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About Mayner

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    Born Dublin, lived most of my life in Dublin and the UK. One time builder, moved to New Zealand several years ago. One time WHHR Volunteer Portmadoc, track ganger, diesel loco driver and bulldozer driver, plant operator, now an Armchair


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    Hamilton, New Zealand


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    My family, solving problems, anything to do with railways, travel, blues, rock, jazz, stirring thing


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    Fun Police
  1. Authentic transfers

    Blackham Transfers did/may still do weathered & un-weathered CIE dry-print transfers including solid and stencil snails, Bell & B&I container lettering http://www.blackham.co/quickorder.html. SSM produce water slide decals, each type have their own advantages and disadvantages. Dry transfers are similar to letraset with little or no margin for error in fitting. Water slide transfers or decals are on a carrier film and are more user friendly to fit rather than dry print. The surface need to be finished with a gloss varnish before the decals are fixed in place then sealed in place with a varnish or clear coat. Its tricky to accurately align wagon and coach numbers, tare information etc so its better to order a custom sheet of lettering with wagon or coach numbers from Blackham or SSM. Des produced a custom sheet of decals for lettering my fleet of Cavan & Leitrim narrow gauge coal wagons. The decals on the coal wagons were sealed with Testors Dull-Cote and the wagons weathered with an air brush.
  2. Fitting hand rails to a loco body

    A pin chuck is probably the best tool for drilling whitemetal or brass for handrail knobs. Drilling whitemetal can be tricky Titanium coated drill bits are less likely to break than uncoated HSS. The Expo Tools a 0.3-1.6mm drill set contains a good range of sizes for work on 4mm locos and stock https://www.expotools.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=titanium drill coated set&PN=20pc-HSS-Titanium-Coated-Twist-Drill-Set-11533.html#SID=109
  3. GS&WR wagons

    Interesting one Minister. Judging by the slight radius at the end 684 could be a roofed rather than an open topped cattle wagon. Wonder what they were carrying, the tarps would have given very little ventilation for sheep or pigs. Cattle wagons seem to have been often used for empty keg traffic, there is a great photo of the lower yard in the Guinness Brewery in CIE days full of GSWR & GNR cattle wagons
  4. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Building a small layout in 21mm gauge certainly won't melt the wallet, especially if you go for handlaid track. Its more a question of investment in time in acquiring and developing new skills with potentially a greater sense of achievement in building a unique model rather than going out and buying a mass produced rtr model regardless of the quality. The biggest decision would be in whether to work to S4 or the coarser OO/EM standard. The S4 Society have an established set of standards for laying trackwork including pointwork and setting up wheelsets for 21mm gauge where a modeller is largely left to their own devices if they work to the coarser OO/EM standard where different modellers use differing back to back and check gauge standards. SSM loco and coach kits including the GSWR 6 wheelers can be assembled to 21mm gauge, 28mm coach and wagon axles suitable for 21mm gauge can be sourced from the S4 society or Northyard in New Zealand, alternatively a standard OO gauge axle can be extended out to 28mm by cutting and sleeving with 2mm inside dia brass tube from Eileens Emphorium. Converting the majority of rtr coaches and wagons is a greater challenge as the chassis/bogies will need to be replace, but not to significant a factor on a small layout with a small amount of rolling stock. Steam locos are more of a challenge than diesels, but apart from a handful of types most Irish steam locos have to be scratchbuilt or built from kits anyway. The simplest approach would be to build a test track using soldered construction with copper clad sleepers available from SMP/Marcway in Sheffield, re-gauge a Murphy Models diesel and some IRM ballast or cement wagons to get a fell for the gauge and the work involved. Ardfert or Spa would make a nice simple test track/diorama to test the concept. SSM produce a very nice GSWR/GSR/CIE whitemetal open & a 30t van which would go nicely with a black and tan B141 or 181 on a North Kerry beet train John
  5. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    While Murphy Models, Provincial Wagons and IRM rtr models have opened up modelling Irish Railways particularly CIE/IE from the 70s onwards, the number of modelers willing to experiment with a wider gauge and finer standards than OO is a very small subset of the Irish Modelling community, just like the EM & S4 modellers of British outline. While I admire David and Andy's ability to build interesting broad and narrow gauge layouts in double quick time, it does take much much longer and a lot of determination to build a layout where everything including the trackwork has to be assembled by hand or re-gauged compared to ready to lay track. I guess on of the options would be to build for eye level viewing in OO where the deception with the narrower gauge and tighter curves than possible in 21mm becomes less noticeable. Maybe time to try a mock up with Peco bullhead track or Code 75 flatbottom for an Irish eye level layout and see how it compares to Peco Code 100 Steramline.
  6. Finding old kits

    I got hooked on industrial locos while I was living in the UK and explored many of the smaller rail served sites in the South East and Midlands before BR gave up on less than train load traffic in the early 1990s and even built a small shunting yard layout based on an Iain Rice scheme. The layout could be set up quickly and operated self contained or linked to a larger layout. The Industrials went off the boil when I sold the layout before moving to New Zealand, I have a 3/4 complete High Level 0-6-0St sitting in a box for most of the past 15 years.. Hopefully I will get to complete it some day
  7. Finding old kits

