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About StevieB

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    Senior Member
  • 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

    Curved Goods Store?

    Try a mock up and see how you feel about it. The tightness of the curve will have a big part to play, as will anything that can distract the eye from the curve. Stephen
  2. StevieB

    Romsey MRC Exhibition 23/24 June

    Very tasty Mr C, very tasty. Stephen
  3. StevieB

    IRM Weedsprayer

    Wow! Stephen
  4. StevieB

    Weed spray mallow

    Nice one Noel. Stephen
  5. StevieB

    Limerick Junction changes

    Presumably adjacent to the remains of the old loco shed. Stephen
  6. StevieB

    Patricks Layout

    From the state of the track, looks like the weedspraying train is due. Stephen
  7. StevieB

    UG Class and U class at Omagh

    Was that top of their list for ones found unsold or returned? As far as I know they have not produced any more. Stephen
  8. StevieB

    UG Class and U class at Omagh

    I thought that they had sold out. I know that Leslie of Provincial Wagons has been trying to get a rerun of the UG, so what’s your secret? Stephen
  9. StevieB

    End of the DFDS liners?

    You have to wonder how hard IE management tried to retain the business, or were there too many EU obstacles in the way?The one size fits all approach can have serious drawbacks for small countries like Ireland, or am I being too political? Stephen
  10. StevieB

    barrow street

    I wonder if MRJ would be interested in featuring this finescale model railway. The overall effect is quite outstanding. Stephen
  11. StevieB

    UG Class and U class at Omagh

    Somebody must have answered your prayers. Stephen
  12. StevieB

    Omagh Goods Yard

    Look forward to that. Stephen
  13. StevieB

    End of the DFDS liners?

    I assume Jim Meade is David Franks’ successor as CEO of IE. Where’s he from? Stephen
  14. 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
  15. 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

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