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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. UK Model Railway Exhibitions

    Good customer service always goes a long way. Stephen
  2. The Biggest Little Railway in the World

    Not really sure if I enjoyed it. I think James May’s attempt to lay 4mm track from Barnstaple to Bideford was better. At least you know he’s a bit off the wall when he tries to put together a full size kit of a spitfire in the same series some years ago! Stephen
  3. Modern 4w chassis

    It seems that CIE were just like BR in that respect. Rather than standardising, they had a proliferation of designs over the years. So, the chassis under the bagged cement wagons was different again. Anyone got any plans or photos, please? Stephen
  4. Modern 4w chassis

    Thanks for that. I assume that this was also the case re the chassis for the two varieties of bagged cement wagons. stephen
  5. Modern 4w chassis

    Did CIE put the same chassis under the container flats, ballast wagons and cement bubbles that have been produced in model form by Provincial Wagons and IRM? And is it the same chassis under the magnesite wagons produced by IFM? And is the chassis for the Dapol prestwin the same, similar or nothing like? Stephen
  6. Mayner "tin vans"

    PM sent. Stephen
  7. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Good as it is, the Bill Bedford is overlay is inaccurate in that the double doors next to the guard’s door should be closer to that door by one door’s width. If you look at the BCK next to the overlay, you’ll see what I mean. The blank door of the pair is where the 1st class passenger door was. The RPSI BGSV has lost this blank door during the recent renovation. Hope that all makes sense. Stephen
  8. The Correct Livery

    Of the 49 members of the combined class, I have identied the livery carried by 34 of them in the mid 1970’s but this includes only 181 (B&T) that Murphy’s produced. So it’s basically two questions: Were 141, 165 and 188 still in B&T in the mid 1970’s? Had 142, 161, 182 and 190 been repainted in ST by the mid 1970’s? Stephen
  9. The Correct Livery

    The 1970’s, the period I am modelling, were a time of great change on the railways in Ireland, not least regarding liveries, when it was out with Black and Tan and in with Supertrain. Murphy Models produced 141, 165, 181 and 188 in B&T together with 142, 161, 182 and 192 in ST. However, my trawls through photos of that period have shown that only 181 carries the correct for the period. Anybody have details of the other seven or do I need to do wholesale renumbering? Stephem
  10. I’m surprised no-one has commented on this little gem http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/128582-irish-rail-plans-bi-mode-train-order-for-dart-expansion/. Not always well thought of in the UK, since it is very often associated with the cancellation of electrification plans. It does, however, allow trains a longer run than on a single mode of power. Stephen
  11. 071's For Sale

    MM077 and MM078 now sold. I shall be listing some 141’s, 181’s, Cravens and mk2d’s, all in IR/IE liveries in the New Year, to see if anyone has any money left after all those visits to IRM Towers. Steph3n
  12. Turntable or not?

    Beware the diameter of the turntable, since most of them out in the sticks would be approx 45', the maximum length of the locos used on those lines. Stephen
  13. GSR Pullman Coaches

    Haven’t we been here before
  14. I wonder why I can't open any of these - is it because of Brexit? Stephen
  15. Silverfox - New Irish Coach releases

    I, for one, am extremely grateful to the likes of John Hazleton and Tom Brady for the products they produce. Yes, they may not be perfect but the pleasure is then in bringing them up to a common and acceptable standard. Everybody raves about the MM Cravens and, yes, they are lovely models but why are the wheels undersize? Is to to go round trainset radius curves? Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol don't need to do that, so why did MM? Stephen

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