    Wrenn You would be better off holding on to those unbuilt Impetus industrials as an investment that trying to butcher them into Irish locos. Impetus kits were very well though of at the time they were introduced and go for astronomical prices on E-Bay. The Hunslet 15" & Bagnall 15" (I would be tempted to make you an offer for the Bagnall) are quite unlike Harvey and the Guinness & Courtards 0-4-0s. If anyone is interested in modelling Irish Industrials. Agenoria (7mm)/CPS (4mm) http://cspmodels.com/abante/index.php?rt=product/category&path=65 produce kits that can be assembled as reasonably accurate models of the Irish steam Industrials. Judith Edge produce a Ruston & Hornsby 165DS the same type as the CSE Tuam Loco. Impetus used to produce the smaller Ruston & Hornsby DS88 type used at the other sugar factories. I am not sure if anyone has produced a kit for the Guinness Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0 diesel although Impetus produced the larger 0-6-0 version. The Hornby W4 Peckett is probably the closest to an Irish RTR industrial loco. The ex-Allman Distillery Peckett Paddy was re-numbered 495 and retained her/his lined green livery with red frames until withdrawn by CIE in 1949 https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/news/the-engine-shed/peckett-w4-0-4-0st-the-story-so-far/
  8. Worsley Works kits

    Hi John The biggest challenge with the Worsley Works Park Royal and Laminates is in forming the roof as they are scale width and length and not really suitable for a British rtr chassis My article on building these coaches will give you an idea of whats involved. http://www.worsleyworks.co.uk/NG/NG_NIL_Art1.htm Alternatively we might be able to arrange a swap for a set of 1904 "Bredin" sides and a Dapol Stanier donor coach . John
  9. David's Workbench

    David I had to re-read your post before I realised you re-built the Worsley Works kit into a G601. Chain drive for these locos is quite prototypical. How did you cut out the windows in the new cab front and rear plates? There are probably few people on this forum who would be familiar with the techniques for cutting windows and other openings in metal.
  10. High end R-T-R Dutch van. ( rebuilt)

    Nothing to stop a group to commission the Chinese to produce a rtr injection moulded or brass Dutch Van or anything else for that matter there is sufficient demand 2-3000 units injected moulded plastic 2-300 units @ $50-60 ready to run in brass at about $500 a throw. An other alternative would be to engage a professional model maker like Mike Edge to produce a master to the required specification and produce a rtr model in polyurethane resin volume would reduce to around 50 units @ $100-150 for a complete ready to run model. John
  11. MGWR Inspection Saloon

    Hi Richard. Small point it looks like GSWR saloon 353 which survived in service until 1964. Looks a nice model interesting to see that you have incorporated NEM pockets in the bogie design.
  12. Which station is this please?

    Kingsbridge/Heuston had two platforms and several carriage sidings in between under the overall roof until the island platform 3&4 was added in the early 70s. Platform 1 "The Military Platform" seems to have been mainly used for non-passenger traffic, Platform 2 for departures Platform 3 the later Platform 5 for arrivals. Connolly/Amiens St had a similar arrangement with the Howth Bay form local passenger traffic, main departure and arrival platforms with carriage sidings in between and the short Platform 1 used for non-passenger traffic and railcar maintenance. In steam days a pilot loco would draw out the coaches of an arriving train to release the main line loco in stations such as Kingsbridge, Amiens Street and Broadstone. The pilot might re-marshal the train before positioning it in the departure platform as the majority of passenger trains ran in loose formation and often carried tail traffic, such as carriage trucks, horse boxes and vans for perishable traffic & mail traffic rather like the AMTRAK passenger trains of the 1990s which carried considerable van traffic
  13. Which station is this please?

    Harcourt Street 1900 runaway train 1900 , Cannon Street 1991 https://www.railmagazine.com/trains/specifications/lessons-learned-from-cannon-street-crash are good examples of buffer stop collisions. I think the loco in the photo may be a GSWR 0-4-4 back tank with a local train to Kingsbridge. In steam days larger terminal stations like Kingsbridge, Amiens Street and Sligo had separate main-line departure and arrival platforms. The arrival platforms usually had hydraulic buffer stops similar to the classic Hornby model https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/hydraulic-buffer/25031703?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgOyOs_vW1wIVgR0rCh0_mg0SEAYYASABEgKPKvD_BwE with plain buffer stops on the departure side. The LNWR North Wall Station seems to have become something of a white elephant with the opening of the Loop Line in the 1890s and the growing importance of the Holyhead-Dunlaoire route. The North Wall passenger station closed and the mail trains diverted to Carlisle Pier when the LNWR Dunlaoire-Holyhead steamer service won the Mail contract in the 1920s
  14. Popeye's Workbench

    Excellent work!
  15. 70s/80s CIE rolling stock in N-gauge?

    Dapol https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/n-gauge/diesel-locomotives-n-gauge and Graham Farish (Bachmann/Kader) http://www.bachmann.co.uk/prod1.php?prod_selected=farish&prod=3 are the two main suppliers/manufacturers of British rtr. The Dapol Class 33 would just about pass for a Metrovick from a distance (the old Lima OO/HO Metrovick were re-painted Class 33s. The Dapol BR MK3 and Farish BR MK2 coaches would be close enough for the Irish stock of the 80s onwards. The main draw back would be trying to achieve a decent paint finish on the locos and coaches together with spoiling some rather nice models and destroying the re-sale value. Probably better to stick to Japanese or try out American N gauge

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