Photo An awful long way down.

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Neil, 9 January 2014.

  1. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Here's a rather spectacular photo of a narrow gauge line in the Italian Alps that manages to out-spectacular the Darjeeling. From what I can tell (and I may be wrong) it's above Lago di Mezzola; the stretch of water in the far background being Lake Como.
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  2. Steve Cook

    Steve Cook Flying Squad

    Brilliant - took me a second to spot the railway interest :)
  3. Arty

    Arty Western Thunderer

    Looks a bit precarious :eek:
  4. Pugsley

    Pugsley Western Thunderer


    That reminds me of the trip that I took on the Vall de Nuria rack railway in Spain many years ago, there were several bits of the journey that were like that I had to move and sit on the side closest to the mountain!
  5. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    Nice shot Neil, Italy is a beautiful country.
    Twenty odd years ago I was driving a truck back and forth to Italy via tunnel Frejus ( Modane - Torino), this was on the old road ( Hair pin turns) down into Italy, the only thing between you and the shear drop were white painted concrete blocks :eek: no Armco ! I'd have my foot on the brakes alternating with the exhauster for an hour or more before I reached level ground and the trailer brakes would have faded well before that, the air was full of the smell of brake and clutch lining dust from the convoys.
    I liked the sign some wag had put up on the homeward road " Next stop Heston services 1,250 miles ":D

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  6. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

  7. Steve Cook

    Steve Cook Flying Squad

    Good thing to get obsessed with Neil :)
    Strikes me as an ideal subject for a pizza layout, but mounted on a hat stand (or barstool for the slightly more sensible) with scenery peaking above the pizza and running down to the floor. A nice (huge) photo back drop and it would create a nice talking point for the centre of any lounge or hallway...

    Keep an eye out in that local shop of yours for us please ;)

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  8. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    I have a selection of ridiculously sharp Tomix set track and points winging its way from Japan for this very thing. I think you know what the layout housing will look like (not as high as a hat stand unfortunately) which may have room for a fold out scenic skirt in its base.
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  9. Captain Kernow

    Captain Kernow Western Thunderer

    Those photos are incredible, some are a bit like the Aberglaslyn Pass on steroids...! ;)
  10. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Don't think you'd get a South African garratt round the corners; mind you I'm not sure how you'd manage to winch the thing up there in the first place.
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  11. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Looking for other stuff on the net has brought me to a further set of images of the vertigo inducing Italian line.
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  12. Steve Cook

    Steve Cook Flying Squad

    Still looks excellent and scary in equal measure:)
  13. unklian

    unklian Western Thunderer

    Was the line built for access to a hydro electric plant ? The Petite Train D'Artouste in France is also fairly precarious in places, and that was built originally for access to a remote generating plant.

    The Chemin de Fer de la Mure gets my vote although now sadly closed by a rock fall.

  14. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Yes Ian,l I believe it was.