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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. GNRi/UTA Coaches in N

    Worsley Works sides on a rtr Graham Farish or Dapol body would appear to be the best option for producing UTA/GNR coaches Colin Flanagan has produced convincing results with rtr conversions of NCC & GNR coaches using these methods in OO The Worsley Works N scale list does not include GNR stock at this stage http://www.worsleyworks.co.uk/2mm/2mm_Irish_Standard_Gauge.htm but Alan Doherty is likely to produce the sides if you ask him. Finding a donor body may be a bit tricky Graham Farish appear to have dropped their older corridor and non-corridor coaches which may still be available second jhand on e-bay or exhibitions https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GRAHAM-FARISH-N-GAUGE-MAINLINE-COMPOSITE-COACH-GWR-BROWN-CREAM-/292327768203 j
  2. GSR Class 551 / J26 ECMbuild in 7mm

    The tube seems to have been a common feature on the drivers side of MGWR locos, possibly as a holder for the section staff on single lines. John
  3. GSR Class 551 / J26 ECMbuild in 7mm

    Nice to see a good step by step guide in chassis assembly, the Leinster Models kits were just a step removed from scratchbuilding. Its good to see that you milled out the chassis to the correct profile, the lightning holes in the frames are such a distinctive feature of the smaller MGWR locos. Traditional method was to solder the two frame blanks together and cut the frames to shape using a Piercing Saw and needle files.
  4. IRM Tours

    Its sounds like a good idea American modelers (Worldwide) and other "special interest" groups tend to stay in touch through conventions (hiring a hall and layout tours) rather than attending exhibitions. There seems to be enough good layouts and modelling interest to support IRN Conventions in the Ulster, Leinster & Cork. Conventions are aimed at the modeler rather than the general public and usually include trade stands, workshops,, layout tours and visits to preserved lines/railway workshops.
  5. The 52 Class were the 1st GSWR Class of 4-4-0 for express passenger traffic, the locos were bumped from the Kingsbridge-Cork & the Killarney passenger workings by the slightly larger 60 Class in the late 1880s, but lasted in main line and branch services into the 1950s. including Kingsbridge-Carlow-Kilkenny and Limerick-Sligo services & branch line services. I am planning to build two of these locos one for my own uses and a commission and as a change from the 101 Class. I have 5 SSM/TMD J15s at various states from un-built to complete and a rebuild/upgrade into a 52 Class looked like the best option for 191 the oldest member of my fleet started over 30 years ago in 1986. I am looking at designing a set of etched brass scratchbuilders parts for these locos as an alternative to a scratchbuild. The basic idea is to use the parts in conjunction with the SSM GSWR 101 Class tender & castings to complete the locos. The parts would allow for option of building the elegant GSWR/early GSR version with raised round top firebox and waisted smokebox or the more plain Jane GSR/CIE version with flush round top firebox and straight sided smokebox.
  6. David's Workbench

    Nice touch with the grass growing siding, with shrubs and bushes at the stop blocks. The CVR seems to have been a spit & polish operation with well turned out locos & stock and well kept stations right up to closure in 1941. With Sir Basil Brooke (NI Prime Minister) and Henry Forbes on the Committee of management they would have run a pretty tight ship
  7. Kingsbridge - workbench

