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About Irishrailwayman

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  • Biography
    I returned railway modelling in 2002 joining the Wexford MRC. I developed a collection of Irish outline models and worked to improve these. I eventually developed Ballybeg and Irish outline home/exhibition layout in OO. This has been exhibited at 9 exhibitions winning Best Scenic and Best in Show prizes. My most recent layout is Llangollen in N gauge a UK outline "restored" railway based on the prototype in NE Wales


  • Location
    Wexford, Ireland


  • Interests
    Irish railways (1960 to 2000) and UK (1960 to 1980) outline railway modelling


  • Occupation
    Retired senior manager
  1. Campbell Riverside

    Looking forward to welcoming SVLR to Wexford at Easter!
  2. N gauge point control

    To illustrate: Push rods under Cynwyd Llanuwchllyn mimic diagram with push-to-make buttons controlling turnouts in pairs to make the road required:

    What about an Irish variation on Shunters Yard (4 feet X 9 inches)...?
  4. MM 201 River Shannon

    Of course you do, go on, go on, go on, go on....
  5. N gauge point control

    For Cynwyd in N I used push wires under the baseboard which are the simplest. For Llanuwchllyn I am using side-action motors at the back of the layout operating the push-wires underneath activated by push buttons/CDU on a mimic control panel. See my threads on IRM.com on each layout for pics.
  6. Train-tech lighting modules

    I have used a OO kit from First Class Trains previously which included a rechargeable battery, on/off switch, recharge socket/plug/wiring, copper strip and LEDs/resistors. A red LED lamp could be added to provide a rear lamp to brake ends. You had to buy a transformer which could take 10 coach leads. They now only supply them with wheel pick-ups. I have thought of using the Train-Tech kits for coach lighting but would prefer an on/off switch (for use when transporting stock - no point them being lit up in their boxes) and ready access to change batteries. No doubt the kit could be bashed to provide these.
  7. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    That's true but they have the advantage of enabling wagons to be removed from the centre or other part of a train without disturbing the others (something that is difficult with Hornby-style couplings). They can add stability to trains over less-than-perfect track quite apart from delayed uncoupling capabilities for shunting.
  8. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    The same could be achieved using the shorter NEM Kadee couplers.
  9. enniscorthymans workbench

    Wrenneire: No photie just a Photobucket logo?
  10. The. Peco points are a good electro frog points & wired correctly  

    1. Irishrailwayman


      Perhaps the wheels are wider or need to be re- gauged?

    2. bhoulihan


      Thanks for the tip

  11. Peco points

    Are these electrofrog or insulfrog points and are they correctly wired? Older rolling stock may have wider wheels which can cause problems also.
  12. Good progress on Llanuwchllyn with all wiring completed, tested and working fine in both manual and automatic modes. The track is also finalised and ready for completion of sleeper gaps and ballasting. Initial work has commenced on buildings some of which will need to be scratch-built. Then its a case of painting/weathering the buildings and developing surrounding scenery to the standard achieved with Cynwyd. A couple of shots of the track first: Next some of the buildings placed before painting: Finally, a couple of views of the electrical control panels - note the use of side-action motors at the back which allow manual operation if desired (the push button control panel controls the points as pairs to make the appropriate road for the trains).
  13. Baseboards

    Tony, for what it is worth my thought processes in developing my model railways run along the lines of: can I store it where I can see it; can I access it to run it at home; can I dismantle it easily; can I transport it safely in my car and exhibit it multiple times...
  14. Noel, I missed this posting first time around so forgive my not responding previously with my thanks for your appreciation. Gerry
  15. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Thanks for that - it is almost 10 years since I laid that backdrop down! I first pasted on Peco Cloudy Sky paper as a backdrop. Then I cut out the scenic section of an Auhagen Wooded hillsides background mural No 42 511. This was pasted on top of the sky paper which gives an effect of relief. This also has the pleasing effect of the clouds seeming to drift from behind the wooded hills. Gerry

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