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  1. Garfield

    Irish Railway Models 21mm Conversions

    Hi Kevin, The ballasts (and consequently the bubbles and plough vans as they share the same chassis design) are subject to the design restrictions I mentioned above, but the Taras and 42ft wagons have bogies with longer axles, so you can increase the width. However, if you're working to P4 standards you will need to remove the OO wheels and replace with finescale versions.
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    Irish Railway Models 21mm Conversions

    Hi Brendan, Thanks for your feedback. Regarding the W-irons, with the ballast wagon we were constrained by the fact that we did not have direct control over the manufacturing process until a very late stage (documented elsewhere). When you contacted us in relation to the W-irons on the ballast, we listened and made adjustments to the bubble chassis. However, we were again constrained by the fact the same chassis design was required for the bubble, as well as minimum manufacturing tolerances. If we had made the W-irons any thinner, the structural integrity would have been compromised and they likely would have warped while the plastic cooled after exiting the mould. We used the same method to accommodate re-gauging of our Accurascale 24.5t hoppers and customers report being able to drop-in EM and P4 wheelsets with little or no adjustment required - the difference being we had complete control of the design process for this model from the outset. Regarding the wheelsets, the recognised tolerances for 21mm gauge are governed by P4 standards, which means that RTR RP25.100 OO gauge wheelsets are incompatible and require replacement in any case. As you say, the the Taras, etc. have wider axles and it should be possible to fit P4 wheels directly to them. Regards, Patrick
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    Hattons New Website

    I think it’s an improvement, personally. The search function is much better now.
  4. Garfield

    Going to the Ploughing?

    Fixed your post, Dave.
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    Going to the Ploughing?

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    Amiens Street Terminus

    The TNT worked a treat...
  7. I dearly would have loved to travel on these railcars. Not my photos, just ones I came across online... feel free to contribute! Tramore - Waterford from the train. Bridge no. 14. 10.9.60 by Roger Joanes, on Flickr Waterford Manor. Train for Tramore. 10.9.60 by Roger Joanes, on Flickr Waterford Manor. Train from Tramore. 10.9.60 by Roger Joanes, on Flickr (Note the Park Royal DVT in the centre!) December 19, 1959 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons, on Flickr Railcar set (CIÉ green) at Clara: Railcar set (CIÉ green) at Castlerea: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) at Fairview: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) at Rosslare Strand: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan - ex GNR) at Howth Junction: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) crossing the Tolka at East Wall: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) at Dun Laogahire: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) at Dun Laoghaire: Railcar set (CIÉ black & tan) at Connolly:
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    AEC railcars

    Clearly I pasted the wrong link...
  9. With the prospect of a hard version the the 'B' word becoming increasingly likely, the effects of any improvements in paths and line speed will be nullified by border checks...
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    Small production run of MGWR 6 wheel thirds

    Didn’t the MGWR use a slip coach on the Sligo line, dropping off at Inny Junction for Cavan?
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    IRM site stock levels.

    Just checked again and everything is as it should be...
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    IRM site stock levels.

    Hi Noel, per Bosko's post directly above:
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    MM Supertrain Mk2Ds

    I heard it didn’t last... they just weren’t compatible. 😕
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    MM Supertrain Mk2Ds

    Who’s buying? 😁
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    CIE Ballast Plough Now Available to Preorder

    Just to add, Steve and I responded to your chat the other night but you seem to have logged off straight away?
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    Small production run of MGWR 6 wheel thirds

    I’d be up for a few as well, JB!
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    IRM Fert Wagon

    Or possibly even electrics! Some British firms also submitted proposals to the GNR, with one design looking suspiciously similar to the ill-fated BR class 17...
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    Studio scale models worth it??

    Hi Sam, Welcome to the forum! Studio Scale Models produce some really good stuff, but most of their kits are etched brass and the larger locos especially require a bit of skill with soldering, etc. You could always start out with one of their brake van kits and see how you get on. The proprietor, Des, is a regular poster here and I'm sure he will be happy to answer any queries you may have...
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    Well she did ask

    He's on his way...
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    IRM Fert Wagon

    Thing is, the remaining ivory bubbles continue to outsell the orange versions. We expect all to sell out in a reasonable time, but the remaining ivory stock will be depleted well before the orange ones.
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    Behind the scenes at IRM

    Another day, another survey! Richie and I are out and about to measure-up something which will be the first stage of a real game-changer for IRM. We’ll reveal more on this one closer to the release date of the model in question.
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    Double height Beet Wagon kit is now available

    That's the barytes after they were modified for use as spoil wagons with the removal of the lifting gear for the body sides. The stenciled test markings on the wagons suggests the photo was taken in the mid '00s...
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    LIMA Murphy Models

    Not quite true, Noel. Hornby’s copyright is valid for another 25 years. Just an FYI.
  24. Heard on the grapevine this morning that the Ballina-Waterford DFDS liners will cease at the end of June.
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    First post

    Downpatrick? Does Kilkenny count, too? PS: welcome aboard, Gabhal!

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