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Thanks Patrick.

 

WOW - I've nearly fallen off my perch with delight seeing both of those iconic scenes. Pure magic. There are some amazing layouts covered on this forum, but your layout is my personal favourite - it is simply fabulous and pure class.

 

I love the sleeper built beet loading ramp and Fergie tractor both typical of the area the goods shed is fairly typical of small stations.

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I love the sleeper built beet loading ramp and Fergie tractor both typical of the area the goods shed is fairly typical of small stations.

 

Another oft-ignored but essential feature of so many lines, especially in the south and west.

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Another oft-ignored but essential feature of so many lines, especially in the south and west.

 

The ramp is bassed on one in a photo of Spa station from Rails Through North Kerry. It is made from coffee stirrers which I found in the break room at work. It still needs more painting and weathering to hide the fresh lumber look.

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The ramp is bassed on one in a photo of Spa station from Rails Through North Kerry. It is made from coffee stirrers which I found in the break room at work. It still needs more painting and weathering to hide the fresh lumber look.

 

Coffee stirrers - sheer genius! Excellent stuff.

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20170222_124437.jpg The first two of twelve Provincial wagons Bulleid opens spotted for beet loading at Keilys Cross. The buffers on the second wagon were replaced by Dart castings heavy cast buffers which were fitted to many by the seventies. They still need to be weathered.

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Patrick, I'm trying to eat, and you posting photos like that has caused my dinner to go cold because those scenes are spell bindingly amazing :)

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20170224_011504.jpg First experiments weathering the Bulleid opens. These two received a wash of very diluted black poster paint with a drop of dish detergent addedd and we're then dry brushed with white.

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Hi Patrick. Looks good but the photo is out of focus. Will try your technique. Noel

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20170224_024234.jpg I'm having issues with my laptop at the moment so I'm using a tablet to take photos and post. Hope it is photo is better.

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Very nice - I'm back in 1968 :tumbsup: You are an artist with scenery.

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Coffee stirrers - sheer genius! Excellent stuff.

 

Come on, John!

 

They're NOT coffee stirrers - THEY'RE MODELLING STICKS! Every modeller knows that and I grab a few every time I succumb to an expensive coffee.

 

Dozens of potential uses - Patrick's is a new one!

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Patrick

 

First, I now know that you received that parcel OK!

 

You've been busy - they were only sent to the US of A on 2 February!

 

Also, thanks for resolving a stock control issue - I wondered WHY I had so few corrugateds in stock!

 

I've still got some, the rest of you who fancy copying Patrick!

 

Leslie (Provincial Wagons!)

 

PS Lovely job, by the way!

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Sorry, Patrick - on 15 February you did e-mail me to say they'd arrived!

 

You've been busy - some guys build my kits months after getting them (even YEARS!!!!).

 

Leslie

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Superb!!!!

 

I need to get to that layout. I missed out a footplate ride to Lismore; I might just be able to do it there!

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]27031[/ATTACH]

Waterford Cork goods train.

 

The perfect train. Oh drool, wow, yummie, memories, this iconic type of train formation dominated Irish rails for over 60 years and bridged the steam and diesel eras beautifully. What a wonderful and typical mix of loose coupled un-braked goods wagons, fronted up by a black'n'tan livery, and properly punctuated by a brake van. A proper pick up goods train, routinely seen on every branch and main line in Ireland. The operational 'play ability' of such trains on a layout, shunting, assembling trains and dropping off and collecting single wagons passing stations offers hours of endless fun, add sound and your in B&T GM shunting heaven. :) Leslie's wagons look superb. Well done once again Patrick and thanks for posting.

 

I am going to have to give up looking at photos of Patrick's beautiful layout for the forty days of lent.

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Never mind Lent, we'd all happily give everything up for ever if we could spend time "playing" with that layout! Absolutely top class.

 

Leslie, now we know why your wagons smell of coffee, green tea, and cappuccino! :-)

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Posted (edited)
20170317_115847.jpg Meanwhile the withdrawn wagons are stored at Waterford fiddle yard.

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Simple, but very effective. A fine lesson in how not to overdo things. A layout that always seems to photograph well because it has real atmosphere - and that is not a 'gimme' either.

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]27227[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]27228[/ATTACH]

A few more photos taken today just for fun.

 

B&T 1960s heaven!!! :) Could somebody please pick me up off the ground! :) Patrick your layout and stock is AMAZING

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20170512_111406.jpg There has not been much progress on the layout in the last few months due to home renovations and a vacation in Florida. The layout has been operated very frequently though. We now have enough opens to run a decent size beet special over the line. This train is a lot of fun to operate running from Cork fiddle yard to Glen More and back swapping loads for emptys along the way.

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Hi Patrick, your layout is looking more authentically Irish every time I see your photos, those last two show just where nothing is happening & yet everything is happening, magic.

Paul

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045 shunts beet wagons at Keilys Cross.

 

{ Thud } :tumbsup: That was me falling off the back of my chair looking at this stunning layout. Superb scenes. Lucky for me the A class was not in Black'n'Tan livery or I might have fainted. :)

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{ Thud } :tumbsup: That was me falling off the back of my chair looking at this stunning layout. Superb scenes. Lucky for me the A class was not in Black'n'Tan livery or I might have fainted. :)

 

 

Indeed.

 

I need my smelling salts every time I see this superbly atmospheric layout. More!!!

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I look the little touches like the beet loading ramp and small container gantry typical of the era and each an individual wagon load. Looks like things could get a bit hectic during the beet season crossing trains with short loops and no lay-by or headshunt to shunt a train clear of the main line or running loop typical of most secondary main lines!

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A shining example of 'less is more'. Hopefully Patrick will forgive me if I say it is not state of the art, but everything is to a consistency high standard and it just all hangs together so well and the artistry produces the atmosphere that isn't always there on other layouts, no matter how good technically. Would make a very good magazine article methinks and must be a great place to watch the trains go by.

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