(F) World War I and Military Railways

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(F) World War I and Military Railways

Postby KeithB » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:09 pm

Hi gang -
Following some interesting posts in "Modelling Matters" about trench railways and the 1914-18 war, I thought it might be an idea to start a thread here.

Although most trench railways were 2ft (or metric equivalent) gauge which would take them outside the realm of 15 inch prototypes, there were some references to smaller gauges being used in tunnelling.

So to kick things off - my interest in this conflict has sort of rumbled under the surface for a number of years since finding my grandfather's service medals - the 1914 Star, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal - known colloquially as "Pip, Squeak, and Wilfred"!

He served in the Royal Artillery on 18pdr field-guns on the Somme and latterly in Italy although I have no details of his experiences since he refused to discuss them. I was able to find LAST WEEK on-line copies of his military service record which shows when and where he joined up voluntarily in 1914, a couple of stays in hospital, and then his move to Italy - which I never knew about until I read the service record!

I have a couple of books on WWI (which seem to be as scarce as hen's teeth over here....) including some on trench railways. Some time ago I had even considered building a small layout based on the British/Canadian railways using 1:32 scale models from Scale Link (and even got so far as buying a kit for a WWI Mk IV tank!) but then discovered that there were no reasonably-priced models of soldiers except for the Scale Link ones at 8 Pounds 50p each! Changing scale to, say, 7mm also caused problems since I couldn't then find any vehicles...

Anyway, with the Moderator's permission I'll leave this thread open for any discussions on this subject.
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Postby AndyB » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:45 pm

have a look at this website...

http://www.gramodels.co.uk

for 7mm WW1 tanks.

I am waiting for their Vickers Medium which was promised to arrive before the end of 2008 (quoted at Guildex at Telford)...

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Postby DCRfan » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:41 am

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Postby scott b » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:04 am

There are 4 figures and you would have to do a little work if you wanted them as rail crew or a loading crew but it is a start, there are also 4 german WW1 soldiers available on pg 7, you may also be able to use some of the figures from the French Prussian War, I have a history book called WW1 in colour and some of the troops still had that type of uniform, now the weapons might be out of date but if all the other countries were like Canada the weapons may have been 30yrs old!
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:02 pm

If you can find a source of figures but a struggling to find railway items in the same scale one option could be to model the early trench tramways that existed before the establisment of the WDLR. These used commandeered or improvised equipment.

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Not only are the wagons of a non WDLR type, but if you look closely you can see a turntable and to te extreme right some sort of I/C scooter. Maybe it was built by the troops like this one.

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I'm sure I can also recall that DCRfan published an article on a German tramway in Samoa? that was seized by ANZAC troops? who then built a bogie loco based on a flat wagon? So another Idea maybe to look at a different theatre of conflict.

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Postby DCRfan » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:38 pm

This one. Existing feldbahn bogie wagon powered by engine and gearbox from harbour launch. The people sitting around the loco are the Army Workshops team and the locally hired 'Coolies' who constructed the loco.

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And the original German Oberusel

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Postby John New » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:55 pm

Ref Simon's post inc;uding the note about hand-pushed trucks. I have a couple of relevant scans on file in my "Steam and freedon" AV show picturing those in action. (Sorry for fact they are extracted from Powerpoint)

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Postby KeithB » Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:28 am

Since my first post discussing my grandfather's service in WW1 I have found a web-site that covers his unit's history in France and Italy. What's more there is a photo of the whole unit (241 Brigade, formerly the 2nd South Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery)! Now all I have to do is determine which one is my grandfather...

With regard to modelling, I have had no real success in finding any sources of figures other than those mentioned in previous postings. If my project is to go ahead then I'll probably have to get some Scale Link figures as they seem to have the best range. There are quite a few that are non-combat which is good since the 2ft gauge lines rarely went near the trenches. What I *don't* need are the "man kneeling, firing" type of figures - more the "man kneeling, repairing Simplex"! :lol:
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:51 pm

on seaching google images I found another picture linked to this forum so checked out the thread again as its possibly relevant now. Would be interested in some dimensions for that Canadian motorized wagon.
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