New member from France

Michel Goyard Oct 10, 2017

  1. Michel Goyard

    Michel Goyard New Member

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    Hello to all,
    I started model railway when I was 15. This was yesterday but it is just now as I am retired that I have time for it. It changes a bit. Hopefully, I have two grandchildren as alibi for digital HO. Not enough room here to keep a permanent layout, so I have to manage seasonly dismantling. I am highly interested in DCC++ (a warm thanks to Gregg and other contributors) and built several throttles and boosters which I try to complement with the help I will find here.
     
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  2. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    There does seem to be a lot of interest in DCC++ here, so I'm sure you will find many willing to assist. Best of luck and welcome aboard!
     
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  3. fitz

    fitz Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to Trainboard, Michel. It is never too late to start up in the hobby once again.
     
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    bremner Staff Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard
     
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  5. Hytec

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    Bienvenue Michel, We are happy to have you on board. Being retired will give you more time for doing things that you enjoy, including chemin de fer.
     
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    gjslsffan Staff Member

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    Hi Michel.
    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
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    WFOJeff TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome Aboard Michel!
     
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    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
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    Welcome to TrainBoard, Michel. We are delighted to have you with us. :)
     
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    Michel Goyard New Member

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    Thankyou for your welcome messages !

    About my avatar : this is an old steam machine still in use (for tourism only, don't misunderstand about the old continent, we have also newer machines). It runs just a few kilometers from here. It just needs to stop a short time in order to increase the pressure before climbing the slope.

    Next time you come, you can buy your ticket on line : http://traindespignes.fr/

    And my last layout, as you can see, I have it at the dinner table, so it can’t stay there very long.

    Michel
    2017 1.jpg pignes 1.jpg
     
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    Michel. I now understand why that locomotive, with four cylinders to support, needs to stop and build boiler pressure occasionally. That is an interesting design with a two axle engine and a three axle engine on a rigid frame. I don't believe I've seen that configuration before. The water tanks (I assume there is a similar tank on the other side) appear to have much more capacity than the fuel bunker. What is the fuel? Thank you for sharing that photo.
     
  12. Michel Goyard

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    This design is specially for "steep" slopes and is known from the name of a swiss engineer, Mallet. Some of them seem to have run in the US. Fueled with coal (from Poland)
     

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    Michel Goyard New Member

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    You can choose which locomotive ...
     

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  14. Hytec

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    Thank you. I thought the Mallet design was double expansion. The front cylinder does not appear larger than the rear cylinder, though it may be that the image is distorted by lighting or camera angle.

    The steam train would be a joy to ride.
     
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    They are just a tiny bit larger. Compare the cylinder heads to the valve heads. They're also driving 2/3rds as many wheels, so you wouldn't want them to be very much larger. If you put too much power to the radial chassis, those drivers will slip, and use up all the pressure in the dry pipe from the exhaust of the high pressure cylinders.

    I've seen the Mallet name hung on single-expansion articulateds. I don't do that myself. But I'm pretty sure this one is a true compound Mallet. It would be fun to ride behind, as long as you're not in a hurry! I doubt it'd break twenty mph even if you threw it off the Eiffel Tower.
     
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    Here is her story translated from the "Trains des Pignes site" :
    THE "PORTUGUESE" LOCOMOTIVE E211
    The locomotive E211 locomotive is part of a serie built in sixteen units between 1911 and 1923 by the firm
    Henschel & Sohn in Kassel, for the Portuguese network of Caminhos de Ferro do Minho e Douro (R).
    Commissioned in the last batch delivered in 1923, it originally bears the number 461 and will become E211 during the
    constitution of the Caminhos de ferro Portugueses (CP) in 1947.
    It is an articulated locomotive system Mallet, designed to develop a significant tractive effort on
    the mountain lines. Its four-cylinder compound mechanism uses steam for the first time in
    two "high pressure" cylinders fixed to the chassis seat, and then a second time in a pair of
    low pressure cylinders cc on a moving front axle.
    Used on metric gauges in Val do Vouga, Porto and Corgo in northern Portugal, the
    locomotive E 211 underwent its last revision at the Porto-Campanhà workshops on 5 July 1976 and completed its
    career at the Regua depot in 1981. It is there that it is bought up by the GECP and its transfer by road
    from Vila-Real to Mézel takes place from 10 to 18 July 1986. It is unloaded on 21 July and
    the next day at the Puget-Théniers depot, where it will be restored. It will ensure the circulation of the "Steam Train des Pignes" for five seasons, from 1988 to 1992.
    The Mallet is then parked awaiting funding for a complete overhaul, lifting and partial replacement of the boiler. This operation was carried out from September 2005 to December 2009 by a specialized Italian company, the Lucato Tèrmica workshops in Castelletto-Monferrato in the Piedmontese province of Alessandria.
    The locomotive returned to Puget-Théniers on 3 December 2009 and, after the necessary adjustments and tests,
    she resumed service on June 19, 2010 at the head of the "Train des Pignes à vapeur".
     

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