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  1. 15 points
    While going through old photos(quality not great) i found photos of the original greystones layout when i started. If the baseboards look familiar the now have barrow street on them which were built in 1989/90 and still have not given any problems.This was before murphy models/IRM ect and all was scratched built.If i find any more photos i will post them. regards
  2. 12 points
    No work done on these since late July, so I made a long overdue return to the barrier wagons during the week. Nearly there now , just the decals to be applied to the tanks and the flats still need a couple of coats of paint. Once that's sorted its on to the Ammonias.
  3. 10 points
    minor works completed including backscene and front pelmet raised due to google buildings and template made for bridge access between buildings
  4. 9 points
    a few other photos of greystones (tony wright)
  5. 9 points
    Our much anticipated Tara Mines wagons have left our factory and are now making their long journey west! We will have them in stock in just over one weeks time, meaning you should have them on your layouts towards the end of next week. Exciting times, and the production samples certainly made an impression at the Stillorgan sale yesterday, with plenty of pre-orders being placed ahead of their arrival. I know we say this about each model so far, but these are going to be really special, and have turned out lovely, definitely our finest wagon yet. They are well over the halfway mark in sales, so make sure you don't miss out on them before they go. Order now for delivery next week https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/tara-mines
  6. 8 points
    Some more with stock added.
  7. 8 points
    Starting on the decals from SSM. Bachmann offering in the back, repaint in the front.
  8. 8 points
    Start made on getting the scenery base done.
  9. 6 points
    Main decals done tonight. Now have to design a few additional details, print and put on. Indoor lighting used and decals not sealed yet.
  10. 6 points
    Finally, some round stuff. Got to work on the boiler and smoke box this evening. A spacer was fabricated from some scrap for inserting between the smoke box formers. The captive nut is to allow connection of the boiler and smoke box. Wrapper was fabricated from some 0.3 mm brass and rivets added for detail. It was rolled using tube on the thigh - quite uncomfortable after time, so a general shape was developed and then tacked to the formers. The reverse curve was generated using a tube pressing against the former and then the wrapper was finally soldered in place. The excess front and rear was ground / sanded away to leave a smooth face front and rear. Boiler barrel was formed from some brass tube and an insert with captive bolt was created using threaded rod and a nut. The threaded rod will thread into the captive nut in the smoke box. Once the boiler barrel was tightly connected to the smoke box, it was time to mark and cut away a section of the barrel where the motor is located. This cut was initially a little short, and was catching the spare end of the motor shaft, and rather than cut back to this point, I elected to cut a slot to clear the motor shaft. I may adjust this later if there is a need to fit a fly wheel on the motor shaft. This work takes time as the boiler barrel absorbs quite a bit of heat and it takes much longer than normal to get some proper soldered joints. I needed to up the soldering iron to 400 C to make any reasonable progress. Next thing was to mate the boiler / smoke box to the cab front. The threaded rod soldered to the inside top of the boiler should line up with a hole in the cab front. Yeah, right! The hole / threaded rod combination were about 1mm too far to one side, so the hole needed to be elongated to get the correct fit. Took a bit of fettling, but it's more or less in the correct position now. It's not a big issue, as the nut is inside the cab and will not visible. Finally, try it together with the work already complete, et voila! Now it's starting to look like a locomotive!! More soon.
  11. 6 points
    Here is a picture from the oo works web site showing the latest prototype picture of the 101 class J15 in all metal construction.
  12. 6 points
  13. 6 points
    All our white bubbles are officially sold out! Thank you everyone for supporting us. Sales of orange bubbles have picked up significantly in the last couple of weeks too so they are starting to run low on stock too. If you have a set of white bubbles thrown in with your tara or plough order then don't worry, we have them here waiting to be combined and shipped to you. Cheers everyone! Fran
  14. 6 points
    Got some more work done this weekend. Starting on the body. So, footplate first. Basic shape cut out and internal shape cut using piercing saw. This tool can definitely be said to operate on the Ouija Board principle - It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. As wavy as those lines look, this is not a bad effort in my books. Anyway, this all gets cleaned up with files and squares to make sure all is straight. Once this is done, buffer beams and valances are needed. Front buffer beam installed, followed by the valances, which in this case are 1mm x 1mm angle. This both provides the visual valance, but also provides considerable strength; a little bit of tweaking to get in all flat, and we arrive at: All good so far. Now to try on the chassis. Without the body, there appears to be a lot of overhang from the wheels to the sides of the foot plate, but a quick check back to the drawings to confirm that it is just over 9 feet (scale) wide. I never really noticed the difference between the inside line of the rail and the outside of the frame, but in this instance is the best part of 2 feet. Head on, it looks a little better, but once the body is filling out the shape, it should look better. (Straighter camera angle would also help!!) Sheets dimensions and tacked together to start work on the cab front & rear as well as sides. More, as time permits, Ken
  15. 5 points
    During the early to mid 1990s the HARP brewery in Dundalk operated a number of charter trains from all over the country, North and South using the Irish rail Mk3 Executive train, On arrival at Dundalk the publicans and their families were treated to a tour of the brewery while being wined and dined on board to and from their locations, Here we see a selection of photos of the train arriving at Platform one at Tara junction station much to the delight of the waiting publicans, its a short formation consisting of dining car 7401,Executive coaches 7161+7162 and EGV 7601 all being hauled by an immaculate ex works IR liveried locomotive 080-its first run since repainting.
