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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!


  • Location
    Wychavon (South Worcestershire)


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


  • Occupation
    Retired Chartered Engineer
  1. Kingsbridge - workbench

    I’m assuming that the brass sides are Bill Bedford etches, in which case they represent the BGSV as originally constructed, although photos of the prototype have the double doors closer to the guards door than on the etches. Stephen
  2. Blue Cravens coaches

    It does indeed - this version, converted from the BR BCK, has been neglected up to now. Stephen
  3. Video Website Updates

    Another good one - some stretches of the track look almost derelict while others look as if major work has been carried out. Stephen
  4. CIE Ambulance carriages

    There’s a David Carse photo of just such a conversion from a Park Royal on P116 of Rails Through The West. Stephen
  5. Video Website Updates

    I came across this recently - a very good watch. Stephen
  6. 071's For Sale

    MM112 now sold. MM077 and MM078 still available. Stephen
  7. eBay Watch

    That’s a very good question. This guy is ever hopeful http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LIMA-205159-IE-CIE-IRISH-RAILWAYS-CLASS-201-LOCO-216-RIVER-DODDER-MINT-BOXED-nc/331422674305?hash=item4d2a54ad81:g:BNMAAOSw8cNUSoU4 He still thinks it’s pre MM201 times when people did pay silly prices. Stephen
  8. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    Elsewhere in this issue it is reported that the other Maybach engined loco, B234, is out of action, its Maybach engine being beyond economic repair. Stephen
  9. eBay Watch

    Admittedly the Lima models are not up to the standard of the later ones produced under the Murphy Models banner, they are, nonetheless, good models. Lima were always known for the coarseness of their wheels but my two examples run through Peco code 75 pointwork no trouble at all. And let’s not forget that they were the first true Irish RTR model. Stephen
  10. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    The photo was one of a number in the middle of the journal depicting current passenger and freight trains. They all have a description but no photographer is credited. Perhaps those of us deeply involved with IRRS might be able to help, otherwise we risk infringing copyright. Stephen
  11. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    I see what you mean about no GM headlight, something to make it stand out from the crowd and add variety to a loco stud. Steohen
  12. Dapol Grampus Wagons For Sale

    All now sold. Stephen
  13. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    C220 was the last of the original Crossley engined locos to receive a GM transplant in August 1972, at which point it was still in black with a white flash over the front windows. Stephen
  14. Cement by Rail

    Thanks for that, just what I wanted to hear for a mid 70's period layout. Stephen
  15. Cement by Rail

    According to Wikipedia there were 12 of them built in 1979. Steohen

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