. St. Pierre et la Rue Perrin

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It is around the year 1930, and somewhere in the fictional French department of Jardis is to be found the Compagnie des Tramways de Meaune.  The Compagnie runs a "voie de soixante" (600mm gauge) steam tramway along the road sides and through the streets of the villages and towns of the region. One of these to towns is St Pierre which is provided with several tram stop including a cramped canalside terminus.

In the first module that main line, if it can be so styled, arrives between the houses of the Rue Perrin at the end of which is the station building.  On the North side of the Place du Tramway is to be found the Brasserie le Becque, the premises of the local brewers, with its loading bay served by a siding. To the West of the brewery is Cousyn et Cie, a small engineering works which also has its own rail connection, and other industrial and warehouse buildings. To the East is the Cafe de la Gare, and a Patisserie at the end of the Rue du Canard.  Down the middle of this street runs a goods only branch to the local sawmill, abattoir, other sources of traffic, and the boiler house of the brewery.

The design of the second module is intended to meet three needs; to portray a stretch of street running essential to the character of an urban steam tramway, to thereby provide a sense of journey, and to incorporate new lineside industries (Vincent and the Dairy) each served by dedicated sidings.  In addition to this it has proved possible to accommodate a pair of kick-back storage roads for the fiddle yard, to include a small rail bridge crossing the canal, and to afford a broken view of trains shunting and passing on the Rue du Canard at the rear of the scene.

Following the success of my previous essay "Portpyn", this layout again uses the scale of 9mm to 1 foot (1:34) on 16.5mm track to represent a narrow gauge railway.  This results in a model that is a scale 41mm (less than 2 inches) under gauge whilst allowing the convenience of using a variety of OO and HO components.  The rolling stock is economically built from styrene sheet on Hornby chassis, and the locomotives similarly constructed of mechanisms from Hornby, Flieschmann and Mehano.

Trackwork is Peco 00 code 100 buried in a road way of Dass modelling clay.  The points are a mixture of 24" radius and some from the set track range.  The use of the latter has been necessitated by considerations of space, and they have been adopted to the electrofrog principle.

Most of the buildings are built from 6mm thick foamboard, mount board off cuts, Das modelling clay, and styrene.  The exceptions are the premises of Cousyn et Cie, Lucas e Fils and the building on the south-west corner at the station yard: these are adopted from the well-known Heljan 0 scale loco shed kit,  and the same source also provides windows on the brewery.

The whole project is the subject of an ongoing series of articles in Continental Modeller - October 1995,  January, July, October 1997,  January, April 1998,  March and June 1999.



Published by
Chris MacKenzie for the
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