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About Robert Shrives

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  • Birthday 02/24/1962


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    UK rail employee working in Darkest Birmingham , on the steel rails since 1982- does not make me necessarily any good but just doing it for a long time...


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    Birmingham UK


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    Ffestiniog Railway and modelling across many scales and gauges, walks and food survival grade only


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    Controller for Train operating company - Intercity sector

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  1. Robert Shrives

    Patricks Layout

    Patrick, Good to read and see progress. The beet bank looks fine on the front and as you say offers protection from arms etc! Hopefully the DCC conversion process not too painful and you are enjoying the "freedom" offered. One thought did you dump the broken point to be used as a catch point on the beet siding? Robert
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    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    Thanks for the updates, and with the seaborne travel options offered on here looks like me might be in luck... Models come when they come - it is part of life and it is a hobby - so I am told !! I look forward to announcement whatever it may be , I am (predictably) sure it will be "A" classic moment... Hopefully the gang can sort the gen spray brake as the first coach venture and offer a EGV option - just musing! Robert
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    LIMA Murphy Models

    The brass/ NS ones have great underframe details - are they sitting on Comet chassis or perhaps an recent RTR affair? Robert
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    ex BR mk 2 coach models

    Hi A couple of thoughts The Bchmann bogies will convert to 21mm as have thin bogie side mouldings allowing re-wheeling. The coaches are of a type used on just a couple of rakes - if not one only. but have seen preserved use with RPSI stock in a green -albeit perhaps dark compared to CIE greens. Lima on the other hand do an older moulding of the MK2b which are cheap for resprays but bogies are more of a problem to change and have thicksides without flush glazing. These coach types were used by NIR for its 1970s Enterprise stock . The air con stock - Murphy models do all the right models and being based on Bachmann principles would be easier to change but are at a higher price due to limited run and popularity. The Airfix/ Hornby 2D air con stock is a good model and with current models having flush glazing are quite cheap so could respray as if CIE green ruled over orange and black - but you do not get the range - with only a first, second and secondopen brake available . These models make the basis for the Gatwick stock used by NIR in 90s. But have detail differences - perhaps the yet to be released Bachmann MK2e stock will be better. - but given price increase these will be possibly over £40 a coach. With a rule one layout and amended backstory of CIE development perhaps the NIR coaches could have prompted earlier demise of older stock and a later introduction of black and tan could explain a green CIE MK2b behind a silver A class.. Robert
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    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    and very nice they are too. Just need to see you start on "A "locomotive project - but perhaps after the weedkiller/EGV coach finishes exercising the collective..
  6. Robert Shrives

    Murphy Model spares

    Good news - an 8113 body would be good and any other body plus a pair of 071 bogies and 071 handrails. Thanks for all your efforts - I know what sorting stores is like ! Robert
  7. Robert Shrives

    DCC Decoders for Ballast Plough Vans. Let us know!

    Great, "A" class(ic) option then . !
  8. Robert Shrives

    DCC Decoders for Ballast Plough Vans. Let us know!

    Chips for me - its future proofing. The only question has to be are they happy to be on a normal DC layout - having had some in N that DCC only and stop the loco working on DC only up to the latest Bachmann sound class 40 that is happy on both and gives simplified sound on DC. Keep up the good work - and off topic thanks for the cemflo in N!
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    Well completely left sided this weekend. At TINGS at Leamington Spa - The International N gauge show was a layout - I guess 5 foot by 3 foot called Balykeale . In N gauge were 3d print 071/111 locos, cement bubbles 2700 series railcar, air con MK2 and MK3 rakes , sorry no photos but hopefully somebody will know more . It ran well and attracted a good crowd and showed what is possible in 2mm scale . A pleasure to watch it every time I passed by as a steward over the weekend.
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    barrow street

    Good looking trays, will you line with acid free tissue paper and have card slips between coaches ? or foam buffer protectors, I have done all three - albeit in G1 , I use JB foam in N gauge which with a card base is very good. Just to add to all an opus project of great standing and brilliant executed. A case of the 5Ps at work
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    MM Supertrain Mk2Ds

    Ha I was going to say " wrong generator !!!!! I will get my coat ☺️" but beaten to it above ! Still saving for these having bought two wagon kits last week ...
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    Class 121

    It is "A" no brainer in my little world of innocence but I am sure its a mountain to climb for all concerned. Robert
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    MM Supertrain Mk2Ds

    Exactly what I did. These coaches make a good "canvas" for starters , sure they will sell well as a result and cover a wider historical range.
  14. Robert Shrives

    UTA and NIR colour schemes

    Try this side of the water ! With retro liveries with a modern take and coaches in own railway liveries and mainline locos in fictitious colours . The most striking fun were the Fairburn tanks on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway in CR blue. When Bachmann did a limited edition it to their surprise and relief flew off the shelves. Another view is that paint is there to stop rot and rust - function over form. On the Ffestiniog and Welsh highland loco repaints have been sponsored and done for fun- Purple Moose beer tanker as an example. But what we found was that despite having historic items and information many of the public were just travelling for enjoyment whilst on Holiday, not for enlightenment and education on history and development. As long as ride was good and it had a "steam train" on the front all were happy. Just proving you can take a horse to water .... If the DCDR can keep head above water while being custodian of historical artifacts as long as the history is told correctly having stock in good order then perhaps livery details can slide or be an improvement on plain black or green. I too had noticed the 80 class but to have it at all is a great bonus and when repainted say in 10 years time it can be tweaked or perhaps changed to celebrate another part of its long life. Each to their own ?
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    MM Supertrain Mk2Ds

    Well they look really nice and I would buy if I had some money spare .I am sure they will fly off the shelves and quite a few will get white lines added ! On reflection if I do not eat for a couple of weeks I could afford a couple... Hopefully a bit of glue and elastic bands will pull roof down - not a "deal breaker" compared to getting the black band sprayed well and parallel which afflicted a few of the earlier batch. As noted just need the 121 to land - must be soon as I have started gluing bits on my kit. As oft banged on about the A class would be fine as well !!!!

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