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About jhb171achill

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    I was born at a very early age. I am still here and will remain until I am no longer with us.


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    I live among gnomes, dwarves, changelings, goblins and railway enthusiasts.


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    Causing acute embarrassment to all within whose company I dwell.


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    Dwarf Thrower, goblin worrier and leprechaun hunter

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  1. jhb171achill

    OO Works J15

    One (I think 193) became grey with, uniquely for ANY CIE loco, a black firebox and chimney but grey elsewhere. I'm aware that Roderick has done painstaking research on these locos, not just on livery but on a bewildering array of the many detail differences involved in Ireland's largest class by far. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending it, and Roderick deserves our support. I've my order in and may get two. I already have a very nice SSM one - an excellent model which in my case is weathered within an inch of its life. It will share beet specials at Dugort Harbour with its OO Works companion(s). I suspect that no more than two or three J15s were black, and these only for a very short time between maybe 1958 and 62.
  2. Absolutely! An oil tank would need to be put in the tender, and this makes me realise that I'm unaware of ever seeing a photo of above or inside an Irish oil-burner's tender. Anyone else?
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    Omagh in N Gauge

    But, like myself, you're discovering it again, Tony! .......which is good news!
  4. jhb171achill

    Omagh in N Gauge

    For N gauge especially, that's a very neat little model. It raises the issue: a great need in the RTR world is a proper scale AEC railcar set, in CIE, GNR, UTA & NIR liveries. If not N, certainly OO. While on the subject, a proper RTR 80 class set.... Between the two, they are an absolutely essential part of the railway scene, especially in the north, from 1950 to 2000!
  5. jhb171achill

    UTA "Brown Van" from Provincial Wagons

    Just reminded me..... anyone remember Harry Enfield's character "William Ulsterman"? Superb stuff!
  6. jhb171achill

    Nelson's Workbench

    The weathering on the wheels looks very realistic too. Well done, Nelson.
  7. jhb171achill

    Kingsbridge - paint shop

    The spiders are the wrong way round too.
  8. From €5 to €100! Quite a range! ☺️
  9. When this livery was introduced, CIE had a bewildering collection of carriages of many origins, ancient and modern. While six-wheelers wouldn't last much longer, and no passenger carrying ones would ever bear black'n'tan, Bredins, laminates and Park Royals mingled with wooden bodied carriages of a multiplicity of designs. Most MGWR types were gone, and all DSER and WLWR ones, but among the larger GSWR stock there were many vehicles still in service, of both of the GSW's basic side profile designs. Add to this the CIE and GNR railcars, inherited GNR stock both wooden and steel-sided, and it was noted that with the plain green livery, uniformity was guaranteed - so - with the new livery it also ought to be. Thus, exactly, as you have done above, the policy from day 1 was to have the white line and tan ("tan lines"?) edging all of exactly the same height from rail level. This showed up as a bit odd on some older vehicles, where the division between black and tan, and the white line, were carried across the vehicle cutting panels in half, where a slightly different alignment would have looked more logical on that vehicle taken in isolation. The idea was to make visual uniformity out of chaos!
  10. jhb171achill

    Fry Model Railway

    Now that you mention it, Eoin, I remember you mentioning that. A terrible shame, as you say. Maybe an outsider recommending your services and wares.........?
  11. jhb171achill

    Kingsbridge - paint shop

    The cobwebs are the wrong livery............. 😄
  12. jhb171achill

    Fry Model Railway

    About time. In my opinion, the actual Fry models ought to be displayed; they are too valuable and unique to wear out. Detailed photos of the innards and home-made mechanisms which power them would be of interest. In this day and age, more modern state-of-the-art models by Murphy, Provincial, SSM, IRM and the other manufacturers here would make a better operational display. For readers of this website, no introductions are necessary, but in all reality the regulars here would collectively do a better job than anyone else at assembling a working layout, starting with baseboards and ending up with high-end scenery. The opportunities are there. Using kits alone, the NCC, GNR, and CIE / GSR areas and eras from 1930s onwards would be easy to replicate, in so mnay cases just with RTR off-the-shelf models. Perhaps a consortium of kindred folks here might open discussions with whoever is putting this all together?
  13. jhb171achill

    Kingsbridge - paint shop

    This looks really well - superb painting too...
  14. jhb171achill

    David's Workbench

    Excellent work - a real treasure.

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