    I am not convinced that its easier to kitbash a plastic coach into something its not than to assemble a kit or even build a model from scratch. The LMS full brake is considerably shorter than the GSR/CIE full brakes. Apparently the UTA had ex LMS coaches and full brakes, maybe a rake of UTA stock in dark green behind a WT to ring the changes The SSM Bredin Brake with its bolt together construction is probably an easier and faster option for the CIE Luggage vans, Bachmann Commonwealth bogies would speed up assembly in OO. Similarly I would use the Bill Bedford sides with Comet, MK1 parts in preference to trying to modify a Hornby or Bachmann Mk1 into a BR Van. Then again its a case of each to personal preferences and aptitude with different techniques and materials
  8. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    There are photos of both 233 & 234 in the Supertrain livery inside Inchacore Diesel No 1 on 10 July 1976 in Barry Carse's Irish Metrovicks book. There is also a 1969 colour photo of B233 departing Connolly in multiple with B192 with the Sunday 10:00 Dublin-Limerick via Nenagh passenger. B233 looks very smart in black with small yellow warning panel and white cheverons above the cab windows. The main visual difference between the Maybach engined locos and the original C Class was the blanked out porthole on one side at the RHS at the No2 end and the larger radiators. 233 & 234 did not receive GM pattern headlamps until re-built with EMD 645 power units during the late 1970s. The locos seem to have been used on Dublin-Limerick passenger workings and bagged & bulk cement from Castle Munget
  9. Bantry Town Station c 1950's

    The West Cork an interesting choice for a club in deepest Linconshire. Is MikeC building some locos & stock to run on it?
  10. Although large scale I thought this might be useful for anyone considering or using DCC I recently restored track power to the garden railway after a major re-sleepering programme. Basically I have had to replace about 50% of sleepers on the main line after 7-8 years use as a result of UV damage. Although most of my locos are now battery electric, I though it was a good opportunity to upgrade the DCC system rather than converting all of my locos to on board battery power. Schematic of railway showing power districts The main line has a 2% ruling gradient, the High Line 4% which limits loadings and results in high current draw from locos climbing the grades. I divided the Large Scale layout into separate power districts protected by DCC Specialties Power Shield PSX1 circuit breakers. These both protect the DCC Command station and avoid shutting down the entire railway in the event of a short or a loco de-railing and should simplify trouble shooting. Control system for Large Scale Digitrax DB150 ampmeter, Radio & IR receivers and DPDT isolating switches for Power Districts The circuit breakers have basically eliminated the need to return command stations to Digitrax for in service fault repair. The circuit breakers are fed through DPDT switches bought from Peats of Parnell St about 40 years ago, the circuit breakers and Digitrax Command station was used on a layout in Dublin before moving to New Zealand in 2004. The radio receivers and radio throttles were bought about 5-6 years ago when we moved up from N to G Scale  Circuit breakers behind panel Hidden away beneath the N Gauge. The DCC control system for the large scale layout lives on a shelf below the baseboards currently used to support the N gauge. The biggest job was the bonding of rail joints, most of the rail is heavily weathered after 9-10 years use in the humid Waikato climate. The Code 250 brass rails are used to conduct power rather than a parallel power bus, wiring between the shed and individual blocks or power districts is by a combination of mains and outdoor low voltage cabeling. I clean the web of the rail using 240g wet and dry, and use a cheap 70watt soldering iron with resin cored electrical solder. I use a drop of phosphoric acid flux (10-15%) diluted from a liquid rust convertor (28%) as a wetting agent which improves the flow of solder. The Waikato rain neutralises the flux.
  11. CIE 6w Heating Vans

    Has anyone a copy of a CIE GA or Weight/Painting diagram of the 6w Heating Vans? I will consider producing a set of etched brass parts for the van including chassis and roof, if I get a minimum of 10 expressions of interest and a copy of the all important drawing.
  12. An interesting weekend

