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Offline PJMärklin  
#1 Posted : 03 August 2019 08:36:52(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello Märklineers,


Following some exploits elsewhere, last June found us in Zagreb :


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There was some interesting light rail :


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and also a quaint funicular railway from the "lower" to the "upper" town :


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On the penultimate day to our departure we sought to visit the "Baco Mini Express", however :


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Regards

PJ


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Offline kimballthurlow  
#2 Posted : 03 August 2019 12:00:12(UTC)
kimballthurlow

Australia   
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Hi Philip,

interesting shots of Zagreb, thanks.
I noticed in Europe most (not all?) tramways seem to be metre gauge, unlike Australia where they are standard gauge.

Kimball

Edited by user 04 August 2019 09:47:42(UTC)  | Reason: corrected name spelling

HO Scale - Märklin (ep III and VI, C Track, digital) - 2 rail (USA and Australia) - 3 rail (English Hornby Dublo) - a few old O gauge.
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Offline PJMärklin  
#3 Posted : 03 August 2019 14:06:09(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Originally Posted by: kimballthurlow Go to Quoted Post
Hi Phillip,

interesting shots of Zagreb, thanks.
I noticed in Europe most (not all?) tramways seem to be metre gauge, unlike Australia where they are standard gauge.

Kimball


Hello Kimball,

You are much more observant than meBlushing

Regards,

PhilipBigGrin

Offline Unholz  
#4 Posted : 03 August 2019 19:34:17(UTC)
Unholz

Switzerland   
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Originally Posted by: kimballthurlow Go to Quoted Post

(not all?) tramways seem to be metre gauge

Not all is correct, in Germany approximately five networks are standard gauge and seven metre gauge.

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Offline PJMärklin  
#5 Posted : 04 August 2019 11:47:07(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello again Märklineers,


The rail connection from Ljubljana to Trieste has only recently been restored (September 2018) see here :

https://www.seat61.com/v...-and-zagreb-by-train.htm

and so it was most convenient that we could now connect from Zagreb with our ultimate destination, Venice.


We departed Zagreb in this Croatian train (on-time) in 40 deg C , no air conditioning but good airflow with windows open :


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The line basically follows the Sava River valley. We crossed the border with Slovenia at Dobova. Here a troop of armed agents flowed through, round and under the train checking personal IDs, luggage and (with grand torches) the undersurface of the train, looking seriously for I-know-not-what. Despite my usual cheeky form I dared not take any images of them! :


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Some local rail traffic :


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We changed locomotives at the border :


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our Croat loco departing back :


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and a Slovenian class 541 Taurus loco hooking up, we then departed into Slovenia for Ljubljana :


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Regards,

PJ


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Offline PJMärklin  
#6 Posted : 05 August 2019 11:57:56(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello once more Märklineers,


The journey from the Croat/Slovenian border to Ljubljana was picturesque :


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We also passed through the hometown of FLOTUS :


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Next we arrived in Ljubljana, pulled by the nice Slovenian Taurus:


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And departed in the new train on this interesting route to Trieste ( as before, see here : https://www.seat61.com/i...roatia.htm#Zagreb-Venice ) :


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On the way we again passed through pleasant country :


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Regards,

PJ




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Offline PJMärklin  
#7 Posted : 07 August 2019 07:12:35(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello Märklineers, the journey continues :


We then reached Trieste:


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We had visited Trieste in the past, so we only transited ; it is a beautiful town with much history,
so changing over the centuries, since 1918 a part of Italy:


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Finally, we left Trieste in the late afternoon:


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and at last arrived in the dusk at our destination of the Santa Lucia Train Station, Venice :


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where a few steps away to the Grand Canal we then proceeded to
our hotel in the late twilight – a full day of very enjoyable but tiring rail travel !! :


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Regards,

PJ


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Offline PJMärklin  
#8 Posted : 09 August 2019 12:25:13(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello once more Märklineers,


Early July we were in Brussels :


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And departed from the Bruxelles-Midi station:


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We travelled by Thallys :


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With a quick journey to our next destination :


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Regards

PJ
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Offline PJMärklin  
#9 Posted : 10 August 2019 08:11:09(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello yet again Märklineers,


When staying in Paris we like to travel by the Paris Metro Railway – no spot in Paris is far from a metro station and armed with “Paris par Arrondissement” you can travel anywhere:


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Whilst in Paris we took a day trip to visit the Australian National War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, to which the new Sir John Monash Centre is attached.
The journey started by metro :


