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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

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Good luck! Judging on the results you achieved with your Canadian layout, this will be worth following. :)

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Well it’s been slow going. 

First decision was what track to go for?  After looking at many options I have taken the plunge for the new Peco bullhead rail. I know the width of the track isn’t correct but for my own sanity and to speed things up and bullhead was common in Ireland until the 1990’s. 

 

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NIRCLASS80, great!

Do they have the full range of pointwork. I'm trying to source track at a reasonable price at the moment. I've been cutting very large radius curves in ply today to assist with the flexi track but my purchase is only weeks away. Will follow your progress. Are you buying locally?

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8 hours ago, GNRi1959 said:

NIRCLASS80, great!

Do they have the full range of pointwork. I'm trying to source track at a reasonable price at the moment. I've been cutting very large radius curves in ply today to assist with the flexi track but my purchase is only weeks away. Will follow your progress. Are you buying locally?

Still only large radius points available but I decided that would be fine as I am building a fairly simple shelf style layout.  They are lovely points.  

I am buying locally but I live in Shropshire so it maybe a distance from you!!

After my previous large Canadian layout this layout is very much planned to be operationally interesting so my track plan is fictional and just very much a place to enjoy the lovely Irish models now being produced.  

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Just a few notes about the new Peco Bullhead track for those that haven’t seen it before. Sleeper spacing is greater than code 75 or 100 streamline track. 

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Points are currently available in large radius only, here is a photo of code 75 and bullhead side by side.

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Also the hinge joints on the point blades are gone. 

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Having ripped up my previous layout in Code 100 I opted for the Code 75 this time round. This decision occurred about a year ago. I think if I had my choice again now I'd be swayed towards the Bullhead option. The points look very impressive and much less toy like and the sleeper spacing would appear more aesthetically pleasing too. 

 

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I have yet to buy track for my layout - I'd be looking seriously at this but don't think I could operate with the small range of points.

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1 hour ago, GNRi1959 said:

I have yet to buy track for my layout - I'd be looking seriously at this but don't think I could operate with the small range of points.

Talking to rep at Warley they intend to expand the range, but how quickly is any man's guess!

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080 on the bubbles, 192 on the ballast and 075 awaits its next duty in Ballyercall (better name plywood central!!!)

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That bullhead track looks really good when you see it laid and a loco sitting above it. 

 

Paul

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Thanks Paul. Yes it looks ok. A bit strange at first but after 40 years of running on HO scale track it was always going to be!!  

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