Boursson

Boursson is another agricultural village in the Kasatritikakamparoj. It marks the point where the railway leaves the valley floor to begin its climb into the mountains. Although not quite finished, a substantial amount of work was undertaken here in connection with a series of articles about operation for Narrow Lines. The photos should convey some idea of how the completed layout should look (if I live to be 150). You might notice, also, that all the stock used  was finished as well!
  
  
The station spent quite a few years in this limbo state before receiving attention.  Although I had the finished scene roughly mapped out in my mind's eye a friend who occasionally helps to run the layout was rather taken aback when he returned a few months later to find the work almost complete. He obviously hadn't quite envisioned it as I had! (I think he was impressed rather than aghast!)
  

The grain silos provide a point of reference to the previous section as the local goods clatters in from the south to cross the down Urteno goods waiting in the loop. The weight on the right is part of the double wire signalling system.
  
  
A couple of views taken further along the loop give some idea of the southern end of the station as well as some of the bizarre machinery, railway and otherwise, that populates the little world of Altonia. There is not much 'plain vanilla' here, as advocated by those who prefer gritty portrayals of realism.
  
  
This photo was obviously posed in front of the Co-op siding to showcase the fact that I had been inspired by Tri-ang's M7 in my youth. A couple of years after finishing the loco to a basic state I had to rediscover how to open the door by forcibly yanking it off before re-affixing it! The figures are an interesting mixture. The two kids were scratchbuilt from styrene with the aid of a soldering iron (!), the driver is by Merten and the fireman by Peco. The youth listening to his radio was converted from a Woodland Scenics offering and the dog has run away from the Preiser shepherd.
  
  
A view northwards shows the goods siding full of vehicles. The rudimentary platforms are little more than patches of bare earth although the one nearest the building does have a concrete edging.
  
  
The building itself is a flat based on a generic continental design with the signalling equipment in front to the right. The photo was taken to emphasise that some vans have opening doors to display their loads. In this case these are cattle. The typical NG van was a dual purpose vehicle with the flap opening to allow ventilation for livestock. The AFK, like many of its prototypes, does not possess specialist cattle vans.
  
  
Two ramshackle farm vehicles are loaded by the peasant women. Their husbands are busy tending the flocks or tilling the fields.
  
  
The railway crosses the RN424 to enter a canning factory. The poor state of the road illustrates one reason why the railway still thrives. The paucity of road traffic is reflected by the guard, who has donned a smock, protecting the train from one side only, with a dirty red flag..
  
  
The railway leaves the scene behind the tree adjacent to the Syvrone canning factory. The flashing light under the tree is the AFK's concession to safety.
  
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