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  1. Ben Racey's Workbench

    New Year, new thread....! Happy New Year to all! So I thought I'd add all my stuff into one thread in the future, and in the workbench forum as well rather than individual threads in the past as for No.4 and the GNRi ballast plough van. So here's what santa brought. One of the DC kits 'G611' Class diesels in resin. It has a Steam Era Models 4 wheel chassis, and as you see it here, it's virtually out of the box - all I've done is clean off some of the flash and plonked(technical term...) it on the chassis. Looks very well. First impressions are good, some great detail on the body and chassis. However, some, particularly the front and rear buffer beams are very thin and wouldn't seem suited to take the weight of a train. So I'll probably replace these with plasticard and run the couplings off the motor bogie. So I'm thinking it should be 614 - this seemed to be based at Dundalk so fits best with my GN interest. I've only a couple of photos of that machine though, notably shunting some GN tenders for scrap with a 141! Does anyone know of any other photos of this machine? I have the recent IRRS journal with the article on the G's in it, as well as most other well known books - 614 seems to be a rare bird, as it didn't seem to appear on the Loughrea branch - plenty of shots of 613/616 as a result... Anyway, I'll keep the thread updated with progress. Cheers for now, and a very happy New Year! Richard.
  2. The idea for this model sprang from two sources. An article in New Irish Lines Volume 5 No.2, which provided the scale drawing and a photo to work from, and the availability in my ‘things to do one day’ pile – this was actually one I’ve had since my childhood of an old Airfix Great Western Toad brake van which initially looked as though it might be a good quick start for a conversion….In addition I have a cambrian BR ‘shark’ van in stock which looked as though it might provide a ballast plough… Once I’d had a closer look, it became apparent that the bodywork of the GN van, whilst initially similar would need a lot of work to convert, so I resolved to replace the bodywork with a scratchbuilt bodyshell. This has been built from evergreen 2.1mm planked plasticard siding as the basic shell, with 30 thou plasticard for the floor and internal partitions. Once the basic box was built up, I used plastruct 90501 1.2mm ‘L’ section to produce the distinctive ironwork. However, it was apparent that the body was slightly wider than the old airfix toad roof, so I couldn’t use that either and it also had to go…..I’ve replaced that with a 3d printed roof I designed to fit. For the chassis, I took the razor saw to it to take a section of the chassis out and shorten it down to the length of the GN van. Careful reglueing is required here to keep the chassis square, and a section of plasticard was glued across the join. Looking at the photo of the GN van, it’s apparent that the footboards do not extend the length of the vehicle, so more careful razor sawing was required to carefully cut these out. There’s a section over one axle which is difficult to remove, I left that in as it wouldn’t be worth removing it and I don’t think it’s too noticeable. For the ballast plough, I ended up drawing a plough rather than using the Cambrian shark which I resolved to keep for a project to provide a ballast plough for my IFM wagons which are on order… The plough is quite a complex shape which would be a tricky build in plasticard but is simplicity itself for a 3d print. Using the drawing I took a broad look at the shape which has come out well – I also printed a couple of supports to attach it to the chassis as a strong one piece item. I did then cape the plan to keep the Cambrian shark as a complete kit straight away by using the plough wheel in the open section of the GN van, as it’s quite a noticeable feature…. Oh well….! Final detailing is now underway, using various brass wire and offcuts for the handrails and lamp irons. I’ve also plenty of archer transfer rivets left so attaching some of these is the next job followed by painting and transfers from railtec. I’ve no photos of these vans in later life, only the photo in New Irish Lines, therefore I’m not sure how long the GNR(I) shown lasted, I may well finish it off just with GN and the number of the van shown in the photo, that’ll be fine for me in the absence of any other info. So now it looks like I’ve got a GNRi ballast plough van, three CIE ballast hoppers on order, and could’ve kept the toad if I’d sourced a chassis from elsewhere – oh well….!I’ll have to also look at a a few GN hoppers which are also in the NiL article – I suspect Cambrian kit C110 (Herring) may be a good start, or even the recent Cambrian ‘open’ chassis kit C105 with a printed hopper. The Cambrian open is a good development - this will also be useful for the GN cement van/hoppers I think, more on that when I manage to get hold of a couple of these, apparent semi mythical, beasts….. perhaps a CIE van will turn up from other sources in due course……
  3. Railway Book Clearout

