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Info wanted about a line in France

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am
by rue_d_etropal
As my main interest is lines in France, I am always looking for unusual narrow gauge lines to model.
Think metre gauge and I tend to think of the classic French railcars, but I have stumbled across a very interesting metre gauge system than operated out of Arles.
The line is the CF de Carmargue, and much of it was electrified from 1920s up to closure in 1950s.
I have found a lot of info online. A book was produced 10 years ago(now out of print), but some was available online including some drawings.
Now what really interests me are the boxcab electric locos. Unfortunately I can't find any drawings. Also much of the coaching stock was standard balcony stock, and I have a drawing, but there were also some much more interesting centre door Decauville coaches. Also main freight was salt and they used some very modern looking ore wagons.
I want to build a small model of a small part of the station at Arles. Many of the buildings still exist, and I think I could build part with some interesting operating potential.
Now I am asking here as I know there are some French members who might have contacts.

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:29 pm
by underworld
I don't know if you've seen this already...but there are a few photos of electrics on this site...

http://www.passion-metrique.net/forums/ ... f=2&t=8531

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:40 pm
by rue_d_etropal
I thought I had seen all the photos on that forum concerning the CF de Camargue, but most were either new to me, or better copies than I had, as some websites only show mini copies.
As I have drawing of one of the coaches it might be possible to do a rough drawing for the electric loco next to it. The photo of the railcar is also interesting, especially as seems to have been used to pull trains as well.