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About leslie10646

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    Born Belfast 1946 and educated there until Queens University saw through me and threw me out - a lucky break as I became a computer programmer in London and somehow survived thirty years in computing before retiring early. After a couple of years in China, I returned to the UK and became a tour manager with Great Rail Journeys - I still work for them after 19 years.


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    Steam, steam and more steam! Blue engines with mahogany coaches are best. Modelling Portadown GNR(I)


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  1. leslie10646


    Now, "back to business". I won't be overtly selling Provincial Wagons at Warley, but I'll happily DELIVER pre-orders there. Please let me know what you want, either by the e-mail address on my website, or by PM here. Obviously, having had to miss Raheny, I've plenty of stocks of most wagons, especially my new GSWR 10 ton brake van - intended Raheny prices will apply. You'll find Richard McLachlan and I on Stand C65 - the Irish Railway Record Society, London Area, so drop by and say "Hi". We'll be displaying (and selling) digitised drawings from the Society archive - locomotives, coaches, wagons, buildings, signalling diagrams - you name it! Come and see the superb drawings of the Dundalk Newry and Greenore line - a work of beauty. I'll be selling a selection of recently published Irish railway books and some out of print works. We look forward to seeing you - never a better year to come with two superb Irish layouts, the IRM guys and us! Leslie
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    First, Andy, my condolences on the loss of your Mum. I'm not surprised to see the effusive praise on another thread for Castlederg - an advantage with being in "Weeping Exile" is that you can see Andy and David's layouts without having to go too far, for exhibition managers here in England know a good thing when they see it. Castlederg is seriously wonderful modelling - as Andy knows - one of my first homes - I went to school there at the age of four - my Dad was a Sergeant in the RUC there - unhappily fifteen years after the tramway closed. My first train set was delivered to our home in Castlederg by a fat man with a beard at Christmas 1950.
  3. leslie10646

    David's Workbench

    Good luck with your interesting project - The Locomotive that Never Was - it could be a film? Henry Forbes, in true style, made quite a success of the little tractor after ten months of surgery at Dundalk. I always assumed that it was simply the Strabane shunter, but when scanning Lance King's photos, I realised that successive photos of Phoenix were at Strabane and Stranorlar! I was tempted to get a model made of another loco which never made it off the drawing board - Ron Pocklington's single ended Turf Burner! I could replace my G Class with one?
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    Cultra Model Railway Exhibition

    NO trade - believe me, I've tried every time it has run. Apparently the Museum does not want any there, so the only stand you're likely to see is the fellow who sells books at IRRSA meetings in Dublin - he has "Grandfather" rights! Now, he does turn up the odd bit of interesting railway paperwork, but otherwise, Andy, you'll have a cheap weekend! Enjoy it nonetheless! As others have said - an amazing place to have a model exhibition.
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    Freight containers wagons

    Hi Joe Well, if we're into blowing trumpets, Provincial Wagons do the CIE 1970 four wheel flat - designed for 20ft containers as a kit for £20. If you need several, I'll knock a bit off as I save postage. See http://www.provincialwagons.com/--7/ I've just noticed that I don't mention the Flat price - must update the website!
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    Tara Junction.

    Noel See a reply of mine on another thread. In the 1960s CIE had a Pilot Engine at many main stations to deal with sundry shunting and rescuing trains whose unreliable A Class had failed. So you chose your shortest, least useful, siding and bung one of them there as your station pilot?
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    Derry Road Runabout

