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Title: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 21, 2017, 06:14:00 PM
Hi all,

Finally introducing my French/Spanish border layout.

There will be pics to explain my ramblings later tonight but don't want to lose what I have written as have done that before  :doh:

I will be going further into the history of the layout with hopefully storylines/scenarios etc. in the future but basically it is a fictional principality, independent of France and Spain, on a large peninsular sticking out into the Mediterranean between the real towns of Cerbere and Port Bou.

I will do a map another time to explain the geography further but the layout depicts the area around the fictional town of Tutera which was the first to acquire railways, firstly broad gauge Spanish and then standard gauge French, due to a large seam of Flourite discovered  in the principality. More of that another time.

The layout is very roughly 8' x 2 1/2' on three sides with a link on the fourth side. One of the three sides is wider as it will have another layout (Port de Regleun, a Brittany ferry port terminus) to be built at a later date, separate scenically but linked to run trains round.

The boards are 6mm MDF on Ikea trestle tables. The track is all Kato Unitrack and at the moment is really just a large double oval of track, one being SNCF (France) the other RENFE (Spain). I have decided to concentrate on the through beach station of Platja de Teixir rather than the terminus station of Tutera so I can do a bit of scenery but test and more importantly run trains. Tutera hasn't been planned yet, although has access, but trying not to rush everything after not doing a lot and then regretting it.

The layout is mainly set in the '80s and '90s from my travelling memories but also, on other operating days, in the '60s giving me a chance to dabble in steam and early diesels.

I'll leave it there but pics to follow soon which hopefully will explain all.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on August 21, 2017, 06:17:08 PM
Sounds amazing!  I look forward to hearing more, much more.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: austinbob on August 21, 2017, 06:27:05 PM
What an interesting idea.... Show us more when you're ready.
 :hmmm: :) :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 21, 2017, 08:08:49 PM
Hi again,

Still having problems with the photos. It's nothing to do with Photobucket. It's my computer. Hopefully this is a helicopter view of the layout.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-210817200339.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54393)

Will try more if I can.

Cheers weave, getting  :beers:

Edit. OK. That worked, Platja de Teixir on left, Spanish line on outside, French inside. Spanish headshunt and sidings on right although not fixed yet. Tutera station will be in the foreground of the board in front of the window.

Leaving this post there as getting frustrated and had all intentions of getting it right. Will plod on to another in a mo hopefully.



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Newportnobby on August 21, 2017, 08:38:03 PM
You're doing really well, Weave. Don't lose heart but keep on doing what you've been doing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 21, 2017, 08:44:45 PM
I agree with Mick. Keep going. It's looking good so please don't give up.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: ntpntpntp on August 21, 2017, 08:47:17 PM
The track is all Kato Unitrack...

What, no Ibertren 3-rail?    :D  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 21, 2017, 09:09:40 PM
Thanks guys but think I'll have to give up on the photos til tomorrow.

The wife struggled but she did that one. She thinks she knows the problem but has to be up very early tomorrow so has gone to bed but promises to try and sort it out when she gets home.

Thanks for looking and hope to be properly up and running very soon.

computadores  :veryangry2:

Salud (et Sante) Weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 21, 2017, 10:09:30 PM
Hi again,

As it's my thread I'm going to hijack it re the computer. Remember I don't know anything about computers but the forum says it can only take 7.81 MB but on the first of the 'My Pictures' files I have uploaded I just noticed it says it's 13.1 MB.

There are only 8 pictures on each of 2 files so does this mean the pictures are too big? They were uploaded from an email by the way, or are there too many (it says Zip whatever that means) pics on each?

I don't know what my wife did re first pic and am sure she can sort it all tomorrow but if anyone's bored enough to help me now that would be grand.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 21, 2017, 10:39:37 PM
Hello Chris, I too am not brilliant with technology but please persevere as the start is looking really good. Thanks for the updates
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Rowlie on August 21, 2017, 10:40:02 PM
Whata great idea for a layout, looking forward to watching this develop
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: ntpntpntp on August 21, 2017, 11:12:09 PM
Hmm... does sound like the photos are rather large if their size is several Mb? 

In other forums I frequent, photos directly uploaded to the form (ie. not hosted on a 3rd party site) are usually expected to be maybe 200-300Kb.  Must admit, one I uploaded to here earlier was actually 3Mb, thought it took a rather a long while to upload!  I probably should have resized it/recompressed it before uploading.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on August 22, 2017, 06:20:13 AM
If you upload to 'My Gallery' (under Gallery above) you can link them straight into you topic.  Try reducing the size with an editor to say 1600 X 900.  That should reduce the file size to a few hundred kilobytes.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 22, 2017, 07:22:02 AM
Hi Weave, great looking start.
If you are taking the photos on a phone try emailing them to yourself. Most phones will spot large photos and offer the chance to re-size before you send. You can then upload the smaller photos to your gallery on the forum. Hope that this makes sense, and helps.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 22, 2017, 09:34:26 PM
Hola and Salut my friends,

If this goes right you will be seeing the belated Friday late morning RENFE Estrella Express from Sant Cristofol to Oviedo and Gijon carrying Asturian Flourite mine workers home for the Weekend passing an SNCF Corail Express from Avignon, with through overnight couchette coaches from Calais, just outside Platja de Teixir.

Alternatively, my dogs will be hearing rather choice language as the computer is thrown out of the window.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817211824.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54416)

Fingers crossed, here we go..


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 22, 2017, 09:40:16 PM
The dogs are fine.
Great picture. Looks good.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2017, 09:41:17 PM
Another success. Looks like you've cracked it :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 22, 2017, 09:46:18 PM
Hi,

Thanks to all for their help on here and the other computer help thread. Think it's sussed so few more pics very soon!

 :claphappy: and woofs!

weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 22, 2017, 09:48:49 PM
Hi,

Thanks to all for their help on here and the other computer help thread. Think it's sussed so few more pics very soon!

 :claphappy: and woofs!

weave  :beers:

Looking forward to the next batch of photographs
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 22, 2017, 10:11:01 PM
Hi again,

Few more pics, closer pic of the Tutera junction,


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817215716.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54417)

closer pic of Platja de Teixir station

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817220112.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54418)

Pic of where Port de Regleun will be built in the future (where all the tools and clutter is)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817220248.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54419)

More later, don't want to push it.

Also there will be edits as can't remember exactly what the photos are  :)

Still happy though,

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 22, 2017, 10:14:31 PM
You've obviously got the hang of this now.
Keep those pictures coming.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 22, 2017, 11:13:50 PM
Hi all,

Last of the pics for the moment but hopefully more at the Weekend. I have drawn a map of Izaro but can't remember how to upload it  :dunce: but will do that in the next few days and using a few of the previous pics it'll be easier to explain what I'm trying to achieve.

Couple more of the previously seen trains...


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817223429.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54420)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817223545.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54421)


...and this is the 'El Gaitero' restaurant. It's a mish mash of kit bash, scratch build (maybe) and obvious bought items. It's not quite finished yet. I've got more tables and chairs but after a tidy up I can't find them. Also the outside bar on the right needs a roof so the punters don't burn and the beer and Asturian cider doesn't get warm.

The restaurant will obviously be set in both eras of the layout. The owners are currently in Cornwall attending a Samphire Masterchef competition in 1962 so hopefully all the building work will be completed for their return (with hopefully the Chelsea Girls +) and then train pics of that era to follow.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-220817223823.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54422)

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. The track behind will be in a tunnel in case you were thinking of cancelling your reservation  :D

Oh, and a beach at the front!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: BoxTunnel on August 23, 2017, 02:24:42 AM
Table for two on Wednesday please! ;D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on August 23, 2017, 06:19:47 AM
Pity about the tunnel.  I was hoping to watch the trains go by as I enjoyed my meal!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 23, 2017, 06:22:54 AM
I love the restaurant. It'll look great with the sea in front.
I can almost taste tge red wine already.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2017, 07:13:07 AM
Looking good Weave, and congratulations on cracking the picture posting. Any San Miguel in stock? :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 24, 2017, 12:24:51 AM
Thanks guys,

Laurence, the tunnel mouth will begin just before the sharp curve to give the impression of going straight on so you can watch the trains from your patio table


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-240817001955.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54438)

The beach station is based very very loosely on Sant Pol de Mar way down the coast, a beach I'd love to go to...

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/St_Pol_de_Mar%2C_Catalunya_%2826523401122%29.jpg (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/St_Pol_de_Mar%2C_Catalunya_%2826523401122%29.jpg)


http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/30437843.jpg (http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/30437843.jpg)

I won't be able to do the buildings probably as don't have enough room and Spanish type buildings are hard to find. Have got some Tomix apartment blocks that look like Med hotels so they will appear somewhere later.

Keith, San Miguel, Estrella Damm etc., you name it we got it! Saying that, Martin, not sure about tge red wine but we'll try and get some in  ;).

Thanks for the interest.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 26, 2017, 10:45:16 PM
 :hellosign:  &   :greatpicturessign:  Thanks for the updates Chris developing nicely
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on August 27, 2017, 09:01:50 PM
¡Buenissimo! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 04, 2017, 10:40:45 AM

Hi all,

Have been working on the area around the restaurant but nothing really pic worthy. I've also set up a test track in the area in front of the window where Tutera station will be eventually . All a bit chaotic with locos and coaches everywhere seeing what works and what doesn't. Will have a tidy up this week and post more pics soon.

These photos are really for me as I can't go up to the train room too late as the dogs go bonkers and wake my wife up. Tutera station is a long way off but loosely based on Tarragona. Tarragona is a through station and Tutera a terminus but pics give me inspiration for future planning.

Tarragona station....
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Port_of_Tarragona.jpg (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Port_of_Tarragona.jpg)

Original layout pic...
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/735-040917102206.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54932)

As I said more pics with slight progress at the weekend, hopefully.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Think I'll have to find some sort of port backscene. Not sure, still planning.


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on September 04, 2017, 11:01:58 AM
I can't go up to the train room too late as the dogs go bonkers and wake my wife up.

I've put a dog bed in the layout room to encourage settling down and it's worked quite well.  Dunno if something similar might work for you?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 04, 2017, 11:42:17 AM
Thanks Steve but no.

Apart from the fact that I don't really want dog hair in there, there are 4 of them.

Sophie would be fine, William hates me for some reason (think it's because I smoke) so wouldn't come in, Guinness would then bark and bark at me and William outside and Saskia would try to eat everything.

I love them all but the train room is completely out of bounds.

Cheers and woofs weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on September 04, 2017, 03:45:29 PM
I hope you're not going to include the smell from the refinery too at Tutera. :no:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 04, 2017, 10:26:23 PM
Hi Mito,

What are you saying. Looked it up and all the tourism sites say how beautiful the refinery looks when lit up at night. They must be from Port Talbot and used to the smell. (Sorry anyone from Port Talbot  :worried:).

Seriously, it's more about having a largish station by a beach, that doesn't look wrong, for ideas. It's the only one I could find that wasn't a harbour station except for Penzance (have ideas from there too). If anyone knows of others I'd be very grateful for any input.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on September 05, 2017, 09:29:16 PM
http://juanalmarzapozuelo.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/el-ferrocarril-cartagena-y-su-estacion.html (http://juanalmarzapozuelo.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/el-ferrocarril-cartagena-y-su-estacion.html)

http://historiastren.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/el-ferrocarril-de-alicante-murcia.html (http://historiastren.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/el-ferrocarril-de-alicante-murcia.html)

http://www.barriodebenalua.es/2007/09/la-estacin-de-benala-ii-la-terminal-y.html (http://www.barriodebenalua.es/2007/09/la-estacin-de-benala-ii-la-terminal-y.html)

Chris, I don't know if these links are any good. The best I think is the last.
There used to be two stations in Alicante, one serving Madrid ( Ferrocaril MZA) and the second seving Murcia and Cartagena, now totally disappeared. It left Alicante, single track, following the coast line for about 5km. The photos may give you some ideas. I can't yet find anymore info or track plans but will search if you want. The text is in Spanish, I don't know if you understand the lingo but I'll translate if there's anything you don't understand.
Cheers,
Brian

PS. the lights on the refinery are so beautiful that they completely take the smell away. :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: bluedepot on September 05, 2017, 09:38:05 PM
very interesting!

what spanish diesels do you have?

how about dual standard/iberian gauge track somewhere!


tim
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 06, 2017, 07:51:37 AM
[url]http://juanalmarzapozuelo.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/el-ferrocarril-cartagena-y-su-estacion.html[/url] ([url]http://juanalmarzapozuelo.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/el-ferrocarril-cartagena-y-su-estacion.html[/url])

[url]http://historiastren.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/el-ferrocarril-de-alicante-murcia.html[/url] ([url]http://historiastren.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/el-ferrocarril-de-alicante-murcia.html[/url])

[url]http://www.barriodebenalua.es/2007/09/la-estacin-de-benala-ii-la-terminal-y.html[/url] ([url]http://www.barriodebenalua.es/2007/09/la-estacin-de-benala-ii-la-terminal-y.html[/url])

Chris, I don't know if these links are any good. The best I think is the last.
There used to be two stations in Alicante, one serving Madrid ( Ferrocaril MZA) and the second seving Murcia and Cartagena, now totally disappeared. It left Alicante, single track, following the coast line for about 5km. The photos may give you some ideas. I can't yet find anymore info or track plans but will search if you want. The text is in Spanish, I don't know if you understand the lingo but I'll translate if there's anything you don't understand.
Cheers,
Brian

PS. the lights on the refinery are so beautiful that they completely take the smell away. :D


Hi Brian,

Thanks for those. They will be very useful for the '60s running days on the layout. I know practically nothing about steam in the UK let alone Spain, I just liked the idea of dabbling in steam, so any info is good.

Regarding the lingo, I have an A Level in Spanish (only a grade D though) but then lived for a about 4 months in a small town outside Madrid where only 2 people spoke English so it improved dramatically. Unfortunately a lot is forgotten although I think it's in the brain somewhere so will read through at a leisurely rate, dictionary in hand.

Cheers weave.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 06, 2017, 08:42:35 AM
very interesting!

what spanish diesels do you have?

how about dual standard/iberian gauge track somewhere!


tim

Hi Tim,

I've only got 4 Spanish diesels at the moment.

For the '80s/'90s Arnold RENFE 321 in 'taxi' livery (although it's playing up a bit, not sure why)
                         Arnold RENFE 354 'Virgen de Aranzazu' in blue/white (recent purchase from my lovely wife for my
                         birthday but can't open it until tomorrow)

For the '60s        Arnold RENFE 316 in 'silver/green' livery (very nice). (EDIT RENFE 1800/318). Might not be a
                         prototypical formation but have some nice era III coaches for it (Butacas and CIWL). Hopefully
                         pics at the Weekend.

For both             Roco RENFE 307 (their version of the SNCF 63000). Old thing off ebay but seems to run OK.

Regarding the dual track, I have thought about it. The main station of Tutera hasn't really been planned yet but if you look on the overall view pic there is a local line, which is just SNCF at the moment, coming round from the top right. This might have to become a dual line as crossing it over to the main SNCF line might take up too much space and be complicated with the Kato track set up.

I've also thought about a Talgo gauge changer which could help out the real chaos at Port Bou caused by it during the Summer months but the space would need careful planning.

Also thought about Izaro having it's own liveried railway.

All things for me to think about.

Cheers for the interest,

weave :beers:.


                 
                         
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: bluedepot on September 07, 2017, 04:35:04 PM
oh ok nice.

I like 321s - I wouldn't mind one in ho. the Arnold one looks good in n too. I also like 333s with the squarish cabs.

you don't see many spanish layouts so will be following your progress!

I'll email kato for you to suggest they make dual gauge track! there must be some demand in Japan as well surely for standard and 3 foot six, and maybe they could make something to at least represent standard and Iberian or russian gauge, even if it's just pretend...


Tim


Tim
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 07, 2017, 09:47:06 PM
Hi all,

Still looking for stations near beaches but just thought I'd show a pic of a real Renfe 321 loco, not so much for the loco but for the sky. Feels like I haven't seen it for ages  :(....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8217/29267730605_6a52f4e88b_b.jpg

Makes me feel warmer sitting here in a jumper.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. That's the great thing about RENFE, they cater for people getting older and forgetting loco classes! It's the one on the left  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on September 07, 2017, 10:15:18 PM
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?railroad=Renfe (http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?railroad=Renfe)

http://www.snipview.com/q/Diesel%20locomotives%20of%20Spain?album=12091370 (http://www.snipview.com/q/Diesel%20locomotives%20of%20Spain?album=12091370)

A couple more links you might be interested in.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: bluedepot on September 08, 2017, 08:03:14 PM
cheers will look at those links

I like the look of some of their american diesels, 321 were alco I think, but I've seen pics of others that were baldwin or gm... unfortunately in the really old pictures they didn't put massive class numbers on the locos so not sure what they are, plus numbering system was different anyway...

Tim
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on September 08, 2017, 09:31:36 PM
I don't know a great deal about Spanish railways, but a lot of the diesels are American and the early steam locos were British built. Alot of the original track was laid by British companies so why they chose 6 Castillian feet as the gauge rather then standard gauge is strange.
Sorry Weave, I'll shut up now and sorry for hi-jacking your thread.
Cheers, Brian
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 08, 2017, 09:43:18 PM
Hi all,

Bit more reference......

http://www.railfaneurope.net/list/spain/spain_renfe_del.html (http://www.railfaneurope.net/list/spain/spain_renfe_del.html)

Tim, forgot, I have a Startrain 308 diesel in grey and red. Poor thing was literally forgotten (don't know how you can forget you have a locomotive) but it was in a box with some spares/repairs coaches. Nothing wrong with it, practically brand new.

 I normally blame red wine on my memory loss but age is starting to creep in. Oh, and cider. Anyway another loco  :claphappy:

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 08, 2017, 09:50:06 PM
I don't know a great deal about Spanish railways, but a lot of the diesels are American and the early steam locos were British built. Alot of the original track was laid by British companies so why they chose 6 Castillian feet as the gauge rather then standard gauge is strange.
Sorry Weave, I'll shut up now and sorry for hi-jacking your thread.
Cheers, Brian

Hi Brian,

No worries. Hijack away. Think the 'Continental' folk are more interested in Swiss and German anyway.

Mas vino para nuestros (or is it por nuestros). EDIT Nosotros not nuestros. Need to go back to school  :doh:

Gracias y salud,

weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on September 08, 2017, 09:59:57 PM
Quote
No worries. Hijack away. Think the 'Continental' folk are more interested in Swiss and German anyway.

Mas vino para nuestros (or is it por nuestros).

Gracias y salud,

weave  :beers:

I use para, but my Spanish was learnt on the streets. I've never studied it. Oh, it's nosotros (us). Nuestros is ours. Class over!!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 08, 2017, 11:14:43 PM
Hola Brian,

I did edit the 'us' word before your reply but only by 4 minutes. It is para although I know Spanish people who don't know when to use para or por.

Have been having a tidy up of the guest bedroom as having guests soon. Unfortunately it means more boxes in the train room so lots more clutter but still hope to do some pics over the Weekend. However, I did find my old O Level Spanish book from school (with NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM ******** SCHOOL on the front  :), used to steal anything in those days  :D  :no:) so might start another hobby and refresh my memory.

Will try to get my own thread 'ON Topic' soon.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 19, 2017, 08:51:47 PM
Hola,

Not a great deal to report due to work, man flu (which is a very serious condition despite what women say  ;)) and trying to sort the rolling stock into firstly, what works and what doesn't on a test track where Tutera station will be, then boxing and labeling, which I thought would sort the chaos but seems to have added to it (taking ages although that's mainly due to watching TV, being on here and drinking  :)). Oh, and man flu!

As usual, fumbling with pics. I know people like track plans but as I haven't really got one at the moment (except the overview pic) that'll have to wait but I wanted to show a map of the principality of Izaro so I can explain train movements in the future.

It's not a great map but I tried uploading from 'paint' but it keeps saying 'forbidden' (probably my artwork!) so printed and took a pic so hope this works. The colours were better but the printer ink is not up to date.....


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/735-190917202120.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55973)

Few explanations and a couple more pics if this works soon.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Edit PS. On it's side wasn't me, honest!

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 19, 2017, 09:07:29 PM
Hola again.

Forgot to say the map is not to scale and also some neighbours have just come round as there seems to be some sort of drain problem between our properties. Nothing serious I believe but will have to post more later.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 21, 2017, 10:03:47 PM
Hi all,

The drain was sorted if anyone was vaguely interested  :no:

I hope to get the maps the right way round and do better explanations of train movements and what the different places are soon but if you don't mind a cricked neck....

Overall layout....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917205604.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56056)

Map of modeled area.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917210309.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56059)

Trains come in from Spain/Portugal and France/other places in Europe towards Sant Cristofol and SNCF hauled ones to Pont Castell and Estepera (see previous map) in a roundy roundy, again and again type way. Eventually their destination will change to Tutera terminus station (yet to be built) where trains can be divided, some coaches marshalled (if that's the right word) to the RENFE storage sidings (in pic) or the SNCF ones at Tutera station itself.

Trains, with through coaches, will then be taken on the non electrified line to Casilda which is predominantly a holy site, the shrine of Santa Nuria de Casilda being visited by thousands of pilgrims every year, most traveling by train.

 Also local Euro gauge trains will serve Tutera.

Goods trains will come and go from the Flourite mine at Llera and to and from the famous furniture makers of Pont Castell.

Hope that all makes sense to anyone interested.

I've started to make the backing for the hills around Platja de Teixir and the sea base, although not too sure about the curves, but have to sit in there somehow......



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917214708.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56062)


Just a few pics as well,

Renfe 308 dropping of some Moritz beer from Barcelona to the El Gaitero bar/restaurant and some local hotels...



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917215535.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56063)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917215630.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56064)


and an SNCF 25500 hauling some Transcereales wagons to Sant Cristofol, passing a TER (Tren Espanol Rapido) from Tutera to Valencia via Barcelona....





(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/735-210917220149.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56066)


Cheers, Salud and Sante, weave

 :beers:,  :beers:,  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on September 22, 2017, 06:40:06 AM
It's all coming along nicely and the main thing is, you've got some trains running!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2017, 06:43:43 AM
Wot Laurence said  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 22, 2017, 07:00:03 AM
As above, and good to see more beer arriving. :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on September 22, 2017, 07:17:15 AM
Great to see some pictures.
Keep them coming.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on September 22, 2017, 09:23:33 AM
Good update, great to see some more layout pics - hope you have managed to shake off the man flu  (and fix the drains)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 05, 2017, 01:16:52 PM
 :hellosign: Nice progress Chris, look forward to more presently
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 01, 2017, 12:37:17 AM
Hola amigos,

Have done a bit more on the layout and was hoping to post some pics (and will do so soon).

However, and a big HOWEVER. Due to a change in personal circumstances it looks like we might have to move next year. All slightly up in the air at the moment but pretty much on the cards  :(.

I have to have an operation on my ankle in January (which is only a small part of the problem) so was going to do as much as I could on the Izaro layout beforehand and then start the Port de Regleun (Brittany layout) while off work for 3 months as it would have easier access.

With the potential move I don't see much point in doing much more as both would have to be ripped up as the idea was for them to be permanent.

I will still work on things (have been working on my Irish ferry for the future Port de Regleun layout to cheer myself up a bit) and I can still run trains around the Izaro layout.

I was going at broken down snail's pace anyway but just to let you all know.

Solace in cider,

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on November 01, 2017, 06:26:38 AM
I hope things turn out OK in the end.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 01, 2017, 06:55:38 AM
Looking forward to seeing the pictures. Hope that everything gets sorted as quickly as possible.  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: bluedepot on November 01, 2017, 08:43:16 AM
good luck with operation and moving

Tim
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 01, 2017, 08:49:56 AM
Good luck with all that.  Having just moved I’m painfully aware of just how long the process can take.  I survived by playing with a Kato layout initially, then when that had to be packed away I dabbled in 1/48 plastic tank kits for the best part of a year!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: RailGooner on November 01, 2017, 09:22:51 AM
I like this thread as there's relatively little on the Iberian Peninsula here. I hope everything works out OK Weave. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: RicardoFig on November 01, 2017, 03:45:31 PM
Good luck for both, operation and moving.  ;)

Just found this thread today and i am not sure what i like the best: the Spanish rolling stock or the whole fictional story behind the layout.  :heart2:

I hope that in the end the project goes on, and i strongly encourage you to create a Principiat own railway company, with its own rolling stock and painting scheme.