  16. 5 points
    Picked up this set at Stillorgan yesterday Seller had it from the time he was a breadsnatcher. It looks like it was never out of the box Interesting that the usual instructions that accompany these sets was still included It shows the set number, R384, and the date of manufacture, 16th May 1977. I was of the opinion that the Hornby sets, Slainte Express and this one were not manufactured till 1980 Also included is a 1977 Hornby catalogue which makes no reference to the CIE Set!
  17. 5 points
    more photos of greystones (tony wright)
  18. 5 points
    7077! I think it was a pre production
  19. 5 points
    And now to the loco body! The fret includes parts to assemble a member of the MGWR Ks/GSR/CIE 650 Class (G2) with round topped superheated boiler post 1918. The kit includes 3 alternative cab types and smokeboxes for superheated and saturated boilers. Cab interiors suitable for OO or 21mm gauges. The MGWR had a policy of renewing or replacing locos and rolling stock at a 25 year interval and commenced rebuilding the K Class with superheated boiler and canopy cabs in 1918, although the GSR CME Bazin appears to have been opposed to superheating smaller locos the rebuild programme continued at Broadstone after the Amalgamation. Although some locos retained their "flyaway" Attock style cabs the majority were rebuilt with low wrap around GNR/Stirling style cabs which were eventually replaced by cabs similar to the J15 and other GSWR classes possibly as a result of problems with enginemen hitting their heads on the low GNR style cabs. The locos with "Inchacore" style cabs were fitted with circular spectacle plates and retained laminated springs on the leading axle with distinctive hangers, the locos received rectangular spectacle plates and volute springs were fitted to the leading axle following or possibly during the Emergency. Running board/valence/buffer beam fret. Support valences while bending up running board valence sub-assembly Starting to look like a MGWR loco with deep valences! Running board overlay half etched to dress over running board assembly. Running board overlays temporarily bolted to running board subassembly, the overlay is dressed by hand around the curves with small diameter brass rod or dowel (artist paint brush handle) clips are to check fit before final assembly. The half etched brass is reasonably soft, I worked from the front buffer beam backwards making sure everything was in line, dressing the overlay over each arch before temporarily bolting down at the end. I soldered the overlay in place by tinning the running board with 145 solder and phosphoric flux using a 25Watt soldering iron with a large tip. I then cleaned the iron and slowly worked back heating the overlay. Running board fitted, now time for cab and splasher assembly! I decided to assemble the loco in MGWR condition with a canopy cab. Cab and splashers are fitted with tabs that are intended to slot into the running board. I 1st tacked one side of the cab to the spectacle plate, checking for square, there is a half etched rebate in the cab front to assist alignment. I dressed the cab sides & roof around the spectacle plate using the spectacle plate and brass bar as a template, funnily enough the fit was good same as the initial test assembly 4 years ago! Splashers fold up with the splasher tops level with the sides, the splasher tops are slightly over long and need to be carefully filed back when fitting to the running plate. Really starting to look like a loco, excess solder to be cleaned up with a scraper on running board, splasher/cab joints. The challenges of building an Irish Broad Gauge steam loco to run on OO gauge! Scrunched up inside valve gear, main frames and wheels in the completely wrong place. Ks/650 progress so far, next stage assemble and fit smokebox, boiler and firebox! I will leave the motor and gears until I fit the boiler, firebox, smokebox subassemblies. Funnily enough wheels apart steam locos are reduced to similar sub assemblies while going through the works.
  20. 5 points
    I was experimenting with printing my own decals this weekend using Mr Decal Paper. What are the options for making decals with white text on a clear background? The Wexford Bus has white text on the windows. If I was doing the speed van again, I would use decals for the chevrons and blue & yellow panels.
