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    Yesterday was one of those Golden days of which memories are crafted.

    In brief:
    Drove my C5 wagon to the station.
    Took the train to meet the Mate in the outer suburbs.
    Mate picked me up in our 2CV and took me home to his abode.
    Mate took me for a drive in his late father's (now his) 1913 Vermorel roadster.
    After a lovely lunch, jumped in the 2CV and drove it home.
    Walked back to station and retrieved C5.

    As you can see, the only non-french transport was a couple of trains.

    As for the Vermorel, it probably the only one still on the road anywhere in the world, and certainly the only one still going in unrestored original condition. It was painted in the 60's and that's it!

    An absolute timewarp gem. 4 cylinder monobloc engine, leather cone clutch. 4 speed crash box. Rear wheel brakes.

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    Mate's Dad bought it second hand in 1953 effectively from original owner. He drove it to Adelaide and back several times in the 50's and 60's, and regularly around the town. All the more laudable as he only had one arm and artificial lower legs!

    Some people just don't let minor inconveniences get in the way of enjoying life. A good attitude!

    Definitely one of those special experiences.

    Cheers, Pottsy.
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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    Sounds like a great day out for numerous reasons.
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    The train may have been french - if it was one of the Seimens.

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    The V-line train was made in Victoria. Not sure about the Metro one.
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    The train may have been french - if it was one of the Seimens.

    Siemens is German.....


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    Yesterday was one of those Golden days of which memories are crafted.

    In brief:
    Drove my C5 wagon to the station.
    Took the train to meet the Mate in the outer suburbs.
    Mate picked me up in our 2CV and took me home to his abode.
    Mate took me for a drive in his late father's (now his) 1913 Vermorel roadster.
    After a lovely lunch, jumped in the 2CV and drove it home.
    Walked back to station and retrieved C5.

    As you can see, the only non-french transport was a couple of trains.

    As for the Vermorel, it probably the only one still on the road anywhere in the world, and certainly the only one still going in unrestored original condition. It was painted in the 60's and that's it!

    An absolute timewarp gem. 4 cylinder monobloc engine, leather cone clutch. 4 speed crash box. Rear wheel brakes.

    Mate's Dad bought it second hand in 1953 effectively from original owner. He drove it to Adelaide and back several times in the 50's and 60's, and regularly around the town. All the more laudable as he only had one arm and artificial lower legs!

    Some people just don't let minor inconveniences get in the way of enjoying life. A good attitude!

    Definitely one of those special experiences.

    Cheers, Pottsy.


    photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by con View Post

    photos?
    Don't need the photo's we've got the picture. Sounds like a great day pottsy
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    Dunno about piccies at this point. Respecting the Mate's privacy a bit.

    The Vermorel is a family heirloom of the best type. Not sure he wants to publicise it, which is why I've been a bit vague.

    Sorry about that.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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    My Landlord and His Brother's are the same way with their Hoard(s)of "Stuff."

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    Metro train could of been an Alstom, French. Don't have Bombardier trains in Metro service but V-line and they are French Canadian.
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    It was one of these on V-Line. From their website.

    "VLocity trains are manufactured in Victoria by Bombardier using approximately 70 per cent local parts."

    The windows were emblazoned with the sign "Made in Victoria for Victorians"
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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    I must be thinking about trams then...

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