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  1. 10 points
    thanks warbonnet street scene macken street regards
  2. 10 points
    Various location on barrow street
  3. 10 points
    Our progress on 'project 42' continues apace, with CAD currently working through our Weedsprayer pack. One element required for the weedsprayer is the humble CIE 20ft container. These were once a common sight across the country, on the back of CIE trucks, in freight yards and of course on CIE liner trains. We will also be offering these on 42ft flats for liner trains and we may sell them separately. Should we sell them separately? Comment below and let us know!
  4. 8 points
    Pearse station with roof off
  5. 8 points
    Hello All, As part of the Port Cumtha layout, I needed to make two wagon turntables. I settled on using the Copperclad method as it is easier to fix and space the rails. Don't really know if this is a tutorial, perhaps a bit more of "this is how I did it", but here goes. I started by cutting out a 60mm disk from a PCB sheet with a hole saw and marked a circle which is 21mm diameter to indicate the position of the track. Electrical conductivity needs to be addressed, so I marked out tracks where the rails would be and scored the lines with a cutting disk just to break the copper into areas. The main areas were tinned with solder, avoiding the crossing locations Rails were tinned with a little solder and fixed down in place using the 21mm gauges. The rails can now be trimmed at the edge of the disk so they don't catch. The crossing rail is squared with the main rail, and crossing points marked to be cut with the cutting disk. The rails don't appear to line up with the tinned lines on the disc, but this doesn't really matter as long as the rail has contact with the solder on the track below and doesn't cross onto another section of copper. The two crossing rails are added after cutting the primary rails. I set in the first rail, then used the gauges to mark where the second rail would cross, and then cut the second rail. Once all four rails are in place, judicious use of the cutting disk is needed to trim the inside rails to allow the wheel flanges pass. Top left cut is a little loose as some fettling of the groove is needed to ensure the correct back to back gap on the rails. This can be filled with solder later if required - this is a close up, and at a distance, the gap will not really be noticeable, so I'll see how it looks later. As these turntables will be live, some form of electrical connection is needed. I decided to score the back, similar to the top and drill fine holes through for droppers. Some fine wire was tinned and passed through and soldered to the copper below. I propose to use light springs & perhaps small ball bearings (or similar) located under the turntable lined up to contact the copper area, which will allow power to the relevant sections of track. I still need to resolve how power will be supplied to ensure no shorting, so it may be an either / or solution with locomotives only able to travel in one direction at a time - the perpendicular section of track will be dead when trains pass through. Trimmed sleepers were added in two layers, set at 90 deg to each other, to provide strength, and to build up the height to the rail head. This was then trimmed on a sander in the workshop to provide that nice circle. The two layers provided the strength so that the smaller sections of sleeper would not break away when sanding. Painted sleepers to provide a finished look, and now for installation into the layout. Weathering and detailing will take the fresh look away and hopefully settle it into the layout. Power supplies & surround to be completed. I'll post a picture, once installed in the layout. Hopefully this will help someone in the future, or perhaps just provide some reading on a quiet evening. Regards, Ken
  6. 7 points
    What's better than an orange bubble? An orange bubble weathered by Richie.... A gentle dusting really makes these the nicest of all the cement bubbles if you ask me. Really makes the detail pop out! Still in stock, but who knows for how much longer? https://irishrailwaymodels.com/product-category/freight-stock/cement-bubbles/
  7. 5 points
    Following the above information I decided to start converting my class 350/2 into the 8600 series DART. While the roof details and a number of others have not been fully done, I think that for N gauge there is sufficient to give a passable representation of this type of DART. As this will normally only be viewed at a distance it gives a reasonable impression of the DART. The following 5 photos show the completed model with all its short comings. MikeO
  8. 5 points
    At last, something positive is happening. Although I refer to this small shunting layout at Omagh, its really takes its name from the shunting operations there. The track work is similar in many ways to the Good Store and Omagh and the large Goods building will be modelled in time. The layout measures 4.2m in length with a baseboard width of 450. Each baseboard module is 650mm long and this was deliberate for two reasons. I didn't want to start crawling underneath to wire it so each module can be wired separately by simply unclipping it and turning it up on its edge. The other reason is that I may decide, somewhere along the line to exhibit although it won't happen for some time. To the opposite end of the Goods Store and yard will be Omagh's other goods department, the Market Branch. I'm waiting approval to go onto the property of Dunnes Stores to measure the Goods Store there, it is preserved in the car park there and its best to get permission. It is also pictured below. I'm waiting on the arrival of an extra fine razor saw to cut the track joints and start wiring this week. Hope you like it.
