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Gilbert Lacroix: Miniature Trains
Gilbert Lacroix managed to keep his child`s heart thanks to his passion for miniature trains. He builds his own models with astounding precision before giving them life.
There are hundreds of miniature train lovers like Mr. Lacroix in the National Capital region. Several times a month, they meet up and put their models together ahead of “operations night”.
These events involve managing a miniature railway network and following a precise, determined commercial itinerary. Operators must remotely execute often complicated maneuvers.
Here is a look inside the world of miniature train fans in Ottawa. A Samuel Blais-Gauthier production.
Réalisateur: Samuel Blais-Gauthier
Production year: 2015
Il s’agit d’un reportage sur le milieu du modélisme ferroviaire. Des entrevues sont réalisées avec GILBERT LACROIX, un modéliste ferroviaire, et avec YVES ROUSSEAU, passionné de trains miniatures. Les entrevues sont entrecoupées d’images montrant des trains miniatures et des reproductions de villes.
GILBERT LA CROIX
On est créateur de
notre propre petit monde.
Dans le cœur de chaque
homme dort un enfant.
Oui, c’est une passion qui
remonte à l’enfance et qui
se continue toute la vie.
Un modéliste, ce serait
plutôt une personne qui
construit, qui bricole le
monde en miniature.
C’est le souci du détail,
c’est un peu aussi la nostalgie,
parce qu’en créant des scènes,
on crée une petite histoire.
Ça nous fait rappeler de tel ou
tel événement heureux dans
notre vie qu’on aime.
Quand j’étais assez jeune,
mes parents m’ont donné, pour un
cadeau de Noël, un des jeux
de train ovales. C’était un
Taiko, échelle HO, dans le
temps. Disons, on parle des
années 1972. Alors, depuis ce
temps-là, j’ai toujours
aimé les trains.
Ma passion dans le modélisme
ferroviaire, c’est de fabriquer,
construire des scènes,
construire des bâtisses, des
bâtisses qui existaient déjà
ou qui sont encore... qu’on peut
trouver présentement. Parce
que c’est plutôt un hobby bien
social. On crée des scènes des
fois en utilisant les noms
de nos amis, nos
proches dans le hobby.
Un autre aspect du modélisme
ferroviaire, c’est que les gens
se rencontrent une ou deux fois
par semaine ou par mois et puis
ils font qu’est-ce qu’on
appelle des opérations.
Les soirées d’opération, c’est
reproduire le plus fidèlement
possible ce qui se passe dans la
vraie vie. Alors, on a un
yard master qui s’occupe
d’attribuer les tâches à chacun
des opérateurs. Il va assigner à
un, il va dire: "Tu prends ta
locomotive, tu vas chercher tel
wagon, tel wagon, tel wagon dans
la cour de triage. Et tu vas
aller porter tel wagon à telle
compagnie, deux wagons à cette
compagnie-là. Tu vas ramasser
deux wagons vides, tu vas aller
ramener l’autre à l’autre
compagnie et tu ramènes tes
wagons vides à la cour de triage
à la fin de la session."
Ça me permet de... de se
déstresser du travail
durant la semaine.
Les petites madames, eux autres,
bien peut-être qu’elles aiment
tricoter, mais moi, c’est en
construisant des belles petites
bâtisses que je peux me
détendre et puis me relaxer.
Puis trouver un moyen de
vraiment dire: "Hé,
j’ai eu un vrai fun."
Je suis bien content avec
qu’est-ce que j’ai réalisé, avec
qu’est-ce que vous voyez ici.
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