projects up your shirtsleeves !





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Looking forward to your latest project,

shades of Indiana Jones.  L:




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Little portable railroads like this, are of great modeling interest.

They were sold, or rented, and delivered to the nearest railroad platform,
and transported by truck, or by horse & heavy wagon, to the site.


They were used all over the world, in various forms of dump bucket,
for pouring concrete pilings and supports on land or in water.
 
The building of dams, or the excavation of a highway or tunnel,
used in mining, or the construction of a larger railroad.

Anywhere earth needed moving, or heavy material hauled, to or from.
You could make several dioramas and set the railroad in any of them.


7/8ths scale seems like it would make the layouts a bit large though.
But no doubt the modeling details would be incredible.

Your concept of an Egyptian archeological dig,
are quite unique to an American who's never traveled.

I suppose I never would have thought of it.

Hats off.. !  Sounds like fun.. !

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Hi,

The second photo I posted,

is an American locomotive 'The Ruth Company',

that served in Egypt for an archaeological dig.




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Ken C wrote:
 
shades of Indiana Jones. 


That was exactly my first thought.

You could easily put some pre-war German soldiers into this scene as well if you wanted to.

I bet a lot of people would immediately draw the same conclusion.




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For one of my figures,

I was hesitated with a Harrison Ford's head.





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I wanted to make a serious layout.
(i.e. in accordance with what is done in Egypt)  :)

But following various exchanges on the Forum,
I was suggested some interesting and trustworthy references.

So I'm going to make some references to comics
(Tintin with Professor SICLONE)
maybe Blake and Mortimer and Indiana Jones ...




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" I wanted to make a serious layout ...
... But following various exchanges on the Forum "


Hi Franck


' YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS ! ?

THERE WAS CHALK DUST ! ! '  :f:


I'm pleased to hear you're taking all the learned Professors on the Forum SERIOUSLY.

They probably have Centuries of experience between them & are wise as the Pharaohs.

Certainly their intricate R.R. artifacts are well worth dusting off for Museum cabinets !





I think your period driver figure, here at the controls of No.7, is a bit flat Franck.  :P

The Block-Control-Token they're holding, is an excellent detail & good for R.R. safety !

If the Pharaohs had injection-moulding & 3D-printing, they could have sold on eBay.  :old dude:


:cool:


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Hi,

I choose to modify the left part of my layout.

I modify the gate by increasing its size.


I have many details to add, but the overall shape is now fixed.

The figure and the locomotive are shown to scale the gate.


I bought also Tintin's figures.






















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