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    Which station is this please?

    There is an entry on Archiseek which gives further photos and information about North Wall station http://archiseek.com/2010/irish-rail-freight-offices-north-wall-quay-dublin/ I have also found one or two other photos confirming that this is the station in my original post. Thanks again everyone for your help.
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    Which station is this please?

    Many thanks for the replies.
  3. Any idea which station this is please? Looks like GS&WR stock. Maybe Limerick?
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    Omagh GNRi Engineers Drawing

    Were you thinking of this as a home layout to build yourself or as a group layout? The big problem with even a relatively simple junction like this is the effort needed to build it and to operate it to its full potential when it is finished. Probably much more likely to succeed as a group layout?
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    Omagh GNRi station

    I wonder why people insist on using 21mm gauge with EM wheelsets. EM wheels are noticeably wider than prototype so if you use them, the distance over the wheel faces is overlarge. That means loco splashers,valve gear, w-irons, bogies and other stuff often have to be wider than prototype, which looks as wrong as the wrong gauge. Better to model an EM version of 21mm gauge, which would be 20mm or slightly more, depending on how precise you want to be. Everyone seems to focus on the gauge as being sacrosanct, but in reality I think you need to balance gauge against other factors to get the best balance.
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    Class A ECMCHAS for Silver Fox Model

    Just wondering if this will have room to fit broad gauge wheelsets?
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    Query re GSR Drewry railcars

    Here's a video I found. As far as I can see this railcar really was just the Drewry body with one end modified to be streamlined http://www.britishpathe.com/video/revolutionary-electrical-invention/query/NEW+ELECTRIC+TRAIN
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    Query re GSR Drewry railcars

    Apart from the streamlined end and the batteries, much of the Drewry remains in that photo
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    Query re GSR Drewry railcars

    I guess that's a hint that one of mine might come in useful......... Will PM later. BTW wasn't the Drumm prototype built from one of these railcars? Drawings or photos of that might help.
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    Query re GSR Drewry railcars

    Looking in the IRS Drewry book, the two broad gauge railcars (as opposed to inspection car) were very similar to the narrow gauge ones. There is a good photo on page 89 of a broad gauge one. Seating capacity was supposedly identical. The wheelbase was 156in, wheel diameter 30in and hp was 70/75. Equivalents for the ng version were 102in, 24in, 40hp. Comparing photos, the bg body was longer by one window and set higher with a deeper chassis frame. If you have a drawing of the ng one, it ought to be relatively straightforward to derive a drawing of the bg one.
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    Baseboard Joints

    The best way to make an 'invisible' joint with PCB is as follows: For the last 3cm or so either side of the baseboard joint, strip the sleepers carefully from the track (assuming you are using Peco or similar) Solder an extra piece of rail 6cm long below each of the stripped length of rails, so the rail is double depth. Solder a piece of PCB and say 3 - 4 cm wide and 6cm long to the bottom of the lower edges of the rails Cut a slight recess in the top of the baseboard if necessary and glue/screw the bottom of the pcb to the baseboard top, making sure that the rails are level over the joint. When the glue has set, cut through the rails and the pcb with a thin razor saw or similar Cut up the plastic sleepers you removed and stick the pieces back in place above the pcb and around the rails. You may need to pack the underside of these dummy sleepers to get them at the right height. This makes the PCB invisible and is very robust.
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    BUT Grills

    This is the place to go http://www.themeshcompany.com/products/Bronze.html
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    Track Types/Codes

    I think the idea of an 'EM' Irish gauge is due to the width of OO and EM wheels. P4 wheels are narrower. This means that the width over the outside faces of the wheels on a locomotive is reasonably close to prototype. If you push OO or EM wheels out to an accurate gauge, then the measurement across the outside of the wheel faces will inevitably be wider than prototype. This means that splashers, coupling rods, valve gear etc will also have to be noticeably wider than prototype. This is an issue with HO, as there you have accurate gauge but over-wide wheels - resulting in the characteristics mentioned above. Most people are just conditioned to accept it. So, if you want your splashers and all the other stuff outside the wheels to be in the right place you must use correct width wheels, or wider wheels and a slightly narrower gauge to compensate. In practice, of course it is impossible to work to scale tolerances as everything would bind up. Also, coupling rods, valve gear etc. usually end up overscale so that it is reasonably robust. In the end, it is whatever compromise you are happy with that works for you.
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    Railcar B

    Driving a semi-permanently coupled unit like that from either end can't be too difficult, I guess. Steam railcars had been doing it for a very long time and petrol railcars since Edwardian times. I think the big advance in the 1930s was being able to couple and control several units at once. Interesting that Stadler have gone back to producing railcars with a central power unit and articulated passenger sections at the ends - just like the Walker car in the video. I rode some in Greece and they were very rough riding - though the track can't have helped!
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    Railcar B

    For the provenance of Railcar B we surely have to look no further than the Clogher Valley Walker railcar and its Donegal offspring. Railcar B was more or less just a narrow gauge car on steroids.

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