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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. Luas Breakdown

    Teleportation might be the solution. If its any consolation Auckland is about 30 years behind Dublin in terms of public transport infrastructure despite having a City Transport authority with power to manage road, rail and ferry services. The city is going through the same soul searching as Dublin between a heavy and light rail connection from the CBD to the Airport, while roading projects are funded directly by central government. Recently completed heavy rail electrification and roading projects simply add to congestion as demand quickly exceeds capacity with increasing population in a rising economy. Ho for the good old days of a stagnant economy when there was little traffic on the roads and public transport ran half empty
  2. The Midland Cavan branch was very indirect compared with road for Dublin-Cavan traffic over 20 miles longer and served a sparsely populated area which probably contributed to its demise. The branch seems to have been built to feed cattle traffic from the midlands into the port of Belfast. The GNR is likely that the GNR would have closed the Dundalk-Omagh line and branches if it had been allowed to operate road services in Northern Ireland, it already had established a direct Dublin-Cavan-Enniskillen bus service an an extensive network of bus routes in Cavan, Meath and Monaghan There is a tale of a J15 arriving unexpectedly in Dundalk from Cavan with the CIE weedspray train at some stage after the 1958 take over, irate telephone calls & telegrams to the traffic people in Dublin. The last passenger train over the INW & Cavan branch appears to have been a circular IRRS tour by an ex GNR AEC railcar set going out over the GNR lines returning by the Midland. The A Class on the Monaghan GAA special may have arrived from Dundalk rather than Mullingar, some of the coaches seem to have been ex-GNR including a re-gauged LNWR coach. Cavan would be an interesting place to model beside CIE & GNR locos and stock UTA 4-4-0 No 81 Carrickfergus Castle was on hire to the GNR and regularly worked into Cavan in the early 1950s
  3. Its an interesting one everything in the photo looks a bit to clean and well maintained for a railway in terminal decline in the late 50s. The track layout in the photo has more in common with the CIE rather than the GNR yard, the connecting line between two companies was laid in bullhead. CIE continued to operate the Midland and GNR Cavan branches as two separate systems up to closure, with Cavan served by a steam hauled goods and a diesel railcar mail train from Dundalk & a C Class hauled goods from Mullingar There are photos of GNR locos and railcars being turned on the Midland turntable & the WTT included whistle signals for working between the two yards so its not unlikely that a CIE loco would work into the northern yard to interchange traffic with the GNR. Cavan would make an interesting model if I had the space!! Possibly Roscrea stand of trees in background GSWR signal cabin and cattle bank sidings (long lifted) in the distance
  4. 596 appears to be arriving in Cavan, the location is fairly distinctive the train appears to be on the connecting line to the GNR yard. The Midland platform road and goods yard on the left, the diverging line on the right lead to the cattle bank, loco shed and turntable. In the 1950s Cavan was distinctly odd a CIE station with more GNR than CIE traffic. The Clones-Cavan line was still treated as a main line with a frequent by Irish standards service of through trains to Belfast, while CIE operated a daily goods from Mullingar. Looking the other 604 with train station and Midland yard in background. "A Decade of Steam" Photo Drew Donaldson?
  5. Availability of CIE (1945-55) green paint

    Interesting one JHB oil burning ex-MGWR Cattle Engine J5 0-6-0 on the passenger rather than an Ex MGWR C 4-4-0 (D6 or D7), well dressed people at the station, good to see that everything wasn't in black and white those days well dressed people at the station.
  6. Wanted - 4 wheel open wagons

    SSM produced a whitemetal IRCH open wagon kit, good for the GSR/CIE & GNR(I) versions. Fairly simple to assemble. Alternatively the Hornby Dublo/Wrenn/Dapol 5 plan open looks close if you ignore the brake gear Provincial Wagons commissioned a run of Dapol opens in GNR livery & GNR with CIE branding .
  7. Models demand

    Its difficult to see demand for a kit of an Irish model exceeding 100 units. The Irish market is predominantly rtr with a very small proportion of modellers prepared to assemble a kit regardless of quality or ease of assembly. RTR is dominated by high quality Chinese commissions by Murphy Models diesel locos and coaches and Irish Railway Models freight stock, and a number of smaller producers such as Provincial Models, Irish Freight Models and Silverfox Models who produce small quantities of rtr models using resin & 3 D printing techniques. The 1960-2000 scene in Southern Ireland (CIE/Irish Rail) is reasonably well covered by rtr models and kits, Northern Ireland (NIR) less so heavily dependent on kits The big gap in the market appears to be for models of locomotives and rolling stock introduced since 2000 and architectural models both north and south.
  8. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    There was one batch of 47 footers 30279-30284 built for keg traffic in 1978, these wagons were used to carry containers when container traffic from Ballina to Dublin and Waterfrd Ports resumed about 10 years ago. ironically the 62' bogie log wagons in the background of the Ballina photos were originally introduced as container flats in the early 1980s and converted to carry logs after mail traffic finished in the 1990s
  9. 009 Scale

    Haven't seen it personally Brian McCann built a CDR exhibition layout about 20 years ago in 3mm scale on N gauge track. Brian's modeling was/is to a high standard, think he modeled one of the villages on the CDR complete with station. The railcars were scratchbuilt in plasticard with Kato power bogies.
  10. Patricks Layout

    The HO sleeper size and spacing creates an illusion of making the gauge look wider and the distance longer than it actually is which works very well where there is a single track like in the last photo. The correct 4mm sleeper length and sleeper spacing tends to make OO gauge look like 3'6" Cape Gauge used in South Africa and my part of the World.
  11. J15 186

    I understand that the RPSI considered loaning 27 to Westrail for use in the West of Ireland before IE embargoed the Athenry-Claremorris Line in the early 1990s. Apparently the RPSI & Westrail came very close to a loan agreement for the loco, but the plan fell through at teh 11th hour when Westrail lost their main line connection at Tuam.
  12. Availability of CIE (1945-55) green paint

    Automotive paint suppliers like Vinny Byrne's can usually supply enamel or laquer in spray can or for brush application if you have a BS or RAL code or a sample. Usually costs about $17 (not sure what you would pay in Ireland) for a 350ltr spray can of a custom colour My local paint supplier has successfully colour matched existing models, no shame in bringing a loco or coach into a paint suppliers, they are only interested in keeping the customer happy and bringing in the money. Transfer/decal carrier film tends to show up on a matt finish unless you use rub on decals. A gloss or satin enamel is the best option for locos and coaches and finishing with a satin or flat laquer if you intend to apply decals or transfers.
  13. J15 186

    The small GMs basically replaced locos like the J15 on the goods and D14 on passenger services with a little extra power to spare as a diesel would not stand up to the same level of abuse as a steam loco. In an ideal world it would be nice to see 184, 186 & Lough Erne given at least a cosmetic restoration rather than stored out of sight out of mind
  14. 009 Scale

    Ballinamore hub of the C&L narrow gauge lines in CIE days. A very busy place when the coal trains from the Arigna mines were running.
  15. LIMA Murphy Models

    Dave I wasn't sure if the master for the Marks Models 201 was produced by Noel Dodd or Tony Mirolo both highly talented modelers. Are there any photos that could be posted of Noel's Greystones layout an Irish & UK exhibition staple of the mid-late 1990s? For those that are not familiar Greystones was a massive exhibition layout that featured a near scale length model of the station and its environment.

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