  21. 5 points
    Springs On! Made up little .4mm NS coil springs for the suspension on the bogie sides. Lying a bit sideways at the moment! These are the components for the bogie front with the guard iron brackets and chain hooks. Fitted up and ready for soldering, three .4mm NS wire bars will be soldered across the brackets. and now that a set of sides are complete it's time to test fit to the bogie?? As suspected earlier, the hornblocks stick out further than intended and the pre-cut axles stick out only a smidge- not enough to get the crank weights on, the weights are .6mm laminates which means the axles need another 1.2mm. New axles will have to be cut, or, but its time to decide to proceed on this way or go back to cutting revised parts. There are other other issues that new cut parts would resolve... It's a cute little mechanism though and loads of fun doing! Eoin
  22. 4 points
    Hi guys. It's been a fair while since I posted on here. (I have been lurking in the background). A combination of a very busy time and feeling very tired because of a painful shoulder (which isn't quite right yet). Anyway . Enough excuses! I've had an idea in my mind for a small (4'x2' ) shunting layout for a while. Basically I was tired of the dull and dark attic and needed a small self contained unit that I could set away when not in use. It will feature an imaginary cement depot with three sidings and a single line to the rear (Not connected on the baseboard) there will be a simple cassete based fiddle section that detaches (keeping the size to 4x2). Here is the main unit. I have wheels on the side so I can move it about with ease. The beading will hold mdf cover that will slide in. I have already mocked up the track plan. I'll do it again and take a pic later. I also plan to recycle some of my buildings from upstairs attic layout, which is handy because it lets me get a good idea if what it will look like without having to fork out too much. I also recycled the boards, the other side is fairly grubby but that won't matter. Stock wise - probably 80s stuff . The lovely cement bubbles of course. Gonna need a bit of advice on liveries . Have a good range of eras 141 and 071s etc so I might be able to go fairly wide era. Not sure!
  23. 4 points
    The hobby has changed a lot in the last 20 years with a noticeable shift away from kit and scratchbuilding to rtr, the other factor is that the majority of people who model the railways of their childhood/formative years and there are relatively few people with memories of steam in regular operation on the CIE system or interest in the CIE black and tan era. I managed to convince myself that I saw a large blue steam locomotive with smoke deflectors leading an express across Gormanstown Viaduct on a childhood trip to the sea side in 63 or 64. Years later I learned that CIE sold Vs 207 to the UTA who used her on weekend Belfast-Dublin "Tourist Train" The other factor that has crept in is that a scratch or kit built model is somehow going to be far inferior to a ready to run model and a growing proportion of people are prepared to wait in the hope that Murphy Models or Irish Railway Models will bring out a model or their favourite loco or piece of rolling stock than assemble a kit or attempt a scratchbuild. Steam is easier to to scratchbuild than more modern power, basically rectangles and circles rather than compound curves. Hopefully Ken's excellent thread will encourage people to have a go at scratchbuilding or kit assembly
  24. 4 points
    Build progressing nicely. Got out the rivet punch once all sides were properly shaped. Rivets added in a similar fashion to the prototype, but not exactly (just in case any rivet counters want to take me to task). I'm more in the 'effect' rather than 'exact' camp. I kept the front of the tank as part of the side and bent in once the rivets were added. It was over long, and then trimmed to the dimension once the boiler tube was offered up. There may be some final tweaking needed, but seems to fit quite well at the moment. Out with the soldering iron and bunker rear in first on one side followed by the cab back; other side was then fixed in place. I'm keeping the cab front loose for the moment so I can fix that little error once the boiler is in place. All assembled including tank tops we get to this: Bunker tank sides and tops need to be fabricated and installed next - line of rivets on the bunker back have been pressed and can be seen on the photo above. Spectacles on the windows were created from thin cuts of 6mm brass tube filed and sanded until smooth and thin. Bit tricky getting them all the same size - I think the are all pretty much equal - 'ish'. Body was then dry fitted to the footplate for fit. And then onto the chassis to get a look at how it's all coming together A head on view with the body on. Proportions are starting to look a little better - improved camera angle no doubt helping! That little error with the cab front is a little more evident in this photo, hence - keep it loose for the moment until I know what repair is needed. All for now - till the next time. Ken
  25. 4 points
    been in finishing these off since god knows when,had to have some time away from the kids so out to the shed. Italeria F-14 is in Iranian colours, they are still flying about these days. The Spitfire is a Mk.Vb based in Tunisia in 1943, Tis 1/24 scale so bit big!

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