Saturday, January 18, 2014

Great Canadian Model Railroads: S Scale Drumheller, Alberta Grain Elevator (Diorama Division)

Here’s another member of the Great Canadian ModelRailroads, Diorama Division: Philippe Coquet’s S Scale Drumheller, AB elevators.

Phillipe, who lives in France, started the diorama in 2008 and finished it in 2011. He based it on photos sent to him by a Canadian friend.

Drumheller is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Calgary. It once had three elevators. The United Grain Growers elevator was demolished in 2001. The other elevator in the diorama was not found on the prototype.

Philippe made the elevators out of 1/16" basswood clapboard, laminated over a core made of MDF. The other wooden elements were made from scale lumber. The roof was made using very wood shingles.

Click here and click here to read more about how Philippe made the elevator. More photos can be found on Philippe’s Flickr page. Click here to see Philippe’s construction photos.

By now you may be wondering what someone in France is doing modelling Canadian railways. As it turns out, there are other who like North American railways in that country—as you will discover if you visit TraiN’ternet, a website for French model railroaders who model North American railways.

Their goal is to let other French model railroaders know about North American railways, and let North American model railroaders know about some of the fine modelling being done on the other side of the ocean.

Click here to visit the TraiN'ternet website.

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