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  2. I know that this company local to me ships international - https://www.trainsetsonly.com/ they have no store only a warehouse I think, but they are listed as a dealer for ESU products and it maybe because of Covid-19 that stocks are low, at the moment so it maybe worth keeping an eye on them to see if they get more over the next few months. They did have more items on the website than they have right now
  3. Well done to all involved the model looks fantastic.
  4. Sorry to cause confusion - Mick does most of the rolling stock modelling for Ballyconnell Road and the easiest place to see his handiwork was the Thread I suggested. As you say, a remarkable piece of work.
  5. Just found this link I have been looking for, if anyone wants help in building track take a look at this site:- https://www.clfinescale.co.uk/knowledge-centre I am not the owner but this is the site I reconmend to anyone. Colin
  6. Looks absolutely O U T S T A N D I N G !!!
  7. It is Ironic that cast crossing noses are coming back in to fashion with high speed rail projects, nothing new there then.
  8. Ahead of the main delivery of B134 models, one complete loco has made its way to us in advance. The model looks absolutely stunning and is well worth all the effort and patience to get to this stage. Paddy Murphy of Murphy models is also understandably proud of this latest arrival. These models are selling fast and less than one hundred are left. The main batch of models are due to follow imminently and once they clear customs etc they will make their way to the IRM distribution centre for delivery to customers. Once they are gone that's it there will be no more. To order yours and support the RPSI please follow this link https://irishrailwaymodels.com/products/b134-class-121-locomotive-rpsi-grey-yellow
  9. Thanks for that. If you Google Ballyconnell Road and select images, you’ll find some absolutely wonderful photos. Stephen
  10. Yes, I'm glad I found it too. Lots of interesting detail - especially in the GS&W drawings. I have been looking at lots of photos as well and suspect there is lots of stuff in early track construction, like cast crossing noses for example, that we modellers are not generally aware of.
  11. Have a look here for pics I think was the intent...
  12. Rich that is great stuff and a great link thanks. The bit of the W&LWR that I am looking at as a possible model I think the prototype still has flat bottom even though it hasn't had trains run over it for some time.
  13. I’m not quite sure where you mean to see Mick Rawlings handiwork. I saw Ballyconnell Road at Railwells the other year. To be honest, nothing else came close to it for me. Stephen
  14. Jonathan, Good to meet you too & many thanks for your kind comments. Comments such as those expressed here and in other posts, provide considerable encouragement - thanks to all who have liked & commented. Ken
  15. In case any of you missed seeing what Mick Rawlings produces on his kitchen table look at SDMRC's 2019 exhibition notes in What's On. See if you can tell 3mm Irish from 7mm Irish. Mick is a master craftsman.
  16. Some great resources there lads should keep me reading for a while @jhb171achill the carriages im working on seem to be pretty common and available for next to nothing online, i do have a couple of larger steam sets and a graham farish set and a few other goodies im strongly considering parting with at the moment though. not too much to report today as im tied up with other committments however I have gotten a little start on the heat van. like most things hornby this clipped apart with ease, still undecided about how to add a window and door at this stage, im torn between finding a very cheap damaged coach to use as a donor and just trying my hand at cutting them in when i find my dremel in the shed again. fairly drastic step next. but im completley sanding down the wagon on all 4 sides on a block of wood to deface it. that is then repeated on a nicer bit of sandpaper as 120 grit will have it left feeling a bit rough. So now ive basically got a blank canvas for a new carriage! decided to give it a coat of high build primer to start to fill in the heavy sanding job and highlight any imperfections left behind . ive got to take some more measurements but interestingly it has left the doors of the old wagon behind and these dont seem like they are a million miles away from where they should be.Could be onto somthing with this.
  17. Having seen this in the flesh for the first time in Bray this morning, I can say that it looks even better in real life - a true masterpiece! Very nice to meet Ken as well! I took these this morning.....
  18. There’s been part un, part deux...... Part trois? Well........let’s wait’n’see!!
  19. God Almighty, is 279 out already?
  20. Sticking to Ireland, the impression I get is that many lines were built with absolutely minimal resources - and light F/B rail laid directly on half-round wooden sleepers was just about as cheap as you could get. I think this was very high on maintenance. Baseplates between the rail and the sleepers and better quality sleepers helped a lot. Bullhead made some sense where there is very heavy traffic as it used to be much quicker and easier to replace the rails. There also seems to be imagined prestige attached to being able to show that you could 'afford' bullhead. Looking quickly through a GNRI book I have, there seems to have been little or no bullhead in photos until around 1895 when it was definitely in use on the main line around Belfast, but not in other places. By the 1950s, photos of many if not most GNRI lines show bullhead - at least for the running lines. Another book on the GSR suggests some main running lines had bullhead by the 1920s, but not much else. It was only a quick glance through though. I would have thought that the running lines at Limerick Junction would be a prime candidate for bullhead once it became the standard, if only because it was very busy, so would require fairly frequent rail replacement.
  21. That's pure gold, and great information. Thanks for posting. That fabulous photo should be in rails to the west part deux
  22. B121 was the first of the class to be converted for multiple working B134 was the second , suspect this is the up Waterford on a Sunday morning .
  23. Me neither! Fig. 1.2 in the "Track" book shows BH rail on concrete sleepers on the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line in 2010. So it was definitely used on the mainline in GB. I think you are right though that "simple" FB rail was more popular in Ireland, which is worth noting. I think I'll try to model a good mix of the types. I may even model the CWR on Cork line as in retrospect, the track will be difficult to see and modelling it is easier. The pandrol clips are so low profile that a little drop of solder is good enough! For BH you really need the chairs for it to look right.
  24. To partly answer my own question - June 1973 contains information pertaining to the April 1973 timetable but not to the Mk2d stock except as relates to the timetable. So, would anyone happen to know which 1972/73 issues cover the Mk2d stock as new as I'm hoping to be able to obtain the relevant back issues? Thanks.
  25. That's one of the best colour photos of AC stock in the 1970s I've seen, very rich and clear colours showing the more golden-y brown than orange nature of the livery and a perfect textbook formation to boot, I'd guess c. 1973-1975. Well, strictly speaking the AC stock was delivered in undercoat and only got the now very familiar golden brown and black livery after CIÉ tried numerous options including red and cream and a greenish-navy blue that reminds me of Sea Containers' GNER livery. Now that would've been "interesting" to see adopted, perhaps complete with cast iron crests on the coach sides as well?
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