Just before i started my actual project in N-Scale, i had a fictional truck & urban bus company on a fictional Portuguese village in 1:87 (mainly Herpa and Rietze units repainted), and the freedom to create and imagine is huge, so much that in a later stage in this layout i am thinking of a fictional railroad company for my branch line.  :beers: :heart2:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 02, 2017, 09:29:44 PM
Hola amigos,

Have done a bit more on the layout and was hoping to post some pics (and will do so soon).

However, and a big HOWEVER. Due to a change in personal circumstances it looks like we might have to move next year. All slightly up in the air at the moment but pretty much on the cards  :(.

I have to have an operation on my ankle in January (which is only a small part of the problem) so was going to do as much as I could on the Izaro layout beforehand and then start the Port de Regleun (Brittany layout) while off work for 3 months as it would have easier access.

With the potential move I don't see much point in doing much more as both would have to be ripped up as the idea was for them to be permanent.

I will still work on things (have been working on my Irish ferry for the future Port de Regleun layout to cheer myself up a bit) and I can still run trains around the Izaro layout.

I was going at broken down snail's pace anyway but just to let you all know.

Solace in cider,

Cheers weave  :beers:
:hellosign: Sorry to hear of your woes Chris hope all turns out OK real soon & love to see any photos
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 02, 2017, 10:50:40 PM
Hi all and thank you,

I'm not going into the personal circumstances and say that we're downsizing, but basically we're downsizing  :D.

However, in very unheated discussions with the Overlord, her suggestion (bless her), a third bedroom (or train room) is a necessity so not all lost. The room size is obviously not known yet but we'll see.

I'd like to keep both concepts of Izaro and Port de Regleun as can never decide between the two.

Have taken some pics tonight of slow developments in Izaro, which as I said will probably come to a halt although I hope to do mini modular things like the El Gaitero restaurant which is on a bit of MDF and removable. A couple of hotels with swimming pools is my next plan. Hope to post the pics tomorrow as my technical adviser has gone to bed.

The CF Tutera football stadium, which I haven't mentioned before but has got infrastructure is another thing to work on plus the Port de Regleun ferries so I don't think I'll be bored.

Hope pics tomorrow.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on November 03, 2017, 07:42:32 AM
Hopefully your move will be straightforward and goes smoothly.
Interesting about the football stadium. Takes up a lot of room though.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 03, 2017, 08:11:52 AM
Thanks Martin,

It was (is?) just going to be half a football ground, which off the top of my head is about 3' x 2 1/2' and was going to go in the top right hand corner (depends how you look at it but to the right of where Tutera station would have been ie the mess) with the railway running underneath. The pitch just stopping ie cut off on the far right. I don't know what it would have (or will?) look like but thought CF Tutera could play in La Liga division 2 and perhaps have won La Copa del Rey and qualified for the Europa League, all in the interests of 'special trains'.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-031117075536.jpeg)[/url].

It'll fit on the kitchen breakfast bar to work on so another thing to keep me sane.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. I'll have to think of how they got into the Spanish league but something will come up but being an independent country as such they will have their own national side who much to the annoyance of the local police always seem to be in England's group  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on November 03, 2017, 08:19:34 AM
The West Cornwall branch of the CF Tutera supporters club are very excited about the club’s progression to the Europa League.
Special train arrangements come to mind.......

And dont get me started on Europa League and Champions League. Champions league.......85% of participants are NOT champions and league.....its a Cup.
Brng back the European Cup, The Cup Winners Cup and the Inter Cities Fairs Cup I say......rant over!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 03, 2017, 08:42:14 AM
Off topic but totally agree re the cups but as always it's all down to TV money.

I don't know if you saw my PS edit above but I obviously have had change my opinion of Mickey Mouse tiny countries and principalities being in the European Championship qualifying rounds  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 04, 2017, 08:59:57 AM
Hi all,

Not a great deal to report and, once again, few probs with my computer in that I can't seem to preview the pics before posting so apologies if they're of my usual rubbish, out of focus, standard and if they're the right ones in the first place (will edit if not).

Bit of work was done to the hill and tunnel behind the restaurant. As the sky will just be a lovely Mediterranean blue I thought I'd have a go at painting it myself. Haven't done that yet but hopefully this pic shows the additional ply backboard with the sky dropping down to the right to meet the sea. I'll probably have rocks to break the sky/sea join. Some more ply will be attached to the left but as I've said things are a bit on hold at the moment.

The ledge will have one hotel, maybe two depending on space, with swimming pool. The access road hidden by trees and hopefully some sort of precarious path down to the sea (I'm sure I'm not the only one to come across them on holiday. They're bad enough when you're sober!)......

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117083905.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57602)

Nothing much but pic of the tunnel mouth I made downstairs. I moved the level crossing closer to the station to leave a bit of a gap between it and the tunnel portal.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117084655.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57603)

The station is loosely based on Sant Pol de Mar where the tunnel is very close to the crossing...

http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/bmhfaa/pedestrian-passage-at-sant-pol-de-mar-railway-station-barcelona-province-bmhfaa.jpg (http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/bmhfaa/pedestrian-passage-at-sant-pol-de-mar-railway-station-barcelona-province-bmhfaa.jpg)

I wasn't too sure about the red? tunnel portal so have gone with similar to Cerbere (but that might change)....

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/J22_695_Bf_Cerb%C3%A8re%2C_Tunnelportale.jpg (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/J22_695_Bf_Cerb%C3%A8re%2C_Tunnelportale.jpg)

Have a few train pics which I'll do shortly.

Cheers weave  :beers:


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 04, 2017, 01:40:41 PM
Hi again,

A couple of train pics. I've been cleaning the wheels of various ebay purchase coaches and then boxing up and listing (for myself, not selling). Not all will be run again for the foreseeable future but trying to sort the 'good as news' from the 'needs a bit of work'.

Firstly and a bit Rule 1. An all first class pilgrim train from Rome and Innsbruck passes Platja de Teixir on it's way to the town of Casilda with it's holy shrine and natural thermal spas. The OBB coaches join the FS ones at Genoa and then along the French Riviera, the bar Corail attached with SNCF locomotive at Ventimiglia, and then round to Tutera in Izaro....


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117132419.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57710)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117132532.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57711)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117132628.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57712)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117132735.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57713)

The SNCF BB 72xx is detached at Tutera terminus station and an SNCF BB 67xxx takes it back out on the non electrified line to Casilda (which would have been the Port de Regleun layout, the two being run at different times).....



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117133446.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57714)

Sorry, tres blurred.

Some Spanish/Portuguese ones later but have to take the dogs for a walk. Please Daddy (and there are 3 others)......



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117133656.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57715)

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 04, 2017, 02:04:12 PM
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117133656.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57715[/url])


Ahhh, bless! :)

I’ve just returned from walkies myself, not too much of a chore as most of the routes round here are along old trackbeds 8)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on November 04, 2017, 06:03:14 PM
I've just returned with Mutkins, now horizontal on the floor. I can't make up my mind whether to join him or not. :-\
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 04, 2017, 10:18:25 PM
Hi all,

Few more pics.

A RENFE 307 is seen at Platja de Teixir with a wine and a sherry wagon from the Tutera marshalling yard, on the other side of town, to stock up the El Gaitero restaurant and various local hotels.....


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117210832.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57728)


Meanwhile, due to wagon cleaning and sorting, the 'Expreso del Norte' from Sant Cristofol to A Coruna in Galicia (North West Spain) only has two regular coaches and one RENFE sleeping car. The portion splitting at Monforte for Oporto also only has two regular CP (Portuguese) coaches and a rustled up Wasteels couchette coach plus a CP postal car (which is a bodge job of mine when I tried to Mr. Muscle off a DB logo on a German parcels coach and it started to go white  :doh:. Went the whole hog and stuck on a CP logo decal. Not really prototypical but I quite like it.

Not quite sure what Semat do but lets say its returning empty to Pamplona after dropping off new VWs to Izaro from their plant there.

A RENFE 269 'Taxi' livery is in charge...


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215211.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57740)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215318.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57741)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215402.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57742)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215504.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57743)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215746.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57744)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117215908.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57745)

I hope to do some photos of steam and diesel from the '60s era very soon, with the return of the crowd from Cornwall, which hopefully will be of more interest.

In the meantime (for the dog lovers amongst us as there seems to be a few) here's my motley crew...

William (already shown) (hates me, don't know why)...



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117220610.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57746)

Guinness (loud but lovely)......


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117220901.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57747)

Sophie (older and in charge but so good)....


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117221047.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57748)

Saskia (crazy horse!!!, well little donkey but still crazy)....


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117221239.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57750)

Thanks for looking. I promise to get my photography skills better, get better train pic angles and proper rakes etc. in the future.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS This might be a less blurred photo of the BB 67xxx from the earlier post (?)...



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117221810.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57751)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 04, 2017, 10:18:59 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates Chris
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on November 04, 2017, 10:34:08 PM
Lovely quartet, and the trains ain't bad too. :)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 04, 2017, 11:43:34 PM
Hi,

Meant to say when I pictured the tunnel mouth...


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/735-041117232354.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57752)

The tunnel was made using one of the white polystyrene things on the left. My wife has marine fish tanks and while I was at the aquatic shop getting some stuff for her I saw a whole load of these in a trolley which were going to be thrown away.

'Help yourself, we don't want them was the answer' so if you think they might come in handy for various scenery projects, tunnel mouths, bridges etc. they come in twos and contain frozen fish food packets which they take out and put in an open freezer, then chucking out the containers.

 Quite handy and free.

Cheers weave  :beers:


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on November 05, 2017, 10:09:29 AM
Coming along nicely Chris & lovely collection of pooches, don't envy you with 4, got my hands full with 2 labs

Hope the Op & move are painless (on both counts)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 15, 2017, 10:06:27 AM
Hi all,

'Tis a sad day in Izaro today as the house is going on the market next month, I'm going to be in plaster for 3 months from January and we will probably have to stay in a transition house (if that's what you call it), which isn't big, for a while next year. The room needs to be clearer and anything train related needs to be small and portable.

SO, it's dismantle time  :doh:  :(  :'(.

The idea is not lost though and Izaro II will hopefully reappear in 2019.

In the meantime I have decided (with the other half's permission of course) to go back to the Port Regleun Brittany layout but keep it simple and portable.

Another pic of the room before the demolition crew arrive...


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/735-151117093251.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58147)

Remember I was standing on a chair on the landing to take this so the room is rather cluttered. Anyway, the plan is to keep the board in front of the window as just a test track oval with sidings in the middle as the Kato track can be easily taken up and boxed. The trestle tables pack up nicely and can go in a shed.

I want a bit of scenery and obviously the Brittany port so I thought I could have 8"/10" wide length of wood along the back wall with a single track coming off the test track oval emerging from a tunnel going along the coast. It would then turn on a 2' or 3' square board, resting on a trestle table, into the sea on a causeway (another length of wood) to the port area, resting on another trestle table, similar to the one that used to be a Verdon...

http://www.frenchlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FL006018_web.jpg (http://www.frenchlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FL006018_web.jpg)

That's a bridge but mine would be a causeway to save money.

The port area would be maybe 4' x 2' so it and the turn square should be portable enough and be able to be stored under a bed. The two lengths as well but if they have to go so be it.

Will start a new thread soon but just wanted to explain.

Thanks for the interest, kind comments and 'thank yous' about Principat d'Izaro and as I said it will be back!

Now where's my sledge hammer?

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on November 15, 2017, 11:36:13 AM
Sorry to hear the bad news, but at least you'll have something to look forward to.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on November 15, 2017, 04:56:08 PM
Looking forward to Izaro II indie course.
Hope you find a suitable transition house that works for you.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on November 15, 2017, 05:52:26 PM
Good luck with the op and move. Being plastered for three months is something to look forward to.  :beers: :pint:  Not so good having to demolish something that has taken time and effort to make.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: ntpntpntp on November 15, 2017, 06:56:39 PM

Something Spanish from my collection.   An old Ibertren UT440 unit.   

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/5885-151117185438.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58180)

I'd like to get hold of the red/white model they also made, just for completeness!

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 15, 2017, 09:42:58 PM
Hi ntpntpntp,

I've been looking for one of those for ages. Did see one on ebay from Spain a while back but funds were low and the postage was ridiculous. In a way I'm glad you posted at this time or I would have gone into want one, want one stroppy child mode.

Cheers for the pic. Reminds me of the train I used to get occasionally into Madrid when I was there for a while.

Gracias y salud weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: ntpntpntp on November 15, 2017, 10:07:03 PM
I've been looking for one of those for ages.

I have a thing about E.M.U.s, especially the Arnold ET420s (must have a dozen of those). I was at a show a few years ago, and there was a guy selling off all his N gauge. This particular 2-car set was there, but I didn't buy it at the time. A few days later I contacted and he still had it.  Think it cost me £50. 

It took me a while to find an additional centre coach.  A mate of mine actually got one from a boot fair ages ago but he cut it up to experiment with scratch-building!!!  I now have the parts. Finally managed to get hold of the one in the photo to make up a 3-car set.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 15, 2017, 11:12:24 PM
 :hellosign: Sorry to hear Irazo is to be dismantled, hope all goes well for you & the move is smooth
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on November 16, 2018, 12:35:39 PM
Hola,

Can't believe twas a year ago that I had to dismantle the layout.

Anyway, there is a little resurrection for it in that I found a small layout that was my first attempt at Kato track. I thought I had dismantled it but found it while clearing out a lock up that we will not be using anymore.

For those following my Trémargat St. Croix (TSC) layout, I have a 69" x 16" lift out section with hill and bridge between the harbour and a small fiddle yard.

The newly found layout, which was going to be a roundy roundy, with some revamping, should fit in and so I thought I could have a beachside terminus for a part of Principat d'Izaro and be able to run Spanish and Southern French trains around the TSC harbour to stretch their legs and then use the terminus for photo opportunities.

Hope to incorporate the El Gaitero restaurant from the original layout last year over one of the tunnel mouths and keep the mojo espanol going. It's a bit of a mess and I need to remove the branch going to nowhere and remove some edging wood but if the track works  :hmmm: it's nice to have a new project with some of the work done already.

Few not great pics but gives an idea.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/735-161118122710.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71554)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/735-161118122817.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71555)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/735-161118122859.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71556)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/735-161118122944.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71557)

With the TSC harbour, TSC hill and bridge and now this, it'll keep me busy over Christmas while some of the wife's film selections kick in  :thumbsdown:

Gracias amigos y salud,

weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 16, 2018, 03:42:51 PM
 :hellosign: Many thanks for this update Chris, looking forward to future developments
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 11, 2018, 12:48:42 AM
Hi all,

Well the lift out section bit didn't work. There's a proper (ish) explanation on my Trémargat St. Croix thread so won't bore you all again.

Anyway, the good news is I also had another old layout with a bit of scenery and track so have decided to revamp that instead and make it a stand alone part of the Principat d'Izaro peninsular.

It's up and running, although just a single oval and small terminus station (probably Estepera beach) and lots to do but I can run Spanish and Southern French trains to keep the mojo going.

I'll do a proper explanation this evening but just wanted to see if I could post a pic after the upgrade. I have other pics but I'll try one and then post later.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Pic Test.......

 :no: Another day perhaps  :(

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 13, 2018, 09:14:54 PM
Hola,

Think the Gallery is back so just a test....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-131218210745.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72188)

Have had a rethink on a few things so need different photos now and waiting on some glued things to dry  :doh: but hopefully some proper pics soon.

Hope we're all back and running now.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Edit PS Meant to say haven't painted the sea/beach wall yet. All will become clear.

Also, I can't do weathering but will do something with the red pantographs as they're just wrong. Some sort of black wash perhaps.




Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on December 14, 2018, 07:58:24 AM
Bueno !
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 14, 2018, 10:38:17 PM
Hi all,

A few more pics later (hopefully) to show the Platja d'Estepera (Estepera beach) layout. It used to have two tunnels but I have cut them out to replace the track and decided to just put one back (eventually).

I will explain more another time as in where it is on the peninsular etc. but am putting the 'El Gaitero' restaurant on the layout.

As with all my layouts it's set in the '60s one day and '80/'90s/2000 another but this one, as only single track will have to be Spanish trains one day and French another.

The painting of the Kato track is a bit dark but have a ballast solution (hopefully).

Overall pic of the layout. It's very simple as just wanted to run a few trains. Platja d'Estepera is a terminus with a beach at the end for holiday traffic and the loop goes through the tunnel to the imaginary town station and port. The other side is more for pics as I will make another beach (8 inch or so wide) on a separate board butting up to what's there.

I rabbit on too much so here are some pics.

Layout overview......

SORRY - Could post pics yesterday but not today it seems. Thought I'd keep the text though and modify another day.

Back to the vino tinto.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 16, 2018, 12:43:57 PM
Hi all,

Think we're back on track with pics again. Got to take the dogs out now and get the roast for later but here's another test to make sure...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-161218123857.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72394)

Think that works. Speak later if too many Yorkshires and vino tinto don't whisk me off to bed  :)

Salud weave  :beers:


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: railsquid on December 16, 2018, 02:12:01 PM
Looks good to me.

The locomotive - is it one of those RENFE ones which had its origins in Japan?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 17, 2018, 12:12:36 AM
Looks good to me.

The locomotive - is it one of those RENFE ones which had its origins in Japan?

Hi Railsquid,

Thank you. Yes is the answer although Wiki is rather vague in places. It was of Japanese design and although most were built in Spain, some had been transported from Japan by sea. Mitsubishi seem to be the manufacturer. Different sites have differing info.

Cheers weave  :beers:

RENFE Series 269 if you want to Google.


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 17, 2018, 10:49:47 AM
Hi all,

Don't know what I'm doing wrong but besides the earlier one this is the only pic I can show. Will take some more and try again.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-171218104301.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72412)

They were all taken at the same time and are in one 'my pictures' file in Windows 7 so don't understand why it'll post 2 of them but not the others.

They weren't that good anyway  :).

Oh well. Back to the drawing board.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 17, 2018, 12:42:21 PM
OK,

Found another pic the computer likes. It's prob a size thing. Trying to show the layout but it only likes train pics.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-171218123124.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72416)

Might give up and just work on the thing.

Errrrrr  :censored: I hate computers but that's only because I don't understand. SWMBO technical advice later in the week.

Cheers weave  :beers:












Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Gizzy on December 17, 2018, 04:18:23 PM
Interesting for me to see this layout, as I'm planning to build my own (Swiss based) railway, using KATO track.

I noted that you have laid this track on a cork base, I guess for quiet running. I would do this for a track without a ballast base (such as PECO), but I wasn't planning to do so for the KATO track, and I hadn't done so for an (unfinished) layout using Fleishmann Piccolo track.

So, do you find that this is a better way to lay ballasted track.... :confusedsign:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 17, 2018, 05:38:18 PM
Hi Gizzy,

Am sure others will have more knowledgeable opinions.

 I don't think the cork makes any difference to the train noise but I use it as a smoother base for my rubbish woodworking skills to start with and then for height differences with platforms and walls ie. cutting bits out or adding to allow for the Kato ballast shoulder depending on in station or out in country.

Hope makes sense. Ask again if confused. I usually am  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Gizzy on December 17, 2018, 05:47:36 PM
Hi Gizzy,

Am sure others will have more knowledgeable opinions.

 I don't think the cork makes any difference to the train noise but I use it as a smoother base for my rubbish woodworking skills to start with and then for height differences with platforms and walls ie. cutting bits out or adding to allow for the Kato ballast shoulder depending on in station or out in country.

Hope makes sense. Ask again if confused. I usually am  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Makes a lot of sense!

I'm having a baseboard made, so, although I can do wood work, I just don't get the time, or have the space to make one up. I should get it early in the New Year.

I'm not planning to have cork; I could have specified it for my baseboard, but as I'm using KATO track, I've decided not to. I have a plan in my head as to what I want to do, and I'll just muddle through and get some track laid, so I can run my RhB stock....
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 20, 2018, 12:25:45 PM
Hola,

Another test as have no idea what I'm doing re resizing the pics to be able to post. If it works, there is the other problem of can't remember what I did. The good missus am sure will help but her work is chaotic at the mo so gave it a go...


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218122034.png) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72526)

Yay  :claphappy:

I'm sure it's very easy for you computer folk. Will have to write things down as I go for future reference.

That's the Estepera layout overview which I couldn't post before. There are other pics and will start again with explanations after a lie down. 'Tis nearly siesta time anyway.

Cheers weave  :beers:




Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 20, 2018, 01:06:18 PM
Think I've made it too small, but other side. More practice needed.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218130538.png) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72528)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on December 20, 2018, 04:35:14 PM
Hola again,

Still have problems with the size thing but just to give the gist of the plan.

Platja d'Estepera is a resort set in the far Eastern part of the peninsular with a reovable beach (to be built) in front of the sea wall to the right for photo (ha) opportunities.

I'll be sitting on the left by 'resort beach' station. There is a little beach area (about 3 inches) wide where the tracks finish at the window end but you can't see it.

The plan is, where I sit, trains can come from the right from the rest of the peninsular and head round the station avoiding line through the tunnel to the actual 'town' station (off scene and slightly inland).

Various trains will eventually divert and terminate at the beach station. The blank area at the bottom will be a single line to Estepera Port, only accessible from the station with a couple of sidings. Maybe a tunnel to hide the odd coach transferred to a ferry and so possible layout extension in the future.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218161035.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72530)


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218161134.png) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72531)

The second plan is that I wanted to incorporate the 'El Gaitero' restaurant that I built before. I thought that if I had lots of buildings nothing would get done so thought the restaurant could be overlooking the right hand beach and surrounded by a vineyard (always wanted one) with a road bridge connecting it and a small wine goods yard where the tram track is. The imaginary resort town will be behind me.

That bit of wood in the middle shown earlier is to make it level so will build round it so I can work on it downstairs. Have been looking at making vines but think mod roc landscaping is the next big job.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218162935.png) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72532)


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/735-201218163016.png) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72533)

Thanks for putting up with my ramblings and stop start thread.

We've got guests from the 28th - 5th and apparently there are non railway things to do this Weekend I've been told but any input always welcome.

Cheers, Salud and Santé weave
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on December 20, 2018, 04:54:40 PM
Looks good Chris.
Just right for you to sit with a nice orange juice and watch the trains go by.  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Mito on December 20, 2018, 05:42:26 PM
Looks good Chris.
Just right for you to sit with a nice orange juice and watch the trains go by.  :beers:
Looking good to me too.
Why not fresh squeezed grape juice? :)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on December 21, 2018, 07:21:34 AM
Looks good Chris.
Just right for you to sit with a nice orange juice and watch the trains go by.  :beers:
Looking good to me too.
Why not fresh squeezed grape juice? :)

Yep, looking good.

How about old, bottled grape juice ? 🍷
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2018, 08:26:15 AM
Fermented, I hope  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 21, 2018, 08:06:09 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:. Thanks for your perseverance Chris, looking forward to seeing this develop.   :beers:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on January 08, 2019, 11:32:36 PM
Hi all and belated Happy New Year,

Not a lot to report as we had guests for a long time. Then back to work this week  :( .

Have done a bit on the layout but thought no point in trying to post pics until it's all sorted.

Looking at vineyards in the area where the Principality is set and did find this for inspiration......

https://www.visitfrenchwine.com/en/vineyard/visit-the-roussillon-vineyards-wine-tourism (https://www.visitfrenchwine.com/en/vineyard/visit-the-roussillon-vineyards-wine-tourism)

No room for the town but I do have a Tomix? chapel and the 'goblet' vines seem easier to model. Might have mentioned 'goblet' vines before, can't remember.

Anyway, slowly plodding away and hopefully some pics soon. No vines yet, still on the plaster bandage stage.

Hope you're all eating salad and drinking lots of water  :D  ;)  :sick2:

Cheers weave  :beers:





 
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on February 09, 2019, 11:40:46 AM
Hi all, testing flickr....

https://www.flickr.com/gp/168181094@N07/y363u9 (https://www.flickr.com/gp/168181094@N07/y363u9)

Thanks to Martin (Port Perran) for how to use flickr although not quite there yet as don't know how to show just one pic and that it shows the pic without having to click on it.