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To the Gare du Nord :


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We then took a regional train from Gare du Nord to Amiens :


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Regards

PJ
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Offline PJMärklin  
#10 Posted : 12 August 2019 09:38:39(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Posts: 1,366
Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello Märklineers,


From Amiens we took a local train to Villers-Bretonneux


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Then we walked a couple of miles to the Sir John Monash centre at the Australian National Memorial


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Regards

PJ


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Offline xxup  
#11 Posted : 12 August 2019 13:08:05(UTC)
xxup

Australia   
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Location: Australia
Hey PJ.. I don't know if you have noticed, but I think that there is a woman stalking you on your trip.. She seems to jump into a photo once per day.. Like the second photo in your last post - Is she a French agent watching your suspicious activities.??? Confused
Adrian
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Offline PJMärklin  
#12 Posted : 13 August 2019 08:00:15(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Posts: 1,366
Location: Hobart, Australia
Originally Posted by: xxup Go to Quoted Post
Hey PJ.. I don't know if you have noticed, but I think that there is a woman stalking you on your trip.. She seems to jump into a photo once per day.. Like the second photo in your last post - Is she a French agent watching your suspicious activities.??? Confused


She is the lady who carried the bags !Wub
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Offline TEEWolf  
#13 Posted : 13 August 2019 18:06:13(UTC)
TEEWolf

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Originally Posted by: PJMärklin Go to Quoted Post

She is the lady who carried the bags !Wub


Oh I thought she is the paymaster, spending all the money for this Metro world trip.Laugh

CS 3 is a controller system from Märklin - not a central station.
Offline PJMärklin  
#14 Posted : 14 August 2019 13:07:55(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello Märklineers once again,


We next travelled to Biarritz, at the very south of the Atlantic (Bay of Biscay) seaboard of France near
the Spanish border, departing from Paris Montparnasse station.

The TGV was indeed V :


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A scenic, comfortable and pleasant, if long, journey arriving in the late afternoon :


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Biarritz is a nice seaside town, in the past a summer resort of the nobility and their rich associates,
now just the "beautiful people" - my impression was a bit like San Sebastian is to Spain :


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Regards,


PJ
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Offline PJMärklin  
#15 Posted : 17 August 2019 08:43:01(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Location: Hobart, Australia
Hello Märklineers , the last instalment!


After a short stay in Biarritz, we backtracked to Bordeaux which we have enjoyed in the past but has gradually changed.


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Bordeaux has a clever electric light rail that has no catenary, nor exposed live rails - the electrics are buried
under the mid-track (similar to the Märklin centre rail !) and each section directly under the railcar is not
activated live until the front of the railcar is thereover (seen here as the railcar passes the opera house) :


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Whilst in Bordeaux we visited Le grand dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe:


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Thereafter we pursued more travel in Europe by land, air and sea but alas no more rail.


Regards,


PJ

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Offline kimballthurlow  
#16 Posted : 18 August 2019 10:53:21(UTC)
kimballthurlow

Australia   
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Originally Posted by: PJMärklin Go to Quoted Post
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Bordeaux has a clever electric light rail that has no catenary, nor exposed live rails - the electrics are buried
under the mid-track (similar to the Märklin centre rail !) and each section directly under the railcar is not
activated live until the front of the railcar is thereover (seen here as the railcar passes the opera house) :

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...PJ



Hi Philip,
I came across the same system in Tours (France) and the traction system really mystified me.
You have supplied the answer.

Kimball
HO Scale - Märklin (ep III and VI, C Track, digital) - 2 rail (USA and Australia) - 3 rail (English Hornby Dublo) - a few old O gauge.
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Offline PJMärklin  
#17 Posted : 18 August 2019 12:16:15(UTC)
PJMärklin

Australia   
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Posts: 1,366
Location: Hobart, Australia
Originally Posted by: kimballthurlow Go to Quoted Post
Hi Philip,
I came across the same system in Tours (France) and the traction system really mystified me.
You have supplied the answer.Kimball



Hello Kimball,

Yes, it is very clever.

More details here : https://en.wikipedia.org...round-level_power_supply


Regards,

Philip
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Online 1borna  
#18 Posted : 18 August 2019 20:40:34(UTC)
1borna

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Location: Hrvatska
backo@backo.hr
I'm sorry you couldn't see the Backo mini express layout. If you had announced me the day before, I would have organized a visit for you regardless of the holiday! This is also true of all other possible visitors, the layout is usually closed on Sunday and Monday but will open at the time of the announcement.
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