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About Robert Shrives

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  • Birthday 02/24/1962


  • Biography
    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


  • Interests
    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

    The signal cabin does look good and very nicely coloured. I might have one stashed away as well, now I know what for ! I guess we are lucky that signal suppliers often supplied the building - or at least a drawing and or railways had "house style" for long periods of time. Now you will need to add the rodding and boards !! In Uk we have several options from kit and etch suppliers but I guess you will "knock up " something great using local parts and you magic ! Thanks for the update, it is honestly a source of inspiration . Robert
  2. Robert Shrives

    Double height Beet Wagon kit is now available

    Well just started numbering mine and all bar the white running number not on the read ground have found homes but this "fellow" defeats ! I have looked at two DVDs 4 books and a quick canter on the interwebthingy and cannot find a good set of clear top down photos - I have the feeling the number was so the elevated operators at Wellingtonbridge could indulge in wagon spotting, just cannot prove it. Hardly OCD head exploding but if anybody can help ...? thanks Robert
  3. Robert Shrives

    Gort Station

    Great looking idea and with prototype being straight as a die then an easy track lay drawing looks like set track would do well but is to be 21mm gauge if a micro - a thought I was having having got a set of C&L 18.83 gauges and experimenting with micrometer and washers. .. Robert
  4. Robert Shrives

    First Look at the IRM Tara!

    Well I have got two Tara mines vehicles from MIR and was going to add the horizontal rib and put in my wagons - a way of getting further variety Robert
  5. Robert Shrives

    First Look at the IRM Tara!

    They look really good - looking forward to arrival and weathering to the shabby chic status... Robert
  6. Robert Shrives

    IRM Plough Preordering Now Open!

    Very impressive, soon be "ploughing" into my hard earned ( I think so anyway) cash. Robert
  7. Robert Shrives

    IRM Fert Wagon

    Well that looks ideal for someone with a "fertile" imagination. I like the pallet inserts will these be "plug and play" user changeable inserts for empty flows and or available on their own for lineside details. Looking forward to pricing and ordering info - have to save and eat less Thanks IRM! Robert
  8. Robert Shrives

    Lima/Bachmann Irish Rail Class 201

    Hi Well I was wondering about remotoring a lima 201 and bought a hornby 59 -latest version , it was an EWS one for £40. The bogies and sideframes less steps match and even the chassis weight holder unit is identical - the 59 does have a pcb for DCC use It is almost right length being just a few mm to long. The problem is the 59 tanks and side of the mainframes differ from the 201 and the 66 differs again and is longer . I am sure if you have the lima 201 then you could cut and copy bits to match. - I am going to cut out parts of a the lima 59 to swap for the hornby 59 and if I get a working camera or friend to take some pics I will up load on the forum. Robert
  9. Robert Shrives

    IRM Plough Preordering Now Open!

    Very good news sold 30 then !!! Joking☺️. I wonder if this means more vans than a well known leaning project! Looking forward to the arrival of vans. Robert
  10. Robert Shrives

    lima 201 new motors

    Hi from ebay I have just got a Hornby class 59 -in DBS colours for around £40 . It was a cheap punt to see if the family likeness between the 59 and 201 worked - well chassis of the new motored 59 - really an ex lima product looks to be a good source. The weight retainer moulding is identically fixed and the new one has a mount for a DCC chip . The trailing bogie mount is slightly different and will require the 201 chassis to be drilled out to take a plastic spring fitting vice the brass pin and retaining clip. The motor end will require transplanting the motor bogie mount but that is a simple cut and glue job. The basic lighting in the lima 201 can be easily upgraded and wires soldered to PCB mount. Downside is while bogies have finer wheels and better details the bogie step in wrong place and will need carving off. Sadly the differences in underframe details prevent a quick swap - that would have been too much to ask ! I will try to sort some pictures before starting and then show work done. Just posting this to promote idea. Robert
  11. Robert Shrives

    Weedspraying Train - South wexford Line

    I guess no appetite for a community line project as in UK with AcORP , https://communityrail.org.uk/ . Or does some legal issue stop it. As Noel says ensuring route is preserved then the chance of reopening is made easier, if not made cheaper. Robert
  12. Robert Shrives

    Patricks Layout

    Go for it ! and I am sure all will be well and sound ? Good to see work continues on the layout. Robert
  13. Robert Shrives

    eBay Watch

    I did mention it too them but seems they had their price , but have had MM mk2s at bargain prices before now and they offer MM201s at a fraction of the lima price - ho hum ! Robert
  14. Robert Shrives

    IRM 2018 Range; 'Project 42' and Plough

    Hi Just 5 by the look of 24850-24854 always a good round number ! and carefully designed to stop the IRM guys doing 3 twin packs - such foresight !!!!! Robert
  15. Robert Shrives

    21mm track question

    Thanks for all the info - what about the concrete sleepers alongside, for completeness , and I have some FB rail tucked away I find.. for points I guess I can step back some timbers and would need a few longer longer ones to compensate. Regards Robert

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