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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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  1. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    I'm very impressed by the colour matching and scientific approach to paint composition and so on, as practiced by the likes of Precision Paints (or Phoenix) and others. In terms of acrylic equivalents, I would contact them probably - certainly, I would be well out of my depth in trying advise on this. I've just been onto Phoenix / Precision with a string of queries, and while I await their reply, I know that I have been very satisfied with their service in the past. Incidentally, if anyone wants that bit of plastic I show above in a photo of the old O gauge tender, you're welcome to have it - I can post it. Or maybe I'll bring it to the bank holiday weekend show in Raheny and leave it with one of the gentlemen at the ECM Trains or IRM stand.
  2. jhb171achill

    Availability of transfers for CIE green coaches

    Problem solved! Thanks! I've ordered roundels from SSM. Next, Railtec for the carriages!
  3. Folks Somewhere in the back of what little still passes for grey matter, I seem to recall that someone was proposing to make the correct light green (eau-de-nil) lining, "flying snails" and numerals (both "1" and "2" for doors, plus vehicle numbers). All manner of yellow, white, gold and other colours are available (many never carried on anything!) but is there anywhere that very pale green bits and pieces can be had? While I'm at it, I see that SSM now have the roundel used on palvans and H vans from the late sixties until the "brown" era for wagons started in the early seventies, as well as the all-white ones used earlier. And - what about a font in the old gaelic script for the old bilingual enamel GSR station signs?
  4. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    I happen to have a small tin of Revell 78 in front of me right now, which is close enough too. The weathering, of course, shows greys up darker; I have a SSM J15 which is (deliberately) heavily weathered. It looks almost black, though it has to be said that the initial grey used was too dark,
  5. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    Roderick of 00 Works tells me that Precision Paints now sell correct loco grey, but be careful: what they call locomotive grey is, I believe, the (light) shade used on 071s these days. For steam loco standard grey, ask them for the more long-winded "GSWR / GSR / CIE Locomotive Grey".
  6. jhb171achill

    Class 458 Build

    I'm posting this message in several places where relevant; Roderick of 00 Works informs me that Precision Paints now have the correct loco grey. They ALREADY have "loco grey"; I assume this is the lighter shade used today on 071s. So the correct one to ask for is "GSWR / GSR / CIE Locomotive Grey", mouthful though that is.... This model has got to be one of the best scratchbuilds I've ever seen. Very well done!
  7. jhb171achill

    Clogher Valley Project

    When is that on?
  8. jhb171achill

    Extracts from old Working Timetables

    The Midland Great Western’s Enfield - Edenderry branch was one of these sleepy rural backwaters (like Cashel, the T & D, or Mitchelstown) which only came alive for a weekly or monthly cattle fair; beyond that, the odd GAA special. However, despite its size and proximity to Dublin, it lost its regular full service as long ago as 1931. Here’s the 1930 WTT, the last full one, and the November 1931 equivalent, with just the daily goods and a weekly cattle path. Over thirty years would elapse until it closed entirely in 1963; weeds would see more activity than the rails within this period. A strange one here. In the same period in 1930, look how busy the Newmarket branch is, compared to Kenmare; yet the former closed first!
  9. jhb171achill

    Class 141 1E 171 Murphy models

    All of them entered traffic without it. They started adding them after first repaint in mid to late 1960s. The 181s entered traffic WITH the roundel. Therefore any 141 that ever went along the Derry Road did not have a roundel, and as stated elsewhere, no 181 ever went there as they delivered after the line closed.
  10. jhb171achill

    Class 141 1E 171 Murphy models

    Also, they would only have been on the pilgrimage trains, never goods (or scheduled passenger trains).
  11. jhb171achill

    Mothballed 201s Thread

    Hmmmmmm Scrap Line / RPSI next!
  12. jhb171achill

    Mothballed 201s Thread

    If the IWTs go to 24 wagons, and all are 201-hauled, what will the 071s do?
  13. jhb171achill

    Tara Junction.

    Superb, so realistic, ttc. You must have almost as many locos as IE, now!
  14. jhb171achill

    Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway

    For a DNGR layout, those six wheelers are absolutely essential, as they made up the consist of virtually every single train. The boat train was short lived, and the more usual use of one of their few bogies was to strengthen a train of 2 or 3 six wheelers. With locos readily adaptable, and beautiful coastal scenery, the DNGR would make an amazing model. GNR goods stock from the Dept. of Provincial Wagons, plus certain classes of GNR tank loco (the SSM one, maybe) would complete the picture.
  15. jhb171achill

    Hornby diesel class 40

    Should be, provided it's on the level. Years ago, I used to take the weights out of ordinary Hornby wagons. If the track is well laid, this won't make them wobble unrealistically. My track was absolutely perfect, as it was laid by a former PW Civil Engineer from the GNR; i.e. jhb171Senior......

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