des Modélistes Ferroviaires de Nice
to our English speaking visitors!
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Due to lack of time,
it is not possible to translate all our pages in English.
However, using this page as a table of contents, you may visit the site,
look at the photographs, and hopefully understand the schematics.
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Welcome to our club!
How to visit us
Photos from our achievements
Links to selected sites
How we make trees:
Fir-trees in N scale
The next pages show, step
by step, the build-up of a piece of scenery on our HO layout. The
area represents the (former) Viaduct of Scarassoui, on the railway line
joining Nice to Cuneo (Italy) through the Alps. The prototype viaduct (1923)
was destroyed during World War II, and rebuilt in 1978 as a modern, concrete,
Fairs and exhibitions in
the South East of France area
Computer and model railroad
There are in Nice a number
of model train layouts which are controlled by a micro-computer. Three
of our members have layouts which are under total computer control,
and two others are in progress or under study.
In the club premises, the
HO layout is totally equipped and the N layout is in progress.
safety (dont kill yourself, dont burn your trains) (all French texts,
- techniques we used for
the equipment of our club HO layout: track feeding,block-system,control
of switches,control panels.
- track occupancy detectors
and circulation detectors: comparison, track
occupancy detectors, circulation detectors.
to make conductive paint to make axles resistive (to activate track
- command of switches and
other accessories on a 3-wire bus (Motorola technology): presentation,an
encoder, a decoder.
cleaning techniques (yes, we put oil on the rails! and it works!)
low frequency permanent lighting
a small commercial embarked video system
a capacitor discharge unit for double coil switch motors
using automotive light bulbs for short circuit protection
voltage choppers and converters
a very simple electronic throttle
a shaker for Humbrol paint pots (and others)
using diode arrays for controlling switches
etching (several pages)
Download of printed circuit
boards (only one PCB available at this time: the one
of a small feedback throttle)
Drawings of some rolling stock parts
Download of a Locomotive
Valve Gear Simulator (Valvegear)