It's the back, well front of the 'El Gaitero' restaurant by the way.

Will give it another go.

Thanks for everyone's patience.

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on February 09, 2019, 12:05:08 PM
Another go ....

https://www.flickr.com/gp/168181094@N07/La0250 (https://www.flickr.com/gp/168181094@N07/La0250)

EDIT OK can post but just need to work out how to post just one and then how to show the pic.

Any help very much appreciated.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: bluedepot on February 09, 2019, 12:14:56 PM
I like the trees!

Tim
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on February 09, 2019, 04:12:43 PM
I saw the pictures without any difficulty, Chris.  It looks like you have mastered the process.

They were very nice and I look forward to seeing more.

All the best.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on February 09, 2019, 06:21:28 PM
Hi John (and Tim),

Thank you for your replies.

What I mean is I want A. to show one pic at a time and B. be able to have the pic showing rather than people having to click on it to see it.

I'll get there one day maybe.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Hiawatha on February 09, 2019, 07:53:43 PM
Chris, in flickr you will see three icons in the lower right corner of each picture. Click on the middle one, the arrow pointing to the right ("Share Photo"). In the next window "Share 1 photo to:" choose "BBCode" and copy-paste the URL from there into the reply window here (I've also reduced the size to 1024 pixels width).
Your photos:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7899/40070890213_1ec0a5b152_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/243VMBt)010 (https://flic.kr/p/243VMBt) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/168181094@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7897/32094232967_2937385381_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QU4kjg)013 (https://flic.kr/p/QU4kjg) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/168181094@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on February 09, 2019, 08:36:31 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7876/46316362034_4e88befbf2_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dyPsN7)014 (https://flic.kr/p/2dyPsN7) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/168181094@N07/), on Flickr

More testing

Edit Yay  :claphappy: Thank you so much Martin, Hiawatha, Brian and others. Think I'm there and sorry again for being such a numpty.

Cheers weave  :beers:  :beers: Would like to buy you all a drink. Maybe a couple of cans at an exhibition  :)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on February 09, 2019, 08:50:18 PM
That’s worh celebrating  :beers:
Well done.
I’ll be lookng forward to more photos.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 10, 2019, 10:53:30 AM
 :hellosign: Excellent photos Chris, thanks for posting
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 12:07:03 AM
Hi all,

Just testing Flickr, yet again, and hopefully introducing Sant Pau de Mar, which started as a test layout while building the new Port Regleun but couldn't resist a bit of expansion and starting some scenery.

Will explain tomorrow if this works....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47062319244_6ff0740414_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eGJFTj)IMG_1093 (https://flic.kr/p/2eGJFTj) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 12:28:45 AM
Well that worked.

Was supposed to just be 2 ovals and a couple of sidings to run a few trains but thought my Spanish and Southern French trains were missing some sun and scenery so it grew slightly. The right hand side has more plans but concentrating on the station area on the left. Have more pics of the developments which are a bit rushed as the wife (phone camera owner) is off to New York on business soon so it was taken off me. Will explain all later today.

The main thing is it all works and I can run trains. This layout, although small is not getting ditched.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Before anyone trashes my layout plan (although it still might need trashing) one track is standard gauge and the other Iberian. Hopefully everything will become clear.

 
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2019, 07:21:11 AM
Good to see some progress Weave. No adverse comments on the layout from here.

With the cat being away, does this mean that there will be more time for playing testing trains?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 15, 2019, 07:27:14 AM
Looks good Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 12:29:24 PM
Hi all,

Well, SWMBO is over the Atlantic as we speak.

Keith, I've already had some cheese and played some of my music (loudly!)  :).

So, to Sant Pau de Mar. The previous layout was slightly too big and slightly too heavy to be moved easily while building the Port Regleun 'round the room' Brittany layout so a test layout on an Ikea table was decided upon.

I like doing scenics, although not very good, but get bogged down by them and never run any trains. The plan here is that the layout will have two sides (roughly divided 1/3 to 2/3s with a removable skyline). The left hand side is the Sant Pau de Mar (SPM) station with a small bit of the fictional long beach to be modelled.

The right hand side will be a small beer, wine and spirit Import/Export business serving the East of the peninsular with sidings from both the single French and Spanish gauge tracks. Haven't decided on the best way to do the headshunts etc. or which track side is which re country origin (might be reversible depending on traffic volume).

I cant afford to buy lots of 'proper' goods wagons as I'll need fuel tankers and the like for the Brittany layout in the future so thought the odd different type of booze wagon would fill my want.

For the moment only scenic work will be done on the station side so I can hopefully complete it while still playing on the other side.

So to pics....

The one from earlier and another showing the two tracks and work in progress on the sidings. The terminating track round to the station was a afterthought as thought it could be for a local train branch line up into the mountains and a good reason for express trains to stop there. More of that later.....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47062319244_6ff0740414_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eGJFTj)IMG_1093 (https://flic.kr/p/2eGJFTj) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47799693392_77793c2fa0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPTVwG)IMG_1094 (https://flic.kr/p/2fPTVwG) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

Bit of tunnel construction. Lost a wine box in the second pic and bit over the top but there is method in my madness (I think)....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40885124933_4b080785a8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25hSXe8)IMG_1095 (https://flic.kr/p/25hSXe8) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr


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Tunnel portals. I wanted to hide most of the curves so the sides are visually separate, the station side is for watching trains go by (and stopping occasionally) with a beer and the other for shunting etc.

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The beach will be in the foreground and that's where I'll sit to watch.

I'll leave it there for a little bit as paranoid I'll lose what I've done (happened before).

Back soon. Thanks for watching.

Salud i Santé weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on May 15, 2019, 01:07:04 PM
This looks absolutely splendid, Chris.

A through station on one side and sidings on t' other is my chosen format for my present layout and it works very well indeed (although I say it myself!).  The sidings can be used for shunting but are more of a semi-scenic storage yard.

What size is the layout?  It looks four-ish by two-and-a-bit or so.

I look forward to more pictures.

With best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: AlexanderJesse on May 15, 2019, 01:15:15 PM
Just wondering... Spain, isn't that that western european country with a not-standard gauge, but a larger gauge?

Will you create special tracks featuring a broader gauge, or simulate this by some shunting rules that "simulate" the existence of different gauge tracks and sidings?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 01:30:05 PM
Hi again,

Last of the pics but gives an idea of what I'm trying to achieve. Hopefully there will be lots of train pics when the camera phone lady returns  ;)  :).

Here's the double sided backscene. It's a bit over the top (9mm MDF but was all I had). It's designed (ha) to be removable so probably just nice sunny Mediterranen blue sky. Each side of the layout will have a lower edge with trees and shrubs etc. to create the illusion if that makes sense. I'm not a great fan of far away hills backscenes. Some look great and others not so. I just know mine would be in the looks rubbish category. It'll just be down the middle as not bothered about the sides....

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I thought I'd probably put the 'El Gaitero' restaurant from previous layout efforts on top of the wine box as it fits nicely ish (needs work though) with views over the station, beach and sea (it's where I'd like to eat  :)....

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The station building with a bit of foliage. Not a lot is stuck down yet, am still playing around to see what looks right. Thinking taxis in front of station and bus stop and parked cars further up. Have got loads of palm trees to come but don't want it to look too cheesey......

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As I said, I didn't have time to do train pics as the phone was nabbed off me but I did get a glimpse of one as I had promised Nick @ntpntpntp (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5885) that as he had so kindly mended my Rivarossi SNCF 231 I'd make it the first train pic. Had hoped to have it in full view with a train behind it but there's always next week. It's way away from where it should be in North East France but Rule 1 applies. Also need to get some seated figures so the seating area around the palm tree for people waiting for the bus looks like one rather than a polo mint (it's not by the way)....

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I'll leave you all in peace now.

Thanks again for watching.

Off to test and play with some rakes for photo opportunities next week.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 02:24:26 PM
Hi John,

Not a bad guess, it's 150 cm x 78 cm so 4' 11" x 2' 6" ish. Yes, until I finish the station scenic side on t'other side (me mother was from Yorkshire) it'll be handy for train storage. I'm not going to think about future storage as it'll probably be years from now  :).

Hi AlexanderJesse,

I've no real intent on making the tracks look different. One line is for Spanish trains and the other for French. I did think about putting a extra rail on the wall side of the terminating track in the station so that there was maybe two separate Spanish gauge and French gauge branchlines meeting there. It would only be aesthetical as you wouldn't see the Spanish train on the French middle track but then the mainline would look wrong. Will have a think.

Thanks chaps and before I go, I noticed in the last pic that the platform looks far too high for Continental so I wanted to point out it's not. Could be the pic angle, lack of ballast on the edges (which will get done) or the fact it's not stuck down yet.

Just me being self critical and paranoid.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 15, 2019, 05:48:04 PM
Looks fantastic Chris.
I’d love to eat in El Gaitero sitting with a few wines watching the world go by.
And great idea to use pol mints as pots for the palm trees  :D
It’ll be great fun to run rains but have fun with the build first.
Regards
Martin
PS - my fingers are crossed for tomorrow evening.

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 07:18:05 PM
Thanks Martin,

Thinking about it, sucking on a polo mint until the letters disappear and then pressing it onto the platform would have been a hell of a lot easier  :D.

For those who don't know, Martin's 'my fingers are crossed for tomorrow evening' comment is not because, with the good wife in New York, it'll be my second night alone  :no: but it's a big football match for me  :worried: so thank you again Martin for your support.

Hi all,

I've still never done proper greenery or sand so questions will be asked in the near future.

The layout, like those before, will be set in the 1960's and '80s/90s (on different days). Although the line in France to the Spanish border wasn't electrified until the early '80s, the Spanish line to the French border was, I believe, way before that so potential catenary on both lines wouldn't look wrong in the '60s (the French track catenary could be for potential Izaro local electric trains with their own livery (matt black  ;), I can do that  :D,  :no:).

Need to start a bit of plaster bandaging too (not the football  :D, I'll watch that in the privacy of my own tears) and get ready for, hopefully, a Chelsea Girls visit in the Summer.

Hope to have some 'through runnings' pics next week. Prob just a few booze wagons trundling through and must think up some character names for the new little town.

Enough waffling.

Cheers weave  :beers:







Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2019, 09:06:22 PM
 :beers: good to see the restaurant again!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 15, 2019, 09:51:20 PM
Hi Keith,

Thank you.

I think the tables and chairs that the restaurant needs will actually cost more than the whole of the rest of it put together.

I would like it to be a very popular restaurant as well but can foresee reverse bankruptcy with that business plan in model land.

Apparently I've woken up in the night sweating and screaming '100 unpainted Chinese figures'  :no:. I had difficulty painting the bathroom neatly.

The restaurant needs more work but I like it and think when it's embedded in proper scenery it'll look lovely.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 15, 2019, 10:06:47 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Many thanks for the updates Chris, integrating French & Spanish tracks looking good & I'd love to join you for meal  :beers: in restaurant, nice work so far  :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 21, 2019, 12:48:36 AM
Hi all,

Only one lot of pics as I'm trying to really, really sort out my rolling stock into some sort of manageable, coded, recorded, I know where that blimmin' coach is, aaaahhh! type of system...... And relax  :).

So, for the moment, to keep the thread going, 1963 and a special train was hired by various brewery owners from Bavaria and the Alsace region of France to discuss a potential beer festival in Izaro in late August / early September.

This would not interrupt the already planned Summer music festivals and the infrastructure would already be in place to hold the event.

While a couple of them alighted at San Cristofol (the capital) to negotiate terms with the powers that be, the four coaches, 2 CIWL sleepers from Strasbourg, 1 DSG sleeper from Munich and a DSG restaurant car (the Germans preferred their own cuisine on such a long trip) carried on to Sant Pau de Mar which had great promise for such a festival.

Sorry, just realised the time. To be continued with my usual not great pics.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 21, 2019, 09:29:16 AM
Morning all,

The special train arrives at Sant Pau de Mar from Strasbourg behind an SNCF 150 X.....

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The two CIWL wagon-lits coaches from Strasbourg at the front....


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The brewers are still enjoying their DSG restaurant car breakfast of Broetchen (bread rolls) with jams, chocolate spread, cheeses, hams, salami, Schwarzwalder (Black Forest gateau) and honey washed down with their local beer.

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As it's early morning the station is deserted and the train has permission to wait a while so the foreign guests can finish their breakfast and then collect their luggage from their different sleeping cars. The Station Master, being rather disorganised, after a quick chat with the brewers, goes back to the station to arrange for luggage trolleys and taxis (thinking to himself that he'd preferred his churros and coffee, although a beer would have been nice  :)).....

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Note to self, think I'll get rid of the feet on the planter?

Luis, a young rail fan, quickly took this pic of the train from the cliff path on his way to school. He is hoping to take loads more pics when school breaks up and improve his photography skills no end...

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Not great but it's a start.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. While the foreign guests were waiting for their taxis in the station building, this turned up in the car park. The Station Master was as baffled they were.....

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  :D Found it in a job lot box so potential for a race track nearby  :hmmm:. Fleischmann do German horse box wagons but whether British horses could or would travel that far in those days will have to be researched.









Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 21, 2019, 09:58:40 AM
Lovely Chris.
You seem to be creating a feeling of space which is good and yes, I’d remove the feet from the planter too.
Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on May 21, 2019, 06:50:19 PM
Great pictures, thank you, Chris.

I really like the 150 X.

As for the breakfast menu; I felt myself going green about the gills.  These brewers clearly have a cast iron constitution.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 21, 2019, 10:36:27 PM
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:
   All looking good so far Chris   :thumbsup:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: ntpntpntp on May 22, 2019, 11:10:22 AM
Is that the old Roco 150x loco?   Those Roco 2-10-0s do whine a bit.   One of mine had a butchered Fleischmann motor fitted in it many years ago, much quieter and also smoother slow starts!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 22, 2019, 01:32:44 PM
Hi Nick,

Yes, 'tis the old Roco one and is a bit noisy but so far it soldiers on. I have two other old Roco locos, SNCF BB63000 and the 10700 or 307 Spanish version of it.
 
Both are noisy but run OK. They seem to be more tolerant of my clumsiness and poor air quality (talking dust and rogue dog hairs before any jokers pounce  :)).

Kato are good but Arnold doesn't like my room or me. Must do better and treat them better.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 25, 2019, 06:12:43 AM
Hi all,

A couple of pics but have had trouble with Flickr, who in their wisdom thought a major upgrade would take 12 hours  :no:, but am waiting on a few more so that it's in sequence and will post later.

Also, I've 'Big chickened' up on the last set of pics (with the German Brewery owners) and these ones in that I've got things the wrong way round. It probably won't matter to anyone else but for my peace of mind, the tunnel with the restaurant on it goes East to Estepera on the coast so the Germans have arrived from the wrong end of the Peninsular and on the wrong track  :doh:.

In the next lot of pics, the trains are going the right way (for the storyline) but I've still got the Spanish and French tracks the wrong way round ie. the line next to the station building should be Spanish gauge.

It sort of matters when it comes to the other side of the layout. I'll move on.

Also, I've introduced a few characters for Sant Pau de Mar on the 'Alternative Cornwall and Friends' thread. A few will get mentioned in the next post.

So, to make a start. An SNCF BB 63000 waits on the branch line with the hourly service up into the hills to Vila Sant Pau. The service is more frequent in the height of Summer with more tourists and pilgrims visiting the ancient spa town with the Church of Saint Paul of Izaro and a monastery which produces Sant Pau liqueur.....

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I don't think you can see it in today's later pics but I've had to change the single tunnel mouth to a wider one as some coaches snag on the curve. This leaves a bit of room to it's right, looking in, so I'm thinking of a stretch of disused Z gauge track between the train and the wall to represent an old narrow gauge line from the past, possibly from the monastery with their fine produce.

The all first class 'La Costa Verde' express train arrives from Estepera (Izaro's third city) in the East bound for Oviedo in Asturias, North West Spain.

It is headed by a RENFE 1800 (318) diesel and has 3, sometimes 4 (coupling broke  :() luxury Butacas coaches and one RENFE CIWL Pullman car. It picks up a restaurant car (can't find a Spanish one  :() at San Cristofol (the capital) and then heads off on the 650 mile trip to Oviedo, picking up sleeping cars in Zaragoza before the long overnight section through the Western mountains.

A couple of the coaches divide at León with one going to Vigo and the other to A Coruna in Galicia. The train is named after the green coast of Asturias. The return train is called El Izariano (but that might be changed)......


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I'll leave it there as too much waffling and don't want to lose it all.

The next post will be more pics and less waffling.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers weave  :beers:


 







Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 25, 2019, 07:06:47 AM
No worries Chris - keep waffling on.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 25, 2019, 07:25:49 AM
No worries Chris - keep waffling on.

Oh yes please, keep up with the waffling.

I like the look of the green coast express, nice loco!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 25, 2019, 10:44:31 AM
Hi again all,

I can't find or remember the exact history of the RENFE 1800 loco but believe they were manufactured in the US and brought over (late '50s/early'60s?) to cope with the mountainous terrain of North West Spain on both passenger and freight trains.

Picture again showing 'La Costa Verde's arrival.....

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Closer pic of the loco.....

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The Butacas lounge cars (sorry, bit blurry).....

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The RENFE CIWL Pullman car.......

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All passengers, including José de La Vega who had met his daughter for lunch and is now going on a business trip to Gijón, have been urged to cross the (being repaired :D) walkway to the platform before the arrival of a Touropa tourist train from Estepera to Munich as due to length of the coaches the SNCF 150x loco blocks it.

The tourist train emerges from the tunnel.....

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to be continued.........


Nothing spectacular happens, just don't want to lose the post  :) and need a little break.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 25, 2019, 10:50:57 AM
PS, Just realised why I couldn't find the loco info as I put 1600 and it's an 1800  :doh:. Have amended earlier posts loco numbers :dunce:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 25, 2019, 08:16:43 PM
Hi again all,

Sorry, had a bit of a computer problem and then had to work.

So, continuing on......

The tourist train arrives with two blue Touropa low cost travel couchette coaches and one Scharnow Reisen couchette coach in green, a similar business operation, I believe, sharing the costs......

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More coaches will be added at San Cristofol with tourists being taken by bus to the capital from various resorts along the coast. Most of the train has passengers from Estepera and it's resort but a few from Sant Pau de Mar are in the station building getting their luggage together (I will buy some suitable little people one day  :D)......

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You can see the expanded tunnel mouth that I mentioned earlier in the distance there where I think a narrow gauge line or even a disused siding where it originally went into a point at the tunnel mouth would look good. Not easy to see.

Slight delay in the departure of the Spanish Express (no change there then in those days  ;)) but a good photo opportunity........

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Overview of the trains.....

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Bit more to come later but me dinner's ready,

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 26, 2019, 09:54:20 AM
Morning all,

Sorry again, got distracted last night by food, wine and a film.

Just one more pic to introduce some characters from this layout and then must do some more work on the car park as it's so bare plus finish the track painting and the tunnel portals etc. etc.

I was a bit bored so I thought I'd do a little story to accompany the earlier pics to introduce the first lot of characters but it got a bit out of hand so I hope it doesn't bore you all too much.

Also I hope this doesn't interfere with @Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) 's storyline but while Sofia de La Vega was staying with her friend Catala Valdez in Sant Pau de Mar they had heard that their friends Sylvia and Eli, who they had met in Cornwall many moons ago, were travelling to Munich to discuss a new UK service for the railway arm of the Touropa travel company.

They both thought it would be good fun to travel up to see them again and also to see what it's like to travel by Touropa couchette.

They knew there was a Touropa tourist train departing the next day in the afternoon so they managed to book two  tickets and arranged to have lunch at the El Gaitero restaurant, where Catala is co owner and manageress, with Sofia's father José , the mayor of San Cristofol, who was going on a business trip to Gijón on the first class 'La Costa Verde' express.

Both trains were leaving at roughly the same time so it all worked out swimmingly.

After a fantastic lunch in the best restaurant in the area they joked about how different their overnight travel arrangements could or would be. 'I think you'll be roughing it a bit' said José 'and think you might be starting sooner than you think' as he noticed a cloud of dust in the car park as three cars sped in and screeched to a halt.

'Here they come' he said with a wry smile. Through his daughter Sofia, José had met Catala's best friends from school before and he referred to Caterina Abelló, Nuria Abelló (sisters) and Aina Cardona as the 'Crazy Bunch'.

'We've come to give you a lift to the station and say goodbye but first we'll have a drink, you're paying big Jo, that's OK isn't it?' said Caterina with a jokey smile. 'I've told you before Caterina', said the mayor, 'please don't call me big Jo but OK'. He always fell for her cheeky charms and beautiful brown eyes.

Three cavas, well a bottle, two claras (lager shandies) and a carajillo (coffee with Mascaró cognac) for the Mayor were ordered. Knowing how the girls loved to chat, knowing how the 'Crazy Bunch' drove and knowing what they drove, José finished his carajillo, thanked Catala and his daughter for a lovely lunch, wished them well on their trip and gave them a kiss. He then thanked the other girls for their offer of a lift but explained that his train was leaving earlier than his daughter's and then walked hurriedly to his pre-ordered taxi that was waiting outside shaking his head but smiling to himself to the shouts of 'cheers big Jo!'.

'Right, come on we'd better go' said Catala 'or we'll miss the train'. 'It'll be fine' said Aina. 'But we're going to meet the boys as well, remember' said Nuria. The girls finished their drinks, got their luggage and walked to the car park. The three cars then sped off with the restaurant's gardener cursing them as he'd now have to neatly rake all the gravel that they had dislodged.

Although the restaurant overlooks the station it's quite a long and dangerously winding road down to it. Sofia was slightly scared at times on their white knuckle ride but they arrived safely, not long after José's taxi arrived as it happens.

The five girls said their goodbyes and Caterina, Nuria and Aina walked from the station car park towards the beach. Sofia and Catala found their compact and bijou couchette compartment and realised that Sofia's father wasn't so wrong about roughing it but it would be great fun and they'd hopefully meet lots of interesting people on the way.

'Who are the boys that Nuria mentioned?' said Sofia to Catala. 'Oh, that's Nicolau Cordona, Aina's brother, and Esteve Roig. They're building a beach bar and small boat rental shack just over there, pointing towards the sea. Nuria's got a thing for Nicolau, Aina's got a thing for Esteve and I think Caterina's got a thing for both of them so that should be interesting'.

'I don't think those cars will be going anywhere today' said Catala as the train jolted to a start....

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...and as the train pulled out, the two girls opened up a bottled beer and waved at the little group on the beach who waved back, confirming what Catala had said about the cars with all five brandishing a beer and no work being done.

(Note to self, must start building beach bar and rental shack)

Thanks for reading and hopefully some more pics (maybe the '80s/'90s era) later today or tomorrow although must do some modelling and apparently we've got mice in our shed so I've got to empty it all out and see what's going on there  :doh:

Have a great Bank Holiday.

Cheers weave  :beers:









Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 26, 2019, 10:40:08 AM
Many thanks, Chris (Weave) for all those interesting photos. and an entertaining short story

Sylvia and Eli's very successful visit to the TOUROPA office did not take long. In fact the long lunch the two girls were treated to in the Augustiner-Keller took longer. Their goodbyes and thank yous made, the girls then made their leisurely way to the English Garden (a large public park in the centre of Munich) to walk off the heavy food and several litres of Light (Helles) bier. It was then time for coffee and strudel before another walk to the Munich Hauptbahnhof where they had arranged to meet their friend, Sofia de La Vega and her friend, Catala Valdez. Walking with them to the taxi rank, a perspiring porter carrying the new arrivals' luggage, "We always like to travel light, don't we," grinned Sofia to the equally beautiful, Catala, who nodded, the four elegant young women attracting many admiring glances.

Arriving at their central hotel, Sylvia and Eli agreed to wait for their two friends to check in and unpack their luggage in their twin bedroom (next to Sylvia and Eli's) whilst they relaxed under a sunshade on the terrace with a small cool Helles each.

"Well, after such a successful meeting, this morning, I think we can look forward to a fun-filled few days with Sofia and Catala. They really are very beautiful," stated Eli.

"Oh, Eli, yes, they are stunning but you and I are really not that bad looking!" responded Sylvia with a smile. "Prosit!"