  9. 5 points
    sandwith street and erne street photos
  10. 5 points
    We are expecting a lot of visitors over for a house party this weekend so I did some work to enable through trains be run for display. Three of the four planned tracks in the Waterford fiddle yard were temporally laid. The fourth will be put in when I source a curved point. A few other changes have also been made. The point for the siding for the crane and bitumen depot has been moved closer to the passenger platform and the siding itself has been moved about a quarter inch in towards the baseboard edge. Previously all four parallel tracks in this area were equidistant. The result looks looks far more,natural, at least to my eye. The beet loading bank was also shortened by about four inches. A few details were thrown in and we can now run trains again!
  11. 5 points
    Royalty takes up residence at Arigna Following Richard Chown's death last year, his vast collection of models and layouts were made available for purchase. For those of you who don't know about Richard, he built Castle Rackrent in his bedsit in the early 1970s. It is 16' long and eventually was developed into a vast system around 200' long. Various stations have been sold off, including one which will be at Cultra this year and, I believe, then take up residence in the former barber's shop in Enniskillen. Given that I have often said in these pages that, apart from Richard, I seemed to be the only person around doing proper [36.75mm] broad gauge in 7mm scale, it was only right to put in a few bids for locos and stock. It was tempting to go for his model of Lissadell, which ran on Arigna Town at Manchester in December 2016 [when I was privileged to meet the great man], but already having two SLNCR 'Small Tanks', I didn't really need a third - even if it did come in early Sligo livery with a polished brass dome. Instead, I cast my lot for one of the original Castle Rackrent locos: Waterford, Limerick & Western 0-6-0, Shannon - and much to my delight my bid secured this historic model locomotive. Shannon is quite an old lady, appearing in Richard's article in the March 1975 Railway Modeller & have included one of Cyril Freezer's photos from this. She is therefore well over 40 years old and, according to the short article, was Richard's first ever scratch built engine. Given her age, she is in pretty good condition and seems to run well. Indeed, she was part of the regular Castle Rackrent running sessions up to June last year. The photos show her in 'as received' condition - more than a bit dusty and with paintwork a bit scuffed, but not bad for her age! It is going to be interesting to examine how the loco was built. First impressions are there seems to be a high quality motor [maybe and RG7?], plus what appears to be a speaker in the tender. Not sure if the loco is DCC though, it may be something like a Pacific Fast Mail analogue unit. If anyone out there knows, please tell me. Am hoping to include Shannon on the Arigna Town operating sequence. She fits on the turntable [just!] and came with three brake vans. All have Alex Jackson couplings, so it will be interesting to see if I can work these with the magnets I have for my Dingham auto couplings. Any info on the brake vans will also be welcome too, please. Will aim to report on my findings over the next few weeks, but what I would also be interested in is what folk think about possibly updating Shannon? I don't intend anything major to the bodywork, just a general clean up and maybe touch up the paintwork here & there, but there is a gaping space between the frames that is begging for working inside valve gear, as per my Sir Henry 0-6-4T. Is that something I should be doing, or should I respect this historic model's heritage and keep it as it is?
  12. 5 points
    Its not as realistic as Tara junction, no men at work, no action going on here Seriously, nice pic PS: 079 hasn't yet been fitted with kadee's and not even weathered.
  13. 4 points
    It was a tough one, but we managed to smuggle him out of the country on some Accura business....
  14. 4 points
    grand canal quay and other photos of ads and making of overheads regards
  15. 4 points
    33 wagons and 24 coaches converted so far. Only the cement wagons to do and then I'll take a pause and get back to other outstanding workbench projects. Before starting I had just a hint of scepticism about kadee's, but the more stock I converted and test ran the more pleased I was that I'd taken the plunge. Chart below summarising kadee's current product offerings. Their web site is so confusing and they seem to have gazillions of versions of their products, but the list below may help some. It's not definitive and the choice of coupling lengths suited the 3ft radius curves on our layout. IMHO the 237 trip pin pliers is an essential tool for tweaking the odd wagon or coach where you experience a marginally drooping trip pin (i.e. track snag and derailment hazard). Was very happy how close I was able to couple the old Bachmann wagons below and how 100% reliably they ran after conversion from the old tension lock couplings. PS: One rake of mk2d's was converted using Hornby/Roco but with kadee's at each end of the rake for loco coupling (i.e. I have one fixed rake of mk2d). PS2: Also in the mean time most of my locos have a kadee at one cab end and the original TLC at the other end so I can operate them with converted and unconverted stock.