    Tony From watching your videos, the layout looks as if it could be circuit, but you seem to be saying it's end to end? If, like me, you like to watch trains going by and what's nicer than a blue GN loco passing by - then can you adjust the layout to be an oval? As for the bit about putting scenery up, don't give up. I'll start a thread on Portadown Junction - 21x 17 oval (of sorts) and you can see that after FIVE YEARS not only is there not a blade of grass of scenery, but I can watch No.207 plod round with The Enterprise (it needs the weight treatment mentioned above by David White); or my little U Class with four bogies, which it's pretty happy with four bogies (without any treatment). My UG romps away with ten bogies! I've avoided showing anyone what's in the loft as it would destroy any reputation I have, but I'll do it in the hope that it will encourage you to carry on. You're miles ahead of me - I'm laying Portadown Goods Yard, during my enforced absence from Raheny! KEEP IT UP! Leslie
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    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    along with random failures built into the chip to force rescue by modeller operators.. Spot on Robert! I'm afraid that until they put a good american diesel engine in them, these locos were not too good. As a result, most significant stations had "Pilot Locomotives" (there were pages in the WTT of the hours when they were on duty and where). What today is referred to as a Thunderbird Loco. So, I've found a use for the older As in my collection - "standing pilot". Thanks, Robert!
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    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Somebody has to ask the question: will there be space to fit a smoke unit to the original Crossley engined versions.............. Nothing daft about that question, Glover, the real things were notorious smoke producers. But it would need to be a very high quality unit which blasted out more, depending on the torque the loco was producing at the time - Maybe not......... Add a hundred Euros to the price!
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    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Glover, young boy - give up the fags - then you can afford every livery you can imagine! I only ever puffed cigars and now I can't walk up hills because of my COPD. You want to have decades more to run trains through your famous station (remember my house is named "Pettigo Fair" - the Fair was on the day (established from the GNR Weekly Notices in the IRRS Archive) on which The Boss was born, hence the name. The loco is sure to be a winner - almost as many variants as the J15s!
  11. leslie10646

    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Great choice, lads. All the very best with the production! Lord, I'll be 73 when you get it to me. Will A1 be the only one you'll do in silver, or do I have to wait until I'm 74 (if God grants...). (Now what do I do with the two I've got already - I know, a diesel scrap line behind my steam shed .....) Only kidding, a really great choice and you'll get my order soon - even if the Blessed Oliver never wanted to "Buy British". Have a great show - I bet it has caused lots of excitement and rightly too. If I'd been there, I'd be along with €50 right now. Leslie
  12. Eoin

    E-Mail Richard on


    re his source of brass.

    I'll warn him that you'll be in touch.

    Have a Good Show!  Sorry I'll not be there.


  13. leslie10646

    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Nothing I had experienced in the West Cork could have prepared me for Blaenau on a wet day. I loved John's comment about North Wales - but of course, there was a positive side to it - the waterfall at Tanygrisiau would be in full flood and that was a sight to see! When I saw Andy Cundick's Valentia, I commented on how wonderfully grey it was (boy, I've led a few tours round the Ring of Kerry on rather dull days) - I did suggest to him that he have a glass front to the layout with rain somehow imitated on (in) it. If the German's can make the glass opaque behind the driver in an ICE3 - by just flicking a switch - I'm sure imitation rain would be a cinch? Mike - Bantry is an absolute delight - looking forward to seeing your GSWR brake van in the station!
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    CIE Laminate Coaches - Worsley Works - ECMbuild in 4mm

    Eoin, I hope that you don't mind me bringing this excellent thread to the attention of Richard McLachlan, who has built well over a hundred coaches in brass. He has a weakness, of course - they're mainly North Eastern Railway! To say he was impressed - well, read his own words - "Eoin's post is very detailed. He is doing a really good job. "I like his clamping/bending thing so have ordered one because the price is very reasonable, especially the loose clamps. I have made lots of smaller clamping things and if this one is any good, I will buy more of the loose clamps in future rather than make my own because they are a fiver for 2. Lots of jobs get easier with a custom clamping jig. "The roof is seriously heavy engineering - he cuts it out with a portal milling machine along with a load of extra parts. He had to design the artwork, then get the machine to cut it out. Big investment and serious skill or a lot of practice. Rolling the roof seemed to be hard work for him. I think he is using fairly hard brass (as used by WW for the sides of flush coaches). Over the years I have bought a ton of lovely soft and very flat brass in Germany (also a lot cheaper than anywhere I can find in the UK) which requires very little effort to roll or curve. Interesting. "Delighted that he is using simple rigid bogies. Even in P4 they work better than any of the so-called better designs. I will look into his supplier of corridor connections - I have various etched brass ones and they are generally a pain because they are too flimsy - bits come off or bend within hours of building the thing. He clearly knows what he is doing - one of the few. I might not choose to do everything exactly as he has done because I have different methods that work better for me and the tools I have available, but it's all better than most of what gets printed in MRJ. A good chap - or should that be 'a grand fella'." "Better than most of what gets printed in Model Railway Journal" - can't be bad, eh? I'm sure he'd share info on where he gets his "lovely soft and very flat brass" from. Not exactly technical language for someone with a Masater's Degree in Engineering?
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    CIE Laminate Coaches - Worsley Works - ECMbuild in 4mm

    Eoin, a terrific thread which will hopefully encourage some younger modellers to "have a go" at the harder stuff. More power to your elbow with it.

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