"Thank you, Sylvia. Jeremy, I know, would never change you for Sofia although any man with a pulse cannot help admiring her looks!"

"True, true. I do know that."

"You two are such a lovely couple, Sylvia."

"Oh, here they are, already!"

"That was quick!"

"A quick change out of our travelling clothes and a freshen up," smiled Sofia.

"Sofia rushed me, " responded Catala, with a mock pout that the approaching waiter found very beguiling. "I really look a mess."

Eli almost spluttered on her Helles. Catala looked as though she had just stepped out of a Paris fashion plate.

"Two spritzers, please", smiled Sofia.

As their waiter departed, Sofia asked the two friends about their plans for their next few days.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 26, 2019, 07:26:49 PM
Thanks for the story Chris and Chris.
And Chris (W), did you catch the mice?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 26, 2019, 08:48:43 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Thank for the short but very entertaining story Chris & to Chris for a fitting continuation.
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 26, 2019, 09:02:17 PM
Thanks, Martin and Derek. I'll leave the next episode to Chris (Weave).

However, the four girls have been given complimentary tickets, by TOUROPA, in return for writing an article and providing publicity photos. (Eli is a skilled photographer) for a couchette compartment in the brand new UK loading gauge TOUROPA couchette on its inaugural test run, at the beginning of June 1963, all the way from Munich to Penmayne, stopping at Cant Cove, of course. I'll leave Chris (Weave) to work out the routing and the national railways involved. It will travel via the West Porthsea Quay from Regleun then, if I remember correctly, via Truro then up ('Down' in railway terminology) via Port Perran and Trepol Bay attached to the CIWL Pullmans plus the BR SR BCK added at West Porthsea Quay. From there it will be hauled by a special steam loco., train heating not being required in June, it is hoped. I'll leave Chris (Weave) to add the other Continental passengers and where they board, as well.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 27, 2019, 12:43:30 AM
Thank you Chris (IP), Martin and Derek,

Martin, due to other chores that cropped up the 'Great Weave Shed Mouse Hunt' had to be postponed until tomorrow but will keep you posted. Mrs Weave has agreed to help me then. I anticipate lots of jumping and screaming but she's promised to calm me down  :D.

Thanks again Chris (IP). I was pretty sure Sofia was/is mates with Sylvia and Eli but not 100% about Catala so hope I haven't mucked that up.

Regarding the four girl's trip, I'll give it a go but won't have pics of the UK loading gauge Touropa couchette just yet. Regarding other travellers, they might meet a guy from Dortmund, further north in Germany on their trip,  who works for the Wickueler Brewery where possible future business ventures may be discussed. (I bought 4 old style brewery wagons of theirs on a whim  :)).

Anyway, back to Sant Pau de Mar. While Sofia and Catala were arriving in Munich the following morning things were pretty much as normal with the arrival of the TER (tren espanyol rápido) from Barcelona (on the correct tracks this time  ;)).....

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At the same time a goods train arrives from Vila Sant Pau with boxes of liqueurs from the monastery there who, like many monasteries produce alcoholic beverages to fund their existence. The boxes are due for export to Spain, Morocco (via Algeciras) and Portugal but will have to wait to be brought over to the Spanish line platform until the morning trains have finished and there's a gap in the timetable......

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Unfortunately, today was the day that work was supposed to begin on replacing the palm trees in the station car park that had blown down in a March storm but the contractors couldn't begin as, although signs had been put up about NO PARKING, three cars had been left there  :D. Railway staff set about finding the owners.....

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The TER has headed off to Estepera closely followed by the arrival of the Madrid Talgo. The line from Sant Cristofol to Estepera hasn't been electrified (yet  ;)) so a RENFE class 307 (Spanish version of the SNCF BB63000 on the other track) normally hauls the train with the RENFE 276 electric leaving the train at the capital. However, due to a coupling failure the diesel will have to pull the whole train to Estepera where the problem will be sorted....

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After the Talgo train had departed the Station Master was informed by the local Police that the owners of the three cars left in the car park had been located asleep at the aftermath of an all night beach party further along the coast. The three young ladies, according to the Police, were still not sober enough to drive but that they had their keys and would move the cars ASAP so that the palm tree contractors could proceed.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 27, 2019, 07:59:24 AM
Thank you for those pictures Chris.
The railway staff and police were most tolerant in not towing those three cars away. No doubt the girls thoroughly enjoyed the beach party though.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 27, 2019, 08:25:19 AM
Hi Martin,

This is practically Spain remember. I think the only guy in town with a tow truck was at the party as well  ;)  :).

Not sure whether to do a line of palm trees along the platform/ car park edge or two clusters of 3 trees, one in the middle roughly where the cars are now and one to the right of the car park which would separate the cars from the bus stop area. Or something else, not sure, any ideas?

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Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 27, 2019, 08:45:44 AM
Intial thoughts were lineside  fencing but then I reasoned that this is not Britain (we love fencing things off).
Maybe two clusters of trees separated by a couple of largish flower boxes  with flowering plants. Easy to make with a rectangle made of coffee stirrers filled with scenic soil. The plants can be green tree foliage dotted with paint to represent flowers.
And, a couple of concrete seats ?
What about a small fountain or other water feature?

Or am I getting too carried away now ?

I’m sure that whatever you do it’ll look just fine.
Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 27, 2019, 09:08:16 AM
Thanks Martin,

Am making a mock up as we speak with planters so I can move them about to see what's best. Pics to come later this morn.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 27, 2019, 11:40:15 AM
Hi all,

Have done the mock up of the car park scenery. Am thinking that there wouldn't be too many cars parked there during the day as it's not a commuter town and most locals would be dropped off at the station or walk there.

I think a reasonably ample taxi rank in front of the station building is needed for tourists and locals as well as the bus stop area.

I'll cut the bottom off the planters either side of the station building so that they're planting areas with a small wall around. The palm tree areas in the car park have had the bottoms cut off so are to a similar plan. The trees are just bluetacked in but will have small flowering shrubs around the bottom.

The platform will have benches eventually in front of the planted areas with the trees providing some shade.

By the way the blue BMW represents a taxi as can't find the two taxis that I have......

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Any thoughts good or bad very welcome.

Cheers weave  :beers:




Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on May 27, 2019, 12:04:46 PM
Looking good in my opinion.
Maybe some climbing plants with flowers on the walls of the station building eventually ?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 28, 2019, 07:29:14 AM
The tree arrangement is looking good. I agree that some flowering plants in the Lego planters is a good plan.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 28, 2019, 08:54:40 AM
Thanks Keith although what do you mean lego?

They are made from balsa wood, painstakingly cut to exact lengths to make perfect rectangles. They are then stuck to a balsa base, sanded and painted white with three coats of matt enamel. Circular holders are added to the base to hold the bottom of the trees when glued and not blue tacked and uniform holes are carefully drilled to allow the PVA glue mix to flow freely through the ornamental gravel mulch.

If only they were lego it would have been so much easier  ;)  :D.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS For Martin (PP), the mice have been evicted. Seven live ones who fled and one already dead, hence the smell that alerted us. Found the food source. Although Mrs Weave swore blind that there wasn't any bird seed in there, there was, loads in a cardboard, semi eaten for bedding, box. Hopefully they wont come back and I've got lots of brownie points for taking everything out and cleaning up the mess. Also if I muck up I can play my bird seed/mouse card  :D

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Newportnobby on May 28, 2019, 09:33:23 AM
I really like that last set of pic with the palm trees, Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on May 28, 2019, 11:20:29 AM
Just caught this thread, and wonderful story

Keep up the good work; very reminiscent of summers in Catalonia  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on May 28, 2019, 01:35:40 PM
Thanks Mick (NPN),

The trees are a bit uniform and the green's not quite right but I quite like the effect.

Hi Steve,

Glad you like it so far. Any compliments always appreciated.

Salud weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 29, 2019, 09:43:02 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
    Many thanks Chris all looking really splendid, defintley the flavour of Spain
         regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 02, 2019, 10:48:07 AM
Good morning, Chris (Weave)

I like both the planters either side of the station building and the way that the palm trees are arranged. Small flowering shrubs around the bottom of the palm trees will be an excellent addition. I agree that appropriate painting of plastic scenic items, like the trees, always is an improvement. Otherwise, they can look too shiny.

The station building looks suitably Mediterranean. Concrete or other material seats are an excellent idea plus some continental posters? A small fountain would be a cooling and attractive addition. A refreshment stand selling chilled drinks (citron pressé*) and ices, too.

There is a great variety of trains passing through.

*Citron pressé means “squeezed lemon” and is really just deconstructed lemonade. I prefer it to lemonade because each person is able to adjust the sweetness and tartness to their own taste (I make mine really really sour). This is possible because each component is served separately. You get a jug of iced water, a container of freshly squeezed lemon juice (local fresh lemons are best), a container of simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water), and a glass with ice.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 03, 2019, 11:22:52 PM
Hi all,

As some will know I have been doing a bit on the Port Regleun layout but have now turned my attentions back to Sant Pau de Mar.

It might look like I've gone backwards but I wasn't happy with the three track tunnel mouths and also wanted to add a back board in front of the lift out sky board so I can start plaster bandaging it around the tunnel mouths and down to the retaining wall.

I also moved the sky board back a few inches from before which looks better, gives me a bit more room around the beach for 'things going on', bands etc. and a little bit more room for the El Gaitero restaurant surroundings.

Few pics to hopefully explain.

The scenic back board .....

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The double and single tunnel portals now together and further back....

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The tall sky board (tall due to the height of the restaurant).....

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I had started to make promenades for the beach but they might have to be moved back a bit as I have a bit more room now (maybe). The wooden square is the base for Nicolau and Esteve's beach bar (construction still in progress)....

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Station back in place, the back boards are secure as secured to the wine box that the restaurant sits on but will do some uprights and sloping edge etc. in due course....


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There are pics of a late '80s train arriving and departing but that might have to wait until tomorrow.

Not great pics but I think with the plaster bandage ready to go I'll be able to give a better idea of my little station and what I'm trying to achieve in the next few weeks.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on July 04, 2019, 08:20:50 AM
Thank you for these super photographs, Chris.

Excellent use of coffee stirrers as well!

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 04, 2019, 08:34:37 AM
Thank you for these super photographs, Chris.

Excellent use of coffee stirrers as well!

Best wishes.

John
And toilet roll inserts for the tunnel mouths. I fully approve of making use of free stuff.

Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on July 04, 2019, 10:19:03 AM
Great progress Chris, I think that line of palm trees at the station (and the lego-esque) planters looks great, really looks the part
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 04, 2019, 01:48:44 PM
Great progress Chris, I think that line of palm trees at the station (and the lego-esque) planters looks great, really looks the part

Don't mention lego! (see reply #156).  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 04, 2019, 03:48:01 PM
Great progress Chris, I think that line of palm trees at the station (and the lego-esque) planters looks great, really looks the part

Seconded! Very nice work.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 05, 2019, 05:59:35 AM
Hi all,

Thank you for the replies.

Thought I'd start future posts on here and the Port Regleun thread, as both layouts have two different eras, with a year date in bold so as not to confuse myself and others, especially in relation to the 1960s 'through running' trains.

Sant Pau de Mar 1988

Luis, who was the young 10 year old keen but not very good photographer and massive rail enthusiast in 1963, is now 35. He still isn't very good at taking photographs but his love of trains still remains.

He especially enjoys Fridays as he finishes work early on that day and wanders down to the station where there are   the usual trains coming and going but also, more often than not, interesting 'special' trains in and around the Weekend.

Unfortunately today he only has enough film to catch a usual one, 'El Noroeste' express. It runs every Friday from Estepera, in the East of Izaro, calling at Sant Pau de Mar, Sant Cristofol, Tutera and then into Spain via Zaragoza, Miranda de Ebro and Burgos to León where it divides, some coaches through to Oviedo and Gijón in Asturias, then on to Ourense where it divides into three, coaches to A Coruna in Galicia, Vigo in Galicia and the Portuguese (CP) coaches to Oporto.

The train, unlike the grander 'La Costa Verde' to Asturias and Galicia, is mainly for the Spanish workers from the local Flourite mines, who came to Izaro from North West Spain and Northern Portugal (mentioned before) when the seams there were drying up and new ones were discovered in the Principality, who often return home for the Weekend to see family and friends.

The train is made up of first and second class coaches, couchettes and some sleepers and returns on the Monday  evening. Izaro, a bit like France, has a very much 'Monday off' attitude to work  :).

This evening's train is not as long as usual, Luis thought to himself, probably as a lot of people have stayed in Izaro for the up and coming Summer festivals. He also asks the Station Master why there is a Wasteels couchette in the train formation, which normally travels between Southern Spain and Paris (and even on to Port Regleun  ;)) via Hendaye where the coach is lifted and the bogies changed, and apparently, although first class sleepers are available there is a serious lack of RENFE 2nd class couchette coaches at the moment so they had to borrow one  :D.

Sorry, couldn't sleep so thought I'd ramble for a bit.

'El Noroeste' arrives from Estepera hauled by a RENFE 269 in 'Mazinger' livery....

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RENFE baggage car and first of the two CP coaches, it being second class....

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The second CP coach is first class and has a bar to accommodate those in the RENFE sleeper behind it (I don't think it shows here but there is a bar logo at one end but seem to have lost some pics somehow  :doh:)....

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The Wasteels 2nd class couchette for those who can afford a bed and ordinary second class RENFE coaches for those who, like me in the past, have to make do with just a seat on the 750/900 mile trip (blankets are provided if you ask nicely  :) )....

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'El Noroeste' heads off on it's long journey, the passengers looking forward to going home for the Weekend.....


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.....and, as he has run out of film, Luis decides to meander down to the beach bar for a few cold ones. What beach bar? I hear you say, there's another one around the corner  ;).

Cheers weave (and Luis)  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 05, 2019, 08:54:33 AM
Thank you, Chris (Weave) for the update photos. and the story. You have an impressive collection of continental rolling stock. Yes, it is a good idea to place the year, in bold, before the story.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 05, 2019, 05:05:58 PM
"....and, as he has run out of film, Luis decides to meander down to the beach bar for a few cold ones. What beach bar? I hear you say, there's another one around the corner"

Best way to round off an exhausting day... :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 06, 2019, 12:02:56 AM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
   Many thanks Chris, all looking good & enjoying your ramblings  :thumbsup:
       regards Derek   :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 06, 2019, 09:33:47 AM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

While Catala was in Sonmel with Christian and Sofia was in Cornwall with Sylvia and Eli, the 'Crazy Bunch', as Sofia's father called them, spent most of their spare time hanging out with Nicolau and Esteve who were building their beach bar.

Progress was slow thought Caterina Abelló, her sister Nuria and their friend Aina, Nicolau's brother, not realising that their presence was a contributing factor to the delay on many levels.

Two days previously, Nicolau had explained to the Town Licensing Officer that the grand opening of the bar had been delayed as they were waiting for delivery of the beer pumps, the drinks, the bar stools and the tables and chairs for the decking.

 'And the roof' Caterina added cheekily. The Council man couldn't help but chuckle and left, still shaking his head, saying 'just get on with it'. The five opened up some cold beers from the one working fridge (via a generator) at the back of the bar and looked at what the lads had done and they all thought it was OK (ish) and that tomorrow was 'Operation Roof'.....

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The lads had managed to acquire a second hand roof from a beach bar further down the coast which was having a new one built and although it looked a bit ropey they made it structurally sound and although the palm leaf thatch (if that's what you call it) might need replacing in the future they had been guaranteed it was weatherproof. Two days of hard graft and the roof was up.......

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The girls sort of liked the roof thinking it looked rustic but didn't like the sign at the rear of the bar. 'It's only temporary' explained Nicolau. 'It's not so much that it's the name' said Caterina. 'Bar Gos Blau?' 'Yeah, the Blue Dog Bar' said Esteve.

Aina explained to Caterina that Esteve was a fanatical fan of FC Estepera just down the coast, who play in blue in the Spanish leagues and had recently gained promotion to the second division. 'La liga 2', she said, 'it's a massive thing for him and the town and I think it's really sweet'.

'You would say that' said Caterina. 'I suppose all the umbrellas will be blue and there'll be team photos all around the bar?' 'Oh yes, big time' interrupted Esteve who had been earwigging......

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'Nicolau, Esteve', a distant voice shouted, 'I think some of your booze has arrived and I'll need it shifted'. It was the Station Master and although excited about the arrival the lads were a bit apprehensive about the whole logistics of it all.

To be continued......

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Bealman on July 06, 2019, 10:21:16 AM
Lovely little model!

Could just imagine meself sitting there  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 06, 2019, 11:23:11 AM
What a smashing little model Chris.
I googled FC Estepera but to no avail (unless you tell me otherwise).
Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on July 06, 2019, 12:34:02 PM
The beach bar is looking fab, great job!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 06, 2019, 12:36:13 PM
 :greatpicturessign:

"un ampolla d'Estrella si us plau, Esteve"

Terrific work weave, and love the name being in Catalan.  Guess the promotion could mean a few football specials, especially when the city neighbours from Girona come to town!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 06, 2019, 04:34:35 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Agree with the above, excellent modelling Chris & superb story, thank you
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 06, 2019, 09:50:42 PM
Thanks chaps for the replies,

Apologies for the sand. It was a bit of photo rush job. That was photoed in the kitchen but need to work out how to do it properly on the layout.

Still lots of work to be done to get it to a reasonable standard.

Martin,

FC Estepera only exists in my little world but the colours came about due to a British Naval ship being stranded at the port of Estepera in 1924 due to bad weather damage. They had, however, saved a couple of fishermen, also in distress in the bad weather, before limping into port and were very much welcomed by the locals. The crew's football team would often play against the local side while repairs were carried out. Most of the crew's team were local Portsmouth boys, a few having blue football shirts.

As a tribute, FC Estepera decided to take on Portsmouth FC's colours and the two ports have been linked ever since. It was only coincidence that Estepera's nearest rivals, Girona in Spain, have a kit sort of resembling that of Southampton  :D.

Sorry, went into fantasy world again (although they do  :)).

Steve, yes, football specials are a must. Am hoping FC Estepera will go onwards and upwards and remember Izaro is a separate country, like Andorra, so European games are to be featured (can't find a Lemke Citroen HY van with Policía on the side though, only Police  :().

I'll shut up now and try and be more sensible in the morning.

Cheers again, weave  :beers: +  :beers:

 
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 06, 2019, 10:06:40 PM
The beach bar is looking fab, great job!

Seconded. A really nice little model. It will look great in place.

Very nice accompanying stories, too.

BTW, Andrew will be selling his too long for the UK CIWL coaches, he may have some you're missing?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 07, 2019, 12:02:18 PM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Story continued....

As the five friends followed Pascual, the Station Master, along the beach walkways towards the station, Esteve and Caterina were still heatedly discussing the bar name.

'Not only does blau mean blue in Catalan', said Esteve, 'but in German too and, according to my German phrase book, it can also be slang for drunk or high so we'll attract loads of tourists'.

'I give up' Caterina retorted muttering idiot under her breath. She was a party girl but knew that Nicolau really wanted to make a go of this and perhaps that that was not the best way to go about it.

Hearing the familiar sound of a steam locomotive at rest in the distance and seeing some black SNCF goods wagons, Esteve now asked Nicolau 'what exactly have you ordered?'. Pascual, who had known the young men since  they were boys butted in with ' those vans are not for you, yours are further up'......

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'Well,' replied Nicolau, now slightly worried, 'I did a deal with Sofia's dad José who wanted some Scottish single malt whisky and some wines and spirits from the Bordeaux and neighbouring regions of France. I ordered considerably more than him but I can't remember how much as he did the negotiating on the phone in French and English and as you know my French and English are OK but not great. He mentioned economy of scales and other stuff a few times but we'd had a few drinks and I don't really remember but I trust him'.

They all carried on in front of the station....

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and were confronted with this sight. 'Oh dear', said Nicolau, 'I'd better give Senor de La Vega a call'.....

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As Nicolau hurried to the station building to make the telephone call to Senor de La Vega, Pascual slightly reassured Esteve that there was a problem on the line further up towards Estepera and although it was due to be fixed soon perhaps they would have time to be able to get another locomotive to shunt the wagons back through the tunnel and then store them on the dual gauge siding/terminus line. Otherwise they were supposed to be unloaded by hand.

'You'll have to act soon though,' Pascual added, 'the French driver of the 150X loco up there is getting very irate about everything'. 'He looks quite alright to me' said Esteve looking up the platform. Caterina, knowing Aina had a thing for Esteve and that her sister Nuria had a thing for Nicolau and although she was very fond of Nicolau, she wanted her sister to be happy and had been thinking that maybe it was time to move on especially after bumping into a rather irate and soot covered French Adonis who had just got down from the locomotive cab and crossed the tracks.

'We could be alright here' thought Esteve as the driver's manner seemed to change considerably.

As the sun went down on a very deserted Sant Pau de Mar station (must buy some more people and Tacky Wax  :D) José Maria de La Vega and a shunting loco were on their way....

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Cheers weave  :beers:

 



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 07, 2019, 07:19:38 PM
 :hellosign: I foresee lots of good times ahead in Sant Pau de Mar in the Very near future  :beers:
     regards Derek  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 08, 2019, 12:50:50 AM
Hi all,

Sant pau de Mar 1963

Story continued....

Nicolau came out of the station building and joined Esteve, Pascual and two of the girls. 'I eventually got hold of José and he's on his way and is sorting something out with AFNI' he said. 'What's AFNI?' replied Nuria. 'It's the Administració dels Ferrocarrils Nacionals d'Izaro' said Pascual. 'In simple terms RENFE and the SNCF operate the trains in Izaro but AFNI control what's going on, where, when and why etc. Being the Mayor of Sant Cristofol, I'm sure that Senor de La Vega has many connections to sort out any problems'.

At that moment a rather dishevelled 2CV pulled into the car park.....


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Everyone chuckled to themselves to see the Mayor of their Capital get out of it. 'Stop laughing' he said, 'I was at a party, no one was fit to drive and there were no taxis available so luckily the host's neighbour's daughter kindly gave me a lift. To business now. Nicolau and Esteve, I sincerely apologise for the confusion but I was informed that the delivery was due tomorrow. Now, there are no shunting locomotives available at the moment, however, there is one of those new blue French diesels on it's way to Estepera to pick up fuel wagons. It had been stopped between  Sant Cristofol and here but my contacts at AFNI have given the driver permission to proceed and help us with sorting this little mess out. He should be here soon'.

With that a claxon sounded and the SNCF A1A A1A 68000 emerged from the tunnel....

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'Excellent' said José, 'now where's the driver of the steam train? The two need to liaise before the manoeuvring can commence. 'I'm not sure' replied Esteve, 'he's certainly been liaising already but not sure about the manoeu', 'Esteve!!!' Aina interrupted loudly.

'What are you talking about?' said Nicolau, rather confused. 'Caterina' said Nuria, 'didn't you wonder where she was?'. 'Oh no' sighed Nicolau.

To be continued....

Cheers weave  :beers:

 

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 08, 2019, 08:04:39 AM
You are keeping the story going rather nicely Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on July 08, 2019, 08:24:46 AM
The staff at the distillery were relieved to hear that the van had made it safely onto the continent, especially so after the awful events in Cornwall .... great pics and look forward to seeing the beach bar come to life
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 08, 2019, 08:30:29 AM
You are keeping the story going rather nicely Chris.

Seconded!

The continental "Tullibardine" whisky ferry van looks very good and the Martell Cognac van is very impressive indeed, it must carry a prodigious quantity of fine cognac!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 08, 2019, 08:56:05 PM
 :hellosign:.  :greatpicturessign: & excellent story Chris
    regards Derek.  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 09, 2019, 07:04:43 AM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Story continued....

José de La Vega, Pascual, Nicolau, Esteve, Nuria and Aina crossed the tracks in front of the now stopped diesel and met the driver who had got out of his cab. The driver was from Perpignan so Pascual explained to him in Catalan that he could take the four SNCF wagons from the rear of the train and leave them in a siding on the other side of the tunnel, come back, collect José and Nicolau's two wagons, reverse into the tunnel again and transfer them onto the branch line terminus siding. Go back, collect the SNCF wagons, reattach them and everyone could be on their way. Pascual had spoken to the signal box further up the line and that the line was all clear to do it all manually and that he would help.