  16. 4 points
    Report from the wagon works It may seem as though Ricard Chown's 'Shannon' has taken over my life recently, but the last month or so has mainly been around wagon building. As recorded in the workshop thread, four new open wagons have proved a trial of endurance, with over 300 separate pieces in each one [ok, most of these bits just rivets]. Add in hand lettering, weathering etc and it is easy to see why they have taken so much time. Still, nearly finished now - just waiting for the arrival of some more Kadee couplings in the post. One wagon has a load of ballast, while the others are a pair of loaded coal and complimentary empties. The idea is that there is an off stage coal yard, so swapping wagons will be one of the moves on exhibition. Three new brake vans have joined the fleet too. A bit simpler than the opens, they are resin castings I did from my own masters. Just two sides and ends though, so floor, roof, glazing and a fair few handrails and handles needed adding too. I've done one van in crimson lake, to match the one I'd done earlier, but photos indicate that the vans, like the coaches, weathered to a red/brown over time, so have done the other two in this colour. Eventually, I hope to add a third coach in the same colour - as I've said before, the Clogher was a real paint palette of a railway. Like the opens, they are hand lettered, using a dipping pen and white acrylic ink, though that on the vans has been gone over with Staedler fine tipped pen to give a more golden colour. The under frames use the standard Branchlines chassis as before. Also painted in the body colour, the chassis have been weathered to an overall dusty hue, with added weathering powders. Behind the new wagons, you can see example of the other type built so far. I probably have enough for the time being, so the next stage [once the new couplings arrive], will be to fit the other magnets and do some test running before finishing the scenery.
  17. 4 points
    Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Mr Gravett concurs too and that is where I am leaning. Tried a but of T-cut on the cab roof this afternoon and the paint cleaned up nicely, so that may be the way to go. As Gordon said on the phone earlier this week, it could be an idea to build a replacement chassis, but with Shannon's also including the footplate and smokebox, that is a non-starter! The Gravett are staying with us for the Chatham exhibition in four weeks time, so we'll combine forces to see if anything can be done about the wobbly wheel. I could also invest in a complete new/alternative set of wheels/motor/gears, just for exhibition use, preserving the existing set for posterity at the same time, but that is probably another £120 and if it ain't broke, why fix it? As Eoin says, a gentle clean and a better coal load for the tender is really all she needs.
  18. 4 points
    I believe that this is the last weedspraying season for the traditional weedsprayer and an MPV takes over. We are working with C-Rail to do a run of B&I containers for our liner wagons which we announced previously. C-Rail are providing Bells for our flats too.
  19. 4 points
    Thanks for the feedback everyone! We can see that these will make a nice additional item for the catalogue! I can see us proceeding with this plan. We will give you an update when it get closer to their place in the production queue.
  20. 4 points
    RPSI Riviera today passing Newcastle airfield.
  21. 4 points
    You have to hand it to Spectrum or Bachmann as we know it for packaging! This little dohickey came with no buffers or side steps - was got in the US years ago and was the forerunner of the OWB 10. Stuck on a few steps and buffers and numbered her 230 (only numbers I had!) She's dcc fitted and is a great runner.
  22. 4 points
    Same idea slightly different for the office block on grand canal quay
  23. 4 points
    Kadee conversion of IRM ballast wagons continues. Kadee no 18s glued to underside of NEM pockets has worked really well. Comparison below on test track. Top four wagons out of the box with tension lock couplings, the four wagons below have had the Kadee no 18s added. The rake is considerably shorter. Very happy so far with test runs on the layout over short peco points and my tightest radius curves. PS: Looking at these lovely wagons I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and weather them soon, especially the loads.
  24. 4 points
    I didn't like the Peco derail on the beet siding at Glen More. It looks nothing like any I had seen on CIE. It finally occurred to me that there were a whole bunch of better ones masquadering as broken points in the scrap box. A few minutes with a rail nippers and a file was all that was required.
  25. 3 points
    Brought from Bangor, thank to wrennerie for alert me.

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