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  1. Absolutely outstanding workmanship Eoin! You have taken an already excellent model and elevated it to a level beyond belief.
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    Vote for IRM!

    Job done! Best of luck.
  3. Not so. The batteries and the vacuum tanks, vacuum reservoirs, are for two distinct features. The batteries were solely for providing electrical power for internal lighting in the carriage. They remained in use until the introduction of the Train Line (T.L.) lighting system in the 1970s. When a carriage was converted to the T.L. system it lost the four large battery boxes and gained in their place a small control box and a small battery for emergency lighting in the vehicle, should the main lights fail (see the photo of 1517 above). The vacuum reservoirs, where fitted, provided for the quick release of the brakes on that vehicle. As noted above they were only fitted to vehicles that worked with the AEC railcars, due to the size of the exhausters (used to create the vacuum) fitted on the railcars. These were too small to efficiently create a vacuum and thus release the trains brakes. The reservoir provided a store of vacuum which would be fed into the brake cylinder, thereby releasing the brakes. Carriages which had the vacuum reservoirs fitted also had two vacuum pipes, one to operate the brakes in the normal manner and the other, slightly smaller pipe, to create the vacuum in the reservoir. In conventional locomotive hauled trains the provision of vacuum reservoirs was not required. The exhauster on the locomotive was large enough to release the brakes efficiently and also, the train could be held on the loco brake, while the carriage brakes would be released in preparation for departure. Hi flange and Eoin. The belts came off when they broke. I certainly remember the permanent way littered with them!
  4. Eoin, having spoken with a friend who is an expert in these matters, I can confirm that the cylinders arrowed in the attached photo of the model should, in general, not be included. Also, from examples I have seen photos of there should be four battery boxes. I am attaching a photo of 1932 at Claremorris. Although not the same type as the model, there are four battery boxes (two on each side). Do Worsley Works indicate which type (number series) their Brake Standard is? I say ‘in general’ referring above to the cylinders because, while for most of the time these weren’t installed, carriages which ran with the 2600 Class AEC railcars did have a single vacuum storage cylinder fitted. This was because the vacuum exhausters on the railcars were small and thus were very slow to release the brake. To speed up brake release each coach had vacuum tank. See attached photo of Craven 1517TL at Connolly. After the withdrawal of the AEC railcars these tanks would have been removed from the majority of the carriages fairly speedily.
  5. Hi Eoin. Yes, the laminates were equipped with dynamos and battery boxes when originally built and while some were converted to T.L., others retained these until withdrawn. Here are a couple of photos of 1455 and 1469 in Black & Tan with dynamos and battery boxes. The photos were taken in 1979.
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    Slight correction - Length over headstocks: 60' 0" there reduce overall length correspondingly. Width over body 9' 6", the maximum width quoted in my previous post includes door handles etc.
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    Like Noel catching up on an old but interesting thread. The coach in question, 628A, was a 1978 conversion of 61' 6" bogie parcels van No. 2574. This itself had been converted in 1974 from Standard No. 1619 which in turn had been 1950-built Composite No. 2125, the re-classification from Composite to Standard class taking place in 1972. Dimensions of the coach were: Length over buffers: 65' 6"; Length over headstocks: 61' 6"; Maximum Width: 9' 11¼"; Maximum Height: 12' 9"
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    End of the DFDS liners?

    The final Ballina-Waterford DFDS liner operated on Tuesday 5 June. The train was composed of 12 fully laden CPWs, hauled by 079. The photos below show it at Hybla bridge (OBC 96) between Monasterevan and Cherryville Junction and at Athy, where it was to cross the 14:50 Waterford-Heuston passenger.
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    barrow street

    Wow. This is a seriously stunning layout! The above view sums it up - incredibly realistic sense of scale. Drool!!!
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    Murphy Models Craven coaches white stripes

    First Class Cravens: 1147 Converted from Standard Class coach 1551 on 27/01/1970. Reverted to Standard Class coach 1551 in June 1973. 1148 Converted from Standard Class coach 1547 on 16/01/1970. Reverted to Standard Class coach 1547 in December 1974. 1149 Converted from Standard Class coach 1558 on 01/05/1970. Reverted to Standard Class coach 1558 on 31/12/1984. 1150 Converted from Standard Class coach 1548 on 02/09/1970. Reverted to Standard Class coach 1548 on 25/10/1984. 1151 Converted from Standard Class coach 1547 in March 1980. Reverted to Standard Class coach 1547 on 04/03/1985.
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    Model Village in Wicklow

    Thanks very much Joe. Do you remember where it was and does it still exist?
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    Model Village in Wicklow

    Thanks for your replies Eoin. The setup I was thinking of was, for all intents in a field. There were models of notable buildings, including Trim Castle, Russborough House, the Obelisk on Killiney Hill. There was also a model railway but it doesn't look like 3 inch gauge, possibly O gauge. I'm attaching a couple of photos which might jog somebody's memory.
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    Usual media weather hysteria

    Courtesy of Frank Zappa: 'Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow'!
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    Model Village in Wicklow

    Does anyone remember a 'Model Village' setup, somewhere in the vicinity of (I think) Newtownmountkennedy? I was there in the mid-90s but can't remember its name or be certain of its location. Does it still exist?

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