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Author Topic: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)  (Read 10625 times)

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #165 on: July 04, 2019, 08:20:50 AM »
Thank you for these super photographs, Chris.

Excellent use of coffee stirrers as well!

Best wishes.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #166 on: July 04, 2019, 08:34:37 AM »
Thank you for these super photographs, Chris.

Excellent use of coffee stirrers as well!

Best wishes.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #167 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

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #168 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

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #169 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.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #170 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....

20190703_211946 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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

20190703_212008 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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:)....

20190703_212806 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190703_212224 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190703_212813 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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  :) )....

20190703_212233 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190703_212454 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190703_212605 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


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


20190703_212645 (1) by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


.....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:



« Last Edit: July 05, 2019, 06:15:30 AM by weave »

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #171 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.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #172 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:

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #173 on: July 06, 2019, 12:02:56 AM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
   Many thanks Chris, all looking good & enjoying your ramblings  :thumbsup:
       regards Derek   :beers:

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #174 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'.....

20190705_213958 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190705_214029 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

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.......

20190705_214239 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190705_214343 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190705_214351 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190705_214415 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


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......

20190705_214450 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


'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:



« Last Edit: July 06, 2019, 09:35:20 AM by weave »

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #175 on: July 06, 2019, 10:21:16 AM »
Lovely little model!

Could just imagine meself sitting there  :beers:
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #176 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).
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #177 on: July 06, 2019, 12:34:02 PM »
The beach bar is looking fab, great job!

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #178 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!

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #179 on: July 06, 2019, 04:34:35 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Agree with the above, excellent modelling Chris & superb story, thank you
    regards Derek.

 

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