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Colin R

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About Colin R

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  • Birthday 09/09/1958

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    I am in my late 50's and single, I am currently not working but I hope that changes soon.

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    Bexleyheath Kent

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    Model and Heritage Railways

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  1. I've had a look - about 4/5 show buildings including the works, shed and one behind the Donegal-bound platform.

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      Colin R

      Hi Leslie thanks for having a look, More photos are always welcome, one area which is lacking is the road side and car park of the station buildings, I have one of the main building but not any details of the extended offices and the back of the water tower.

      Colin 

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    Donegal Railway

    Hi Merlin Thanks for the above, I have had a chat with a few local modellers over here and all the usual comments like you are mad to take on such a large design, etc. One thing I will do and if I see something which is very close to the prototype then I might use it on the model, but so far I have a few items I can use, I am currently looking for a building which is almost like the general stores building which in on one of the platforms, I was thinking in terms of using a couple of the Dapol Engine shed kits as a basis, but I haven't had a good look at what is out there right now. Colin
  3. Colin R

    Donegal Railway

    Hi John very true and thank you for looking, I hope someone has a photo of the following item which has so far provided to be somewhat elusive in photos, this one building which up to now has only lurked in the corner of the odd photo is the old Carriage and Wagon workshop, at the Strabane end I am convinced that it was the old Transfer shed when Stranorlar was duel gauge, over time this was modified and a learn to type of build was added. Going to the Donegal end, I have only so far found part of a photo which shows the sheds to be made of corrugated tin and possible old rail used as upright post's. What is interesting is that while Dr Patterson's book gives a track plan for Stranorlar, if you then look at the photo evidences which is about, it does not line up with so far any fixed date of operation. There are a number of things which have changed over time, one notable building is the old loco shed older photos show this to be made from wood, yet by the time of closer this had been rebuild in some sort of stone and or breeze block. Another thing is that most Donegal stations only got whitewashed (some photos show this to be more of a cream colour rather than whitewash) in later years, I am not sure as to when this happen, but some photos I have show the station building in plan stone finish. My best guess is this happen when the Red and Cream livery was introduced. Unless I wanted to build a dead scale model of Stranorlar at a fixed point in time, then the best I think anyone can do is to build almost a freelance version of the station, but with all the bits that take your fancy. Colin Hi Ernie, Yes I do have the book and I have also been in contact with Roger, I have been trying to get him to do some more Irish buildings, but he tells me he is very busy at the moment, I have also asked him to do some Isle of Man buildings as well (Douglas as a starter). I have to admit that the dream layout is a bit bigger than the back of the proverbial fag packet which started this all off years ago. Colin
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    Donegal Railway

    Thanks John that is one photo I already have. I see the value has gone up over 1000% if there is such a thing, I got a copy from the London branch of the IRRS a few years ago for about £3.50. Colin
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    Donegal Railway

    It would be interesting to find out, it is worth keeping a look out on eBay for photos and other such stuff. The only problem is that some sellers think they can make a lot of money out of Irish Railways, i was once offered a Donegal to Ballyshannon return ticket for £50.00 uk pounds i had to break the news to the seller that the heritage center in Donegal was selling the same tickets for 1 Euro at the time. Somewhere i have a box full of Donegal tickets which i picked up years ago for a £5.00, I think they are remainders and have not been issued or used, if you have a used ticket, well that is another matter and could be worth a few bob, but the condition and the places named on the ticket will make all the difference. Colin R
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    Donegal Railway

    Hi John No I haven't as yet, but I have asked the Donegal guys for some help and they have come up with about 60 photos so far. I will have to ask them at some point once I have all those photos I know about in one place. Colin
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    Donegal Railway

    Hi Ernie They are great, I have to admit that it was one of your photos which got me thinking about Stranorlar as a model, the more photos I find the better my understanding of the station becomes. For instance I did not know that part of the carriage works where just covered tracks made out of old rail and corrugated sheeting and that the C&W building was the old transfer shed in the days of the dual gauge operation. Its the little bits which make this so interesting. Colin Rainsbury
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    Donegal Railway