    Hi all, I've been having a clearout of my collection and have the following books for sale: 1. 'The Ballymena Lines, Part Two' by Edward Patterson(1968). Very Good Condition for age. Dust jacket a little worn, but complete. £12 + postage (Tbc). 2. Irish Railways in Colour, a second glance 1947 - 1970, by Tom Ferris (1995). Excellent condition, small mark where a label was on the front cover. £10 + postage(TB) 3. Irish Steam Loco Register, by JWP Rowledge, (1993). Excellent condition soft back book, no marks £10 + Postage (Tbc) First come first served. Paypal preferred for these. For all of these I intend to use 2nd class recorded signed for (or equivalent), and once agreed via PM will confirm price with you, if any of these are of interest. Richard.
  4. Hi all, First post in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve not been building, just that I’ve not had time to write some stuff up! So a long time loco on my wish list is a WT 2-6-4 tank. I’ve read a lot of the good work others have done on this forum, and in New Irish Lines over the years, and decided that I’d give it a go as a quick conversion (Why does that always turn out not to be the case!). Managed to pick up a nearly new Hornby Fowler tank - the new version with finer valve gear and detailing to use as a basis for about £50. S and J models in Northwich was the source for this, and started mulling over the plan to get it as good as I can, and to use as much of the good detail work that this model possesses. First action was to print off the drawing in the resources section of this website, which correctly has the double drop on the side tanks – I’ve seen another drawing which doesn’t have this, and to work out what to remove, and what to keep. So, to remove, I decided on the following: • Bottom section of the tanks • The radius on the running plate above the cylinders • Cab side sheet(to insert the side windows) • Smokebox clips • Rear bunker behind the cab(retaining the middle of the moulded coal to retain the fixing screw • Rear bunker detail • Cab steps All of this was done with careful work with a razor saw for the bunker and side tanks, scalpel for the minor detail and drill/scalpel to remove material from round the cab side sheet. The plastic this model is made from cuts and glues very well – it’s a dream to work with. To add: • New section of the side tanks from plasticard • Top feed on the boiler (from spares box) and pipework form brass wire • Smokebox wheel (made from a 16ba bolt, brass wire and a washer soldered up and filed down) • New bunker (from plasticard • New cab windows (3d printed – on order) • Numberplates (on order from Guilplates, decided to go for No.4 so I’ve plenty of time periods to run it from the 40’s to present day • Rivets on the side tanks (I’ve a set of the resin rivet sheets on order from Archer in the USA which should do very nicely. • Various handrails/steps/lamp brackets etc( to add from brass wire, etc) Please find below a few photos illustrating where it’s currently up to. It’s quite a straightforward conversion really – the only bit that really isn’t quite right is the rear section of the cab which is a few millimetres too deep but seeing as it’s the wrong gauge anyway, I’m not too worried…. I’ll add some photos as this develops, but it may be a while before I do!
  5. GNRi JT 2-4-2 tank locomotive

    Given the interest on another thread in my 3d printed JT tank, I thought I’d start a specific thread detailing the approach to creating this model. I should say at the outset that it is available to buy, if you’re interested – however, I know there are diverging views on the suitability of 3d printing, currently, for modelling. I think I’ve found a way here which makes the best of the technology, and mitigates some of the problems – surface texture being the key one. I have to say there doesn’t seem to be much demand for it, however I could do with a couple at least for my own layout – I plan to model Ballyhaise at some point…. So clearly it’ll be a great loco for me to model. This project was actually started around 3 years ago. I wanted a JT tank, and having the opportunity of some time whilst ‘between jobs’ I taught myself how to use google sketchup. At the time, I couldn’t find a proper set of drawings for the JT, only outline side elevations in a couple of books – plenty of pictures though of them in their final years on the Belturbet branch. Clearly, there’s a preserved one, and Mark Kennedy kindly took a tape measure to it, to provide an overall width – most helpful! Supplied with that information was enough to draw it up. <Photo>. Given that it is quite a simple 2-4-2 tank, I split the frames so that the driving wheels are supported on quite a thick short chassis for strength which is printed in White Detail which is very rigid and works well so long as it’s thick enough – it can be a bit brittle so thickness here is essential. I designed in some holes for supporting the brake gear, and a between wheel bracket to support the pick ups <Photo>. The front and rear fames, both bogies and chassis are printed in white strong and flexible, which gives reasonable support, wall thickness and is relatively cheap. I designed the body to omit the smokebox, chimney, dome, whistle etc – these are all best done, certainly in my view, by using existing brass or whitemetal castings. To get around the texture issue, which I don’t find a huge problem (it’s all in the finishing – see below), I clad the running plate, bunker sides, boiler and smokebox in 10 thou plasticard embossed with rivet detail. It’s not easy or really possible to do the curve of the cab roof so I’ve lived with that. The final piece of 3d printed detail is the most interesting one – these are the 3d printed brass connecting rods. Given that it’s my own chassis and wheelbase that I was using, I drew up the two rods, joined them with a sprue and printed them via imaterialise in brass. I’ve bushed them, and they’re fitted onto standard Romford wheels and crankpins. So far, they’ve proved robust. The build was quite straightforward really, detail the body with the plasticard, add the chimney etc. For the chassis, I used a mashima motor and a branchlines 40:1 gearbox. Romford wheels and crankpins. The brakes are alan Gibson plastic parts with wire for the brake rigging. The finishing was interesting, a blast of Halfords car primer, and the secret with the WSF is to give it a good scrub with a toothbrush and water to remove any loose bits and get it as smooth as possible before the final coats are applied. I managed to source some transfers from <<>>> but then when I applied the varnish, found that it had got cold and when sprayed on resulted in a snow like appearance. Luckily a wash and partial repaint meant it was rescued, so 91 is now ready for service. 93 isn’t far behind now! Anyhow, I hope that is of interest, and gives some background to the build process. I can post more on the 3d printed GNRi passenger brake vans if there is interest. Regards Richard.
  6. LCGB Talk

    Hi all, The North West branch of the LCGB have a talk coming up on the GNRi on the 26th September, in Newton Le Willows, details are as follows: http://www.lcgb.org.uk/html/northwest/northwest.htm May be of interest if you're in the area. Regards richard.
  7. Hi all, Returning member from the previous forum (old ID: Ben Racey), some may remember the 3d printed E class I'd built using a 'bullant' chassis. I'm still working on various Irish models, mostly GNRi based, and hope to release some 3d bits of interest soon. After the change to the new forum, I lost touch with the board, however, it's good to be back! When musing over an old peco 'plans for small railways' booklet, for a few layout plans, I thought that an interesting project might be Belturbet - Ballyhaise. There are plenty of drawings of the station and layout at Belturbet, but very little at Ballyhaise. The usual GNRi books feature the odd photo in the station, but I haven't been able to find a track plan of the station area. Does anyone have a drawing or know where one is published? Many thanks in advance. Regards Richard.
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