'Sounds OK' said the driver, 'but I need a word with the guys at the front'. The seven of them walked up the platform to see the loco's fireman sitting on the side of the cab smoking a cigarette. 'Where's the driver' asked Pascual in French. The fireman, tired and bored, took a long drag from his Gauloises, exhaled and pointing to the baggage car with his thumb replied, in a strong Bordeaux accent 'they're both in there'.

Those that could speak fluent French exchanged concerned glances. Pascual knocked on the door of the baggage car.

After only a few seconds the door opened and out stepped the driver and Caterina.

'Are we ready to sort this mess out?' said Raphael Courtois, a rather dashing young man who Nuria and Aina couldn't keep their eyes off. 'The mademoiselle here was getting a little cold so we came in here to find her a jersey, it's where we keep our personal baggage too'.

After a few sighs of relief from various members of the group, the railway workers started to go about their business. The four wagons were taken off...

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As the diesel returned to pick up the 'special' wagons Nuria and Aina were grilling Caterina about what had happened....

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and José had gone back to the station to check on his driver who was quite happy having a coffee and watching TV in Pascual's office....

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As the 'special' wagons were safely dropped off and Raphael and his fireman prepared their locomotive, the girls were still asking Caterina what had happened. 'Nothing', she kept saying, 'he just lent me a jumper'.


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The SNCF wagons were reattached and the 150x was ready to finally continue it's journey to Estepera. 'What about the jersey?' Caterina said to Raphael as the train got ready to leave. 'Keep it' he replied, 'if I get cold I'll come and find you'.......

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At the same time Nuria noticed Aina talking to the fireman as he was checking the train was all connected properly. It was and as Caterina waved goodbye it got underway...

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They all returned to the station side and José told Nicolau and Esteve that Pascual had said that the wagons could be kept there for several days until proper storage was found. He was going to call Pedru Valdez from the 'El Gaitero' restaurant in the morning as he knew that he had a big cellar and that something could be arranged. They all decided it was time to go home and as the SNCF diesel waited for the line ahead to clear the 'Eastern Express' to Cartagena thundered through. Nuria thought it a good opportunity to ask Aina what she had said to the fireman.

'I just asked him how long were our friend and the driver in the baggage car?'. And? replied Nuria. 'He was a man of very few words' said Aina. 'And' she said frustratedly, 'what did he say?' The Spanish 141 let out a shrill whistle....

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"He winked and said 'long enough'."

Cheers weave  :beers:












Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 09, 2019, 12:02:27 PM
Love it; these vignettes really do make things come alive.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 09, 2019, 09:06:25 PM
Love it; these vignettes really do make things come alive.

Seconded!

I'm wondering where the BR Grey 'Ferry' "Tube Wagon" has got to? Has it got lost en route?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 09, 2019, 09:41:45 PM
Thank you Steve and Chris (IP) for the replies and others for the 'thank yous'.

@Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) , the BR grey 'ferry wagon' is in France somewhere but on it's way. I find it difficult to think all of this rubbish up but sometimes it just comes to me. Am still waiting from the call from Mills and Boon  :D. Note to self - I must concentrate more on train stories.

By the way, I might have missed it (or forgot, easily done with me) but, apart from the story about your Tullibardine wagon ie. the robbery, what actually did happen to it in real life?

Anyway, am in the process of painting blue (blau) umbrellas for the beach bar and experimenting with sand.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 09, 2019, 10:51:00 PM
  :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Thanks Chris.
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 11, 2019, 12:41:44 PM
Thank you Steve and Chris (IP) for the replies and others for the 'thank yous'.

@Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) , the BR grey 'ferry wagon' is in France somewhere but on it's way. I find it difficult to think all of this rubbish up but sometimes it just comes to me. Am still waiting from the call from Mills and Boon  :D. Note to self - I must concentrate more on train stories.

By the way, I might have missed it (or forgot, easily done with me) but, apart from the story about your Tullibardine wagon ie. the robbery, what actually did happen to it in real life?

Anyway, am in the process of painting blue (blau) umbrellas for the beach bar and experimenting with sand.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:

Thanks, Chris (weave). No, we enjoy the 'Little People' stories so, please, keep posting them. You are combining the trains with them; so, no problem.

Fortunately, for the Continentals, the BR Grey 'Ferry' "Tube" wagons whilst not being vacuum-brake fitted (pointless cost-cutting by BR) they are 'through' air pipe fitted so can run quite happily 'sur le Continent'. It's good to know that it is on its way throgh France, assuming there are no Summer strikes, that is. 8-)

Alas, the "Tullibardine" Minitrix ShocVan was only wrapped around its sides (and not the ends) in bubble wrap and was free to fall out of its wrapping at one end, not being fixed to its chassis, and must have moved enough in the padded envelope to have one end of the van body broken 'in transit'. Fortunately, I had already posted 3 more BR Grey Minitrix ShocVans to Andrew in case there was a requirement for more. So, in due course, I hope to receive a replacement. The van chassis (which is fine) will, no doubt come in useful for a van body. It was abit ironic because I had been busy buying BR Grey Minitrix ShocVans posted to Andrew, last year and this, and only have a damaged one. (Andrew designed, printed and affixed the transfers.)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 11, 2019, 11:13:41 PM
Hi Chris (IP),

Thanks for the explanation. Shame about the wagon but makes for a good story  :).

For all, I've got another idea to continue my Izaro story (boo I hear) and no potential sex in the story (more boos), well maybe  ;) but it is about booze  :D. I didn't have time to do pics but hopefully can do the story with pics at the Weekend.

Moving on, have done more on the beach bar and have experimented with sand and ballast magic (which I am a novice at) in a little square just around the decking, which I did expand a bit to fit in the tables and chairs, so can't add the fixtures and fittings in case it goes wrong. Have only just done it so looking at it now with an incredible urge to start fiddling about with it but NO. Leave it and see what it looks like tomorrow. Sorry, helps if I write here rather than stare at it wanting to prod. Think I need therapy.

Speak soon,

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 11, 2019, 11:16:24 PM
Hi again,

Meant to say/ask, any ideas for what the grey wagon (wagons, I think I have another one) contain?

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 12, 2019, 07:16:30 AM
Hi again,

Meant to say/ask, any ideas for what the grey wagon (wagons, I think I have another one) contain?

Cheers weave  :beers:

Any chance that they might contain.....booze?  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 12, 2019, 07:40:31 AM
Hi again,

Meant to say/ask, any ideas for what the grey wagon (wagons, I think I have another one) contain?

Cheers weave  :beers:
Maybe wine?
We have plenty of beer, cider, rum, whisky etc but no private owner wines yet. Unless I’ve forgotten some - which is highly likely.
And looking forward to the continuation of the boozy story Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 12, 2019, 08:55:04 AM
Thanks guys but they're open ferry tube wagons and don't think they would carry booze (?). Also, although Scots Whisky and in the future things like English cider, ale, gin etc. would be acceptable I think English wine would be out of the question especially in 1963.

José and Nicolau were pushing it anyway with wine from the Bordeaux region and will be again with some Champagne. The local Cava and wine producers as well as those just across the borders in Spain and France can get a bit funny about that sort of thing as Pedru Valdez explained to them.

Cheers weave  :beers:





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 12, 2019, 09:23:10 AM
Hi again,

Just to say the sand is OK ish this morning. It looks a bit 'wet' in places which is what I didn't want and also crystally in sunlight but it will suffice for the moment and then I think I'll plaster bandage the beach area around it, paint and then just sprinkle sand onto glue.

Pic of what I've done over the Weekend.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 12, 2019, 04:28:43 PM
The batch of non-vacuum brake fitted BR 'Ferry' "Tube" wagons were the result of BR cost-cutting and were sent to the Southwest as no-one else wanted them! However, they are ideal for the timber traffic from Scotland and Somerset to the furniture manufacturers (I forget where). A 'backload' to the UK could be crates of cheap wine as long as the wagons were covered by tarpaulins (black-painted folded paper with cotton ropes). Anything valuable would, indeed, be shipped in a container or ferry van. An even better 'backload' could be barrels of grape juice in concentrate form, for use in making British wine which was fermented and bottled in Britain and pretty nasty stuff it was, too! Another suitable story for a 'dodgy' character.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 12, 2019, 06:22:17 PM
Or Sherry?  Some pretty rank, some pretty decent...
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 12, 2019, 09:25:23 PM
Hi all,

Thanks again for the replies. I agree Chris (IP). I like to have a happy layout but a spiv (as my late father used to call them) is needed. Fermin was/is a bit of a loveable rogue but only due to unreliability, drinking and womanising (nothing wrong with that  ;)).

I've got a name already for the spiv. I might have mentioned him before but was at school with this Portuguese lad who was, in Blackadder fashion, as dodgy as a dodgy dodgem from Dodge City.

Will have a think about what he might be getting up to.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 12, 2019, 11:13:05 PM
 :hellosign:
  The only load for open wagons I could think of is timber or just about anything covered by tarpaulin. Looking forward to meeting your lovable rogue.
     regards Derek
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 13, 2019, 08:27:49 AM
Hi Derek,

Just to clarify. Fermin is the lovelable rogue and has been involved in previous stories. He is a co owner of the 'El Gaitero' restaurant at Sant Pau de Mar with Pedru and Catala but prefers fishing and drinking etc. I'm not sure where he is at the moment storywise. He was in the UK and has a potential girlfriend in Rae Anne from Canada who was also in the previous storyline. I think they might be meeting up again in London soon (?), am waiting to see where @Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) is going with his London story which involves Catala I think.

The spiv, who I might of mentioned ages ago (?) but never really appeared, is a different guy called Miguel (Miki) Luz from Oporto. He will just have his own storyline in Izaro when I can think of one.

Regarding the wagons, timber is probably the way to go as I tried making tarpaulin covers once and failed miserably. There are bespoke furniture makers in Izaro, mentioned before, and I have got some of the Cornish orange timber wagons too. There was a plausible reason for getting the timber from the UK. I can't remember but think it was along the lines of better quality and that Franco had upped the tax on some exports from Spain to Izaro.

Regarding the sand around the beach bar, I'm really not happy with my attempts at sticking it down so, as it is such a small area I might just use sand paper for the moment and experiment at a later date.

All very boring. Working today but trains and other pics later or Sunday.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 13, 2019, 09:14:13 AM
Good Morning Chris
I’ve been a bit hit or miss  on the forum lately as we have visitors. I know you told me to dissiade them from coming down  but they were most insistent  I’m afraid :D
Anyway, I may have missed your pictures of the sand (at least I can’t find any - perhaps they are a bit far back in the thread and I’ve scrolled past them).
What sand did you use ? We have some very fine stuff around here (on some beaches) which may work for you. Often sand is too large and out of scale so it pays to be selective.
If you need some just ask and I’ll get my truck down to the beach, load it up and drive it down to you. Unless, of course, you only want a tiny amount. In which case I’ll pop it in an envelope and let postie deliver it.
As for fixing it, I just paint the board light brown then apply a good coat of runny PVA and sprinkle the sand on. If you want dunes or undulations etc I found it better to make these in advance using cheap time grout.  I discovered that making the dune out of a mound of sand looked just like it says on the tin ie “a mound of sand”.
Anyway, I’ll stop waffling for now. We’re off for coffee and cake then a trip over the King Harry Ferry to the Roselannd for the morning.
Of course, it’s time that I could have spent modelling  ;) :wave:
Cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 13, 2019, 10:05:44 AM
Thanks Martin,

There aren't any recent sand pictures but I've tried fine sand from our common which looks the right colour on the common but a bit dark in the house. I then tried kiln dried silver sand (for brushing in block paving) which looks good if just sieved and spread around (not the picture from a while ago) but it's when I come to stick it, it looks rubbish.

I think I've probably had the glue too thick so will sack the sandpaper idea as would be too flat anyway and just plaster bandage the area with a cut out area for the bar decking, do what you said and if it goes wrong I can start again without the bar being damaged.

Thanks for the sand offer. I might take you up on that at a later date.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Have a lovely day out. Think of me working  :(, although only a half day and as self employed I might knock of early to keep the local hostelry in business. Got to do your bit  ;)  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 13, 2019, 11:42:59 AM
Yes, Sofia will be travelling up to London with Sylvia, Eli, and Susan to the Chelsea townhouse where the "Girls" live.  Fermin has been invited to meet up, in London, and so has Rae Anne from Canada, but I'm not sure where those two will be staying. Catala was planning to invite the head of the STB to Sant Pau de Mar, or somewhere else in Izaro (between France and Spain) where she lives but is now fully occupied with Christian. On their arrival back on the UK mainland, Christian and Catala have to take a train to London (Paddington) and then a taxi to the rented house of the "Chelsea Girls". But will they stay there or has Christian other plans and, if so, will Catala go along with them? 8-) The plan is that they will all go one Friday evening, to "Esmerelda’s Barn", a previously mentioned nightclub in London’s Knightsbridge, infamously owned by the Kray Twins, where DJ James Hamilton plays and which will feature prominently in the continuing story. I don't know if Rae Anne's female American friends are accompanying her, this time, and what she has been doing since last year (1962). I'll leave all that to Chris (Weave).
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 13, 2019, 03:02:05 PM
 :hellosign: Many thanks Chris (Weave), Chris (IP) & Martin am following the stories with interest & always waiting for the next update. Don't know which beach Martin is thinking of moving,  :D but if of any help I am ten minutes walk from Hayle beach. Not this minute though en route from Gatwick to home via Reading on board a166 followed by the 800 series.
     regards Derek  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 13, 2019, 03:36:19 PM
:hellosign: Many thanks Chris (Weave), Chris (IP) & Martin am following the stories with interest & always waiting for the next update. Don't know which beach Martin is thinking of moving,  :D but if of any help I am ten minutes walk from Hayle beach. Not this minute though en route from Gatwick to home via Reading on board a166 followed by the 800 series.
     regards Derek  :beers:
You could have a numb bum by the time you reach Hayle.
We went to London and back a week or so ago. Those seats on the 800s are mighty hard!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on July 13, 2019, 04:06:28 PM
I would have thought that kiln dried sand used for block paving joints would be a good bet.  You could start with some very fine sandpaper as a base layer and then use layering spray to build it up by sprinkling on some of the sand, as you would with static grass.  You could hoover up the loose bits in between applications.  I've never done it, it is just a suggestion.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 14, 2019, 01:25:00 AM
Hi chaps,

Thanks for the replies.

Will continue the Sant Pau de Mar story properly tomorrow (today now) because I don't have the pic phone but to make a start......

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Pedru Valdez is rather flustered as, not only has he been left on his own without Fermin for ages and Catala for weeks, but he now has to organise transporting boxes of various alcoholic beverages from the station up to his cellar. (sorry @Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) but I put Catalia earlier by mistake, now edited. Also this further info. will hopefully help your story).

The 'Crazy Bunch' girls and Nicolau turn up at the 'El Gaitero' restaurant in the morning. Esteve is at his home getting ready for a trip (to be explained later).

As the four arrive, Pedru gets off the phone, which he has been on for most of the morning, slightly more relieved although still fuming inwardly, telling the girls calmly that their friend, his sister, Catala, is fine and on her way to London with a German gentleman called Christian.

Also that Fermin, his inward fuming starting to rear it's ugly head again, has finally made contact after 'travelling' around the UK for ages, saying that he had arranged to meet a Canadian girl called Rae Anne, who he had met last year, in London. She has managed to get a cheap berth on the SS France from New York and could he arrange train and ferry tickets from Le Havre to Paris, Paris to Calais, Calais to Dover and then on to London for her.

Apparently Catala has spoken to Fermin and they're all meeting up at some bar called 'Esmerelda's' on the Friday and staying in a nearby B and B although knowing Fermin, he'll probably blag his way into the newly opened London Hilton on Park Lane. The girls, not really bothered about Fermin and Rae Anne's sleeping arrangements, did however question Catala's. Pedru, defending his sister's reputation, confirmed that Catala would be staying with the 'Chelsea Girls' in their rented house with Sofia and that Christian, being a Gentleman, would have separate lodgings.

'Why are you questioning Catala's potential behaviour?, baggage van girl!', said Aina to Caterina with a cheeky grin. Pedru looked confused. 'Anyway, let's go and move these boxes' he said. They all left, Nuria telling Aina on the way out that Caterina finally admitted that morning that she had passionately kissed the handsome SNCF driver in the baggage car but that was it. She believed her sister and added 'Don't say any more Aina, they only met briefly but she really likes him. Hopefully Raphael will turn up again soon'.

To be continued....

Cheers weave  :beers:





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 14, 2019, 08:16:08 AM
Thanks, Chris (Weave) for the latest linking instalment.  Oops, I got Sofia and Catala confused. Sofia will be travelling up to Waterloo with Sylvia, Eli, and Susan then to the Chelsea townhouse where the "Girls" live and NOT Catala who has decided that Christian is the 'One' and he will not slip from her grasp!

Very fine (almost like talcum powder) beach sand works very well.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 14, 2019, 09:37:27 AM
Good morning @Chris in Prague (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) ,

I don't think you did get the girls mixed up. Anyway, to clarify, I wrote Catalia and not Catala so just a typo. No matter.

So, to clarify further, Sofia is on her way to London with Sylvia, Eli a Susan. Catala and Christian are also on their way to London, Catala to be staying in the 'Chelsea Girl's' townhouse, Christian in a local hotel. Fermin is now in London and Rae Anne is, as we speak, on the Calais-Dover ferry with train ticket to London Victoria station, arranged by Pedru, in hand.

Hope makes sense. 

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 15, 2019, 11:21:41 AM
Thanks, Chris (Weave). I had written Catalia instead of Sofia. (Now corrected.) I think everything (and everyone) is clear now.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 17, 2019, 09:37:32 PM
Hi all,

Bit behind from what I had planned to do as we had unexpected guests on Sunday but still probably better than my usual snail's pace. I (well, Esteve) did get a bit more done on the beach bar. The beer taps are on the bar, the stools, tables and chairs are nearly there, the walkways are getting there but needing rocks in places, gravel with shrubs in the gaps and the beach sand to come around the cut out beach bar area. The barrel on the bar is cider but that'll be explained in a little prequel story to the main one I had hoped to do last Weekend .....


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48309574506_aa4c3759bc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gAXcqo)20190716_190224 (https://flic.kr/p/2gAXcqo) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr


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Little story with in situ bar pics to come shortly. Need to refresh my glass.

Cheers weave  :beers:


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 17, 2019, 10:54:23 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Looking good Chris   :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.   :beers: (think i`ll join you)


























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Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 17, 2019, 11:25:27 PM
Hi again,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Story continued....

'Right everyone listen', said Pedru. 'As you know, Esteve is off to Rome this afternoon to watch his beloved FC Estepera playing Lazio in some sort of pre season friendly tomorrow so he can't help. He has, however, promised that the bar is pretty much 'ready to go' on his return. Storage is the problem so I've called Fermin's cousin to come and help'.

'I know Fermin but who's his cousin?' asked Nuria. 'Unai' replied Nicolau. 'Unai came here a few years ago from the Basque Country and set up a farm in a valley the other side of Vila Sant Pau. He has apple orchards and grows Blackthorn and Anise and has loads of sheep. You've had Sagardoa Baserritik (farm cider) and Ardi Gazta cheese before'.

'And his Patxaran liqueur, you like that' added Caterina. 'Oh yeah' said Nuria, 'I think I remember'. 'Anyway' Pedru kept going, 'he and LLuc, his farm hand, are coming to help us as they were coming anyway to drop off another barrel of cider for Esteve, who has managed to nearly finish the one he got two days ago and also Leire (pronounced lay-ree) wants to come and go for a swim in the sea.

'Leire, that's a Basque girl's name isn't it?' asked Nuria, adding 'is she his girlfriend?'. 'Something like that', replied Nicolau, winking at Pedru. After a hectic morning it was the first time Pedru had even thought about a smile, let alone an inward chuckle.

The girls, knowing that Esteve would have put the chairs, tables and umbrellas in the wrong place and for no reason as the bar wasn't open yet, decided to park up in the station car park, however, they were all rather intrigued when they saw Pedru and Nicolau, in Pedru's Land Rover, following Unai and Lluc's three wheelers down to the bar. 'Is that....no?' said Nuria...

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The three girls walked down to the beach and sighed when they noticed that Esteve and Nicolau's second hand boats had arrived knowing that they'd probably get roped into helping them paint them....(oops, forgot to remove the loco case top on the track  :doh:)


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The girls agreed that the decking might need rearranging but that at least Esteve had got the bar taps in, although the Estrella Damm barrels still hadn't arrived from Barcelona which was a blessing considering everything else that had to be stored....


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The girls were then introduced to Unai and LLuc who suggested that they all had a glass of cider made and served the Basque way while they waited for Leire to come back from her swim.

The girls had cottoned on to Leire's identity but it was still a strange sight as she came out of the water....


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Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Promise train pics with the proper story soon, honest guv.










Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 18, 2019, 08:46:01 AM
The beach bar looks superb, Chris (Weave). Really excellent work. You have reminded me that, whilst I have all the model chairs, tables, and umbrellas (and part-painted) plus kiosks, etc., I have still to finish them and put them in place, like in the back garden of "The Station Hotel". Even the station refreshment kiosk (a SWB brake van body) is still missing its roof and other brand signs, whilst the Cant Cove (ex-GWR 'Toad' body) is no better and has no tables and chairs outside as I was, retrospectively, planning to have three removable areas outside so I could have a duplicate arrangement with seated people, one without seated people and one without any furniture! I really must get busy and also with my inkjet printer!

The story is developing very well. I think Leire must be a distant relative of Flossie! Somewhere I have at least one sheep who should be placed in the little rough pasture beyond the mineral tramway embankment.

Did the bar stools, beer taps and furled umbrella come in a set? They add an excellent finishing touch. I have some silver-painted beer kegs. The beached boats look very good. Again, I have some, part painted but have yet to place them as I have mislaid the bag of chinchilla dust to lay the beach sand, first, and don't want to buy another! (I had enough problems, at the pet shop, explaining to the very bored Czech petshop girl what I wanted!) I also have yet to buy suitable varnish to create the surface of the water in the estuary and cove like Martin has very successfully done on his layouts.

So, don't beat yourself up about your slow progress, I'm much worse!

Looking forward to the train pictures. I'm now tempted to buy / rebrand a Remy Martin Cognac and an Armagnac (my favourite) van!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 18, 2019, 08:50:49 AM
The beach hut scene is great Chris.
It’ll look good amongst the golden sand and drawn up boats etc.
And, I’d missed the sheep in the truck. No doubt keeping a close eye on what’s going on.
Great stuff.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 18, 2019, 10:22:49 AM
Can honestly say I've never seen a "No Sheep" sign on a Catalan beach, so...

And the chiringuito looks great; just needs a tribe of feral cats waiting to scrounge from the tables

 :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 18, 2019, 12:29:58 PM
Hi chaps,

Thanks Chris, Martin and Steve for the replies.

Chris (IP) - The tables, chairs and umbrellas are Faller 272905 which contains 1 round, 1 square and 1 rectangular table, 8 chairs, 2 benches, 1 open umbrella and one closed. They're not bad at £2.90 RRP and I got 3 at £2.40 each. I'll still probably need more for the 'El Gaitero' restaurant and Port Regleun but that's OK. Also, except for sticking the open umbrella on it's pole it's all already made unlike others which can be far too fiddly.

You'll see it if you go back but the bar stools are just HO/OO track pins with a dab of blue paint on the top and the beer taps are a small railing from a model ship's infrastructure. It's thick base is the end of the (I forget the word) plastic thing that holds all the little pieces together in the box and the two actual taps are where the railing would have fitted into the ship's wall's tiny holes. Hope that makes sense. I think it looks OK. I've been racking my brains how to model some bottles but that's probably going too far  :D

Your idea about the duplicate seating scenes is a good one but I've stuck too much down now. I could always do a small decking extension with a couple of 'tables for two' (different diners/no diners etc.) which wouldn't be too much work. On the subject of seated people, I think I've asked before but can't remember the answer, where can I get seated people who don't look like they're waiting for a train?

Also I bought some chinchilla sand a while ago for the beach but it was in a covered container and when I opened it, it was grey. Might come in useful for something but will have to try and find some the right colour or just stick with kiln dried silver sand.

Enough rambling.

