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  1. Thanks Garfield, I can now see how the CIE version is less complicated, more lightweight, as you say. Cheers, Glover
  2. I was vaguely aware that the Commonwealth bogies used by CIE were different but I have to say that I struggle to see the differences. Maybe I just don't want to! Westhy/Des, while on the subject of bogies, any plans to make the GNR 10' bogies, as used under K15 coaches etc ? Cheers, Glover
  3. Noel, General answer, based on photo evidence, is that the Bredins/early standard CIE coaches built in the early 1950s ran on GSR bogies. I use Bachmann LMS bogies to replicate these. Laminates, built from the mid '50s to early 60s appear to have been equipped with Commonwealth bogies. Again, Bachmann do these as spares. Hope this helps. Glover
  4. Glover's workbench

    The final coach in the excursion set is an Ian Kirk LNER kit, intended to represent some sort of GNR presence in the train. The kit was bought in the now gone Kings Cross model shop in London. I used to fly to London on business quite a lot in days gone by and often used the original Ryanair service from Dublin into Luton, on the BAC 1-11s. The journey involved a bus from Luton airport to the railway station and then train into a then somewhat shabby St Pancras. I always tried to create a spare 10/15 minutes at the end of the day, to go into the model shop across the road from Kings Cross station and therefore very close to St Pancras. The kit was built as intended. You will note the very prototypical broken window......no idea how that happened and the roof is glued in place! Glover
  5. Glover's workbench

    My excursion set is completed by two further coaches, both built a good many years ago. This is a Ratio Midland Railway all third. I remember buying the kit in the old and wonderful model shop in Phibsboro. I bought metal buffers from that treasure throve display on the counter. The original Ratio bogies gave up the ghost many years ago and were replaced by Bachman LMS bogies. It's really too short: it should be a 60 footer. It would be relatively straight forward to build to the correct length using two of the Ratio kits ( buy three kits and you should get two coaches) but it's not on my priority list at the moment. Glover
  6. Glover's workbench

    Thanks Eoin; got 'em! I've built two from Leslie's kits; the one on the left is a very old Model Wagon Company white metal kit; weights a ton! However, my layout, Pettigo on the GNR's Bundoran branch, is set in 1963 (assuming it remained open until then) and photographic evidence from that period suggests that virtually all the GNR vans which CIE inherited on the break up of the GNR had gone by then. Again, many thanks. Glover
  7. Glover's workbench

    Is that the GNR cattle wagon Eoin? I have built two of those plus an ancient white metal kit but I really need the CIE van; GNR wagons had a short life expectancy under CIE! Many thanks, Glover
  8. Glover's workbench

    At the other end of my non-corridor excursion set is a GSR brake/composite, based on the old faithful Hornby GWR coach. This project uses a mixture of the Hornby brake/3rd and the all passenger coach. This achieves the mix of compartment widths. I filed off the lower body panelling in order to replicate the plainer, compared to the GWR, appearance of GSR coaches. As before, the sides were increased in height. The ends, widened slightly, are from the Ratio GWR coaches which were going spare from the previous conversion. Note that the guards look out is at the very end of the coach, as per GSR practice. I made the roof years ago, from plastic, using the oft recommended method of curving under heat. Can't say it was a great success but I kept it in my scrap box. It's hour has come. I can justify the somewhat wonky appearance on the basis that the coaches were old, although not perhaps as old as you might think.... In 1931, the GSR built two brake/composites specifically for the Harcourt Street line. They were the only brake/compose built by the GSR. Because my coach is slightly different to the prototypes ( the Hornby compartments are somewhat wider than the rather cramped GSR ones: anyone fancy sitting in a 5'6" third class compartment with eleven other commuters? Even at rush hour, you would be more comfortable on the LUAS!). Anyway, I have numbered mine as 2493, assuming that the GSR built another couple of brake/compose to a slightly different configuration.
  9. Glover's workbench

    I started this thread with some notes on a GSR non-corridor coach, based on the old Hornby GWR clearstory coach. I have now added two coaches to what I see as an excursion/GAA special on the Bundoran branch. This is a form of 'back to the future' modelling. In the very late 1960s/early '70s, CIE assembled a set of old wooden bodied, non-corridor stock to run on the suburban services to Bray, usually hauled by an A class diesel loco. The train was a great favourite of the photographer Michael Baker who featured it in a number of his books. The basis is the Ratio GWR 4 wheel coaches. I had a number of body panels left over from the previously featured GSWR/GSR 6 wheel guards/luggage van. The ends were widened and the height of the sides increased in order to achieve that 'bigger' look of Irish coaches . I have numbered it 1895, to replicate the series of brake/3rds built in 1927 with the shorter guards section. Cheers, Glover
  10. Glover's workbench

    I see that I have not added anything to this posting since March of this year but I have been busy! In a previous post, I included a shot of a horse box, based on the old Lima model. I had another one kicking around which I shortened a number of years ago and decided to complete it. The planked ends are from the Evergreen #4083 sheet, the roof from a spare Parkside kit but widened while the under frame is again from Parkside. Actually finding photographs of these vans is not easy; from my reasonably extensive library I could only find one useful photo. I used this to add a little detail to the body sides: strapping on the drop down doors and plating over some of the vents on the upper part of body. I have numbered it 1023 on one side and 1035 on the other. Both vans were used in the Bertram Mills circus train in the summer of 1964 (source: Irish Railfans News October 1964). That train would make a fascinating project; it toured all over Ireland with GNR 20 ton vans being used to transport the elephants! Cheers, Glover
  11. Pettigo Co Donegal

    I mentioned on my work bench thread that I would do some notes on my layout; so here goes. I'll do them as a series of paragraphs; one finger typists need a break! The late Cyril Freezer ( long time editor of the Railway Modeller and serial layout planner) would have loved Pettigo! A small country station (two platforms and a two road goods yard) on a single line branch and yet at lunch time every day during the summer, until its closure in 1957, you could see three passenger trains in the station at one time, two of them Express's, with the third locked into the goods head shunt. All of this happened in a small border village, tucked into an almost unknown corner of south east Donegal. We may return to a little bit of the history of Pettigo and the Bundoran Express. In the meantime, one or two photos to get us started.
  12. Glover's workbench

    Can I just post this photo and a few lines, just to make sure I'm doing things right: haven't started a thread on this forum before. Cheers, Glover

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