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  1. GSR Pullman Coaches

    Broithe Thanks I can wait. Jhb Some pics. I do have a pic of the original coach so the first two are the side and the end. i had to lighten the end to make it clearer. The next two are the work I have completed todate. Both these photos have been lightened for clarity but in doing so the roof colour has become grey which it is not in reality. Sometime ago I did make an attempt to change the end, to block out the small upper window, but this was not a success given the size of the end in N gauge. So i will just leave any other changes for now. I have painted the chassis brown again this was done sometime ago
  2. GSR Pullman Coaches

    jhb I will post some pics of work todate. I do not think I have any pics of the coaches in their totally original condition. The end windows are different to those shown in Desmond Coakham's book but I will leave them as they are for the moment because I am not sure I could get the right look in N gauge. I will include pics of the ends.Again i do not know about the gang ways. Brothie I was not aware of the article by Colm Flannigan. Would it be possible to get a copy post on this forum. StevieB To some extent yes although I thought that the issues I am now raising were not covered.
  3. GSR Pullman Coaches

    jhb and WRENNEIRE thanks for your help. I will keep the Umber and cream livery and make the roof a mid to dark grey. The ends will be black also, they are currently umber. I already have the part above the windows in cream but with the word Pullman in umber. As the coaches did have the name on them for at east a short while I will for now keep it. The coach names, crests and armorial as well as the gold ling have also been removed.
  4. GSR Pullman Coaches

    I have 2 N gauge Pullman coaches made by Graham Farish (before take over by Bachmann) I had used the photo in Desmond Coakham's book as reference for livery etc. I recently came across this link to an earlier post about Pullman coaches. The thread was started some years before I joined the forum. There are a couple of issues not covered in the thread which would help make my models abit more accurate. The first is the roof colour, the current colour is a sort of grey/green that a number of British outline models seem to come with. Was the roof repainted to a black or dark grey colour? What is the difference between the GSR Cream and Brown livery and the British livery? On my coaches the brown is Umber and the cream is similar to butter milk. Desmond Coackham refers to the colour as Umber and Cream and states the photo is of the coach in its original livery and that they remained in that livery from the time of purchase until painted green by CIE Were there matching boards ( if that is the right term)below the waist on the Irish version? Was the word Pullman only used on the coaches from the time they were bought by the GSR until repainted? The photo in Desmond Coakham's book shows just Pullman yet he states the photo was taken in Kingsbridge (No date given) but in the text he refers to possible touching up and obliterating of the old name and armorial devices either side of it. Any help would be appreciated
  5. woodland scenics vinyl grass mat

    I use grass mats on my T-Trak modules but I am not sure if they are woodland scenics products as it is a while since i bought any. The last ones I bought I think were NOCH. I did not keep the wrapper.The mats have a paper backing to them and are easily stuck down with a PVA glue. I am currently using a product called Tacky Glue bought at one of The Works shops for £2. Another glue I have used is Hi-Tack again a PVA glue bought from The Craft Shop in Belfast costing £3.35. In the past i have used white wood PVA. I find they all do the job well. The glue can be applied either to the back of the mat or to the base board. Spreading the glue out works best but be careful not to let it dry out which it can do when spread out. If bits around the edges becomes unstuck just apply more glue. MikeO
  6. 70s/80s CIE rolling stock in N-gauge?

    You can certainly cross post any of the photos from my T-Trak thread. The photo you included above with my converted Vossloh G 2000 also shows the intercity coaches which have the Electra Graphics sides( referred to by Noel) added. The coaches are Graham Farish MK2 coaches with the paint work removed.. this needs to be done to ensure that the windows on the Electra Graphic sides are correct.
  7. 70s/80s CIE rolling stock in N-gauge?

