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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!


  • Location
    Wychavon (South Worcestershire)


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


  • Occupation
    Retired Chartered Engineer
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Patricks Layout

    Looking good. Stephen
  4. Kingsbridge - paint shop

    Brilliant. Stephen
  5. 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
  6. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    What was the diameter of the round buffers they were originally supplied with? Stephen
  7. 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
  8. Fran Thanks for that. Stephen
  9. Have I seen somewhere that, because the NEM box is placed higher on the chassis than normal to allow all the lovely detail to show, the recommended way of fitting Kadee is to glue them to the underside of the NEM box? Do Kadee not do cranked versions of the coupling to deal with this? My trials to date indicate that the no 18 is the right one to use reduce the distance between wagons to a manageable amount. Does anyone else agree with this? Stephen
  10. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Sorry Noel, I wasn’t trying to hijack hour workbench with the last post. Stephen
  11. Kingsbridge - workbench

    My attempt at producing a GSWR ballast brake van. Getting there but more work is needed to get the verandah size right.
  12. At the risk of causing upset, box actually says Irish liveried version of the SR N class mogul. The could have given it the Irish classification of K1. Whether we’ll ever get a RTR U/K1a is anyone’s guess. Stephen
  13. George Did you ever sell this one? Stephen
  14. Patricks Layout

    The footbridge in the background is the finishing touch. Keep posting photos. Stephen
  15. Derry NIR Plans

    I’m an old git as well and deplore the widespread use of ‘train’ instead of ‘railway’. Such is globalisation. Stephen

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