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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

    Irish Ambulance Trains

    Surely you realise what a powerful tool the internet is. The speed at which you can find information these days is mind boggling. The only way to stay private is to stay private and not post anything, and that would be a very sad state of affairs. Stephen
  2. StevieB

    Peco and RTR EM Gauge Track

    It has recently been announced that Peco is to produce RTR EM gauge track for the EM Gauge Society in the form of flexi track and LH and RH B6 turnouts. I’ve no idea of the costs involved, but it must pay for both of the two parties to become involved in this venture. I wonder if this brings the possibility of RTR 21mm gauge track any closer. Surely the first step is setting up a 21mm gauge society. Stephen
  3. StevieB

    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Can you make all payments using PayPal? Stephen
  4. StevieB

    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    That’s all I was after, an indication of numbers. Many thank. Stephen
  5. StevieB

    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Yup, but how many of each variant? Stephen
  6. StevieB

    IRM A Class; Our First Locomotive!

    Belated congratulations on your choice of the first loco. Presumably it will be relatively easy matter to produce the C/201 at a later date. I can’t see any reference to the number of each variant you are going to produce. As my era is the 1979’s, that’s two GM powered B&T’s and two Supertrain versions. Have to go away and count my pennies. Stephen
  7. It is beginning to improve modellingwise. The winners of challenge no 4, the Fawley Fliers, raised the bar more than a bit. Stephen
  8. StevieB

    Silver Fox Models

    Over the years I have bought quite a lot from him and like you, Noel, I've always found him to be a nice guy to deal with. We have re-made contact so all systems are go, as they say. Stephen
  9. StevieB

    Silver Fox Models

    Thanks for that Dave. Stephen
  10. StevieB

    Silver Fox Models

    Is anyone else having trouble contacting Silver Fox Models? John Hasleton, the owner, seems to have gone very quiet over the past couple of months or so. I hope nothing is amiss. Stephen
  11. StevieB

    IRM at the Raheny Show this weekend

    You’re teasing us. Stephen
  12. Working in 4mm, I simply add 1mm in either side to take account of the 6.5 inches difference in track gauge. Seems to work ok. Stephen
  13. StevieB

    BackTrack November 2018

    The latest issue of BackTrack has a 10 page piece on the demise of the GNRI. A very good article, if that’s the right way to describe such a thing. The author goes on to suggest that the closures had as much to do with politics as they did with economics. I had always thought that, but in the sense of keeping the two Irelands separate rather than the subjugation of the minority by the majority as suggested here. If my words cause any offence, that please accept my apologies. Stephen
  14. StevieB

    Mk3 coaches

    What was the difference in design between the HST and loco hauled mk3’s in the UK.? Stephen
  15. StevieB

    Wagon Underframes

    Thanks for that John. Stephen

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