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About Noel

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    Gro├čadmiral Yachtmaster


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    Planes, Trains and Boats (++bicycles, --cars).


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    Marine, Equestrian


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    Retired company director

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  1. Noel

    Photographic Website Updates

    Fabulous sequence of really interesting photos. Thanks for posting.
  2. Noel

    Bray Train & Model Fair

    Saint Eoin? I think you meant Eoin Isambard Kingdom Brunel-Murray the patron saint of model engineers.
  3. Noel

    IRM Fert Wagon

    In fairness Fran that is most likely because folk did not know about the Orange bubbles in advance, and most had already ordered what they may have assumed to be the only livery available in the short term. For example, had I personally known about the Orange bubbles at the same time as the Ivory, I would have ordered less ivory and more orange. Not complaining btw, just pointing out a possible rational explanation for why the oranges didn't shift as fast as the ivories. PS: Noted with keen interest "AS" exciting move into O gauge. I harbour an interest in a possible future O gauge 141 class - one day far far in the future.
  4. Cobh railway station from another angle Luckily no 'orrible cruise ship tower blocks there that day to obscure the view. I love the red brick architecture of this station. Nice cafe inside the disused part of the station too beside the museum. No quite the 'Titanic' experience in Belfast but still a nice place to visit. These guys were opposite across the other side of the channel. Bofor's galore Wouldn't argue with those if on the wrong side of fishery rules.
  5. Noel

    World Cup

    Roll on the Rugby World Cup 2019 - At least Ireland will have a competitive team being currently no 2 in the world rankings.
  6. Noel

    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    Hi Fran No hurry at all, but just wondering when the Tara wagons are due to hit the rails? Noel
  7. Noel

    World Cup

    Nice try
  8. Noel

    World Cup

  9. Noel

    Product announcement

    They look great Dave. Rigid and stable. Similarities to the WMRC system they are now using for their new exhibition layouts.
  10. Noel

    World Cup

    Ah now I wouldn't begrudge our neighbours and ethnic cousins a little bit of excitement and joy. Amongst other sports they invented rugby, tennis, cricket and soccer yet have suffered decades of defeats in all by superior former colonial teams, so good luck to them. Fed up hearing about 1966 too Remind me who is ranked no 2 in the world for Rugby and who won the grand slam this year at the 'home of rugby'
  11. Noel

    Baltimore Lifeboat

    Hi Eoin Cheers. Yes its a lovely spot for sailing. Glenans Ireland is well regarded sail training establishment. Noel Baltimore Harbour anchorage
  12. Noel

    Baltimore Lifeboat

    Captured this photo in Baltimore last week early one morning at 5:19am when this RNLI Tamar class AWB roared out to sea on a rescue under a setting moon moments before sunrise. A sort of cosmic changing of the guard. Can you imagine if the train lines in West Cork were still in operation today - they'd be busy from May to September with holiday traffic. The station in Baltimore closed in 1961. A magical moment as the moon sets over the old Friary on Sherkin Island
  13. Noel

    Class 800 Gauge O CNC Parts

    Superb model engineering master class.
  14. Noel

    Limerick Junction changes

    I was passing through the junction on Monday and an IR chap showed me where the new platform was going. He told me the reason was so that both the north and south going Cork main line trains could arrive and stop in the station at the same time allowing more flexible time tabling as well as less wait times for connections to Limerick, Ennis, Galway, etc. But they will have quite a bit a walk and climb instead of just across the current platform. I don't understand because Mallow has two platforms but they nearly always use the same one for both north and south bound trains so folks just have to walk across the platform to connect with the Killarney/Tralee trains. Limerick junction is a shadow of its former self. Way of the world it seems there are just so few foot passengers on ferrys and intercity rail compared to decades ago. I was watching a programme on TV where an academic explained that before 1940 in Ireland urban planning and design focused on people movements by foot, cycling, and public transport (i.e. nobody had cars), but since the era of the car the focus shifted to roads hence the massive fall off in national rail transport except for urban commuters. Agri transport which used to be the country's biggest industry is now all by road, but 60/70 years ago it was nearly all by rail. At least with models we can go back in time to a golden era of railways.
  15. Noel

    IRM Weedsprayer

    Thanks Fran. That's spot on and will allow folks to plan appropriately.

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