Thanks again,

PS, Steve - I don't think I've yet had a set of holiday snaps in Spain and Greece that didn't contain me outside a bar covered in cats. They must know I'm English and have potential but I never fed them (well, may a little bit  ;)). Ex girlfriends over the years have thought it was cute and a great photo opportunity much to the annoyance of several bar owners  :doh:.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Milton Rail on July 18, 2019, 12:38:51 PM
Great pics Chris, the beach bar is looking fab ..... is that Flossie on her holidays?  Hope she didn't get fleeced on the ferry crossing ... sorry .. de-mob happy as the fog has cleared!   :bounce:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 18, 2019, 12:42:06 PM
Chris

Bottles are difficult I think.
How about the Modelscenes milk churns with the bottoms sliced  off?
They might still be too big but maybe worth a look?

Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 18, 2019, 01:06:46 PM
Chris

Bottles are difficult I think.
How about the Modelscenes milk churns with the bottoms sliced  off?
They might still be too big but maybe worth a look?

Martin

I think the solution is some of the 3D-printed 2mm Scale beer bottle crates mentioned in an NGS magazine a few issues ago. I will order some and post the remainder one to you both. Thanks for reminding me. 8-)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 18, 2019, 01:09:49 PM
Hi chaps,

Thanks Chris, Martin and Steve for the replies.

Chris (IP) - The tables, chairs and umbrellas are Faller 272905 which contains 1 round, 1 square and 1 rectangular table, 8 chairs, 2 benches, 1 open umbrella and one closed. They're not bad at £2.90 RRP and I got 3 at £2.40 each. I'll still probably need more for the 'El Gaitero' restaurant and Port Regleun but that's OK. Also, except for sticking the open umbrella on it's pole it's all already made unlike others which can be far too fiddly.

You'll see it if you go back but the bar stools are just HO/OO track pins with a dab of blue paint on the top and the beer taps are a small railing from a model ship's infrastructure. It's thick base is the end of the (I forget the word) plastic thing that holds all the little pieces together in the box and the two actual taps are where the railing would have fitted into the ship's wall's tiny holes. Hope that makes sense. I think it looks OK. I've been racking my brains how to model some bottles but that's probably going too far  :D

Your idea about the duplicate seating scenes is a good one but I've stuck too much down now. I could always do a small decking extension with a couple of 'tables for two' (different diners/no diners etc.) which wouldn't be too much work. On the subject of seated people, I think I've asked before but can't remember the answer, where can I get seated people who don't look like they're waiting for a train?

Also I bought some chinchilla sand a while ago for the beach but it was in a covered container and when I opened it, it was grey. Might come in useful for something but will have to try and find some the right colour or just stick with kiln dried silver sand.

Enough rambling.

Thanks again,

PS, Steve - I don't think I've yet had a set of holiday snaps in Spain and Greece that didn't contain me outside a bar covered in cats. They must know I'm English and have potential but I never fed them (well, may a little bit  ;)). Ex girlfriends over the years have thought it was cute and a great photo opportunity much to the annoyance of several bar owners  :doh:.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks, Chris (Weave). It was the furled umbrella and, particularly, the keg beer taps that intrigued me. ('Sprue' is the word, I think.)

I never checked what colour my AWOL Chinchilla sand was. Now, I'm worried!

Greece seems to be overrun with skeletal cats.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 18, 2019, 09:41:45 PM
Great bar construction Weave.  :beers:

Watching with interest on the beer bottles!

 I’ve just bought some Faller tables and chairs, I think it must be the other set to the one you have. Slightly surprised that I will have to construct the chairs, could be rather fiddly. On the subject of the sprues, in my kit I reckon that the sprues contain more plastic than the tables and chairs!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 19, 2019, 12:06:30 AM
Hi again all and thanks Chris and Keith for the replies.

Having a few computer problems but will try and make a start on the continuing story...

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

While the 'team' were drinking their cider, three different people turned up at the bar at roughly the same time. Firstly, Luis, the 10 year old rail fan, who had come down on his bike to see the 'Costa Verde' express but mainly to see the 'football special' train that was leaving later that day.

Seeing people at the new beach bar he cycled down to see if he could blag a soda and maybe some chupa chups. At the same time a man dressed in smart casual Summer clothing entered the bar from the beach and asked if anyone spoke English. Most did so the man asked if the bar was open. 'Not officially, not until next week' replied Nicolau, 'but you're very welcome to join us for a cider'. The man gratefully accepted. It wasn't his favourite tipple but they seemed a friendly bunch and why not.

He explained that he was staying in a hotel up the beach but had come down to the station to enquire about trains to Barcelona. 'Well here's the man to ask' said Nicolau, as Pascual, the Station Master walked in. 'Come on you lot' said Pascual 'there are going to be trains soon and you're all going to get in each others way and I'm still not sure if the temporary rail crossing will be strong enough for your vehicles and the Cognac and Scottish Whisky bottles and barrels.'

Um, Scotch Whisky, the man thought to himself, interesting. In the meantime, Unai had gone to his three wheeler to get something. He returned with a long length of rope and slipping Luis a few Pesetas and Francs (both currencies being used on the Peninsular) asked him to tie Leire up suggesting he could keep an eye on her while still being able to take his train photos.

Pedru, Unai and Lluc then drove off towards the station giving the three girls and Nicolau a lift, Luis tied Leire up to one of the boat moorings and Pascual and the tourist walked leisurely up to the station. Pascual explained to him what was going on and he seemed quite interested.

Nicolau and the boys dropped off the girls who were to get their cars, although not Aina and her 'precious' Beetle and got ready to cross the temporary track crossing.....


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As they slowly did so, Caterina sped up behind them after mounting the bus stop area to get to the station front and nearly running Pascual and the tourist over. 'She's the Devil when she gets behind the wheel' said Pascual, shaking his head.....

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The two men went into the station to get a timetable but the tourist couldn't help noticing the Tullibardine Whisky wagon on the other track. Being from Scotland himself he was fond of a wee dram and asked where and when he might be able to sample some. 'Well,' said Pascual in his perfect English 'as long as you don't tell my superiors I might just have a box of the stuff here as I've helped them out so much'. 'That sounds splendid' he replied. The two men then sat on the platform watching the cars go by, the tourist with a glass and Pascual, begrudgingly, with a coffee cup for show although both enjoying their single malts. Several journeys were made up to Pedru's restaurant and the boys and girls were making good progress although the temporary crossing sounded like it was getting more temporary with each crossing....

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While they were up the road the first of a few trains arrived. It was just the local branch train which had reversed down from Castellfollit. The branch line is dual gauge from Sant Pau de Mar into the hills for about a quarter of a mile where it divides, the standard gauge line operated by the SNCF going to Vila Sant Pau and the broad gauge operated by RENFE to Castellfollit.....


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The RENFE driver crossed the tracks and briefly commented on the state of the walkway before suggesting, as he had finished his shift that maybe a small drop of what they were having might stop any further questions. The three men then sat there chatting and watching the cars going backwards and forwards....

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A loud whistle came from the right hand tunnel and Pascual quickly took his 'coffee' mug back to his office returning with flag in one hand and a packet of mints in the other as 'La Costa Verde' emerged from the portal....

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Luis had his camera ready as although the train, which is mainly for businessmen in the week, can be short at Weekends, they're are sometimes new formations and today is no exception with as well as the normal RENFE Butacas coaches, two Portuguese first class coaches and a car transporter which Luis later found out were bound for Lisbon. The three Portuguese coaches were taken off the Asturias bound train at Burgos and attached to the 'Sud Express' from Paris Austerlitz to Lisboa Santa Apolonia....

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Luis had checked on Leire and noticed that she had got into one of the boats but she seemed quite happy.

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'La Costa Verde' disappears towards Spain as the cars return for nearly the last trip. Aina, who has been loading Bordeaux wine boxes into Caterina and Nuria's cars is relieved as she wants to say goodbye to Esteve before he goes to Rome. The lads are nearly relieved as they're absolutely shattered and Pascual is getting more relieved as this whole thing, including his shift, is nearly over and that he can enjoy a proper drink with the very interesting Scotsman he has just met.....


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To be continued...

Cheers weave  :beers: 






Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 19, 2019, 08:21:26 AM
Thanks for that hefty update Chris (W) and for the marvellous photographs.
Your computer difficulties seem to be not affecting you so looking forward to the next update.
Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 19, 2019, 08:58:35 AM
Hi Martin,

Thanks for the reply.

Please be honest as I have thought about this myself so won't be offended by any answer but do you think my posts are too hefty and that I should do them in smaller snippets?

I know they're long winded but that's just me and probably won't change, it's more the length of each post.

Feedback from all appreciated.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 19, 2019, 09:13:04 AM
Good Morning Chris.
I think the length is fine (honestly) and, of course, the posts seem longer because of the photographs (and please do keep those coming).
As you usually post late in the evening (way past my bedtime) I generally skim read them first thing in the morning then go back and have a proper read in the early evening.
Keep up the good work.

Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 19, 2019, 09:24:54 AM
Thanks Martin,

The reason I post so late is that it takes me so long to type and upload the pics. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong ie. there's a better and faster way but I know how to do it now even if it's my way, which took a while, so will stick with what I know.

Saying that, I'm also easily distracted by the TV and the fridge  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 19, 2019, 09:53:38 AM
Good Morning Chris.
I think the length is fine (honestly) and, of course, the posts seem longer because of the photographs (and please do keep those coming).
As you usually post late in the evening (way past my bedtime) I generally skim read them first thing in the morning then go back and have a proper read in the early evening.
Keep up the good work.

Martin

Heartily seconded! Great little stories, very entertaining and very good photos. to accompany them. Keep them coming, please.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 19, 2019, 10:02:12 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
   I will third that, always enjoy your posts Chris.
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 20, 2019, 07:06:47 AM
Keep the stories coming!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 20, 2019, 09:12:35 AM
Keep them coming, no matter how long... It's what brings everything to life
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 21, 2019, 10:18:21 AM
Hi all,

Hopefully final instalment in parts today as need to stop playing and starting mod rockin'  :headbang:.

Story continued....

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

With the job nearly done, Unai and LLuc have collected Leire, who's had a lovely day out, and headed back to the farm in the hills. Luis is relieved as he wants to concentrate all of his attention on the 'football special' which is due quite soon without having to keep an eye on a naughty sheep.

Pascual had told him that FC Estepera had leased some coaches from the SNCF, Italian Railways (FS) who run pilgrim trains between Italy and a few holy sites in Izaro and a couple of German Tourist Companies for it. Some of the coaches would have been running back empty at some point so a deal was done which would make for an interesting mismatch of colours.

Nicolau and Nuria were off up the hill to the restaurant and while Aina and Caterina loaded the last boxes of the Bordeaux wine into Caterina's pink Mini a regional Express from Estepera to Montpellier, which was not due to stop there, trundled through. At the same time Pascual waved the local service to Castellfollit away. Just the 'football special' to go and then his shift ends, he thought to himself, looking forward to another whisky but in glass tumbler.....

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Luis loved the Chapelon 231 steam loco, assigned from the North East, and the 150x often seen and assigned from the East but serving the West but hoped to one day see a 141 which was everywhere else in France. Apparently there is a manufacturing problem with them  :(, (maybe one day) so he'll have to make do with what's available RTR  ;).....

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While the two trains disappear into the tunnel and Pascual prepares for the arrival of the 'special' and the passengers for it, Luis wonders if the train to Rome will be pulled by one of the new blue diesels he caught a glimpse of the other day...

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He crosses the rather dishevelled walkway, slightly concerned for the passengers who will be crossing it but not overly so with a 'look where you're going' attitude, especially as they will be predominantly young men.

After doing his railway duties for a while and the fact that the former RENFE driver had gone home due to the language barrier, Pascual was surprised to see the Scotsman still sitting there. 'I thought that you would have left by now and come back for the evening Barcelona train we discussed and not the late afternoon one' he said. Putting the notebook that he had been writing in aside, he replied 'No, I'm quite happy sitting here watching everything go by.'

As they spoke, Esteve waved to them as he crossed the walkway, duffle bag over his shoulder, although seeming to be slightly struggling with it. He walked up and along the platform to see the two girls. 'Esteve!' shouted Aina. Although nothing had happened, it was perfectly clear, mainly to everyone else, that they had a thing for each other. Caterina knew about Aina's feelings but could tell by Esteve's face that he had become smitten. The three embraced but Caterina backed off to check the load and give them some space although as she walked to her car she asked 'what's in the bag, it looks heavy?'. ' Oh, beer, wine, spirits and some spare pants' he replied.

'What a catch' she thought to herself although she did then wonder what Raphael, the SNCF driver, was up to and if he was thinking of her.

To be continued....

Cheers weave  :beers:

 


Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 21, 2019, 10:41:12 AM
Excellent, Chris (Weave). Keep 'em coming!

Sofia de la Vega is, as you know, at Trevelver Castle, shortly to depart with Sylvia, Eli, and Susan. Sylvia and Eli have a job opportunity, in mind for her. Will she be homesick?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 21, 2019, 11:01:45 AM
Hi Chris (IP),

Thank you. She'll probably be slightly homesick. The 'Gos Blau' ('Blue Dog') bar should be a fun place to be in August but I'm sure Sofia has possibly moved on from 'small town' Izaro, always having preferred going to Barcelona and will enjoy the bright lights and sophistication of the London scene but still appreciating the rural qualities of the West Country.

Catalia is more her friend than the other three and not sure what she's up to with her German friend. Off course Sofia will miss her dad, José, but there's always trains running to reunite all at times in the future.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Haven't put the 'football special' together yet to photo so better get me whatever in gear  :)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 21, 2019, 11:29:38 AM
Thanks, Chris (Weave). Sofia is still rather put out at how quickly Catalia had captured Christian's heart (and Christian Sofia's). There's nothing like a very handsome, very eligible bachelor to come between even the best female friends! Catalia, however, fully understands why Sofia is rather put out and, on the ferry back from Sonmel, after many many very pleasurable private activities, Sofia suggests that Christian really should meet Giles Roskrow and visit his Chelsea wine and spirits importing business. To Sofia's surprise, Christian nonchalantly replies with a grin that Giles is a good friend and had, already invited both of them to visit him in Chelsea but he had wanted to keep that a surprise. In fact, Christian, informs her, he already had 1st class tickets and seat and restaurant car reservations for them on the Western Region boat train that would be waiting at West Porthsea Quay to convey them, in style, (here Christian winked), to Paddington.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 21, 2019, 02:41:14 PM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Story continued.....

Caterina, slightly miffed that Aina was with Esteve, that Nuria was more than likely to get together with Nicolau and that Catala had some German guy in England, decided it was time to get the wine boxes to the restaurant cellar and go home.

She said goodbye to Aina and Esteve but as she got in the car a throng of football fans started to cross the walkway and up onto the platform. They were mainly young men drinking out of beer bottles and singing songs all in good humour. There was a rather rude one about Girona FC though but it was quite amusing, Caterina thought to herself.

Wanting to get away still, she slowly drove her pink Mini along the branch line side of the platform ignoring a few 'wolf whistles' from some of the young lads and soon passed them. As she started to near the walkway, she heard the loud Klaxon of the approaching train and then noticed Pascual waving STOP at her from across the tracks shouting 'It's got 16 coaches, it'll block you in'.

Caterina, not in the best of moods and having a very competitive streak in her decided to outrun the train. She put her foot down, sped up to the walkway, screeched round the turn and thundered across the tracks. The train was slowing anyway but the driver applied more pressure on the brakes with a long, loud blast of the loco's horn.

The football fans on the platform thought it all very amusing but as she got safely past the French tracks she kept up speed thinking that she'd better get out of there quickly. Unfortunately, she hadn't seen the two 'special' buses that had collected the supporters from around the local area and parked in the normal taxi rank area.

She immediately swerved left and in a panic sped along in front of the station, once again, nearly running Pascual and the tourist, who was still jotting stuff down in his notebook, over. She finally came to a halt, got out of the car and ran back......

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'I'm so sorry' she said to Pascual. 'Don't apologise to me' he said, 'I'll be speaking to you and your father later but I think you should apologise to this Gentleman first while I sort things out with the driver'.

To be continued......

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 21, 2019, 04:08:56 PM
Story continued....

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Luis had been pretty much oblivious to Caterina's 'mercy dash' as although he thought that he had seen something pink flash across his camera lense he was concentrating more on the 'football special' train. Not only was the train double headed by two of the new SNCF A1A A1A 68000 locomotives but there were 16 coaches, something he'd never seen before in Izaro.

An SNCF baggage car, an FS baggage car, grey FS first class coaches, a green SNCF UIC first class coach, then a older CIWL restaurant car and two newer version CIWL sleeping cars. He thought to himself that they must be for the club's dignitaries, richer supporters and maybe even the actual team? He didn't know. He also thought to himself that the train was stopping rather abruptly but kept on clicking away for his train photo album........

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The train did stop for a while earlier than he had thought it would knowing that the Sant Pau de Mar passengers were to board the rear of the train but it then eased forward slowly, Luis got shots of two Touropa couchettes and a green couchette that he couldn't pronounce the name of, a Gril Express coach which seemed to be quite full of fans who had boarded in Estepera and then the new liveried, rather than plain green, 2nd class SNCF UIC coaches which he had heard about......


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Luis had far better than the pictures shown and was a happy boy with seeing the 'special train' and earning some money from Unai.

As Luis was taking his pics, Pascual had managed to get hold of the driver to let him know that all was OK (except a few spilled drinks) hence the train moving forward. He then walked up the station side platform and crossed the tracks at the rear of the train and made sure everyone was aboard, Esteve being the last to board still passionately kissing Aina goodbye ruined by much jeering from his mates hanging out of the coach windows, bottles in hand.

Finally the 'football special' was on it's way to Rome and now to deal with Caterina...

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To be continued....

PS For any SNCF fans, I think they might not be UIC coaches but called something else but I can't remember what, begins with a D, I think?  :doh: :)

PPS Apologies for no people in the pics, I'm not made of money, but also reckon one sheep will do for the moment  :D



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 21, 2019, 10:32:47 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
   Many thanks Chris, really enjoying the story   :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.   :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 21, 2019, 11:19:45 PM
Hi all,

First of all I think they are SNCF UIC coaches but that's by the by.

End of story as really need to do some modelling that is worthy of pics.....

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Story continued....

While Pascual had been dealing with the 'football special' train, Caterina had begged the Scottish tourist to forgive her behaviour. He was remarkably calm and said 'It's OK senyorita, no harm done, you look stressed, tired and a little bit upset. Come, sit and have a drink with me. Do you like Scotch whisky? I managed to persuade Pascual to sell me a bottle of the Tullibardine whisky and I can assure you it's very nice.'

Caterina sat down with a thank you and took a few sips of the single malt that the man had poured for her. That's better she thought and the two began to chat. He told her his name and what he did for a living which she thought was interesting especially when he added that she had been an inspiration to him.

She told him of her liking for an French locomotive driver that she had only briefly met a few days before. As they chatted, Pascual and Aina arrived after having a chat and then crossing from the other platform. Pascual had calmed slightly after Aina explained that Caterina was, as the Scotsman had said a bit tired, stressed and upset. Aina immediately hugged her friend explaining that she hadn't seen the car incident and was sorry for not being there for her.

Pascual thanked the man for being so understanding and, now off duty, went to the office to get two more tumblers. He returned asking the man if he was getting the late afternoon train to Barcelona as it was arriving very soon or the later evening one because he had just heard on the radio that there had been some sort of a bank robbery in Barcelona and that it was chaos in the streets around Barcelona Franca station.

'Thank you Pascual' he replied, 'you've just given me another jig saw piece. I think I'll get this next train while my head is reasonably clear.' As the TER (Tren Espanyol Rapido) arrived and the man slipped his notebook into his pocket, he thanked them all again for a very entertaining afternoon, their custom and for the wonderful inspiration.....

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The three looked confused as he picked up his tumbler of whisky, downed it and boarded the train.....

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'Well I'll be off home now' said Caterina. 'Are we all good?'. 'Yes' said Pascual, always a sucker for the naughty beach girl's charms. 'By the way' he added, 'you two seemed to be getting on well, who was that man, I didn't even catch his name?'. 'I'll tell you tomorrow' said Caterina but as she went to get into her car a bellow of smoke came out of the tunnel portal and then lots of shrill train whistles.

'I missed you' shouted Raphael from the cab and with the train slowing down pointed to the platform behind him....


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Caterina ran back past Pascual and Aina but slowed to a stop as the freight train disappeared into the tunnel....

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'It'll be OK' said Aina to her rather disappointed friend. 'So who was he' asked Pascual. The train to Barcelona was still there but Pascual thought it a bit odd to ask the man himself now. 'Urrrrrgh, his name was Troy something' replied Caterina in a stroppy schoolgirl fashion although being in her early twenties, 'Spanish name, Martín I think, although he said it differently. He is from Bute which is an island in Scotland and he writes screenplays, can I go now?'.

Suddenly as the TER fired up to leave, some goods wagons appeared from the branch line tunnel accompanied by more locomotive whistles. Caterina's face lit up and she ran down the platform to the walkway and then across it. The Barcelona bound train sounded a loud Klaxon noise and halted his start but Caterina didn't care.....


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Pascual accompanied his 'on duty' colleague to explain to the RENFE driver what had just happened thinking to himself that the girl will never learn especially when he saw her jump into the 150x cab as it was trying to couple up to the two wagons that had been there days. It seemed like weeks or even months to Pascual.....

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Caterina also didn't care that there were two other people in the cab as she bear hugged Raphael. 'Calm down Caterina' he said, 'these two guys are taking the train back to Bordeaux. I have a week off and came to get my jumper back.'

Troy Kennedy Martin smiled to himself as he watched the new loving couple descend from the cab and walk hand in hand back along the platform.

With another warning toot the TER finally pulled away from Sant Pau de Mar...

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Troy poured himself another wee dram of Tullibardine and opened up his notebook. He looked at the key notes that he had written. Crazy girl, always a good starter, nice but potentially dishonest lads, cars including Minis driving too fast all over the place, buses, more lads going to a football match in Rome and then a bank robbery which has apparently caused havoc in a city. He started to write.... THE ROME HEIST. No, that's not right, he thought, crossing it out. He thought again for a few seconds and then said out loud in front of a couple of bemused Spaniards sitting in the same compartment.... "Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea."

 :D

THE END

Thanks for reading my long winded ramblings. As I said I must do some modelling and not try and write although I do want to do something with proper intrigue and horrible people in the future although I like my happy layout at the moment.

Cheers weave  :beers:






Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 22, 2019, 08:42:52 AM
Brilliant story-telling  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 22, 2019, 12:53:51 PM
Brilliant story-telling  :beers:

Seconded! With an excellent twist which I recognised near the end. 8-)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 22, 2019, 10:26:13 PM
Brilliant story-telling  :beers:
:hellosign: I`ll third that, really superb Chris.
      regards Derek.   :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 23, 2019, 11:15:17 PM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Just a little add on story but while Esteve was in Rome, Nicolau got a call to say that the 'boat hire' hut was to be delivered on the Monday. He managed to get the decking done on the Sunday and then to rope Raphael and the two delivery guys (crossing their palms with silver and quite a few beers of course) in on the Monday to get it up quite quickly.

The 'Crazy Bunch' girls thought it would be nice to paint it in Esteve's favourite FC Estepera blue and by Tuesday morning it was ready to go. Final positioning was up to Esteve as it was more his thing than the bar but Nicolau was relieved as only a third of it was the 'boat hire' office, the rest being bottle and barrel storage for the bar. Chains and padlocks had already been purchased for security so they awaited Esteve's arrival.

He had been celebrating FC Estepera's 2 - 2 draw against Lazio in Rome, Estepera scoring the equaliser in the 89th minute, big time since the Sunday afternoon game and on into the Monday but was expected back by the Tuesday.

After the girls had finished painting, Nicolau also managed to distract Raphael enough from canoodling with Caterina to help him put up the 'boat hire' signs in English, German and Catalan plus the 'Gos Blau Vaixells' (Blue Dog Boats) sign above the counter window. Aina thought that Esteve would be very pleased....

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End of little story but have been playing around with the rocks for above the tunnel mouths as this is more complicated than the other end. Want to get it right in my head before plaster bandaging around for where the dusty soil and scrubby shrubbies will be.....


