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Hi Everyone,

 

We received the following pics from our factory overnight; pics of our Ballast Wagons! Are you as excited as we are?? The finishing line is in sight.

 

Remember; you can still order pack B and C direct from us at http://www.irishrailwaymodels.com but they're selling fast!

 

Thanks to everyone who has placed an order with us and supported Irish Railway Models from the start. This would not be happening without you!

 

Ballast production 1.jpg

 

Ballast production 2.jpg

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Good news. :) Looking forward to putting them on the layout next month behind a double header of 141s.

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Yum Yum! looks like chocolate.

 

You weren't expecting injection moulded plastic, were you? These are finest Belgian chocolate sir! :)

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Great news.

I am getting my plough vans ready.

 

Yes have BR shark plough van ready for repainting to yellow as there are no Irish RTR plough vans! :)

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Yes have BR shark plough van ready for repainting to yellow as there are no Irish RTR plough vans! :)

No rtr Plough vans alright,but the SSM kits are handy enough to build.

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In those boxes, they look like the Terracotta Army!

 

All hail to the Ballast Army; well done, gentlemen, in pursuing this worthy project.

 

As I write this comment, two magpies fly past outside; tis a good omen.

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Looking forward to mine too. It will spur me on to finish the second plough van ( the remaining gswr one )

 

Or double headed I can re-live standing by the line as the dolomite trains went by to ballinacourty , I can still them , two baby GMs snaking along by the suir , blowing their horns to warn trackside imps like me

 

All I need then is an A class an a few oil tankers to complete the memories

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Yum Yum! looks like chocolate.

 

 

If these were chocolate they'd be Lindt 70% pure cocoa with orange and almond bits in it! Mmmmmm.

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I reckon after the new ballasts these babies will be in high demand

 

 

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DAMN man!! Those look seriously fine. Never thought anything so durty would look so desirable. (quiet you down the back).

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DAMN man!! Those look seriously fine. Never thought anything so durty would look so desirable...

 

Oooohhhhh careful, careful now..........!!

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It's really finally happening.:-bd Can't wait for these to arrive and the temptation to get 2-4 plough vans is starting to get too much :). Once these arrive along with the bubbles and taras we have everything we need to model a Kingscourt Navan branch layout. A nice A class would be the icing on a very tasty cake.:trains:

 

Well done lads, :cheers:

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we have everything we need to model a Kingscourt Navan branch layout

 

I know that line well. Good call sir. Good call.

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Question folks, did the ballasts always run with two plough vans, one at each end, or did they some times have one in the rake?

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Question folks, did the ballasts always run with two plough vans, one at each end, or did they some times have one in the rake?

I did see a few with a single

plough van Noel.

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I did see a few with a single

plough van Noel.

 

I've seen a few photos of ballast trains with single plough vans but the hoppers were always empty, and a lot of those trains appeared to be split rakes. I only recall seeing one photo of a single plough on a loaded train.

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Could have been Gypsum now that I think of it

I used to escort explosives to Kingscourt and that may have been where I saw them

Good detective work Pat

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I was in the cab of a 141 in 1974 , when it collected ballast from queallys quarry at carrolls cross , loads of ballast . no plough van at all !!.

 

Ive seen several pictures of a single plough van , the double setup seems to be much later in IR days

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I was in the cab of a 141 in 1974 , when it collected ballast from queallys quarry at carrolls cross , loads of ballast . no plough van at all !!.

 

Ive seen several pictures of a single plough van , the double setup seems to be much later in IR days

 

We have photos on file of CIÉ-era ballast trains with a plough van at either end. The 24850 series plough vans were only introduced in 1978.

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Regarding ballast rakes there were times that a single plough was used; more often than not if the second one was away for repairs / maintenance. The general principle of having two vans was to negate the need to be able to spread ballast in one direction only; but for most (single lines) it could be overcome by dropping ballast in the direction which the plough was facing. For example if it was planned to drop ballast between Portarlington and Tullamore and the van was at the Tullamore end the train would run laden from Portarlington - Tullamore, run round and then drop going back to Portarlington.

 

The ballast hoppers were formed into 3x rakes (known as Sets A, B & C). The usual composition was 15 hoppers & 2x vans. One of the rakes had a former GSWR plough van in the consist (dating from 1906) and although running on a more modern under-frame it was considered the oldest item of rolling stock left running in everyday service on Irish Railways.

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g Claremorris 153 June 2003 a427

Claremorris June 2003

These were empty, came in from the east the day before and stabled overnight in the old Ballinrobe platform. The van could well be 24850. I think the last number is a 0

 

Ernie

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Great info and pics there men. Have to say I love the plough vans. Make for a lovely model in themselves.

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Great info and pics there men. Have to say I love the plough vans. Make for a lovely model in themselves.

 

Can somebody please explain to me the different provenance of these two plough vans?

 

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The latter one seems to have a longer wheelbase.

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Thanks Richie. That was an excellent post/thread well researched, don't know how I missed it at the time. Your research has convinced me to go for the earlier '10 Ton GSWR Ballast Brake Plough Van' and paint it Bauxite or Brown which would probably be more appropriate for my B&T era than the later plough in bright PW yellow. Thanks again.

 

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