    For a list of Irish diesel locomotives look at this link, it is for Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_locomotives_of_Ireland and for coaching stock look at this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaching_stock_of_Ireland Both are useful to give you some basic information. Another source of coach photos is this site http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ie/car/IE/pix.html There are some photos of Cravens near the end of the list. You will not be able to just paint a British locomotive in Irish livery because they do not look the same.. For an early C class a BR class 22 is roughly the right size( it is a little larger) and has the right number of wheels(ie 4 called a Bo-Bo) on each bogie but the body will require a lot of work to make even passable. For an A class which is similar to a c class but bigger a BR class 31 is roughly the right size (again it is a little larger) but also has the right number of wheels for each bogie(ie 6 called a Co-Co). Again the body will need a lot of modification. On the basis of passability Hobbytran make a Vossloh G 2000 BB which has a cab at each end, a narrow body and guard rails running between each cab on both sides. It is a Bo-Bo and with some work to the narrow body and the roof it could become a class 181. It is a slightly smaller scale 1/160 as opposed to 1/148(British) or 1/150(American and Japanese) but the small scale makes it the right length. British MK2 coaches can usually be passable intercity coaches. This is a link to my t-Trak thread which shows some of my conversions including( at the end of page 1) the Vossloh G 2000 and some painted MK2 coaches I hope this helps
  8. 70s/80s CIE rolling stock in N-gauge?

    There is nothing in RTR for Irish N gauge. While Shapeways have bodies finding a suitable chassis and making it fit will present major challenges in respect of the two locos in your photos. A more modern option of a class 201 using a Shapeways body and a Dapol class 66 chassis is some what easier. Have a look at this link to Connolly station in N by driver301 There are no other British outline models that are the same size as Irish locos, some come close but again making a suitable body is not going to be an easy task. In my experience to have Irish n gauge stock requires a lot of compromises and inventive ways of doing things.
  9. GNRi/UTA Coaches in N

    In my experience over the last 5/6 years it is difficult to get the types of MK1 coaches jhb mentions. The types that are available are not really suitable as they have different configurations of doors/windows etc. While steam locomotives are more readily available these will need some work to make them passable.. Below are some photos an S class I converted from a Union Mills T9 . The photos show the T9 in its original form, the alterations I made to the sides and front and finally the finished article Union Mills T9 Alterations to one side Alterations to front Completed version
  10. The Irish N-gauge debate

    Anything from around 1.5mm to 3mm in height is fine so applying lettering, crests, loco numbers, coach passenger class door numbers is relatively straight forward even though the transfers are considerably smaller then OO scale. However i find that transfers of less then 1.5mm are more difficult to apply because they are hard to read and can be applied incorrectly. MikeO
  11. N Gauge T-Trak

    A few photos of the T-Trak layout at the SDMRC Show at the weekend. This was a collaboration between the of us so not the modules or stock was Irish. The first four photos give a general view while the next seven photos show a little of the detail. The layout comprised one outer loop and 3 inner loops. We had 4 trains running at the same time on the outer loop and one each on the inner loops. The rolling stock comprise British, German, Irish and Swedish outline models; some RTR and the rest scratch built or conversions. MikeO
  12. Does anyone have or know where I could find information on the size of these locomotives excluding tenders. The length from front to back including or excluding buffers would help me identify possible donors for conversion. The J5 has 5ft 8in wheels which would suggest a length of around 22ft. J18/19s have 5ft 3in wheels suggesting a length of about 19 to 20ft. MikeO
  13. In a recent thread about roof vents I mentioned that the GNR(I) K24 coach was part of the Enterprise set circa 1948 as reported by Desmond Coakham. He referred to it as "...K24 Buffet....". In the same thread I described it as a side corridor third based on the drawing in the IRRS book Great Northern Railway (Ireland) Part 3b: High Roof Bogie Carriages post 1930. Does anyone know whether it started out as a third class coach and was converted to a Buffet car or vice-versa. MikeO
  14. Does anyone know if there were any guidelines about the placement of ventilators on coach roofs? In various photographs, where coaches have ventilators, these are either along one side of the roof, along both sides of the roof or along the middle of the roof. Most ventilators seem to be of the torpedo type although some are shell type. Were the latter used only on certain types of coaches? MikeO
  15. Some time ago there was discussion about train formations particularly relating to freight but I do not recall anything on passenger formations in the days of steam. Were there any protocols as to how trains should be marshalled for both main line and branch line services. On page 51 (bottom of the first column) in Desmond Coakham's book Irish Broad Gauge Carriages, he cites the formation of the Enterprise from Dublin in 1948 as D5 Brake-First, C2 First, K24 buffet, 3 K15s and an L14. The K15s were all thirds and the L14 was a Brake-Third. In a 7 coach train would 2 brake coaches be normal? In which coach would the Guard be located? I am assuming that there was only one Guard. I had thought that the brake vehicle (coach or wagon) would always be at the rear. MikeO

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