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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #135 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.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #136 on: May 21, 2019, 10:36:27 PM »
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:
   All looking good so far Chris   :thumbsup:
      regards Derek.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #137 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!
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #138 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:

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #139 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.....

IMG_1122 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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)......


IMG_1123 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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:


 







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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #140 on: May 25, 2019, 07:06:47 AM »
No worries Chris - keep waffling on.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #141 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!

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #142 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.....

IMG_1123 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


Closer pic of the loco.....

IMG_1124 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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

IMG_1125 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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

IMG_1126 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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.....

IMG_1127 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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


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

Cheers weave  :beers:



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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #143 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:
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #144 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......

IMG_1128 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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)......

IMG_1129 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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........

IMG_1132 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Overview of the trains.....

IMG_1133 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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

Cheers weave  :beers:



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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #145 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 '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....

IMG_1135 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


...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:









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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #146 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.
« Last Edit: May 26, 2019, 07:34:28 PM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Corrected. »

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #147 on: May 26, 2019, 07:26:49 PM »
Thanks for the story Chris and Chris.
And Chris (W), did you catch the mice?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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« Reply #148 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.

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« Reply #149 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.
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