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    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

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

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  1. A couple of finished seafoam trees ready for planting on Llanuwchllyn. Note the lack of uniformity and variety of colours and shapes - just as with the prototype. In nature, trees are quite tall relative to the train so quite tall ones may be used on a layout even in N gauge.
  2. Omagh GNRi station

    Fiddle-yard to fiddle-yard is definitely an option and is a change from the ubiquitous roundy-roundies. In DC the movement of trains can be automated including station stops/station passing loops etc (in DCC no doubt the computer buffs could set up automation). This is the approach I have taken with my N gauge DC Cynwyd (automated station stops) and most recent Llanuwchllyn (automated station passing loop). The beauty of F2F is that you don't have to bend the track at each end to get the trains back around meaning the flow into/out of the layout is more prototypical.
  3. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Will you have to do some drastic surgery to get the chassis to fit?
  4. OO Layout - To be Named

    George, looking forward to this layout making it's exhibition debut at the Wexford Show Easter 2019! I really like the Art-Deco signal box so be sure to incorporate a few more of those era buildings. Best of luck with the build. Will you be going DCC sound?
  5. While my trees are drying, here are a few photos of Llanuwchllyn with some detail added. I also am working on the signals at present.
  6. Kingsbridge - paint shop

    They must have been hanging around too long in some sidings unsupervised alright. These are a set of rub-on transfers I got a few years ago.
  7. Kingsbridge - paint shop

    Great stuff Noel. Would you consider adding grafitti to the heavily weathered bubbles?
  8. Trees for Llanuwchllyn have been developed using the Gaugemaster Sea Foam kit - the same technique used for my Llangollen and Cynwyd layouts. The dried sea foam natural plant product comes packed in a box and pieces are selected and teased out into "tree-like" shapes. Any natural leaves present may be removed. The stems and main branches are painted in brown or grey to simulate different "tree" species. Dilute PVA glue is daubed on the stem (e.g. to simulate ivy) or on the "branches" and a variety of scatter materials can be used sprinkling them on (material that does not stick can be caught on a folded piece of paper and re-used). Noch produce "leaf-like" scatters in a variety of colours but any fine scatter material can be used. In fact, the more variety, the more a natural variation is created - just like in nature. Similarly, the sea foam being a natural product means that no two trees are alike. The fineness of the model "trees" make them particularly suited to N gauge but they should also be at home in OO. A couple of pictures to illustrate the above:
  9. Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Super building - just need an Irish loco now to complete the scene! Great project.
  10. IE class 201 colours

    You could always use a clear varnish to give any of the above finishes if you wish.
  11. Ballybeg

    I used Glue and Glaze to provide a lens if I recall correctly but a slice of a clear plastic bar would do either. I tried fibre optic cables previously but the type I had were a bit inflexible - perhaps there are better types available now.
  12. Ballybeg

    Hi Noel, The directional lighting was done DIY on all of these Silver Fox locos. The LED lighting shines through two apertures drilled in the bodywork and was wired in to the DCC soundchips fitted in each case. The Mr Soundguy sound project from A39 was used. Gerry
  13. Ballybeg

    This is the model from Irish Freight Models to which I added a red lamp and guard. The wooden planks are vertical but I have seen photos where the wood is planked horizontally so it may have varied across the fleet. The model features NEM pockets, spoked wheels and has wire grilles on the internal doors/window apertures. A couple of pics:
  14. Ballybeg

    A couple of shots of Ballybeg in Steam, Black n' Tan and Supertrain era liveries:
  15. 141 Gauge N

    Multi-era layout perhaps?
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