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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)


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


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    Retired Chartered Engineer

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  1. StevieB

    Wagon Underframes

    Thanks for that John. Stephen
  2. StevieB

    Wagon Underframes

    Wagon underframes in Ireland were, for the most part, quite different to those in Britain. That is until the arrival of the GNRI cement vans and the CIE palvans, both of which appeared to run on very British looking underframes. The question is, did these modern day Irish vans have RCH brakes, where the brake lever only operated the brakes on the same side or did they have Morton brakes, where the brake lever applied the brakes on both sides. I ask because it’s a detail to get right when converting British vans into Irish ones. Stephen
  3. IRM state that their wagons are Compatible with 21mm gauge Track* - what does that actually mean when your conversion clearly requires a degreee of reconstruction of the underframe? Stephen
  4. StevieB


    How about this for realism http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/64295-wright-writes/page-1120 Stephen
  5. StevieB

    eBay Watch

    There was a time, before the MM201, that the lima version was very much sought after and would command that sort of price. Now even the MM version are proving difficult to sell. Stephen
  6. StevieB

    eBay Watch

    How long has he been trying to sell this https://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 Stephen
  7. StevieB

    back to the 90's

    The April 2004 issue of British Railway Modelling had a free supplement entitled Modelling Irish Railways and Greystones was one of the featured layouts. Stephen
  8. StevieB

    ooworks, J15

    All looks very good. Stephen
  9. StevieB

    Irish freight models

    His email address is tommybrady@eircom.net. Stephen
  10. While I have sympathy with the views expressed by Lord Adonis, is it right to compare Dublin-Belfast to London-Birmingham?There are at least three routes between the English cities, much of it four tracks, whereas there is only one route between the Irish cities and that is only double track. Also, the Irish operators are trying to provide a one size fits all approach with every train, effectively, a semi fast. There are no non-stop trains between Dublin and Belfast, or anywhere in Ireland for that matter. Correct me if I’m wrong. Stephen
  11. StevieB

    Western Rail Corridor

    The trouble is that Tuam is nowhere the size of Ennis, but then Claremorris is nowhere the size of Tuam and it has several trains a day to and from Dublin. Those in charge of developing the western side of Ireland must make, and then re-make, the case for a rail line down that side of the country until those in government sit up, take note and do something about it. The trouble is that Ireland is very similar to the UK in that it takes one hell of a long time to get infrastructure projects off the ground, even road schemes. Stephen
  12. StevieB

    Tales from the carriage shops

    They all look very nice. We’ll have to see how the 00Works J15 turns out. Stephen
  13. StevieB

    Class 121

    Our friends at IRM seem to have all the luck when it comes to dealing with the Far East manufacturers. Maybe they could give some pointers to Mr Murphy. Stephen
  14. StevieB

    Ballyconnell Road.

    Ballyconnell Road was at Railwells last week-end. It’s always a good show and this year was no different, in fact probably one of the best I’ve been to. However, the star of the show for me was undoubtedly Ballyconnell Road, which both looked great and ran well. Congratulations to Stephen, Mick, Lawrence and Andrew. Stephen
  15. Hi I’ve seen plenty of photos of the rendered side of the building which fronts the platform but I’ve not seen any of the road side . Can anyone oblige since it is this side that will on public view on my model? Stephen

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