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  1. Broithe

    Photographic Website Updates

    Clicking on the pictures works, though.
  2. In model terms, I'm not sure that there's a reliable alternative to gently running a selection of stock around and adjusting obstructions as they are found, although pre-planning will reduce the work greatly. Curves are the big issue. Some modern locos can have big overhangs at the front (Pendelinos, etc), though Ireland isn't greatly afflicted by that sort of thing. Even in the real world, people get caught out by standards. On the Big Island, Network Rail has been known to grind off platform noses as a result of new stock coming into service.
  3. As it says, due allowances must be made on curves - and these allowances will need to be rather greater in a model situation, with rather tighter curves.
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    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    I understand that several G&Ts were necessary whilst the script was being finalised. 🍸
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    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Mmm, looks to me as though you have it fairly well off pat...
  6. Excellent news! As used on the Branch Line at Ballybrophy.
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    Criminal Profiling.

    9 mm gauge layouts are highly suspicious...
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    Criminal Profiling.

    One of the Glocks picked up in Garda raids today. Other people with railway layouts may now expect increased attention...
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    Hornby diesel class 40

    Methodical elimination - it's often the best way.
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    Hornby diesel class 40

    Try just shoving individual wagons round the curves, empty, and see what happens. Is it one wagon? Does it happen at the same place? Etc... It can be all sorts of things - misaligned track joints, debris/ballast against a rail, duff wheels, a nick on a flange, the list goes on...
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    Hornby diesel class 40

    Six and a half pounds seems quite a lot - is that just the rake of wagons?
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    Ballybrophy.

    The parking issue has reached critical levels there now - something may have to be done... A new sign has appeared on the fifth lamppost from the Dublin end of the Branch Platform. The access ramp on the northbound platform has notes about only being used on Mk 4s. Too wide for the branch trains? But the similar-looking one for the southbound trains does not. Whilst I was there, 222 pulled a southbound train through at a fair speed - there were no leaves on the platform when it had gone.
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    Ballybrophy.

    Possibly we should have had this - - instead of Jedward. Though, if you really want a coffee at Ballybrophy these days then you might need to bring a flask. Lambe's and Phillips's are long gone.. My own pictures of the centre of the Universe - https://picasaweb.google.com/105618325540295927305/Ballybrophy# - I have a few more that I'll stick up at some point..
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    New motor(s) for the Hornby APT

    The back-to-back distance, for 00, should be around 14.5mm. Back-to-back issues will also contribute to derailments. The magnets fit under the motorised units and are attracted to the steel plates that need to be fitted under the track, increasing the force the wheel exerts on the track, but without adding (much) to the weight.
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    New motor(s) for the Hornby APT

    As long as the wheel rim is in contact with the rail you should have current available - the flange contact isn't really an issue. For the derailing aspect, it can be worth checking that nothing (wires) obstructs the swing of the bogie. This - https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/powerbase-mini-magnet-pack-x24-smaller-magnets/ - can be a way of getting greater contact force on the rail, without adding mass that makes the climb even harder. Always worth cleaning the rails (and wheels) and seeing if things are any better then. With the Pendelino, one of the problems was that sudden power changes, from a cheapo set controller, coupled with traction tyres on one side only, caused the bogie to 'climb out' and derail. A flywheel would have helped a lot, but wasn't really practical, a bit of 'slide' from metal wheels was the answer in the short term. A bit of extra mass, over the driven bogie(s) was also a possible benefit.
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    Stations

    Do what you like, in general. Your station is in your world.
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    Foolish drivers

    Beeston, Nottingham - yesterday. "Get yer knee down and twist the throttle, you stand a good chance..." I hope it was empty.
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    Foolish drivers

    This is a 'good' example...
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    MM 141 staff/tablet catchers

    The box picture is of the loco in its original state, with the smaller marker lights, too, as well as the catcher.
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    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    1 - It is actually quite bizarre that we're having ridiculously niche items made for us on the other side of the world, in a place that was essentially totally inaccessible only a few years ago. 2 - The basic groundwork for any future transport disruptions is already done now.
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    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    Shame there's no tea clippers left running, you could get a few days back with one of them... Waiting for the boxes to arrive for dispatch.
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    Loading ballast at Lisduff

    OSI aerial pictures show the conveyor still there in 2005.
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    Loading ballast at Lisduff

    I'm "sure" that I remember a conveyor over the road there not that many years ago, but Street View only goes back to 2009.
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    GNRi Brake Van

    There are Chinese copies* on eBay at around four quid, but they look a bit rough. As bizarrely expensive as the US ones are, the material is top class stuff. *a 'spring punch' search will bring them up. There are ones out there that will take a masonry nail as a replaceable point. I would say that, for site use, as the nail-punches would probably be used, they are a very 'losable' item, and it's no fun at the full price. I'm also a fan of having a square somewhere on things than don't need to be fully circular. Screwfix are good for what they're good for - and there's a shop at the end of my road now, so no 'building an order' is necessary..
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