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  1. connollystn

    A closer look at our A Classes!

    I have to agree with you [Warbonnet]. Producing a blank loco with separate transfers would raise a number of issues - one being undervaluing it should someone want to sell it on at a later stage. Unlike marriages, model locomotives aren't for life.
  2. connollystn

    Dublin Model Railway & Hobbies Exhibition

    Though unfinished, I was really impressed with the O Gauge layout. It was my first time to see an O Gauge layout and I was really impressed. The IRM Accurascale stand was very impressive and professional. The lads really have taken their' work/hobby very seriously and the announcement of the A Class really added to the atmosphere. While there may not have been the amount of layouts the people would expect for the premier model railway exhibition in Ireland I feel that there was something there for everyone. Well done to everyone involved.
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    Murphy Models 121

    The Class 121 had so many cosmetic changes I doubt that by the Irish Rail era any two locomotives looked the same. I think that production of the 121 model will be a herculean task.
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    Dublin Model Railway & Hobbies Exhibition

    The MRSI show is the highlight of my year. It's great to have something to do on a long weekend in Dublin. I try to get there early to avoid the crowds as it's the best way to view the exhibits but, everyone else seems to have the same idea. Pity there isn't a canteen as it'd be nice to sit down with a nice mug of tea and a few biscuits. I normally treat myself to a break and have a vegetarian roll (a cigarette [there's no meat in them so they must be suitable to for vegetarians]). Roll on Saturday!
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    Mothballed 201s Thread

    Very interesting topic Railer. Wasn't sure what was happening to the 'surplus' 201 locomotives. So sad to see that a number of them had such an early demise with less than 23 years service - in human terms, that's like being put on the scrap heap at 50.
  6. I think that Lord Adonis has a point. You would expect a much better service between major cities but I feel that the governments are more interested investing in roads than rail. I feel that the Mark IIs and IIIs were far better coaches as compared with the current locomotive hauled stock. I gave up using the train from Dublin to Longford, the bus is cheaper and just as quick and, at times, arrives in Longford before the train. I like the 22K railcars, I think they're great, roomy and comfortable, the best buy in years by CIE/IÉ. The noisiest thing about them are other passengers.
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    AEC railcars

    Hi guys, Just discovered this post today and, despite my age, wasn't aware that diesel railcars had been so widely used prior to the arrival of the 22Ks. This has been a very informative thread and I enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work guys. Gerard
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    CIE/IR Mk2D formations.

    Hi Railer, I remember the latter days of locomotive hauled trains on the Sligo line. The former 1st class coaches had been converted to standard class. If my memory serves me correctly some of the composite coaches were first/standard class, again, all converted to standard class. I recall there being two restaurant coaches running in a set - largely due to the lack of availability of passenger stock. Regards, ConnollyStn
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    HAG Series Re 460 locomotives for sale

    Sorry Warbonnet, got distracted by the Belgium v. Japan game. The price for each locomotive is €140
  10. I have the following HAG 281 series (SBB Re 460 werbeloks) model locomotives for sale: ADtranz, Ascom, Ciba (blue) x2, Danzas, Relax, SBB Cargo (green) All the above were purchased in the early to mid noughties and have little running and spent little time out of their' boxes. €120 each. Dublin area.
  11. While not surprised at this news I was sad to read about Fleischmann's decision to quit production of HO models. Was thinking of this while going through my Fleischmann collection and it reminded me of why I chose to operate these models. They are smooth running and the quality and finish is second to none. I am really impressed with their close coupling mechanism which was another selling point for me, however, I don't think that Fleischmann were moving with the times. They were producing electric and diesel locomotives with moulded handrails and wipers while their competitors were applying these separately. Being produced in Germany they were disadvantaged too as other companies moved production to counties where labour costs are cheaper. I have several HAG model locomotives [Re 460] which I purchased in the early/mid noughties but I started to concentrate on my Fleischmann collection and those locomotives became redundant quite quickly. It was my intention to get rolling stock to operate with them but I decided to focus on my DB AG collection. I still take them out of their' boxes to look at them but, I know, one of these days I'll have to off load them.
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    Baby GMs for sale

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    Baby GMs for sale

    One IR 143 unopened for sale. Collection Dublin City centre only. €100.
  14. Did anyone test the 141/181s produced for Murphy Models? I may have been contaminated while I was admiring the great details and the wonderful smooth running qualities of that loco. How did we get to here? I thought this was about 'Fleischmann applying for insolvency'?
  15. Looks like 600 into 33 just doesn't go.

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