Le Pont de L’Europe Allard – Au Pullman (second half)
(Written by P.G.)
With an output of 1290 kW and a maximum speed of 80 km / h, they are immediately assigned to drive trains in Paris and often passing even under “Le Pont de l ‘Europe”.
Allard produces the model of this machine in 1957, too it with bronze case,
but much more detailed and true to reality than previous locomotives ….
It weighs more than a kg and has a tensile force of considerable ….
Next to its production , the shop in the Rue
d ‘Amsterdam continues in those years to sell materials
“… Des meilleures marques Mondiales …” as says its advertising.
… Go to travel on large plastic Parisian system Maerklin, adding, with their rounded shapes, the most austere Teutonic convoys …
.. I remember that a friend had to widen all the portals of the tunnels to pass his new Belvedere on the silhouette rather abundant.
But back to the trains of Allard.
The secondary network meter gauge “Cote du Nord” has owned some funny and popular site-tender with wheel arrangement 1-3-0 built by Corpet-Louvet ….
This locomotive is probably the first in the history of the model, to be produced in scale OO gauge. It was not successful for the fact that he needed special tracks and is now very rare.
In 1956 Allard takes back this idea, building a locomotive similar, always with two axes, but running on HO rails ….
with their trolleys
From 1956 to 1971, the SNCF puts into service the BB 66500 which were designed to replace the steam locomotives on the sidelines and airports … ..
They have served also on the beam tracks under our bridge and have the latest locomotives produced by Allard
with an attention to detail not common in models of those years …
Until the ’70s in Paris Bercy district, with its “Cour St Emilion” is one of the largest centers in the world wine trade.
From the Gare de Bercy, then it stretches on the roads of the same quarter a network of tracks extremely widespread, even at times visible today …
Through this network the wagons with wooden barrels, or, later in metal, to transport wine may be driven first with horses, then with tractors, right in front of the deposits of merchants and bottlers ….
and old deposits found hospitality restaurants, bars and shops ….
called in French “Wagons -foudre” …
… like this ….
are therefore very popular in Paris in the 50s, so Allard
had the idea of proposing a number in its catalogs ….
and today the store “Au Pullman”
of the Rue d ‘Amsterdam offers trains
to all major brands.
(October 20, 2015)