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05-05-2020 02:00 PM
placitassteam Thanks. Very impressive!
05-05-2020 04:06 AM
fredlub Yes, The ASTER SNCF 232 U1 is a real 4 cylinder compound locomotive. Some consider it the best ASTER locomotive. Mine is an excellent runner, it could easily pull a longer train on a longer track. My track is only 30 meter so I normally stick to 4 of 5 coaches.

05-04-2020 06:06 PM
placitassteam Beautiful train, it all goes together very nicely with your sleeping car. Is your locomotive an actual 4 cylinder compound locomotive?
05-03-2020 06:34 PM
ferroequinologist A beautiful engine pulling a beautiful train what more could one ask for. Thanks for sharing Fred.
05-03-2020 01:05 PM
fredlub Today I had a run in the garden with a CIWL "Train Bleu" with the Amati sleeping car at the end of the train. Le Train Bleu is pulled by the ASTER SNCF 232 U1 4 cylinder compound locomotive. The other cars are J&M. I do not know whether the U1 ever pulled Le Train Bleu but it looks good anyway, I think.

01-02-2020 01:38 PM
se38005 Wow, what a model ! I had completely missed this thread, thank you Fred for showing the build. This is really a fantastic model.

Regards Kjell
11-13-2019 07:48 AM
fredlub Now that I finished building a CIWL LX sleeping car from a kit I noticed that Accucraft is going to issue the same type of car based on the former J&M models range. They are using the J&M brand for these. More information on their website:

09-19-2019 12:58 PM
CIWL LX sleeping car kit for gauge 1: The building of the kit is finished

After fifteen months of construction, I have finished building the Amati CIWL sleeper kit. It already ran last weekend but now the final details such as the ceiling of the interior are also ready. See the photos and the video.

More photos can be seen on my website:

With the end of the construction it is time for a conclusion:

It is a very nice kit. Amati makes quality; all parts fit well and look good. Most model builders with some patience can assemble this kit. The description and drawings are also in order. And building was a long-term but enjoyable activity.

Is there nothing to criticize: Yes there is something. If you are looking for a gauge 1 carriage to run on your track or a club layout then I would not recommend this kit. If you build it according to the description, it will not be able to run on a track. Furthermore, the built model, even if you make changes to make it run, is rather fragile and certainly not suitable to take to a club .


09-17-2019 07:09 AM
Originally Posted by ferroequinologist View Post
Thanks Fred, the coach looks fantastic the only immediate difference I spot is "smaller" ( or is that more in scale?) vestibules at each end and the bogies.
Hello Russel,
The vestibules of the Amati LX car are 24 mm; those of the J&M Models LX car are 27 mm. A scale drawing I have shows that the real vestibule is 950 mm (which is 29.6 mm in 1:32), so both are too small! The overall length of the car-body (22200 mm) is correctly scaled down at 693 mm
09-15-2019 06:34 PM
ferroequinologist Thanks for the video Fred, great looking train and the coach does look fantastic in the train. It's a nice day here and you have inspired me to get out my CIWL J&M's and the the 141R for a run as they haven't been run for a while.
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