Monthly Archives: March 2018

The mine at Rio, a history lesson

Like most railroads in the Andes the FCPyF’s prime reason for being built was to enable the extraction of precious minerals from the mountains. A brief glimpse of the mine loco as it emerges from the adit. One of the … Continue reading

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Derailment at Rio Paleta

The FCPyF maintenance crew have just been using three locos to propel a track cleaning train up the hill from Bodjio to Rio Paleta… Unstoppable? Not quite. The brake van at the leading end of the train derailed on the … Continue reading

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What passes for luxury in Sierra Oculta

The recently purchased Faller Hit Train coach arrived about an hour ago. It has a slightly wider loading gauge than the FCPyF’s other Germanic four wheeler. Certainly not enough to require surgery to the bodywork, because narrow gauge trains come … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, My trains, Narrow gauge, Standard gauge, Toy train chit chat

Old slowcoach

I have picked up a very cheap toy coach that may prove useful on the FCPyF. It’s a 1970s vintage Faller “Hit Train” vehicle, roughly O scale on 32mm gauge wheelsets. The Faller website describes the trains as slightly smaller … Continue reading

Posted in My trains, Narrow gauge, Retro modelling, Toy train chit chat

Signalling

In theory the FCPyF is controlled by a dispatcher, sending train orders via telegraph offices along the route, so lineside signals are not common. However, the junction between the high and low lines has always been protected by a pair … Continue reading

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Feel warmer?

After Sunday’s rather chilly looking photo I’ll post this one to warm you up again. I’ve got some pipe cleaners to use as cacti for the “Travels With Charley” diorama and made a couple for Rio Paleta while I was … Continue reading

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Where did that come from???

We’re half way through March, it is the wrong time of year for snow! No doubt the snowplough will be out later, followed by trainloads of tourists, but for now let’s just make the most of the peace and quiet.

Posted in Narrow gauge, Toy train chit chat