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  1. Your chance to air your views about the Phoenix Park tunnel or whatever else grabs your fancy: http://www.nationaltransport.ie/public-consultations/current/ (Download the "Integration Implementation Plan 2013-2016" Link.) Given that they're pushing the tunnel and Irish Rail are bucking against it, a few voices in support mightn't go amiss. (Mind you, does it ever make any difference?) Alan
  2. A model home?

    http://www.myhome.ie/residential/brochure/1-3-cappagh-bungalows-cappagh-lane-ninth-lock-road-formerly-lucan-newlands-road-clondalkin-dublin-22/2453937 Saw this in today's property supplement. Ideal home for a modeller. You get: - A house within spitting distance (literally) of the Cork main line - A 2nd house beside it, for your model railway - A 3rd house for SWMBO to retreat to when the trains all get to be too much - All for €100,000. Bliss.
  3. gswr 101

    My bubbles always used to fall off the track. In fact there was only one bubble wagon, an MIR one, and it only fell off at the common crossing of a Peco large radius curved point at the entrance to my station. At the time, all I knew about finescale standards was that some Peco points were called finescale and some were called universal. I didn't know you couldn't run finescale wheels through universal crossings. I had read loads of back issues of Railway Modeller, and was aiming for a realistic, modern image, CIE layout, but every time that little bubble wagon hit the crossing, it derailed. I was stumped. Before I could resolve the problem, college and life intevened, the railway got put into the attic, and here I am, 25 years on, finally getting back to some modelling. The problem, it turned out, was incompatible wheel and track standards. The bubble wagon had Alan Gibson's finescale 00 wheels, which have narrow flanges and tyres, while the track was coarse scale to allow the steamroller tyres and flanges of old Triang equipment to pass through. To solve the problem, and make sure I didn't have it again, I had to settle on one set of track and wheel standards. At the same time, I was unhappy with 00 as a scale-gauge combination. It's not so much the track itself, although at 4.5 mm under-scale, it's closer to the Tralee and Dingle than the Tralee to Dublin. It's more because the 6 foot way between the tracks has to be increased to compensate, so that instead of having two tracks and a six-foot of 21:24:21 mm, you end up with 16.5:30.5:16.5 mm. That leaves the gap between the tracks almost twice as big as the gauge, rather than being nearly the same size, and it was something that bothered me. The choice then was whether to go for 21mm gauge and 4mm scale, or try some other combination. I thought about 1:100 (approx 3mm scale) which would give a gauge of 16mm, for which I felt I could use 16.5mm track; but the track would then be 33% overscale, even if I used finescale 00. More significantly, so would the wheels. It seemed easier just to use 4mm scale, and rely on all the support available in terms of finescale products in that scale. I thought about 2mm finescale as well, but felt the models would be just too small for me to make accurately – and I'm short sighted enough already. Having settled on the scale and gauge, I still had to decide what set of track standards to use. 00 finescale would be fine, but seemed a bit nebulous – nobody really defines what the standard is. EM and P4 both had well set out standards, but P4 track (if done well) looks that little bit better. The one thing I didn't want was to start off in one and then decide I wasn't happy with it and scrap everything to go for higher standards, so it seemed better to start hard and, if I can't master it, drop back to something a bit more forgiving. (A bit like learning to run first and then, if that doesn't work, consider walking. Don't ask – it made sense to me at the time.) In the meantime, I had seen Adavoyle at the SDMRC show, and had spoken to Tony Miles, and that really sealed my choice. So I finally made a start last September (having sworn I wouldn't read Irish Railmway Modeller in the meantime, so as to stop me wasting time) and, at a snail's pace, I've produced four pieces of track and one set of (almost functional) points since then. I've now moved on to producing a 1.2 m section of double track with a B6 crossover. It's slow work – at this rate, Irish Rail will have the DART interconnector before I have a layout – but I'm figuring everything out from scratch as I go, even the basics of soldering and drilling holes in pointwork sleepering. I'm also getting a bit quicker as I repeat basic processes. That's where I am at present - effectively “course 101” in finescale modelling. I'm a basic grade, entry level, 21mm gauge P4 modeller (with an option on EM or 00 standards if I can't make things work at P4.) So what's this got to do with the GSWR? Well, after reviewing all the books I could find, I wanted to build a model set at a time when the railways were in an optimistic mood, with a decent level of service. I initially thought of CIE about 1950, but I preferred the look of the locos before they were rebuilt, reboilered, superheated and all, and GSR battleship grey was a bit of a turnoff too. I feel Adavoyle really 'nailed' the Great Northern, and I didn't want to just produce a pale imitation. I prefer tender engines to tank engines (that one goes back a long way – Edward, not Thomas), so the CBSCR was out. Service level on the WLWR and MGWR seemed lower than I wanted. The Midland stations were very long and very narrow, so not great for a limited space. So the GSWR about 1910 was what I decided to aim for. That will inevitably require one or more of Mr McDonnell's little 0-6-0s, hence the title for this thread. As I'm doing “course 101” on finescale historical modelling, any help and advice I can get from the members of this forum will be more than appreciated. (I'll probably put this post up on rm-web too for the same reason.) Also, my own trials and tribulations might help others who are at a similar stage, or more likely give them the chance to say, “well, I'm definitely NOT doing it THAT way.” I want to stress that I am NOT trying to restart any gauge / standards debate. (There's enough discussion about that on other threads here.) There's an awful lot to be said for just switching the controllers up to max and sitting back lineside and watching the trains roll by: it's probably what got most of us interested in model railways in the first place. Also, compromising on gauge leaves a lot more time for working on other aspect of realism, and some of the work on this site is superb. Sometimes I wonder if I'm mad to try this; but what the hell. Thanks, by the way, to Gerry Byrne for encouraging me to start (though he didn't know quite what I had in mind) and to John Mayne (whose path I must have crossed many times in George Hannon's model shop in Malahide in the 70s) whose posts on this site helped make the start a bit clearer. I'll post some pictures below of what I've been up to, and show some of the failures along the way. Alan

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