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Broad gauge modellers?

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The sad news about Richard Chown has again raised a concern in my mind that there are previous few folk doing broad gauge and possibly even fewer layouts. Hence would be interested in establishing a list. To the best of my knowledge, we have:

Ballyconnel Road in 3mm scale

Valencia Harbour in 4mm

Paul Greene's S gauge

Arigna Town in 7mm

 

Is that really it???

If there are others working to broad gauge, please consider sharing.

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I'm not sure Adavoyle is really an exhibition layout anymore. It's a full-time job for SDMRC.

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Hi

 

I've just completed two 21mm DART sets for a chap and last year converted two 141s & two 071s to 21mm- both are private layouts if that counts?

 

I also have two separate orders for 21mm Class A chassis

 

Eoin

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A gentleman based in Germany has built a Supertrain-era model of Kilkenny station in 21mm gauge. It was featured in the May 2014 edition of New Irish Lines.

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David Malone Surrey 4mm S4 Cliffony based on Dromad

Alan Edgar (De Selby RM Web Cambridgeshire 4mm S4 kit and scratch built locos including models of GNR (I) Vs, S & U, NCC Mogul & Whippet

 

Steve Johnston Warwick 4mm 21mm EM standards CIE Supertrain era

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Starting to look better, thank goodness! Would be nice to see pictures of some of these. No mention of any other 36.75mm gauge though. Surely I can't be in a group of one?

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Starting to look better, thank goodness! Would be nice to see pictures of some of these. No mention of any other 36.75mm gauge though. Surely I can't be in a group of one?

 

I can't recall whether Harry Mulholland's 'Knockmore Junction' was built to regular 7mm standards or if it's finescale. It shares some stock with 'Octavia Hill', too...

 

Does anyone know for certain?

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Starting to look better, thank goodness! Would be nice to see pictures of some of these. No mention of any other 36.75mm gauge though. Surely I can't be in a group of one?

 

You are not alone David!!! I am becoming more and more tempted to try 7mm 36.75mm gauge a bit easier to see than N or OO and easier on the pocket than 1:20.3.

 

Dave Walkers, 36.75mm gauge Killanney a medium sized WLWR/MGWR junction terminus had a colour feature in the Oct 1985 Modeller.

 

I saw the layout at the Chatham show about 25 years ago and may have slides or photos somewhere.

 

The layout was inspired by and shared locos and rolling stock with Castle Rackrent, Daves own stock included some very fine looking WLWR locos with plenty of brasswork in lined crimson lake and a MGWR small tank in lined light green & a 101 Class in lined GSWR green.

 

Killanney, Castle Rackrent and Paul Greenes S Scale layout are certainly an inspiration to model the pre-WW1 era when the railways were at their xenith, the WLWR may have been poor but the lined crimson lake livery exceptional and the locos and stock of plain outline and simple to model compared with the GSWR & Midland.

 

Harry Mulhollands Knockmore Junction featured in April 2004 British Railway Modelling Irish supplement is likely to be O gauge, Harry's GNR locos regularly appeared at the Bangor exhibition.

 

Going back to 21mm gauge

 

Tim Cramer (Cork) once built a layout in 21mm gauge before moving up to O gauge, Tim regularly published articles on Irish Modelling and drawings or locos and stock in the Railway Modeller, Model Railway Constructor and Model Railway in the 1970s & 80s and he has also been the driving force behind many of The Tyrconnel/Alphagraphix 7mm gauge loco and rolling stock kits hence the heavy West Cork focus.

 

Dublin modellers Brian Fennell and Jim Maguire built most of the locos and stock used on the MRSI Loughrea layout including several TMD/SSM kits and scratch built models.

 

Brian acquired Tim Cramers Bandon Tank, another modeller Paddy Thormley a scratch built GNR JT built by a professional modeler Harry Connaghton.

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Courtmacsherry in 4mm Not finished yet but due at Warley next year. Plus Strabane albeit just a couple of sidings at the front for the moment,Andy.

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Just a thought surely the title should be standard gauge models after all 00 is narrow gauge even for 4'8,1/2",Andy.

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Posted (edited)
I can't recall whether Harry Mulholland's 'Knockmore Junction' was built to regular 7mm standards or if it's finescale. It shares some stock with 'Octavia Hill', too...

 

Does anyone know for certain?

 

It is 7mm finescale and not 36.75 mm . Harry preferred the finer wheel rather than the course wheels .

 

I had the privilege of seeing and operating Harry's layout.

 

Joe

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7mm standard and not 36.75

 

Thanks, Joe! An excellent layout nonetheless...

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That is good to hear, John. I must have seen Killarney at Chatham, but don't remember it. Shame...

 

Loughrea looks good too, so nice to know there are more that I thought who are flying the flag!

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Hello All,

 

Just thought I would add to this thread.

 

I am in the process of developing a 4mm P4 layout; small table top, terminus layout to try out track an rolling stock conversions.

 

So far points are built and will be fixed down shortly allowing completion of the remaining track. Some rolling stock and a Pug loco converted to test out the track & get the hang of compensated chassis.

 

Early start, and a long way to go, but hopefully you can get some idea of the plan.

 

Cheers, Ken

 

Port Layout - Early 1.jpg

 

Port Layout - Early 2.jpg

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