    Hi I though I would start this off as a general chat about all the Donegal lines. However I am doing some research into the Donegal Station at Stranorlar, So far I have about 50 odd photos from various sources and I have a few more to come, what I would like to ask is if anyone has any unpublished photos of Stranorlar in the late 1950's and early 1960's just after the railway closed or before the buildings where demolished. I have already realised that a 4mm scale style model is possible (20ft x 8ft), but on looking at different photos, I have come across a number of unique Donegal make do and mend buildings around the Carriage and Wagon Works. While some of the buildings can be build as per a photo much of it will still be guess work. I would like to thank the Donegal Heritage group for a whole lot of help so far, any information I get I plan to donate it all to the CDR Trust at Donegal at some point. I think a visit later this year is now in order. Colin Rainsbury
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    Bawnboy Road

    Sounds a great project and I look forward to seeing some photos. I would like a bit more info on the 2-4-2T chassis as I have four of them to build at some point plus a number of other 3ft gauge 2-4-2T's which never saw the light of day except on a design concept for the Isle of Man Railway. I have a few Ideas on how to go about it, but any shortcuts or new inspiration is always welcome. Is the layout going on the exhibition circuit at some point? if so let me know and I shall put it forward to the organisers of EXPO-NG. PS a bus coach body is available from Alphagraphix in card I have been wondering about using that as a basis for an etched kit. KIt No CC455 I think it is. You can email him on sirberkeley@outlook.com for more details. Good luck with the model. Colin Rainsbury
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    Donegal Railways

    Thanks David, I will have to put Ian's book on my list, as to Gordon's book I have the Grasslands book, but not either of the tree books yet. The plan at the moment is for the layout to be 10ft plus the fiddle yards at each end, I am thinking in terms of 3ft deep boards and working in 4mm, but due to the radius of 3ft for the curves at each end the total length will be 18 ft, I am thinking in making it a round and round layout with the F/Y behind it for continuous run at exhibitions, to be able to run the famous excursions of 11 coaches won't be possible in that length as they would appear to be too long, I would need to build the layout to a minimum of 30ft for that to happen. Thanks for the advice so far from you both, I have had a look at the Finntown operation and there are some possibilities in this as well. Colin
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    Donegal Railways

    Hi all As we approach the Christmas period my thoughts have turned back to my proposed Donegal layout. Now as some of you will be aware, a new book by Michael Whitehouse (Narrow gauge album 1950 -1965 in Colour) has just so happen to turn up today, on page 196/7 there is one of the best photos I have seen of the Barnesmore Gap with a train, so far so good. As this one photo has got me salivating to make a model of this bit of the Donegal is there any thing which I should try to include in which is only seen in the Gap on the Donegal? Of course if I had the space a small version of the gap would be built in about 25 to 35ft but as I only have 10ft to play with I would welcome any suggestions. Regards Colin R
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    Fry Model Railway

    Thanks for the reply Eoin I will just have to keep bashing away at the Euro lottery in that case. I guess for now Ireland is not yet ready for such a model center. I would be more concerned for those items which get stored, as I have know items to just disappear without trace unless some sort of independent audit take place once a year. Colin
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    Fry Model Railway

    Dare i say would it be worth thinking in terms of setting up something like the UK Pendon style project between all Irish model/ heritage railway fans, it won't be cheap but if a fund could be started that if any of this collection came up for sale funds would be in place to purchase them, where you would then display and store them well that is another matter to consider. Colin.
  14. I would agree that while it is great to have a TV programmes about model railways, I think it lost the plot and only reinforced the vision of so many people who just don't get model railways, at work they used to say that I should not forget to watch my Thomas the tank engine programme, for me the highlight was always the scratch built challenge, it was a pity that some teams refused to take part in that part of the show. While they covered quiet a bit of ground in some of the basic areas, I don't thing it went deep enough to help anyone who was getting in to model railways for the first time or what is more than likely would be a return to it after having had the family and finding themselves with a lot more me time . I guess the old adage will apply here, that being - you can't please all the people all the time. Yes there have been much better TV programmes about modelling in general and I would think that there is a market for that as well on TV. Colin
  15. Colin R

    Heritage Irish Stock

    Thanks John. I was wondering about that, I have a few of the drawings from that Tim Cramer's series, I am never to sure if I have missed out on any of them, I am pretty sure that no one has a kit of any of them at the moment, but I may well ask Allen at Worsley Works to do something. While I am OK with that side of things, it is finding the suppliers for all the detailing bits which can take some time to achieve. Colin PS if you are planning to do them, then I will hold off asking, since I personally have more than enough kits to build at the moment.
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