Screenshot of The Week: August 14 to August 21 2016 (Fallen Flags)



Gone but not forgotten, we pay a small tribute to the pioneers and forefathers who built the infrastructural backbone of international commerce. This week's theme is Fallen Flags. Please send your theme suggestions for subsequent competitions via email or Skype by clicking on the little icons below my username.

One screenshot allowed per entrant. Screenshots must adhere to the theme and the Trainz Forum Code of Conduct.

Submission closes on August 22 at 12:00 noon UTC/GMT/Zulu time.

The Frico

In the early morning, a Frisco mountain type rests on a siding waiting for a passing freight to go by. it's these early august mornings the crew will come to cherish, because withing 6 months the T-54 will be switched out for a brand-new GP-9.

Tribute to Padstow: Seaside Terminus of the ACE

The London and Southwestern Railway's (LSWR) Atlantic Coast Express (ACE) ran from London's Waterloo Station to a number of seaside destinations (including Padstow) in the southwest of England. One train left London and slipped [1] several coaches to serve the various destinations. The reason for this risky operation was to compete (for speed) with their bitter rival, the Great Western Railway.

The LSWR wanted to push on to the tip of Cornwall, but were blocked at every turn by the GWR, who felt they "owned" the West Country as Southwest England is called [2]. Padstow is the furthest west that the LSWR achieved, but it (and Bude further north) are in Cornwall and it was originally at the end of the North Cornwall Railway.

The LSWR was "grouped" into the Southern Railway in 1923 and again into the Southern Region of British Railways [BR(S)] at Nationalisation in 1948. By now competition with the GWR (now the Western Region of British Railways [BR(W)] and road transport was taking its toll. Worse still in 1962 the BR(S) lines west of Exeter were added to BR(W), the successor to its rival the GWR. It may seem difficult to believe now, but railwaymen still considered themselves loyal to the ethos of the Southern or the Great Western and now Southern men were in "enemy territory". During the 1960s, travel to overseas destinations was beginning to become popular. The last ACE ran in 1964 and Padstow was closed to freight in 1964 and to passengers in 1967.

Now a cycle path follows the Camel River back from Padstow to Wadebridge (where the ACE joined the line) and, still following the Camel River and another LSWR line, back through Boscarne Junction (where the present Bodmin & Wenford Railway heritage railway ends) and finally up the old LSWR China Clay line and the river to Wenfordbridge.



[1] Slipping is decoupling at speed.

[2] Wales is the country west of England, so it is the southwest of England that is termed "the West Country".
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Not only was the Milwaukee Road running on barrowed time but so were the very rails they ran on.
Peter, just a small correction. The Southern (ex LSWR) did not employ slip coaches; that was the GWR. The ACE in summer could run as up to 5 separate trains to the various destinations while in winter the coaches were detached at the various junctions normally as required. Your picture is lovely.
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Three Fallen Flags meets in Mignaloux, in the summer of 1930

We have one French State Railway Train (with the 231A locomotive and the OCEM coaches) and one Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée train (with the 140K locomotive and the ex Deutsch Reichbahn Geselschaft coaches). The line is owned by the Paris-Orléans railway and have been built by the West French Railway in 1880
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Submissions are now closed. There are 12 entries for this round so up to 2 votes are allowed. Voting will be from now until August 29, 1200nn UTC. Please post your votes below.
Hello from France,

my vote goes to Epo and Eurostar3000 , in no particular order...

Friendly, Marc