    I had a very interesting weekend well Saturday anyway touring layouts at an informal American Railroaders convention in Auckland. We visited four layouts including our hosts N gauge. Second: A double and treble deck GNR layout in a converted double garage. The government owned NZR was very slow in completing rail links in Northland ferry sailings on Kaipara Harbour ceasing in the late 1940s when Dargaville was finally connected to the national network. Finally: How many modellers can fit into an isle on a classical multi-level American layout? [attachment=:name] Built on the ground floor of a split level house it almost qualifies as the classical American basement empire, while scenery is reasonably complete in the main area, the layout has extended into an adjoining workshop and into the area underneath a raised deck. Track is mainly handlaid. Smoothness of running without lurching through pointwork without hesitation or lurching was the most noticeable contrast between the two HO and the NZR layout thanks to matched NMRA track and wheel standards, in contrast to the Peco Universal points and wheels made to different manufacturers standards. The tour gave me a lot to think about including whether to build an American N gauge or Irish Narrow gauge layout in the garden shed as the space available is tight for a realistic Irish broad gauge layout in 21mm or 00.
  13. GSR/CIE 650 Class superheated round topped boiler Inchacore cab MGWR Ks/GSR 650 Class superheated round topped boiler round canopy cab, open coal rails tender as running 1916-Mid 1930s I am accepting expressions of interest in this loco kit for release in mid-late 2017. The design of the loco is at the final stages updates include (non working) inside valve gear and slotted valences for locos in CIE condition. Jeremy Suter is preparing the patterns for the castings which are also suitable for the Midland Standard Goods & Achill Bogie. Jeremy once produced a small range of Irish wagon kits and prepared the patterns for the castings for the JM Design MGWR Vans. The kit is designed for OO or 21mm gauge and can be assembled in late MGWR early GSR condition with canopy cab saturated or superheated round topped boilers or GSR/CIE condition with Inchacore cab and superheated boilers. The 650 Class worked DSER suburban and main line services, in addition to MGWR branch and main line workings.
  14. The fret The parts are designed to fold to shape with the engraved fold lines on the inside of the bend. The tipper sub frames fold up into a U shape its best to clamp the section to be folded in a vice. Modifications to Base Toys Leyland Comet Chassis. The overhang at the rear of the flat bed chassis needs to be reduced for a tipper. Cut back with a junior hacksaw or a razor saw and tidy up the cut edge with a needle file.
  15. Two versions of the same loco built nearly 30 years apart more of a long running saga than a workbench. The TMD (Terry McDermott) MGWR E introduced 1983? was the first brass kit for an Irish steam loco. The kit like the J15 was originally designed with a chassis in 0.40" brass which is considered a bit flimsy for a chassis, a stronger nickel silver chassis has been supplied with kits produced from the late 80s. The original kit was a must for someone who modelled the Midland though a tender loco would have been a lot more useful, I had no real need or intention of building another of these locos until I found an unbuilt MGWR tank among a job lot of part built TMD & SSM kits at Expo EM about 15 years ago. I finally got round to building the loco in GSR/CIE condition a couple of years ago. A pair of 551 Class tanks at Keadue possibly the GSR has re-gauged the line in the face of competition from the SLNCR at Arigna Town. The tanks were less powerful than a tender engine but may have been easier on the curves. The first loco was originally assembled in MGWR condition in Dublin about 30 years ago, before a rebuilt into 553 in CIE condition while living in the UK in 1993, the riveted smoke box is an overlay from an SSM J15 not sure where the funnel came from. The original (brush painted) paint work was stripped down and finished in Howes "Dirty Black" with an airbrush with a satin finish using an air brush. The loco got a misting with some form of Floquil weathered black and a coating of satin about two years ago. 553 need a new cab roof/cab interior and vacuum pipes to match the ne 55w loco. 553 still has its original brass chassis & 1980s state of the art Sharman wheels, 40:1 gearbox and Anchorage DS10 motor. Mike Sharman & Iain Rice popularised the idea of compensated or flexible chassis, Mike producing an excellent range of wheels and enclosed gearbox. M.G. Sharp of Sheffield imported the "Anchorage" range of small powerful 5 pole motors. The DS10 designed for American N gauge was one of the smallest available was happiest at very high speed and bearings not up to the end trust with a typical British single stage worm/gear transmission The loco has a slight rear end waddle otherwise a smooth and reliable runner with a good turn of speed. 553 was assembled with a compensated chassis by simply letting the bearing float in the axle cut outs in the chassis. I made a keeper plat from brass rod and wire to represent the brake pull rods and to prevent the wheels falling out

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