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 Posted: Tue May 31st, 2016 09:09 am
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The SNCV  ( NMVB in Dutch  ) was founded in 1884 to connect the remote villages to the  urban centers , stimulate their economy and transport their residents.Those tramways were riding along the roads or in the middle of the streets downtown. There even was a vicinal coach for the royal family.
About 90% of the tracks are metric with a couple of exceptions using standard tracks.

I completed my N scale shelf layout

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7178&forum_id=40
 and was looking for something different. My mother  ( 96  ) sometimes was telling me that she used to ride the vicinal to visit her aunt. As a kid I remember seeing that steam tramway twice  ( around 1952 ).

So here is a picture of a typical bicabine vicinal tramway

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Very steampunky!
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Now, about the layout ( at  the building stage  ) : it measures 80 cm x 30cm ( 32" x 12" ) , the size of an ikea modular shelf.
The track is  Peco code 80 N scale flextrack.
Benchwork: Not decided yet  if the track will be laid  directly on the shelf or on a foamcore box  ( already built  ) that fits exactly on top of the shelf.
The layout main features are:
A runaround track
A tunnel vicinal style (  not just your concrete style tunnel  )
A brewery  ( I'm a brewer  )
An engine shed
A pub  " cafe du tram"

Here is the trackplan

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 Hard to tell from that photo--is that two separate locos? Any chance of a side view?

A brewer huh? any chance of a free round of drinks for the group?

I had no idea what Vicinal meant--

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicinal_tramway

Doggone impressive!

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Interesting concept, I think you could make a very good layout from that, based your skills with your previous one.
I spent some time in the Netherlands and Belgium when I was younger and until now, had no idea that Belgium had a tram system that extensive. Does anything exist from the original main lines, today?
Being also interested in military history, if I were modeling this, I would be tempted to have it take place during the occupation (with US and Commonwealth troops liberating the area of the layout) or immediately afterward (with rusted, blown up German tanks scattered all over the backgrounds).



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@Jacques
If you're so inclined, there's a lot of info about WWI trench railways, that played an important role then. During WWII, with the exception of some examples in N. Africa, NG supply lines were almost obsolete.

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Lee and Helmut, thank  you for suggesting some WW action on my layout but  my mother would not appreciate because she is 96 and was caught in the real battle of the bulge.
Lee : The SNCV tramway still runs 67 km along the coast from Knokke to La Panne.

Herb : free beer  it could be possible, I'm a homebrewer.
The Belgian Vicinal Network was indeed impressive.
There are 2 separate locos , here is a better pic.
There is a quarry in  the background  and I was born in a house located on top of that hill ( It was  weird but great place for a kid  )




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Now, for the TTm version of the steam tramway  ( bicabine ) , I built 4 versions of it:
2 paper versions  ( I like to built paper version first to study the feasability of a project  )
1 styrene  version
1 3D printed version.

Paper version 1:





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I was able  to get some drawings it was very helpful

Thank you René Ceulemans   for the drawings and for your inspiring vicinal layout " Achterbosch "



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Now, I have a tunnel ( in the background  ) , a steam tramway  ( 3d printed ) and a  paper shed ( built using the Silhouette Portrait cutting machine ) 
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