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Remember the hut will be sunk into the cork when I decide exactly where it's going. Think about where it is now....

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Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 24, 2019, 12:36:26 AM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the excellent story, really like the rocks, will look good above the tunnels  :thumbsup:
         regards Derek   :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 24, 2019, 09:53:33 AM
Lovely job weave... but thinking about poor Esteve carrying crates and barrels across the sand, I might be inclined to move the boat hire cabin closer to the chirringuito.  Just a thought....
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 24, 2019, 09:55:19 AM
That tunnel mouth is going to look impressive Weave.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 24, 2019, 11:45:25 AM
Hi chaps,

Thank you for the replies.

Steve, I know what you mean but thought that the boat hire hut was a bit ugly to be too close to the bar. There will eventually be a walkway between the two so sack barrows will be on Nicolau and Esteve's Birthday lists....

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Also there will be some palm trees to make it less bleak.

Just thinking about the beer barrels in the heat and will have to make some sort of cooler system storage facility behind the bar with pipes under the decking. The lego (not that it's lego  :no:) box might have to be raided again  :). That would mean that the beer could be stored there and just all the bottles in the boat hire hut.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Innovationgame on July 24, 2019, 01:50:38 PM
A cellar would be good, but it would probably flood on account of being below the water table.  :D
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 24, 2019, 10:58:15 PM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Just to say that things are getting back to normal here in Eastern Izaro. Esteve came back from Rome in one piece (just) so Aina's happy. Pascual, the Station Master, has his trees back with gravel and has been given some money from the local Council to replace the flower planters, in the future, for the platform and station area that were badly damaged in the storm a few months ago.

Pedru picks up his usual monthly delivery of wine from Catalunya and sherry from the South of Spain in his Land Rover for the restaurant which stops to drop off a few boxes on it's way to Estepera. He just manages to find somewhere to park as the 'usual suspects' are all parked there, up to no good down at the beach bar he thought and smiled to himself......

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The only problem with the trees is that Luis, who is bad enough at taking photographs, was having trouble taking any decent shots so he cycled as fast as he could up the winding hill road to the El Gaitero restaurant to take his last shot of the day....

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Hopefully some plaster bandaging in the next few days if I don't melt.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS The trees planter things aren't stuck down, hence the gap with the road, because they will need to be moved while I create hills and sky and all living things  :D






Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 25, 2019, 07:29:17 AM
Looking good Weave, and pleased to see the planters back.  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on July 25, 2019, 07:58:29 AM
I like the trees  in those planters.
Very realistic.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: GreyWolf on July 25, 2019, 08:04:26 PM
Quote from: port perran
I like the trees  in those planters.
Very realistic.

Wot he said  :laughabovepost:  :claphappy:

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 26, 2019, 09:51:17 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
   Agree nice to see the planters again, all looking good Chris.
      regards Derek
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 27, 2019, 11:55:53 AM
Hi all,

Made a start on the plastering.....

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Think it'll look OK when the shrubs go on at the end, especially to hide the sharp drop on the left hand side (second photo).

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: GreyWolf on July 27, 2019, 12:20:27 PM
Plastering in the tunnel entrances ...  :hmmm: Something I might try too ... do you have anything under where the plaster is going for it to stick too?

Loving the 'rock formations'!  :camera:

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 27, 2019, 01:11:36 PM
Hi Greywolf,

Earlier photo so the rocks are on a wooden plinth....

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The rocks are ready made and painted plaster and I bought them on ebay, I don't mind admitting, and at a quite reasonable price. Stuck them on the plinth and then filled the back bit with polystyrene packing and then made a frame from coffee stirrers at the front to the tunnel portals and down the side.

Added the plaster bandage and when dry I crushed and stuck some of those polystyrene packing things that look like 'wotsits' crisps to create some undulation and put a bit more plaster bandage on top of them. Have started to cover that in smeared polyfilla to make it more solid and fill any gaps with the rocks but that's probably a bit over the top as the shrubs will probably do that anyway. It's only a small area so didn't/doesn't take long.

By the way, I can't be doing with the plonking plaster bandage in water and then having this wet towel thing adhere to your hand dripping all over the place so I place the bandage where I want it and spray with water, smear and spray, smear and spray. Seems to work. Also, if you do that it's best to glue the top edge (or any edge) bit of bandage to the wood first and then spray water on as, otherwise, it tends come off with the first spray.

Hope that all makes sense and answers your question. It's probably not the right way or the best way but as I said it seems to work.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 28, 2019, 10:33:04 AM
 :greatpicturessign:

looking good
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 07:09:54 AM
Nice rocks!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 29, 2019, 09:50:03 PM
Hi all,

Bit more rockin' and bandaging. I also have put the retaining wall in although I mucked up the join in the middle kink a bit but it all needs blending in (somehow).....

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Similar pics with the sky backboard added. I will probably buy a sky backscene but thought I'd paint it light blue to see what it might look like (missed a bit of blue on the bottom of it  :doh:) .....

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Have run out of plaster bandage so need to go to the Model shop and might get a piece of Z gauge flexitrack to see what it looks like as an old metre gauge track against the wall decrepitly going into the tunnel.

Need to test trains through the tunnel this week so hopefully more train pics soon.

Cheers weave  :beers:






Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on July 29, 2019, 09:57:16 PM
PS Might cut the sky down a bit as looks too much in the pics. It's not so bad in real life  :hmmm:

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 29, 2019, 10:49:54 PM
 :hellosign: Starting to look seriously impressive Chris, nice modelling & I think an excellent choice of colour for the background   :thumbsup:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on July 30, 2019, 09:37:31 AM
What he says....

And a bit of scrub growing up/down the wall should hide the minor kink
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 03, 2019, 09:49:06 AM
Hi all,

Not a lot to report as couldn't get hold of more plaster bandage but have some now so will carry on over the Weekend.

Did some train testing yesterday of the tunnels, clearances and track cleaning ability from the back. All good. Also had a few wheel problems on some more modern RENFE coaches but got that sorted so am happy.

Thought I'd do a thread hijack on myself this morning as I was using this for the testing. I'm going to have to buy a Tardis at some point but imagine that the Doctor decided to quickly pop over to Portugal in 2010 for an hour or so yesterday to a rather derelict looking station that looks a bit like Sant Pau de Mar in Izaro (possibly Sao Paulo do Mar  :D).

A Lisbon bound express from Madrid, pulled by a CP 4700 loco (made by Hobbytrain), passed through. It's normally a heavy freight loco but occasionally pulls passenger trains, this one formed of one 2nd and one 1st class CP express coach, a RENFE sleeper coach, one 1st class and three 2nd class RENFE AVE express Eurofima coaches......


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Not really relevant but they were there to be photoed.

Also it reminded me to raise the tunnel mouth, which isn't fixed yet, for the pantographs as that would have been a nightmare if I'd plastered the hill first  :).

Cheers weave  :beers:







Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 03, 2019, 12:33:35 PM
"Also it reminded me to raise the tunnel mouth, which isn't fixed yet, for the pantographs as that would have been a nightmare if I'd plastered the hill first"

Ooops!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 04, 2019, 09:18:58 PM
Thanks, Chris (Weave) for another excellent series of photos. The scenery is coming along very well and the rocks were an excellent buy and have been very well positioned, too. Placing some Z gauge flexitrack to see what it looks like as an old metre gauge track against the wall decrepitly going into the tunnel sounds an excellent idea. Martin has an overgrown narrow gauge line at Trepol Bay and it looks excellent.

Some of your characters will be appearing soon, in Cant Cove, first mentioned over breakfast at Trevelver Castle and in the train to Waterloo then in London. The 01:25 will soon be leaving Launceston so not far now (c. 30 miles) to Wadebridge and Cant Cove!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: railsquid on August 05, 2019, 02:35:07 AM
PS Might cut the sky down a bit as looks too much in the pics. It's not so bad in real life  :hmmm:

Cheers weave  :beers:

I think it's only an issue at the moment because in the photographs, the top edge is visible, drawing the eye and revealing it to be a tall flat structure looming over the layout. It probably doesn't have the same effect in real life as the eye is focussing on the layout and blending out all the real-world stuff around it.

Once you have a bit of shrubbery on the scenery, the transition to the background won't be so obvious, and as long as you avoid the "top" of the sky in photos (or crop it out) it will look fine in photos. And cutting it down might actually make it harder to avoid the "top".
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Bealman on August 05, 2019, 03:41:46 AM
I agree with Squiddy.... and don't forget, the real sky is big!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 05, 2019, 06:54:59 AM
i like the tunnel mouths / cuttings - scenics are fantastic
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 05, 2019, 10:57:43 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
Many thanks Chris looking superb

PS Might cut the sky down a bit as looks too much in the pics. It's not so bad in real life  :hmmm:

I think it's only an issue at the moment because in the photographs, the top edge is visible, drawing the eye and revealing it to be a tall flat structure looming over the layout. It probably doesn't have the same effect in real life as the eye is focussing on the layout and blending out all the real-world stuff around it.

Once you have a bit of shrubbery on the scenery, the transition to the background won't be so obvious, and as long as you avoid the "top" of the sky in photos (or crop it out) it will look fine in photos. And cutting it down might actually make it harder to avoid the "top".
Good point Ian, thank you
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 07, 2019, 10:36:43 PM
Hi all,

The plaster bandaging continues but nothing much to show yet as have been deciding how the front of the 'El Gaitero' restaurant will blend into the hill down to the station.

The steps at the front of the restaurant originally went down to a beach path on a previous layout but now it'll be an extension of the tables and chairs. I started playing about with my lego and bits and pieces box again (fatal) and thought that Pedru might have decided to buy a wood burning pizza oven.

The thought being that although it is mainly a steak and fish restaurant, that properly cooked 'Italian' pizzas would attract more tourists from Italy and the Northern European countries. Except for paella and steak, a lot of them seemed to be quite ignorant of local delicacies.

He had managed to get in contact with Catala, his sister, in London and she thought it was a great idea. She also agreed with him that Fermin would probably say yes. Pedru had advertised for a qualified pizza chef and had several interviews later in the week but couldn't wait to test it out........


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He had, being a chef himself, had a little bit of experience of a similar oven and decided, as the restaurant was closed for two days while rocks and plants were added and the wall repaired, to fire her up.

He then drove down to Nicolau and Esteve's beach bar. "I want to christen my new pizza oven" he said. "Who's in?". "We're in" said Nicolau, Esteve, Caterina and Raphael, who was still there as he had extended his vacation not being able to drag himself away from his lovely new girlfriend, adding, with a smile, "I'll bring my guitar, the first pizza will need to be serenaded".

Nuria and Aina agreed to look after the bar and the five sped off up the hill.

As Raphael played a beautiful, Caterina thought, ballad, Pedru attempted to get the pizza into the oven. The other three looked on with some trepidation......


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Pedru agreed that he might need to buy smaller pizza trays and not use so much dough anyway but that he could discuss all of this with his new chef.

Bit burnt and no green peppers, as Esteve rudely pointed out, but they all thought it could be a great success, especially after a few beers  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Apologies for the little people bases as just temporary.





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 08, 2019, 07:07:49 AM
Looking good  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 08, 2019, 07:54:53 AM
That is lookng really impressive Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on August 08, 2019, 09:06:23 AM
That scene looks marvellous, Chris.

It must be really tiny in reality, although 'Gauge 1'-sized on my computer screen.  Seeing it at such a cruel magnification shows how fine your work is.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 08, 2019, 09:40:55 AM
Excellent modelling weave, and great story as always

 :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 08, 2019, 01:20:41 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. The pics look better than the real thing, probably the light. Started off as a bit of fun but I quite like it. Will see what it looks like in situ in the next few weeks.

While I'm here, I've been trying to upload videos with not much luck. Think I might have sorted it so this is just a practice run to see. It's not of trains, just a quick one of Billy and Guinness....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/48453507457_f6e8414be7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gPETEZ)20190712_164132 (https://flic.kr/p/2gPETEZ) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

Hope it works and if so, I might have a video career ahead of me. If not back to deciding on different coloured pizza toppings  :).

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 08, 2019, 01:23:53 PM
Seems to work if you click on it and then click again when the triangle comes up. Please let me know if you can see it and that that's the right thing to do?

Cheers Mr. Computer Dunce  :dunce:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 08, 2019, 01:53:08 PM
I can see it ok  :claphappy:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 08, 2019, 02:08:18 PM
Thanks Martin,

 :claphappy:, will have a go at filming moving trains tonight when the video phone comes home.

By the way, sorry to hear about your back and hope it's a bit better today.

Off to clean the track now for hopefully some smooth running later :worried:

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 08, 2019, 10:18:54 PM
 :hellosign:.  :greatpicturessign:
  Video looking good Chris & excellent story, looking forward to more.
     regards Derek
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 12, 2019, 12:22:03 AM
Evening/Morning all,

Couldn't use the photo phone until Sunday night as it's my wife's work phone and it was full of important work stuff from Friday and Saturday that she had to upload to her computer as if I mucked up while using it before she had done so and she lost the info she'd probably be sacked.

Some people are just sooooo selfish, it's always me, me, me  :D..

Anyway, have done two very short videos. I hope this works. The only thing is that I thought the problem would be the uploading, not realising that actually doing the video is difficult. I've only got two hands and neither of them are steady at the best of times  ;)

The German coaches and beer wagons are in the siding for a future little story but both video clips are of the overnight 'Golfe de Lion' (Catalan - Golf de Lleó) train named after the area of sea (in real life) between Catalonia in the West and Toulon, France in the East washing the shores of Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence. Izaro, although fictional, sticks out into the Med so it is now where the Gulf ends.

Although the train goes to Toulon, it is mainly used by businessmen travelling to Marseilles, often with connections beyond.

Here goes, first ever train video. Things can only get better  :)....

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Second one slightly better, I think......

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Thanks for watching and sorry no station and trees but still plaster bandaging.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 12, 2019, 12:48:15 AM
 :hellosign:   
  Many thanks Chris two excellent videos, scenics are progressing nicely  :thumbsup:   :beers:
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 15, 2019, 12:54:39 AM
Hi all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1983

It's July 1983 and Luis, the 10 year old train fan and photographer from earlier stories in 1963 has decided that before his 30th birthday in August he wants to do something daring and out of character. He stupidly asks some of the older guys in a local bar for suggestions and Unai, the Basque farmer, cheese maker and cider producer from up in the hills comes up with "why don't you run with the bulls in Pamplona?!".

Everyone agreed it was a great idea and the more drinks Luis had, he became braver and thought it was a fantastic idea. He was up for it and going the next day.

The next day, nursing a hangover, he half regretted what he had said he would do but the other half of him thought "No, do it, why not?, you only live once".

There are various trains between Izaro and the Basque Country in Spain but the only one that goes directly to Pamplona is the San Sebastián Talgo, the others diverting to go further West at Castejón, mainly to Bilbao.

Twenty minutes before the Talgo train arrived, some of the bar regulars turned up at the station and proceeded to gamble in the car park on whether Luis would turn up or not. As the minutes ticked by, odds were changing on a show or no show. It then escalated to he'll go but not do it, if he doesn't show, what excuse will he come up with and many others. Their gambling was interrupted by the sound of a train arriving with no sign of Luis but it turned out to be an SNCF CC72000 pulling empty Tanscéréales wagons from Estepera docks back to France. The Talgo's arrival was imminent though and they all looked about to see if they could see Luis.

One of them even sniffed quite loudly during the trains arrival (sorry about that  :-[).......


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To be continued...

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Terrible video but I'm still practising and apologies again for the big sniff. I'm not on a big budget and can't just 'cut' to blow my nose  :D

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 15, 2019, 08:10:50 AM
Very good Chris.
Will Luis turn up?

My 10.00 is on Yes.

Martin
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 15, 2019, 08:54:22 AM
also going with "yes" but maybe as the Talgo is leaving

great work, and all starting to come together with the feel of the Maresme line
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 15, 2019, 09:39:35 PM
 :hellosign:
  Many thanks Chris, I think he's bottled out
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 16, 2019, 01:36:18 PM
Hi all,

You'll have to wait to see if Luis turns up or not but just thinking that the rocks, walls and tunnels look a bit too grey...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48407568611_25736d46f6_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKBrDV)20190729_203408 (https://flic.kr/p/2gKBrDV) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

and that maybe I should beige them all up a bit, before I start painting the bandage and adding rocky soil and shrubs, to look more Spanishy...

https://hiveminer.com/Tags/renfe%2Csitges (https://hiveminer.com/Tags/renfe%2Csitges)

What do you think?

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 16, 2019, 01:43:41 PM
Hi Chris

That’s always a difficult call.
I know that, in the past, I’ve painted granite buildings much too dark. It’s very easy to do.
I’d suggest that your rocks look fine but if you are worried, have a look at some photos of the area that you model.
Plus, of course, rocks etc look different in differing light.

That’s probably no help at all so I’ll stop rambling now.

Martin.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 16, 2019, 05:03:58 PM
Hi Martin,

Does the link not show pictures of where I model, albeit down the coast?

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 16, 2019, 05:21:00 PM
Hi Martin,

Does the link not show pictures of where I model, albeit down the coast?

Cheers weave  :beers:
Ha, laziness on my part.
I see what you mean hence, maybe you do need to lighten things a little.
Cheers
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 16, 2019, 05:55:22 PM
Hi Martin,

Thanks.

Let's hope the Gashead's defence are just as lazy next April  ;)  :D

That'll confuse the others.

Seriously, bit scared to start beigeing (no China pun intended) up everything in case I Chicken Chow Mein it up. Except for the tunnel portals, none of that is my work. I'll have a practice on a spare bit of the rocks and see what everyone thinks.

Maybe I'll just start with washes to dull the grey a bit. I think this is the furthest I've ever got with scenery so as I've said, bit scarey.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 17, 2019, 08:27:20 AM
hey weave

from the photos I'd say do the tunnels and walls but maybe leave the rocks as they are (I'd also be worried about tackling that) but of course it is your railway and the geology of Izaro may be a bit different to the Garraf.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 17, 2019, 09:02:11 AM
Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. I think I'll leave as is as I know I'll muck it up. There is some greyish sand with small gravely bits in on the Common so I might acquire some on Sunday's dog walk and see how that looks.

By the way, I'll sieve it first to get rid of needles, organic stuff etc. and then mix the sand and little 'rocks' back together again but do I need to bake that as well to get rid of microscopic 'things'?

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 18, 2019, 12:27:32 AM
Hi all,

Unfortunately my filming has surpassed itself at being absolute rubbish but thought I'd show them anyway. There's a few stills to keep the peace although they're not much better.

Sant Pau de Mar 1983 Story continued....

Most of the lads from the bar were inside the station building by now where Agustí, a compulsive gambler, had started a book 15 minutes previously convinced that Luis was a man of his word and would turn up. As the minutes ticked by and he kept reducing the odds on a 'no show' he started to get rather worried as his bar colleagues started to 'lump on' the said 'no show'.

He had thought he could be quids (pesetas) in here but it wasn't looking good. With two minutes to go before the Talgo trains departure he decided to close the book resigned to the fact that not being at all well off he owed a lot of money.

In the meantime, Jaume had noticed a grey taxi up the hill speeding past the 'El Gaitero' restaurant tooting it's horn. No one else had noticed and he quickly asked some of the lads where Luis lived in case someone could get hold of him. "Vilartolí, but he doesn't have a phone" was the reply. Vilartolí was about 4 miles away and had a small taxi firm of grey cars. Sant Pau de Mar taxis were either black or white.

Jaume then saw Pascual, the Station Master, leave the station building blowing his whistle and waving his flag quite erractically. "Is the train going" he asked. "No, well yes, backwards" said Pascual. He followed Pascual who informed the driver that there was a 10 to 15 minute delay up the line and that he would have to reverse as the Paris sleeper was due to arrive on the other platform. The 8 coach Talgo fitted perfectly at Sant Pau de Mar but the locomotive blocked the walkway.

The new RENFE 354, one of eight all named after holy shrines to 'Our Lady', this one called Virgen de Aránzazu, and introduced in 1983, reversed back....

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and then the Overnight Sleeper from Paris arrived with a very noisy SNCF BB 25200 at the helm...

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A couple of the lads were still outside on the lookout for Luis but knowing it takes a good five/ten minutes to get from the restaurant up the hill down through the town to the station Jaume went back towards the station building.......

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He then asked Agustí, as the train was delayed, if he would be interested in taking a big bet on Luis turning up. "Do you know something we don't?" a few people uttered. "What do you mean" he replied, "Yeah, OK I rang Luis, who I don't really know, to make sure he's on his way and then arranged for some sort of minor points failure just outside of San Cristofol so he'd make it on time."

"Luis doesn't have a phone" came a reply. "Well there you go" replied Jaume, "I just have a hunch alright".

"How much?" said Agustí. "30,000 pesetas (about £150), what odds?". "I can only give you 6-4". "Come on Agustí, make it 2-1, he probably won't show and you need the money to pay out". "OK done" said Agustí.

Two minutes later everyone looked out of the window as a grey taxi screeched to a halt outside honking it's horn. "He's here" shouted one of the guys outside.....

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There was much murmuring and cursing inside the station building as although most had earlier put small bets on him turning up, as the time ticked by most had upped their bets big time on the 'no show'.

Luis, oblivious to all of this, entered the station building.......


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.... a bit taken aback by all the guys from the bar being there. "We've come to see you off" said Jaume, "Better late than never". "Come on Luis" said Pascual, "the train's about to go". "But I haven't got a ticket yet" he replied. "Don't worry, Jaume has sorted that, there you go" giving him a ticket, "and you're going First Class, he said he'll explain all when you get back, safely".

Luis turned to thank Jaume but he had gone. "Get on the train now" shouted Pascual.

The train finally left for San Sebastián with Luis on his way to Pamplona....

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Still bemused why Jaume had bought him a ticket, let alone a First Class one, Luis decided to take advantage of some complimentary small bottles of Cava which he thought would help with his hangover.

It had been a tiring morning and as the train passed Girona, Luis felt very relaxed and nodded off. He dreamt that he was a trumpet player at the bull running festival although he was standing on top of the tunnel portal in Sant Pau de Mar and it had been snowing....

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The dream then turned into a nightmare as he was aware of something large making snorting noises behind him....


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He woke up with a start as the train entered Zaragoza station and once again inwardly debated with himself whether he had done the right thing. More alcohol to fuel the bravery, he thought,

Back in Sant Pau de Mar, Agustí was a relieved man as although he had had to pay out big to Jaume, with the big 'no show' bets and the excuse side bets he had actually broken even and if Luis still didn't run he might even make a profit.

Sorry so long winded, sorry for the rubbish videos, especially the Paris train arrival and sorry for a rather lame story.

Will do better next time.

Thanks for watching and reading.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 18, 2019, 10:10:19 AM
great storytelling weave; keep it coming

 :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 18, 2019, 09:04:14 PM
That is lookng really impressive Chris.

Agreed. Really superb work.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 18, 2019, 09:11:33 PM
great storytelling weave; keep it coming

 :beers:

Seconded!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 19, 2019, 08:04:38 AM
Excellent, both the modelling and the story.  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 19, 2019, 11:08:23 PM
Excellent, both the modelling and the story.  :beers:
:hellosign: gotta agree, thanks Chris
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 20, 2019, 12:52:52 AM
Hi all,

I wanted to do a story that had a bit of intrigue in it rather than just romance and silly bets so thought I'd start it while at least the beginning is fresh in my mind. It'll take a while to tell so shouldn't interfere too much with people's reading of the current stories in Port Perran, Cant Cove and Sonmel.

'AN ITALIAN, AN IRISHMAN AND A MOROCCAN WALK INTO A BAR'........

CHAPTER 1

August 1963 and as a small fishing boat navigated it's way up the Gilao river in South East Portugal, Miguel 'Miki' Luz leant against the side of his car and lit another cigarette. The small time thief and confidence trickster from Lisbon had gained a good reputation in North Africa amongst some of their criminal fraternity as 'the man' to arrange safe transportation to/from and inside the Iberian peninsula. He had, in the past, also been able to venture further afield but was very much 'persona non grata' in France and Germany for various misdemeanours as he liked to call them. This job, however, had the promise of being very lucrative indeed and rightly so as it had taken weeks of organisation being so much more than just getting a person from A to B.

