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About StevieB

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  • Birthday 04/18/1949


  • Biography
    I am a 64 year old Englishman who has long found Irish railways fascinating because of both their similarity to and difference from the railways in the UK. Save for the fact that my younger son's father-in-law came from Dundalk, I have no connections with Ireland whatsoever. I do, however, have the same birthday as the republic. That's probably where my interest comes from!


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    Wychavon (South Worcestershire)


  • Interests
    Railways (full size and model), cats (Siamese and Bengal), American oval racing, Sunderland AFC


  • Occupation
    Retired Chartered Engineer

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  1. StevieB

    End of the DFDS liners?

    I assume Jim Meade is David Franks’ successor as CEO of IE. Where’s he from? Stephen
  2. StevieB

    New Irish Railway Models Website

    The link in the email worked ok for me. Apparently you can order container flats, only you can’t yet. Otherwise, keep up the good work. Stephen
  3. StevieB

    Arigna Town - this week's scenery

    The real Shannon had an interesting history. It was part of an order of six locos ordered by the WLWR from Kitsons. The first three had round topped boilers and were delivered towards the end of the 19th century. The fourth was Shannon, which was the first standard gauge loco in Ireland to have a belpaire boiler and arrived early in the 20th century.. There were meant to be two more similar locos but the GSWR was in the process of taking over the WLWR and there was a dispute over paying for them. As a result they were sold to the MGWR. After the 1925 grouping the former WLWR locos became class J25 while the former MGWR locos became class J19. Subsequent rebuilding saw the belpaire boilers replaced by round topped ones. Stephen
  4. StevieB

    Arigna Town - this week's scenery

    David You're a very lucky man to have acquired Shannon - lovely model. Stephen
  5. StevieB

    OO works UG

    I think you’ll be very lucky indeed if anyone is willing to part with one, even for a shedload of money. You’d have more luck giving leslie10646 your name for a possible re-run of the RTR model. Stephen
  6. StevieB

    Kingsbridge - Kadee + coupling conversions

    Noel Where did you get the sprung Keen suspended gangways? They certainly seem to do the job of closing the gap between coupled coaches. Stephen
  7. StevieB

    Dugort Harbour

    Flange lubricator’s reference to non stop trials in 1965 between Dublin and Cork reminds me of a fact that most people seem unable to grasp - it’s not how fast you go, it’s how slow you go ie the number of speed restrictions and stops govern the overall journey time. I know that IE recently conducted some high speed trials between Dublin and Cork but did they lead to anything? CIE, and BR, seem more interested in running what used to be called semi fast trains. Stephen
  8. StevieB

    Patricks Layout

    Good move that short length of straight in between two curves going in the opposite directions. I read about doing that in one of Model Railroader’s layout planning supplements many years ago. Stephen
  9. StevieB

    Track Cutting Razor Saw

    Zuron make a good tool for just such a job. It comes in the form of a pair of pliers - lovely, clean cut followed by a few strokes of a fine file to tidy up the end. Stephen
  10. StevieB

    Patricks Layout

    Looking good. Stephen
  11. StevieB

    Kingsbridge - paint shop

    Brilliant. Stephen
  12. StevieB

    IRM’s first loco announcement!

    What will be nice for fans of OVS Bulleid’s work is to be able to compare the turf burner alongside his SR main line diesel 1-Co-Co-1 courtesy of Kernow Models. Stephen
  13. StevieB

    42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    What was the diameter of the round buffers they were originally supplied with? Stephen
  14. Looking at the Kadee website, they do a range where the coupling head is fitted at different levels relative to the shank which attaches to the wagon body. They’re not NEM though. Stephen
  15. Fran Thanks for that. Stephen

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