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French Metre Gauge railways and tramways 

Metre gauge was very common in France, and varied from steam, diesel railcar through to electrified trains and trams, urban and rural.

 

More wagons can be found HERE

 

 

Description Model Scales
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Corpet-Louvet 060T

 

 

The classic French metre gauge steam loco, found on many lines across France


Requires chassis, and finishing

 

     

 

Billard-type150D-1947

post WW2 version of classic French metre gauge, easier to design than pre-war version with more curves. 


Requires chassis, and finishing

 

   
Billard A80D railcar

classic prewar built metre gauge railcar. 

wider bodied version with internal radiator


Requires chassis, and finishing

Billard A80D railcar

classic prewar built metre gauge railcar. 

wider bodied version with external radiator


Requires chassis, and finishing

Billard A150D2 railcar

classic prewar built metre gauge railcar. 

Articulated version of A80D with bigger engine


Requires chassis, and finishing

Billard A80D1 railcar(narrow body)

 

Probably one of the best known French metre gauge railcars, introduced in late 1930s, and many surviving till end of commercial metre gauge lines in France.

Various versions including two different widths, and an articulated version.

 

Narrow bodied versions were actually more numerous, but none are preserved.

 

 

 

Requires chassis and finishing

 

Billard A80D railcar(narrow body)

Version used in final years of the Tramways de la Correze.

 

Probably one of the best known French metre gauge railcars, introduced in late 1930s, and many surviving till end of commercial metre gauge lines in France.

Various versions including two different widths, and an articulated version.

Some versions preserved.

Narrow bodied versions were actually more numerous, but none are preserved.

 

These had different radiators, which were at both ends. They were original running on the CFD de Dordogne, and after the Correze line closed were transferred to CF de Corses.

 

Requires chassis and finishing

 

Renault ABH1 2nd series railcar

Classic French metre gauge diesel railcar, found on many lines across France. Best known for use on Provence and Corsica lines.


Requires bogies, wheels and detailing. 
   
Renault ABH5 railcar

Classic French metre gauge diesel railcar, found on many lines across France. Best known for use on Provence and Corsica lines.


Requires bogies, wheels and detailing
   
De Dion Bouton automotrice/railcar type KG 

One of a batch of railcars produced for a number of French metre gauge railways in late 1920. They were single ended and had an integral turntable mechanism which could be lowered and used to turn the railcar.
Design based on drawings published in Voie Libre magazine.

Requires chassis and finishing
De Dion Bouton remorque/trailer  type KX

trailer coach for type KG railcar as used on Tramwayd de l'indre .
Design based on drawings published in Voie Libre magazine.

Requires chassis and finishing
The Tramways of the Alpes-Maritimes in south east France were built at the start of the 20th century, but most had closed down by the 30s. They covered the mountainous area to the north of Nice. They were all electrified eventually, and freight was also conveyed in wagons.  
TAM bogie Automotrice 


Bogie automotrices were introduced , but despite improving comfort did not halt the increase in road usage. 

Requires chassis, and finishing
     
  The original power cars were all 2 axle Brill units, of 3 types, 2nd class only, 1st class with a luggage compartment, and a luggage only unit. These often worked in pairs, and could pull coaches and wagons. These often worked in pairs, and could pull coaches and wagons.  
TAM Automotrice 2nd class

 

Requires chassis, and finishing

       
TAM Automotrice luggage plus 1st class

 

Requires chassis, and finishing

 

       
TAM Automotrice luggage only

 

Requires chassis, and finishing

 

       
TAM 1st class coach

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
TAM 2nd class coach

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
TAM goods van

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
TAM covered wagon

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
TAM 3 plank open wagon

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
TAM flat (bolster) wagon

 

Requires wheels, and finishing

 

       
CF de Camargue



The CF de Camargue was a metre gauge railway running from Arles on 4 lines. 
Transportation of salt was one main reason for lines to be built. At Arles salt was transferred to standard gauge wagons. 
From the start steam was used, but supplies of good quality of water led company to look for alternatives to steam power, and started to plan to convert to electric power prior to WW1, which delayed project . Work started in 1920s and continued up till 1930s. 
Electric locos were introduced in 1932. Each had a freight compartment, so were part loco/part railcar. They were used on both passenger and freight trains. 
Electric railcars(automotice) were also introduced

Bogie coaches were supplied by La Buire from the start.

 New bogie coaches were supplied at same time as electrification.

Diesel shunters were introduced at same time, 2 were from Deutz, one an 0-4-0 (Deutz OMZ 130) ,one an o-6-o (Deutz OMD 130) and a spare loco . Photos suggest other locos were used at times.  The Deutz OMZ130 was very similar to two deutz locos sold through Bagnalls in Britain to rail

In 1949, Decauville supplied 4 new lightweight aluminum coaches fited to old bogies. Longer and wider than existing coaches they were often used in singles.

New bogie salt wagons were introduced in 1940s. Some of these were later transferred to CF d La Mure, but proved unsuitable due to damage caused by the salt.

The railway was finally closed in the 1950s, but much of the station and workshops at Arles still exist at time of writing. 

Website with history here http://c.f.camargue.free.fr/

Electric automoteur

without pantographs

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels. 

Electric automoteur

with pantographs (dummy)

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels. 

Electric Automotrice

without pantographs

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels. 

Electric Automotrice

with pantographs(dummy)

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels. 

Deutz OMZ 130 loco no T1

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels.

Decauville Coach

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels. 

2nd Class Coach

 

Second series introduced for electrification.

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels.

 

Fourgon (luggage/guards van)

 

As none of the coaches had a guards compartment, a 4 wheel fourgon(luggage guards van) was supplied by La Buire. Same chassis as wagons (6 metre long body/chassis, 3metre wheelbase)

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels

 

 

Fourgon

(Modified)

After electrification some had guards lookout removed, and one was converted into an electrification work wagon

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels

Bogie Salt Wagon

 

Models require finishing, chassis and wheels

 
Panhard autorail gaz fueled

Built in 1928 for running on the Regie Departmentale du Loir-et-Cher metre gauge railway system. Used wood gas as fuel. 

Design based on drawings published in Voie Libre magazine.

Requires chassis and finishing

Pictures are just for reference, not of specific scaled model. 

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