2009 July

Archive for July, 2009


Return to Monterey on my Railway Blog, former fish canneries on Cannery Row may provide some ideas for industrial buildings on a model railway layout. http://www.fdelaitre.org/wp2/2009/07/monterey/

Made a short stop in Santa Cruz. Had a thrilling experience on the Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz antique wooden rollercoaster (built in 1924), and have seen the Santa Cruz & Big Trees RR stopping at the Boardwalk. Have seen also the famous “La Bahia” apartments, in a rather poor state.



A real sample that may prove useful to modelers for (heavy) weathering of a model car (seen today on the Sausalito Marina).

Saw a interesting résumé of the worldwide history of tramways/streetcars on Market Street in San Francisco today.



In San Francisco… My first glimpse to cable-cars: Mason-Powell line.


Famous German manufacturer Preiser, well known as a figurine maker for the model railways, has issued a model of the President of the United States and First Lady under reference 28144 in HO (1:87) scale. Price : 3.45 EUR (approx. 5 USD). Alas, Parlor Car #300 “Georgia”, built by Pullman Standard in 1930 and used by Pdt. Carter, Reagan and recently by President-elect Obama during his whistle stop campaign still has to be produced by a model railway manufacturer.



Champigny-en-Beauce: a journey through the century retraces the evolution of a small town of center France in old postcards and modern pictures. A special mention to its unique “Cité Agricole” (Agricultural City), a kind of rural phalanstery designed and funded by local philantropist François-Philibert Dessaignes. http://www.fdelaitre.com/Champigny_LTDS.htm.

Some 50cm narrow gauge railway fans were questioning about the “Manby” advertisements that once adornated the roof of the toastrack trailers in use on the Paris Little Train of the Jardin d’Acclimatation (see here for more about this miniature railway: http://www.fdelaitre.com/Ja.htm ).

Manby was a cloth store dedicated to youngsters. The shop had multiple premises in Paris and Lille, but the closest ones to the Jardin d’Acclimatation were located on 2, Chaussée de la Muette and 14, avenue Victor Hugo in the poshy XVIth arrondissement. The ads disappeared, probably altogether with the store, at the end of the 1970s.


Some comments (in french) on the latest Bachmann announcements for the On30 scale (1:48 scale on 16.5mm track). See: http://www.fdelaitre.org/wp2/2009/07/nouveautes-bachmann-0n30/


Testing Flip mini-video camera for the Bastille Day ’09 Air Paradeon the 75th anniversary of the French Air Force. Taken at PorteMaillot, Paris, looking toward La Défense.

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