The fishing boat chugged it's way to the small jetty in the middle of nowhere and two dark skinned men, one of whom was rather portly, disembarked.

"Miki my good friend" shouted the portly man in Portuguese but in a strong North African accent. As Miki replied "ssshh" waving his hand from side to side, the fishing boat accelerated quite rapidly up the river. "Once again you have done me proud".

"Hello Omar" Miki replied in a low voice, "for the love of Christ or whoever you believe in, will you please keep your voice down". "You worry too much my friend" said Omar, the journey here was perfect. Horrible and smelly but perfect in that nothing went wrong. However, nothing is ever perfect so come tell me the problems ahead and how you have resolved them or are going to resolve them".

"Well the first one now is who is this guy? That wasn't in the plan" replied Miki.

"You didn't think I would come alone did you?" said Omar.

"Well, possibly" Miki replied. "It's not your usual style".

Omar trusted very few people and only really liked to work with one or two people he knew well. He didn't have any 'staff' as such and liked to use petty criminals as they didn't have too many aspirations, didn't ask too many questions and knew that he paid well to keep their mouth's shut.

Taking Miki aside Omar finally lowered his voice, "Miki my friend, this is the biggest job of my life, I trust you but I don't know your Basque 'friend' or the Irishman so I felt I needed some sort of security. Put him on your problems list, now lets go to the border and you can tell me everything else in the car".

"Fair enough, I suppose" said Miki. "Anyway, that's the second problem. I've been to the river ferry crossing at Vila Real de Santo António and people there were complaining about the amount of security at Ayamonte on the Spanish side. They're apparently searching everyone and everything".

"So what's the plan my friend" said Omar.

"We're going to my hotel in Tavira" Miki replied, "where I'm expecting an important call in about 2 hours and then we're catching a train to Faro and then on to Lisbon".

"We can't get a train from Lisbon to Spain, we'll be sitting ducks at the border" said Omar.

"We're not, we're getting a train from Lisbon to Oporto and then a bus to Vigo in Galicia. They wont be looking for anyone up there" replied Miki.

Omar sighed. "I've just spent 2 weeks chugging up the West coast of Africa, a day getting from Agadir to Tangier and God knows how long sitting in a smelly fishing boat and you want me to go to North West Spain on a bus?".

"Train and bus, anyway, think of the money my friend" Miki replied with a cheeky grin.

"Urrgh" said Omar, muttering something in Arabic, and then "oh and what's this important call about?".

"Ah, that's the third problem" replied Miki, "I'll tell you all about it in the car".

With more Arabic mutterings the three of them got into the car and headed off down the dirt track road to the Station Hotel at Tavira.

To be continued.....

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. I will conclude the Luis story separately soon.







 





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: port perran on August 20, 2019, 02:11:54 AM
Intriguing stuff Chris.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 20, 2019, 08:41:07 AM
Intriguing stuff Chris.

Intriguing stuff indeed...
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 21, 2019, 01:01:53 PM
 :hellosign:
  Thanks Chris, (very intriguing indeed), looking forward to more.
     regards Derek
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 25, 2019, 01:25:16 AM
Hi all,

'AN ITALIAN, AN IRISHMAN AND MOROCCAN WALK INTO A BAR'......

CHAPTER 2

"Stop the car!" Omar shouted. "What do you mean the Belgian can't come to Spain?".

"Omar, calm down" replied Miki. "Look, you rang me a month ago from Southern Africa saying that you had some sort of a plan and that you wanted me to arrange a meet up with various people and also to arrange for you to be at the said meeting. There have been various problems in achieving this goal and as you were on some ship sauntering up the West Coast of Africa with no contact for a few weeks I had to deal with things as best I could. I know I'm in your employ but please can we talk about this in the hotel, in private ie. without your guy listening, he makes me nervous, and get the whole story straight? It's just around the corner".

"OK Miki, my friend" replied Omar, "I think I'm just tired".

Miki parked the car and the three of them walked into the Station Hotel. "Is there a bar here?" said Omar. "Yes, but I've got Whisky, Vodka and Gin in my room" replied Miki. "No, I need carbonated water and fruit" said Omar shrugging Miki off with his hand. "Oh sorry, I forgot" said Miki. Omar looked at him liked a disappointed father to a son, shook his head and walked to the bar.

"I would like three bottles of chilled sparkling water, an orange and a lemon to take to my good friend here's room. Is that possible?". "Certainly Senhor, anything for a friend of Senhor Luz" the barman replied. Miki was always liked in hotels as he tipped well especially when discretion was paramount.

Omar and Miki walked towards the stairs as Omar told Karim, his bodyguard as such, to wait in the bar and have a coffee or whatever.

"So he has a name then" said Miki, "how do you know him?". "You ask a lot of questions my friend" replied Omar. "I need to Omar. My job is to get you safely to this meeting, and away from it, therefore I need to know more than you are telling me".

"OK, let's go upstairs, have a drink and all will become clear" answered Omar nodding his head.

At about the same time the boat train from Fishguard to London Paddington was pulling into Reading station. "I think it's best if we get off here and get a local train into London, less conspicuous" said Inigo Etxebarria, a handsome but hard looking Basque man to the small bespectacled Irishman sat next to him.

"OK", replied Sean, "whatever you say, you're the man."

"Right, now no talking about what we've gone through during the journey, we'll have plenty of time to go through it all again when we get to Europe. In fact, don't talk at all, look out of the window or something but just to say now that I have to make an important call to Portugal when we get to London and we'll take it from there. OK?". Sean just looked at Inigo and nodded.

Although he was continuing with the plan, Inigo was still concerned about the brief conversation he had had with Miguel 'Miki' Luz by telephone from Rosslare Harbour the previous day. A while later, as the local train pulled into Paddington he still wasn't quite sure what to do or say but the two men headed off to find a telephone box.....

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To be continued...

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Not sure if that's the right coach but it came in a small job lot where I wanted the goods wagon and I think it's a GWR suburban coach?




Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on August 25, 2019, 08:35:16 AM
...The plot thickens...
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on August 25, 2019, 10:48:40 AM
Hi all,

'AN ITALIAN, AN IRISHMAN AND A MOROCCAN WALK INTO A BAR'......

CHAPTER 3

Back in Portugal, Miki and Omar entered Miki's hotel room and Miki immediately walked over to his self improvised drinks cabinet. He was in dire need of some sort of tipple before he explained to Omar about Inigo's doubts. He poured himself a large whisky into a tumbler and then turned round to see Omar sitting on the bed removing a knife, a pistol and a shotgun from his suitcase.

Holding the tumbler in front of him in his left hand Miki slowly moved his right hand inside the left hand side of his jacket. "Miki, Miki, Miki, have you no trust?" Omar said, holding his hands either side of himself, palms up and then bringing them together in a praying position.

"I want the knife but the guns are just at the top in case I need them quickly but not here. Now bring me a tumbler". He then rummaged in his suitcase and brought out a bottle of Grand Marnier and a bottle of Mahia. "I'm sorry Omar, I'm just a bit nervy. What's that by the way?" enquired Miki pointing at the bottle he didn't recognise. "This, my friend is Mahia. It is eau de vie made from figs or dates with aniseed. The best thing our small Moroccan Jewish community ever brought to my country".

"So you do drink then?" said Miki. "Of course" replied Omar, "do I look like a religious man to you? Bring two tumblers with ice. You will love this and then we can talk".

Omar proceeded to cut the lemon into quarters and scrape some zest from the orange. He then poured some of the Mahia and Grand Marnier into the tumblers, squeezed the lemon and added the orange zest.

Topping up with the carbonated water he said "It should be crushed ice but this will suffice. There, a Marrakesh Fizz. Very refreshing in this heat. Now talk to me and I'll listen. We are losing time and you have your phone call to take soon. When we are on the train then I will talk, you will listen and all will become clear. Agreed?".

"Agreed" said Miki. "Right, let's start with the easy one. Your first buyer is in Madrid and will still be in Madrid for the next few weeks waiting on your call. Sorted".

"Now this is where it gets sort of complicated" Miki continued "You wanted me to arrange a meeting in Spain between yourself, the Italian who is your second 'potential' buyer, the Belgian and the Irishman. Now the Italian, who didn't want to meet in Monaco, where he lives, anyway was fine with that but the Belgian won't come to Spain. Apparently he has had some sort of problem with the Spanish authorities and refuses to go there. As you know he only ever deals with the Italian by phone now but he contacted him and the Italian is aware of this problem. Both you and I don't want to/ can't go to France so I came up with a solution....Izaro. It has slightly lapse border controls and good train links to both France and Spain. I decided to avoid the small cities and picked the only coastal resort with a railway station to book everyone into various hotels. The Italian and the Belgian are both happy with that and have their travel booked".

"And the Irishman?" Omar interrupted.

"I'm getting to that" Miki said in a slightly annoyed voice. "You said I could speak. The Irishman is not a problem. He'll go wherever the Basque goes. The Basque, though, is a potential problem. I mentioned to him yesterday about the meeting in Sant Pau de Mar by phone when he was in Rosslare Harbour in Ireland. He seemed rather worried by the idea but I didn't get to know why as he had to catch the ferry. Before hanging up he said that he would ring me here from London. That is what the call is all about."

"Can I speak now?" said Omar, cocktail in one hand, knife in the other with a grin on his face. "So it's all coming together. Do we really need the Basque?".

"Yes" replied Miki. "After you had done your deal with the Czech employee in Waterford I sent Inigo there to meet the Irishman that you had seen in your hotel. Your financial promise to the Irishman was beyond his wildest dreams and Inigo has been schooling him ever since. Unfortunately, he is still very nervous and only seems to trust Inigo. I don't think he would come alone. Let's just wait for this call. Are you happy so far?".

Omar thought for a moment, then exclaimed "No, not at all!" having put the knife down but now tapping the pistol, which was still on the bed, with one hand. Miki looked slightly concerned. "We need more lemons, crushed ice and Angostura Bitters to make these cocktails perfect. Ring down to the bar. You have done well Miki and I'm sure the problem with the Basque will be sorted out".

Miki let out a silent sigh of relief and rang down to reception.

To be continued.....

Cheers weave  :beers:





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 01:04:58 AM
Hi all,

Well it'll be September 1st by the time I post this so I have decided that I have concentrated too much time on the 'Sant Pau de Mar' layout and none on the 'Port Regleun IV - a new hope' one so I'll be swapping my focus over which means that Sant Pau de Mar will have to be tucked away in a corner while construction work continues on the Brittany layout. It's too chaotic in the room mess wise to try and do both.

I therefore need to tie a few ends temporarily (for a few months) but will go back and revisit.

Firstly, regarding Luis and the running of the bulls. Please don't watch this if you don't like that sort of thing but he was seen on TV in the bar in Sant Pau de Mar 'doing it'. Beforehand, Agustí was again in potential financial trouble as although a lot of bets had been put on Luis turning up but not going ahead with it, suddenly there was a flurry of bets for him to do it.

Agustí had to make a choice and decided to take more side bets but only that he wouldn't fall. Everyone lumped on that he wouldn't fall and although Agustí didn't want any harm to come to Luis, as they all ran down the streets, he hoped the lad would have a 'safe' accident.

As the bulls and runners neared the arena, with Agustí's heart racing as fast as they were running, Luis was seen, due to his distinctive blue shirt with a white stripe, to take a fall.

To gasps from the packed bar crowd, Agustí was totally in two places, relieved more than happy, although he'd made a lot of money, but still very concerned for the young man......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aM_3-00qX4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aM_3-00qX4)

Agustí was still in the bar at about midnight debating his 'ill gotten gains' when Unai rang to say that his cousin, who lives in Pamplona, had just rung him to confirm that that was Luis pictured falling but also to say that although he was in hospital with a few flesh wounds that he would be fine.

He breathed a huge sigh of relief, ordered a large Mascaró brandy and promised himself that the fallen hero would be aptly rewarded.

No train pics as everything being put away for operation tidy up. Luis's return to come in the Autumn.

Cheers weave  :beers:









Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 01:47:15 AM
Hi again all,

Sant Pau de Mar 1963

Caterina Abelló and Raphael Courtois had been together now for some time and it looked quite serious. The only problem so far was that he, being a driver for the SNCF, was based in Bordeaux.

There was a glimmer of hope though as although the SNCF 232 TC steam locomotives only ever appeared in the Alsace region of France according to the archives, apparently, towards the end of their career one was allocated to Eastern Izaro for local trains and shunting and another to Port Regleun in Brittany for similar duties.

Raphael, being originally from Strasbourg, had trained on them and applied for a transfer. Due to his experience he immediately got the job and Caterina was overjoyed to see him on a local train from Estepera to San Cristfol. Raphael knew he'd miss the long haul expresses but there were a lot more benefits knowing he'd be home soon in the arms of his beautiful Izarian girl.......

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Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Recent preowned Minitrix Ebay purchase. Bit noisy but runs well  :). Hopefully it's counterpart will be seen in Port Regleun in the weeks to come.

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Train Waiting on September 01, 2019, 08:42:17 AM
That looks a fine engine, Chris.

The French are much less fortunate regarding the availability of 'N' steam locomotives than us.  Which is a shame as their locomotives are interesting.

Thank you for these photographs and the updates.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Hiawatha on September 01, 2019, 09:11:24 AM
Hi Chris, great pictures and stories. Just one correction: Your 232 TC is not from Minitrix (they don't make a Prussian T18/BR 78).
It's the 232 TC 408 from Arnold, available 1980–85 as no. 2271, or in the French version of the SuperSet starter pack, 0122.
Arnold also made an all-black 232 TC 414 (2269), and some 232 TCs were also produced by Fleischmann.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 01, 2019, 10:03:56 AM
Thanks, Chris (Weave) for the continuing stories and the photos. The green and black livery of the tank loco. is somewhat reminiscent of the (G)WR. It is hoped that the SNCF HQ, in Paris, overlooks for as long as possible the one allocated to Eastern Izaro for local trains and shunting and the other to Port Regleun in Brittany for similar duties. Being from Strasbourg, Raphael will most likely speak Alsacienne as well as French (possibly with a German accent of some kind) and, maybe Hochdeutsch, too. The locals would find his French takes some getting used to, unless one of his parents was 'French' French, presumably his father with a surname like Courtois?
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 10:25:42 AM
Hi all,

Thanks for replies. I don't know why I said the 232 TC was Minitrix as it's in an Arnold box and I've only just bought it  :doh:. It was late......hic  ;).

Am about to start drilling into the walls for the Port Regleun extension (together with the dogs barking I'm surprised the neighbours are still talking to us) but will continue the 'walk into a bar' story later which will then have a break for a while before the characters descend on Sant Pau de Mar.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on September 01, 2019, 04:33:09 PM
Guess we'll just have to wait with anticipation...

 :beers:

steve

PS How do the steamers cope with the Kato track?  Poor eyesight means i'm struggling to align Peco track and thinking of switching
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 08:34:02 PM
Hi Steve,

Prob best not to take anything I say as gospel because I still consider myself very much still a novice but they do OK.

Kato track does have it's problems, one being there can be a slight unevenness in the track join height, especially with the shorter tracks. Also, I don't know if it's a wheel size thing but older locos sound like they are grinding over the central area of points.

All my steam locos are older models but seem to cope (especially the Roco one and all my old old Roco locos come to that, 'twas the best manufacturer in days gone by for reliability in my limited opinion). They're all better going backwards but except for little jolts they're OK forwards as long as it's not too fast.

I can't remember the curve radii but they're not the smaller ones on the main line. Haven't tried the branch yet  :worried: but that'll have to wait for a bit.

Prob not much help. Maybe best to ask someone with more authoritative knowledge.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS I only use the larger #6 points. Can't be doing with the smaller #4 ones  :no:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: cornish yorkie on September 01, 2019, 10:34:25 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Thanks Chris, glad to know Luis is ok after his brave ordeal. It`s looking good for Caterina & Raphael, love could blossom there.


PS How do the steamers cope with the Kato track?  Poor eyesight means i'm struggling to align Peco track and thinking of switching

   :hellosign: Steve, limited knowledge but I have yet to find a Kato train including steamer`s  that don`t love Kato track
       regards Derek. 
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 10:43:53 PM
Hi all,

The extension on the Port Regleun layout is going slowly but steadily, nearly across the door with the window to go. I will start explanations on that thread soon but thought I'd sign off here (for the moment) with a couple more chapters.

'AN ITALIAN, AN IRISHMAN AND A MOROCCAN WALK INTO A BAR'.......

CHAPTER 4

Back at Paddington station, Sean O'Riordan asks Inigo if he could go off to the toilet. "Of course you can" he replied, "I'm not your keeper Sean, think of me as your helper. I'll be over there on the telephone after I go to the Newsstand to get lots of change".

As Sean walked away to the public lavatories, Inigo, still thinking what he was going to say to Miki, suddenly caught a glimpse of someone he thought he knew out of the corner of his eye. No, he thought to himself. That can't be Catala. Surely not, in London with a well dressed man in a suit and her in a posh party frock. My mind's playing tricks on me.

She was a very attractive young woman though, like Catala, he thought, but no. A few too many on the train perhaps and probably due to his present predicament, possibly? He tried not to think of what might have been back in the day and concentrate on the task in hand but as he neared the Newsstand he heard another girl shout in what sounded to him like an American accent "Come on Fermin, we're going to be late".

This time, turning towards the man the girl was shouting too, he properly recognised his old best buddy from school. Inigo quickly darted behind the Newsstand. He hadn't been seen and as his heart raced he heard Fermin reply that he wanted to buy a newspaper to read about the stolen African diamond that was believed to be in Spain and that there was a Nationwide search going on. "OK" said Rae Anne, "but we have to catch Christian and Catala up or we'll be late". "OK, OK, we're in England for a few more weeks, what's the rush? replied Fermin jokingly.

As Fermin and Rae Anne headed towards the Underground entrance Inigo breathed a sigh of relief for a couple of reasons until a hand patted him on the shoulder. He froze for a moment until he heard a strong Waterford accent say "I tort you were gan to make a telefan carl?".

"Don't do that Sean, please" he replied. "Yes I am. Right now. We're good to go".

To be continued......

Cheers weave  :beers:





 

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 01, 2019, 11:45:38 PM
'AN ITALIAN, AN IRISHMAN AND A MOROCCAN WALK INTO A BAR'.......

CHAPTER 5

The phone rang at the reception of the Station Hotel in Tavira where a man in not very good Portuguese asked to be put through to Senhor Luz's room. The receptionist transferred the call and Miki picked it up with slight trepidation.

"Hi Miki, it's me" said Inigo in Spanish, "Please give me good news" replied Miki, a fluent Spanish speaker. "It is" said Inigo, "forget what I said in Rosslare, that problem is sorted. Sant Pau de Mar is no problem for me now so we are good to go and are heading off to Victoria station to catch the boat train to Paris now. I'll ring you in Vigo from Paris to check all's OK and finalise arrangements. By the way, is all OK with you?".

"Very much so" replied Miki, "you've made my day. I have company so can't really talk but will catch up soon".

"Before I go" said Inigo, "Have you read the papers?".

"Yes, don't worry about that" replied Miki, "you just do your job. Goodbye".

"Well Omar" said Miki, "All's good, let's pack up the drinks and get the train and then you can tell me the plan in fine detail".

"Excellent" replied Omar and after Miki had checked out, the three of them walked to the nearby station. Miki walked ahead as they went through the platform underpass and checked the platform for any sign of Police.....


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48613546053_f779b933c4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h4P8z8)20190824_223752 (https://flic.kr/p/2h4P8z8) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr


The station was practically empty and Miki, Omar and Karim boarded their local train to Faro where Omar hoped they would have a more comfortable ride North to Lisbon and on to Oporto.......

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48614045462_f4ffd17157_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h4RG2C)20190824_223849 (https://flic.kr/p/2h4RG2C) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

As the train trundled away from Tavira Omar said to Miki "if we are not in first class from Faro I will have to kill you". All three laughed although Miki slightly nervously.....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48614043202_5397ecada2_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h4RFmE)20190824_224422 (https://flic.kr/p/2h4RFmE) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

Will continue in a few weeks time depending on how the layout room is shaping up.

Cheers weave  :beers:





Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: chorleysteve on September 02, 2019, 09:19:31 AM
Thanks for the advice guys...  And waiting for the next instalment already!
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: RicardoFig on September 02, 2019, 04:12:37 PM
A "Flausina", nickname for that locomotive series, two Sorefame and a "Jota" wagon.  :D :D

Always good to see some home colours, that was a typical regional train in Algarve back in the 80s.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


(https://live.staticflickr.com/3231/5773086704_4d63164d07_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/9N9zxE)CP 1200 Class 1221 - Tunes, Portugal (https://flic.kr/p/9N9zxE) by David Burrell (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwbphotos/), on Flickr


 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 02, 2019, 05:38:15 PM
Thanks Ricardo although you've ruined my era deception. I was hoping no one would notice as it's supposed to be 1963.

It's only the del prado model but thought would give a flavour of Portugal.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: RicardoFig on September 02, 2019, 05:57:10 PM
 :o


I am so sorry!  :-[ :-[

I got excited to see a realistic CP set in 1:160.  :worried:



The 1200 did entry in service between 1961 and 1964, so... ;) :D


Cheers, and sorry one more time.  :doh:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 02, 2019, 09:20:38 PM
Hi @RicardoFig (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6220) ,

I'm sorry myself. I forgot to put 'no worries mate' in the post. It really doesn't matter.

While we're on the subject. I see that the CP class 1200 was originally painted blue when first deployed in Portugal in 1961 before adopting the orange livery much later but can't find any pics.

I've got two and as it's del prado static I might have a go at painting one to befit the '60s for any future pics (if Miki returns  ;)) so if you know where to find any older version photos I'd be very grateful.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: RicardoFig on September 08, 2019, 04:00:55 PM
Hi @weave (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=735)  !  :beers:

There were a couple of blue livery options.

Just outside the Sorefame factory in B&W:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/3878/14623423201_14feae62f8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ohdSfe)Sorefame, Amadora, Portugal (https://flic.kr/p/ohdSfe)

Outside, but in colour, notice the raised headlamp changed shortly after:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/2546/3992004395_89a1b0757f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/75L4PZ)Comboio, Portugal (https://flic.kr/p/75L4PZ)



1966 in Beira Alta, a very steep line for these locomotives but without the raised headlight and with a different blue shade.  :hmmm:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/3931/15233569928_b1ba43e244_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pd92Bo)In the Days of Blue and Silver (https://flic.kr/p/pd92Bo) by Joe McMillan (https://www.flickr.com/photos/joemcmillan118/), on Flickr


1999 with a recent painted 1204 for display in the National Museum:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/1753/28469260168_43801c51f9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KnJpcf)




 :beers: :beers:


 (https://flic.kr/p/KnJpcf)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 08, 2019, 04:13:42 PM
Hi Ricardo,

Thank you for that. I'll give it a go on the spare del prado loco as although a complete beginner to painting rolling stock, it's possibly not too difficult to do :worried:.

I'll keep you posted.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 08, 2019, 10:59:03 PM
Hi all,

Just to say that while some work has been done on the other thread Port Regleun layout, yesterday was National Izaro Day which happens to coincide with the birthday of a good English friend of the little nation.

The festivities carried on through the night and on into the Sunday so Luis's nephew, who is in a band now (2019), decided to put a video together to thank everyone on the Forum for their thanks and support.

It's mostly of newer people but a few of the older characters might be in there somewhere  ;)

Cheers, salud and santé for everything  :beers:  :beers:  :beers:.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldGtS-ELY7s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldGtS-ELY7s)

weave  :)

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 09, 2019, 07:31:59 PM
Thanks for that, Chris (Weave). A Catalan music video.
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 10, 2019, 09:05:16 PM
Hi Chris (IP),

I might be wrong but detect a note of apathy.

Sorry, but it was my birthday and had been drinking Bombay Sapphire gin that my good wife had bought me. Just wanted to say Cheers to you all. Thought it a bit of fun.

Thanks Chris (weave)  :beers:

Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 10, 2019, 09:25:41 PM
No, I enjoyed it. Not a negative response at all. Belated happy birthday, Chris (Weave). 8-)
Title: Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
Post by: weave on September 10, 2019, 09:31:40 PM
Hi Chris (IP),

Post Gin paranoia probably so I apologise again and thank you.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers: