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Mike 84C

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About Mike 84C

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  • Biography
    Ex BR loco fireman at 84C Banbury also at Bescot.
    Ex HGV driver
    Ex Transport Manager(poacher turned gamekeeper)!
    Ex full time staff at Boston Lodge and volunteer driver on Festiniog Rly
    Just gone semi retired hgv driver with Moy Park Foods.


  • Location
    Digby Lincolnshire


  • Interests
    Turn of century American RR Colorado Midland and Irish railways!


  • Occupation
    Semi retired poultry food distribution executive aka. HGV driver and its a big un!!!

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  1. Top job murrayec, your tutorial explaines it all. Please keep posting ;my SSM Bandon tank always gives me pleasure.
  2. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    Hi Irishrail, the van is sort of set in concrete around the frame area and without wishing to get down and dirty! I thought there was dry rot in the parts of the frame I could see but there is every chance that the timbers are there. The door on the inside has been sawn off on the upper side to make it fit the building the van is part of. I wondered if it is a S&S van and it would be a shame if it just disappeared after survivig this long.
  3. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    Cheers JIm, will keep that in mind but I cannot see the big layout going over within 18 months and who knows what the cost will be? and if club funds would stand it.
  4. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    Thanks for all your comments guys and I really think it was worth taking a small selection of our Bantry models to Bantry and a return trip with an operating layout would be the icing on the cake. For me, the worst part of the journey was Irish ferry's land you in Dublin just in time for the 5pm rush hour so its gone 11pm by the time your west of Bandon. On the return 8.55 pm from Dublin is 0.55 into Holyhead drive to Lincolnshire home at 5.0 am, eyes like the p------ in the snow but kept sucking the barley sugars! 😫 In fairness my trip was to see old friends and the model show was a bonus. I did get out and about taking photos of remains of the West Cork, surprising what is still there. The first three are at Clonakilty , then the station building at Drimoleague, then Bantry across the harbour, the water tank , lattice bridge and crane are at Skibereen, whats left of Bantry shed, a narrow gauge van at Drimoleague and the water column at Dunmanway. Sorry that the photos are not always clear as at Dunmanway but cutting down the local vets bamboo for the photo was just not on! His offices are the old station building, getting a good shot was not possible. Hope you enjoy the photos. Mick
  5. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    A picture of what I took to Bantry, please ignore the person behind the small display.
  6. Mike 84C

    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Another first class set of models for our Bantry layout, you make it seem easy.
  7. Mike 84C

    GS&WR 10 ton Brake Van

    Leslie, this van looks like your best offering yet and has saved me building one! If you are at the IRRS meeting in London on Nov 18 I will be very happy to buy a kit from you. Regards Mick
  8. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    And a very good show it was.I took a selection of models and had a couple of locos just shuffling about on a photo plank ,with a folder of info and photos plus Erine Shepards book. bantree sent his Bantry station models to display and there was a lot of interest. I think a lot of people thought why Ireland and why Bantry but my reply is why not? I now understand why shows in Ireland do not generally pay expenses, 900 miles by the time I got home. Bantry goes to Bantry would be a wonderful thing to do when the layout is showable but the cost?hmmm! For me one of the most watchable displays was a R/C forage harvester which picked up loose static grass and blew it into a trailer pulled by a R/C tractor. Brilliant
  9. Mike 84C

    GSWR 52 Class GSR/CIE D17 4-4-0

    HI John, Put me down for a Cie version with a B type tender per the photo of No 98. My only reservation would be , will you supply the tender as a part of the kit and the detail castings for chimney, dome etc; and if they are not in the kit will there be an arrangement for SSM to supply? Best regards Mick
  10. Mike 84C

    Glengarriff + my former Irish models/layouts

    Love the narrow gauge photos, so much atmosphere thanks for sharing. Summer,the bad thing about loft layouts! and I thought my garage was warm.
  11. Mike 84C

    Converted H Vans

    Brilliant! Thank you very much, flange lubricator.
  12. Mike 84C

    Converted H Vans

    Would anyone have any idea of the number series for the H vans that were converted to bulk grain wagons? Mine has doors in the sides. I cannot see the numbers on the ones illustrated on p90 of Rails Through the West Limerick to Sligo by JHB. Thanks for any help. mick
  13. Mike 84C

    Omagh Goods Yard

    Looking really good, your carpentry on the baseboards is first class and I must remember the cocktail stick next time I solder droppers.
  14. Mike 84C

    David's Workbench

    Hi David, What a handsome loco, I'm with Eoin and Ken. Those that know will appreciate it for what it is. But, it is your loco so rule one does apply.
  15. Mike 84C

    Glengarriff + my former Irish models/layouts

    Free time whats that? totally agree Ernie, how did we ever find time to earn a living. Mick

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