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  1. I was prompted to start a new thread arising from a comment on another thread regarding how effective a brake van might be in stopping a runaway train Hopefully the brake van slowed it enough to limit the damage. How effective was a van in stopping a goods train? Most locos would be 80-100 tons? So less weight on the brake van be it 10T, 20T or 30T. Did they work effectively on the flat and what was the stopping distance for a branch line goods versus a maximally loaded train, either in absolute terms or as some percentage of the stopping distance if stopped by the locomotive? Gradients; I suspect that even a slight gradient would probably have increased the stopping distance significantly. So could the van stop the train at all beyond a certain gradient? Were there gradients such as the gullet and longer gradients such as on the Derry road where a train would not have stopped at all with the brake van brakes fully applied until it hit the flat sections again?
  2. List of Irish Level Crossings?

    Does anyone know where I might get a list of these including the crossing references e.g. xc37 etc? Been through my books and expected to find them but no..... Hoping for a historical list the may include some that may be already closed/disused
  3. Have these magazines been digitized and if so are they freely accessible somewhere or only by membership? Was going to have a browse ....
  4. I decided to start a new thread rather than continue to discuss the C Class on the very informative thread started by jhb on the A Class Metrovicks here; Liveries, headlights and wipers were discussed here http://irishrailwaymodeller.com/showthread.php/5384-Symphony-in-quot-A-quot-July-1975-Drogheda/page6 I realize that not every one may have a copy of the excellent but now somewhat rareĀ® book by Barry Carse on Irish Metro-Vick Diesels (Colourpoint, 1996) but for those that do or know, can you please comment the following; There is a silver connection on the yellow bufferbeam of C203 in black livery in November 1968 (p36). This is described to be for train heating with certain coaches 1) Waas this peculiar to C203 alone or did other C/201 class locomotives have this connection? 2) Did C class locomotives supply HEP to the train? 3) Electric or steam heating? 4) Which 'certain coaches' did it supply heating to? Thanks, K
  5. Wanted: Old IRRS Journals

    I am looking for some old IRRS journals, preferably 1950s and early 60s, especially featuring CIE rolling stock, late steam/early diesel, but later CIE/IR also of interest. If anyone is thinking of doing a spring clean I would be a happy to give them a new home. Please PM Thanks Kevin
  6. Train Line Suffix TL, TLA, TLB

    In this photo from Ernie's collection the craven has a 'Train Line' suffix (TL) after the coach number to denote the coach is equipped for train lighting provided by the generator van. On another thread we discussed TLA where the coach in question (although itself vacuum braked) had a through air pipe to allow it to run with air-braked stock. Can someone tell me what the 'B' stands for in the TLB suffix please?
  7. Happy St. Patrick's Day 2016

    Well, officially it's the 17th over here, so I just wanted to wish everyone on the site a Happy St Patrick's Day. The site has been a great source of interest and enjoyment for me over the last couple of years and it seems as good a time as any to thank all of you for your contributions, and to the several friends who stay in touch despite the distance. It'll be work as usual today but maybe a couple of green beers tonight. Kindest regards to all, Kevin
  8. Does anybody have a copy of this that they would be willing to part with? Locomotives & Rolling Stock of Coras Iompair Eireann and Northern Irish Railways, Doyle & Hirsch, 1st Edition (1979) Please PM Thanks Kevin
  9. Modern chassis for MIR 121 Class

