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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2018 at 10:12 PM, Northman said:

Hi Noel,what size of washer did you use?Cheers.

Hi Northman,I'm not sure of the actual size of the washer-I got them off Jim in Mark models in Dublin.

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216 returned south from NIR last week hauling the bogie spoil wagons, it is seen here arriving at Tara junction where it ran around the wagons and propelled them to the siding.

The S+E department were busy too installing the Train Tech ground shunt signals at various locations around the yard.....the one in the photo is interlocked with the points which lead to the Lakeview freight yard..

And finally Lakeview freight yard sees both retro liveried locomotives 071 and 073 arrive and prepare to depart with the IWT liner (071) and the DFDS liner (073)

Happy Easter to all viewers of Tara Junction.

 

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Fabulous life scenes Noel

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I liked that a lot.  Why just do the fix, add a story to the process too. Brilliant. 

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I was only watching a video a couple of days ago of 216 on loan for ballast cleaning duties and it turns up on Tara Junction.And then there's both 071s in retro livery, where else would you get it :tumbsup:  

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After a prolonged time out of service with traction motor problems 201 C Class loco 226 received an A exam at the MPD and after a request from the CME,the loco was given an out road trial hauling some laden bogie fertiliser wagons,

With a trailing weight of nearly 300 tonnes 226 is seen here passing through the station-the trial was a success and 226 returned to the regular locomotive pool.

 

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Love this real world 'men at'work' layout. :tumbsup:

6 bogie fertiliser wagons seems the perfect length rake for large model layouts.

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13 hours ago, Robert Shrives said:

Good to  see , what is "under the bonnet" now ? 

Robert 

Thanks Robert-its a GM power unit swapped from a 181 class locomotive.........:Happy1:

13 hours ago, Noel said:

Love this real world 'men at'work' layout. :tumbsup:

6 bogie fertiliser wagons seems the perfect length rake for large model layouts.

Thanks Noel,yes six bogies are fine but I could increase to eight in particular for the forthcoming Tara wagons.:-bd

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30 minutes ago, ttc0169 said:

Thanks Noel,yes six bogies are fine but I could increase to eight in particular for the forthcoming Tara wagons.:-bd

Cheers. Yes agree, a rake of six bogie Fertiliser and/or eight Tara wagons are ideal model train lengths if one has the space.

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As the billboard says 'Take one to relieve stressIMG_E3591.thumb.JPG.a481e265315ca16fcb340821f71be612.JPG'-Loco 087 runs around the CIE Supertrain Mk3s at Tara junction station having replaced 086,

Belmond liveried locomotive 216 is seen here at the MPD where it will receive an exam before returning to Heuston to work this weeks Grand Hibernian tour:

 

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For the eighteenth 071 on Tara junction I chose to model the recently refurbished locomotive 0117072,

The loco was originally in black and silver livery-so a repaint was necessary, and transfers were purchased from the Railtec range,

I also purchased a sound chip from Mr Soundguy which has the excellent Real drive feature and is a real pleasure to operate-Thanks to Keith and Eamonn for the test drive of his loco on his layout at the Wexford exhibition last Easter,..

Here are a few photos of the loco being examined  before entering traffic at the MPD and in the company of 071,073,080,082,083,077,229,215,220 and visiting NIR 112. 

After the loco underwent some static testing the shed foreman is seen signing the release to traffic form and handing it to the locomotive fleet controller.

 

 

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The Emerald Isle express consisting of the RPSI Cravens and hauled by retro locomotive 073 is seen here arriving at Tara junction station at the beginning of its week long tour,

 

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Some Saturday freight action took place on Tara junction this evening,

Due to a failure of the allocated locomotive,the only available locomotive at the MPD was NIR 208,so it was a rare move to see it work the bogie bulk cement train,

It worked two round trips and on the return journey the second time a driver change took place when locomotive 161 which was working a pallet cement train exchanged crews at the junction,

here are a few photos of the cement trains....

 

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5 minutes ago, jason brady said:

Love all things cement Noel, especially the bogies. Great scenes as always :tumbsup:

Cheers and thanks Jason....

 

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Just now, ttc0169 said:

Cheers and thanks Jason....

 

Tasty stuff there Noel, busy as usual at Tara Junction.

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A locomotive swap took place earlier at the junction when retro 073 worked the empty timber train from Waterford,

On arrival at Tara junction recently repainted loco 0117072 was waiting to take over for the continuation to Westport

The following photos show the operation with 072 on platform one,

073 arrives on the up main with the empty timber,

072 has coupled to the train and is seen departing for Westport,

And in the last photo the driver of 073 has switched on the red marker lights and the loco departs for the MPD for a service.

*****This actual loco swap took place earlier this afternoon at Kildare with the real locomotives*****

 

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Wowwww!! Superb stuff....I recognise some of my American tourists in the Emerald Isle Express.... !

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On ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 11:14 PM, jhb171achill said:

Wowwww!! Superb stuff....I recognise some of my American tourists in the Emerald Isle Express.... !

Thanks jhb…… the tourists obviously like what they see at the junction.....😋 

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A quick photo from the footbridge at Tara junction,161SA hauling the pallet cement liner is held at the junction to allow the bogie bulk cement train depart from the freight yard,

Its a busy time at the freight yard and congestion has been a common problem recently.  

 

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On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 10:12 PM, ttc0169 said:

A quick photo from the footbridge at Tara junction,161SA hauling the pallet cement liner is held at the junction to allow the bogie bulk cement train depart from the freight yard,

Its a busy time at the freight yard and congestion has been a common problem recently.  

 

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Love it Noel :-bd

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During the early to mid 1990s the HARP brewery in Dundalk operated a number of charter trains from all over the country, North and South using the Irish rail Mk3 Executive train,

On arrival at Dundalk the publicans and their families were treated to a tour of the brewery while being wined and dined on board to and from their locations,

Here we see a selection of photos of the train arriving at Platform one at Tara junction station much to the delight of the waiting publicans,

its a short formation consisting of dining car 7401,Executive coaches 7161+7162 and EGV 7601 all being hauled by an immaculate ex works IR liveried locomotive 080-its first run since repainting.

 

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Some of the guests are greeted on the platform before boarding the Executive train.

 

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On 9/10/2018 at 11:28 PM, ttc0169 said:

During the early to mid 1990s the HARP brewery in Dundalk operated a number of charter trains from all over the country, North and South using the Irish rail Mk3 Executive train,

On arrival at Dundalk the publicans and their families were treated to a tour of the brewery while being wined and dined on board to and from their locations,

Here we see a selection of photos of the train arriving at Platform one at Tara junction station much to the delight of the waiting publicans,

its a short formation consisting of dining car 7401,Executive coaches 7161+7162 and EGV 7601 all being hauled by an immaculate ex works IR liveried locomotive 080-its first run since repainting.

 

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On 9/11/2018 at 10:28 PM, ttc0169 said:

Some of the guests are greeted on the platform before boarding the Executive train.

 

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Lovely pics as always from Tara Junction Noel. Sounds like my type of day out, wined and dined on the Mk3's being hauled by 080 :) 

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The Signal and electrical department at Tara Jctn were busy over the last few days installing and testing a new ground shunt disc signal at the West end of the station.

The new signal is positioned across from three aspect running signal TJ73,the reason being the poor siting distance for drivers if placed underneath the main signal,

This signal TJ73{S} when displaying two white lights at a 45 degree angle gives an indication to drivers that the route has been set to the MPD-see the attached photos-the other routes being controlled by the running signals as shown,

The shunt disc signals are from the Train tech range and are very delicate, so be careful when installing them.

 

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