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  1. MikeO

    N Gauge T-Trak

    Hi Folks I am attaching a few photos of the layout used to run my Irish stock. The layout is modular and comprises 15 separate modules ranging from singles to triples and includes corner modules. The basic single module is 308mm in length (from left to right), 300mm in width (from front to back) and 70mm in height (from bottom to top). The other modules are multiples of this except for the corner modules which are 365mm square. The fiddle yard (not shown in these photos) is triple in length but about 380 in width, more about this in other posts. Some of the backscenes have been improved and some others have been changed. The photos also some some of the stock that I have. The modules do not represent any particular place or time period but give a flavour of the types of things that can be seen in the Irish country side. The stock is a very eclectic mix because they are a mix of conversions and scratch building from what was available and what was easiest to do. I will post further photos later. MikeO
  2. Just about to make a new start on my first fictious Irish layout after more than 20 years of North American modelling. Wish me luck I will need it
  3. Dunluce Castle

    Durham Railway

    Hello everyone, I thought I better ought to start a thread here on this forum about our exhibition layout which was built by all 3 of us (dad did most of it) (although you'll usually see me operating her at exhibitions) many of you may have already seen the layout on the exhibition circuit last year and this year so far. This layout portrays a typical rural station in County Durham, set in both the 1930s London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) period and the 1960s British Railways period. The railways played a vital role throughout the north east of England due to the high number of coal mines and manufacturing centres, resulting in heavy freight traffic. Passenger traffic, although less important than freight, grew with the spread of industry. What we are hoping to achieve is the busy atmosphere of pre-World War Two days, leading to the subsequent decline of traffic through the post-war period, when the railways faced increased competition from the roads. The latest exhibition which was the NDMRS Bangor exhibition in the grammar school saw the layout win an award for best exhibit. Here are some pics, The layout starting out, the layout took roughly 5 weeks from start to finish. This pic is from our first exhibition which was the first Bangor one. I didn't managed to get pics of the exhibition on show at carrickfergus but here it is at the first Bangor Christmas show. And here are some from our latest show, Thanks for looking Nelson
  4. Hi all, I've just started my first layout, well second if you include when I was a nipper! It's nothing fancy, just a 4'x2' baseboard on which to set a 00 Inglenook, or shunting puzzle. I'm using it as a test bed for my first foray into DCC. Track is Peco code 100, with electrofrog points. I've one of Tam Valley's dual frog juicers to hook the two points upto. Currently have the track wired up to the dcc bus, and the loco can run to the end of all sidings & across the points at a crawl without stalling, so I'm happy with that. I'm using the NCE Power Cab for my controller, and find it easy enough to get the hang of. I picked up an 8 pack of bachmann 12t vans to use in the shunting puzzle. I tried popping out the tension lock couplers on them, and fitting kadee #19 couplers in their place, but they appear to sit a tad too low. Looking on the kadee site, they recommend #5 couplers for bachmann branchline wagons, so I've ordered some of them to try out instead. The #19 coupler appears to be at the correct height when fitted to a MM141, which is the loco I plan to use. I'm waiting on some on/off/on toggle switches for remote point control. I have peco point motors, the pl10e, to fit under the baseboard. On that, can I ask for some info on point motors and dcc? The point motors says to use a 16v supply, so is this seperate from the dcc bus then? I have access to plenty of used laptop power supplies - can they be used for powering point motors? Anyway, heres a link to my flickr page with pictures of progress so far, which I'll update as I go along
  5. IrishModelRail

    Kilmeg Progress

    Hi all, no photos this time but a video of the progress on Kilmeg since my last update. Enjoy, Seán.
  6. IrishModelRail

    Seán's Workbench

    Hi all, some pretty basic stuff to start off my workbench. No elaborate building or scratchbuilt locos, just a step-by-step guide of how I make signs for my layout:) Now a few images of the LED display I am making for my station. Seán (IMR).
  7. Kilkenny

    Dunbell

    Hello everyone. I hope to keep updating this thread with progress on my layout. The layout I'm building is currently about 13 feet x 9 feet. I decided to build it in three main stages. For the materials I will be using 3 x 4-ply 15mm 8x4 plywood sheets together with 8 x 18 foot 2x3 planks for the base and support struts. It is being built in an outside shed which used to be a wreck but I've cleared it out, patched the roof, put in appropriate insulation to prevent dampness, plastered the wall and painted it and put in new carpeting, now it's finally layout friendly! When the main baseboards are laid the shape will be like a rectangle but with one slanted side to allow ease of access to the shed Section 1; This is what I already had completed before I started to take pictures of the progress: Section 2; Here I'm going to show you building this section from start to finish. First here's the untreated wood that I bought for the section (with the shed in the background): I then preserved the wood with a strong varnish/preservative, this also helped with the presentation. A loft layout mightn't need such treatment but because this shed can experience sub-zero temperatures together with heat I didn't want the base boards to warp. The more coats the better! : Screwing and nailing the support struts: I've cut the baseboard to the right shape but as you see the sides of the two baseboards are drooping over the edge so I have to rectify that and convert it into the one piece (next photo): Job done for tonight! Altogether what you see there was done over 2 days which isn't bad going I suppose : As for track layout and scenery I have very little planning done as of yet. I plan on doing some local scenery such as a quarry which I live near that the tracks pass, I think that it will look well and is relatively easy to do once you right stuff. This will definitely take a few months maybe even a year to get up to the standard that I'm happy with. More updates soon!
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