    As there is presently no rtr 121 Class locomotive available from any manufacturer, I am considering completing a MIR 121 kit and mounting it on a modern chassis. Ideally, the chassis would have to be at least DCC ready with a view to potentially putting a decoder/sound decoder in this at some point. I would also like the chassis to be equipped with directional lighting from the outset if possible. Most importantly the chassis should be a modern chassis with excellent operational qualities, and good slow running speed. Previously the Athearn SW1500 switcher seems to have been a popular or necessary choice. However, these did not necessarily run to the standard we have no come to expect. As I understand in more recent years (maybe around 2011 or 2012), Athearn upped its game and improved its SW chassis to include a modern 5-pole skew wound motor with flywheels and all-wheel pickup on it B-B switchers. There is a bewildering variety of new SW1500 switchers out there so I am uncertain about which ones meet these requirements. While trying to research the subject I also realized that some of the switchers have different trucks/bogies, some being AAR A-type, B type or Flexicoil bogies. Since the MIR kit side frames seems not to be compatible with the Athearn chassis I would like to select one with bogies that most closely resembles the 121 class locomotive. If anyone has used more modern SW1500 switchers by Athearn or another manufacturer, I would be grateful for any advice you can offer. If anyone can offer any advice on the bogies, this may help me to narrow down the road names that I might be looking for as a donor. Any specific recommendations are also very welcome. Many thanks
  10. Christmas Modelling

    This is the sum total of my modeling efforts for today, Christmas Eve. I'm calling it the gatekeepers cottage since it was a joint effort between me and what I hope will be the next generation of railway modeller presently aged four years old! Upstairs are "Dad's trains" (which can be taken for a spin on a couple of DC loops, and treated with the utmost respect) and 5'x3' play table covered with Thomas the Tank Engine tracks, stations, and engines!
  11. MIR Hunslet DL Kit

    Hi All, Would anyone happen to have instructions for a Model Irish Railways Hunslet DL class kit? If I could obtain a copy that would be very much appreciated. Please PM me if you can oblige. Many thanks! Kevin
  12. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on point dimensions, in terms of the length of points from (say,) the tips of the points themselves to the tips of the points on the other track if the points form a crossover, or the angle or radius of curvature in the case of a branch/siding (or any other method of expressing it that makes sense, or might be more appropriate)? Basically I'm thinking of what would allow a OO model train to run through a point so that it looks prototypical. I'm not sure how Hornby or other manufacturers chose 1st and second radus but I suspect that they chose something that would fit on the kitchen table and worked from there. Notwithstanding that coupling systems on rtr coachs may neither be prototypical nor close coupled, the coaches often swing wildly through lower radius points with coaches moving maybe half a coach width or more (ejecting the model passengers from the non-existent gangways). As a child, I remember travelling in coaches (which I thought swung wildly at times depending on the trackwork or when approaching a terminus) but in truth the coaches may have moved a foot or a little more in relation to each other I'm sure there may not be a standard size for points and that the intended speed accross the point may have dictated the dimensions (or vice versa) e.g. mainline versus siding. I have some space for the layout but I'm not sure if I have enough to recreate this. Anyway, the look is what I'm after:trains:
  13. Mark 3 Rake

    Could somebody please remind me the typical make up of a rake of Mark 3 coaches as they would've been hauled? Obviously there would have been a generator coach on one end and a restaurant at some point in the rake. Were there six other coaches and which ones? And was there a typical formation? Many thanks
  14. Does anyone know where I might be able to find some of these Britbuses? They were release 4-5 years ago and sold out I think AE-05A AEC Regent III/Park Royal Great Northern Railway 285 Dundalk AE-05B AEC Regent III/Park Royal Great Northern Railway 287 Newry AE-06A AEC Regent III/Park Royal C I E AR 295 Drogheda AE-06B AEC Regent III/Park Royal C I E AR 301 St Annes Estate Many thanks
  15. Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone could direct me to a resource to help me with this. I have googled online and searched on the site without finding an article that will help (there may be one, I just didn't find it) The lights on my 161sa began to flicker at certain points on my simple test oval. I attributed this to needing a good clean. A day or two later I have no lights on Cab 1 end with the usual single red marker operating correctly on the rear and all red and white lights, illuminating correctly when driving Cab 2. I have taken the 'brave' step of removing Cab1 and the remaining body to expose the PCB and cabs. It appears that light is transmitted to the headlight using a fibre optic/prism from a source below the cab and I am not sure if there is a separate source for the marker lights as they can operate independently under DCC. Could someone advise on whether they think this a a blown bulb, loose wire or something else. There is no Irish outline model shop nearby, the nearest model shop is 35-40 miles away and I don't mind attempting the fix unless it is overly complicated. Thanks in advance Kevin

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