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Graham Buxton

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #135 on: June 21, 2020, 01:53:56 PM »
My guess is that it is grain crops that are most at risk from trackside fires in the Pithiviers area.

Here is an agricultural overview of the area:
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Beauce, region, northwestern France. It stretches southwest of Paris toward the Forêt d’Orléans. One of the great traditional granaries of France, Beauce is a flat, fertile, treeless limestone plain that was once planted mainly with wheat and sugar beets. Maize (corn) was introduced in the 1950s and is now cultivated along with wheat and barley. Petit Beauce is an area of similar characteristics between the Loir and Loire rivers to the north of Blois. Agriculture in Beauce is highly productive. In recent years problems of overproduction and pollution of the water table have diminished interest in the exclusive cultivation of cereals. Production has been diversified to include rape seed, sugar beets, potatoes, vegetables (for the canning and frozen food industries), and pulses. The use of fertilizers is now strictly controlled, and mustard is sown to absorb excess nitrates. The church spires, grain silos, and water towers of the market towns thrust vividly out of the unrelieved flatness. Chartres, Châteaudun, Étampes, and Pithiviers are the main towns, and all have agricultural markets.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Beauce
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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #136 on: June 22, 2020, 01:19:23 AM »
Thank you so much Graham for that accurate depiction of the AMTP environment. Fires are an acute concern along the main line while the AMTP is of course insured against that kind of hasard it can take chances to set  grain fields on fire.It happened  only once log ago.Plus in summer there is a ban on making fires outside in the département du Loiret.. The steamengine ashpans don't closed tight and there are always more or less dry weeds on the track or beside it and locomotives often set them on fire, when the harvest is over it's not that serious except at for ties at times. If the conductor spots  a fire it signals for the engineer to pull up the train and the traincrew runs back to put the fire out unless some driving by motorist calls the FD that are used to it and don't make a fuss about it.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #137 on: June 22, 2020, 01:42:10 AM »
 
Hello John ! You can dream on ! To find vineyards you have to drive down at least 50 miles to the South to the Loire river valley . Vins de Loire are famous but if you go for a beer so it's OK we grow quite a lot of barley in Beauce that is already dry and ready to be reaped and carried to huge grain elevators before being shipped by rail in big hoopercars.

What are you harvesting? As a person from the US, I'm thinking you are harvesting grapes. I foresee tank cars of delicious French wines...

Hello John You can dream on! To find vineyards you have to drive down at least 50 miles to the South to the Loire river. vVins de Loire are famous but if you go for a a beer so it's OK we grow quite a lot of barley in Beauce that is ready to reaped by now and carried to huge grain elevators before being shipped by rail in large hoopercars.
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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #138 on: June 27, 2020, 08:19:09 PM »
My guess is that it is grain crops that are most at risk from trackside fires in the Pithiviers area.

Well, ... that, and Napoleonic generals... ;)