Well time is forever running out, but we do have significant progress to report!
There are now a great many more (well, a few more!) people involved with the project and I would like to pass our thanks to Gordon Mackenzie (of Matrix Trains), Gaëtan Hinterscheid (Locomotiveman1994), Peter (of Victory Works), Pierre Gauriat (of AJRailSim.free.fr), Matthias (of 3DZug) and Street Level Models (who were on the team already but who I'm thanking here anyway!). Thanks also to the SNCF archives, to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum for being positive towards the project and to the SNCB archives for being extremely helpful in providing maps and rolling stock drawings.
Since the last update we are also able to report that there is now to be rolling stock included with the route. Courtesy of Pierre Gauriat we will be able to include:
- Locomotive No.5452 of the Paris Orleans Railway
- Flat and Closed wagons, with WW1 loads, from the Paris Orleans Railway
- Belgian 6-Wheeled 'GC' Coaches
- Many custom assets suitable for the WW1 route (details of these will follow at some stage in the near future)
Courtesy of 3DZug we shall also be able to include CIWL Car No.2419D in which the Armistice was signed at 11:00am on November 11th 1918. This will be from their Orient Express carriage pack, which can be found here: https://www.3dzug.de/product_info.php?info=p278_orient-express.html
Courtesy of Victory Works we now have a Railway Operating Division reskin for their NER T2 in order that it can represent the NER Worsdell T1s, the entire class of which was dispatched to France to serve with the ROD in WWI.
Work has also commenced on the tracklaying around Hazebrouck as it was decided amongst the team that it would be preferable to stick to the original plan and model a real route rather than using a British route and modifying it. Nevertheless I wish to thank Armstrong Powerhouse for their assistance in allowing us to modify the Wherry Lines route.
And still there's more! We have begun planning out the scenarios for the route, and they shall tell a story in an interesting and potentially unique way. More details of these will appear in the future.
All that's left to say really is that we hope you take a look at the pictures below that demonstrate progress thus far!