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  2. Well, I see the law as too harsh on some, but too lenient on many more. Overall, it could do with tweaks, but not major change. It is the application of the law by judges, and the mealy-mouthed tales that the little fella had a hard childhood and he visits his grandmother every Friday that annoy me - REALLY annoy me. If I was to type here what I would like to do to people like this in general, in addition to being banned I would probably face litigation for hate speech. And I haven't even mentioned my thoughts on instant death penalties (as per Singapore) for anyone and everyone involved with drugs. It is heartening to see such a great response to an appeal for the model railway club, and it must be hoped that they gain encouragement and a new life in modelling from the donations they have received. Let us hope, too, that the parasitic, immoral money-grubbing insurance industry doesn't see this as an excuse to hike premiums.
  3. Correct. The last of the steam-era stock was, I think, withdrawn in 1974. The line in the NIR all-maroon livery was three inches wide, and was the same light grey as upper panels on railcars in the maroon & grey livery. They also carried the then standard NIR monogram in gold, lined white. Numerals were transfers in the same UTA style. Ends were black, and roofs mid grey.
  4. Same question about Heuston Station- what would be the best source for track plans?
  5. Downloadable version of catalogue 2019 Catalogue.pdf
  6. Yes I agree, but not the "Duty Solictor" he got at the police station, sounds more like a "civil litigation" expert/"PR consultant". You would be amazed how quickly these people appear out of the woodwork in a high media interest story like this. The Rod Stewart angle makes it just so compelling for them. If the four offenders have no previous criminal matters recorded against them, they will be eligible for a "Police Caution" (as per Home Office guidelines and the CPS "Code for Prosecutors"). They will earn a dis-closeable criminal record, but little else. Even though we all understand the full impact their actions had on the victims, the criminal justice system aims to seek what is best outcome to improve the behaviour of the youth offender. To put them into court will achieve little as the magistrates' hands are tied in respect of previous conduct. The Daily Mail did not publish their images (why?), to have done so would have put the paper in breach of legislation protecting the identity of ALL young people. Come on, half of Stamford must know who they. Unfortunately for them, currently, their actions (unlike the Daily Mails' print copy) are unlikely yet to be consigned to "yesterday's fish and chip paper".
  7. Thanks Edo, much appreciated.
  8. Yep Claremorris from 1955 is - just checked.....Sligo? You could use the OSI's Geohive map layers - particular the 1888 - 1913 map - i find it pretty good for stations layout which in many cases were unchanged from then until the 60s and 70s when CIE started to destroy them all...
  9. Im pretty sure that both plans were in the back of JHB's " Rails thru the West" pictorial on the limerick to Sligo rail line.......Claremorris definitely....
  10. Thanks Noel, that's a good start!
  11. The first NIR "excursion" set was put together in 1971 (I think) with a mix of ex-NCC former steam hauled carriages. The set was painted up in NIR maroon with a silver/white waistband stripe and was hauled by a spare '101' class loco. It was replaced circa 1975 by an 8-car set of de-engined BUT power cars which lasted in this role until circa 1979/80. I am not 100% sure, but I think a former Brake/Second BUT trailer was also retained to act as the Brake vehicle for this latter set. Livery was the same as the initial set. Some photo's at the time show vehicles from this set operating in smaller sets of only 2 or 3 cars.
  12. Sounds like mother was briefed by a solicitor before making that statement!
  13. Hi. Does anyone know of a readily available source of Irish station track plans? I'm particularly interested in Claremorris and Sligo as they were in the 70s & 80s, not their current streamlined form! I've looked online but haven't turned up much. Thanks.
  14. I wonder if the person who supplied the vodka to these underage people, if he or she was a shop keeper, will be making a donation?
  15. Look great- really professional finish. 10 / 10 !
  16. They should do the same number of hours of something harder than community service as it takes the modellers to recreate everything (Lord, I hate redoing work, don’t know if I’d have the patience, God bless then). The morons are 15-16 so slap on the wrist, no... hang on, corporal punishment is out. Drinking BEFORE GCSEs, they were obviously on the path to been productive members of society as it was. As for underage drinking etc.... what a cluster #%¥€!!
  17. If it was the 1960s they would be rightly prosecuted and somewhat 'roughed up' while in custody. Moments of insanity. At a bare minimum they should be sentanced to do 200 hours of community service, and given criminal records. They deserve to be named and shamed in public gaze for all in their community to see what thugs they are.
  18. Looks like they won't even get a slap on the wrist. I don't think that people outside the railway modelling world understand the time and dedication that goes into making model railway layouts. While a lot of people have made cash donations, currently standing at £85K, the one thing they can't buy with that is the time and effort it took to make the exhibits. Years ago you'd be sent to gaol for stealing an apple (yes, I do remember those days) but nowadays, unless you murder someone, law enforcement agencies just seem disinterested in pursuing vandalism and other matters which 'they' no longer consider serious.
  19. I took a look through the 35 Years of NIR tables of stock inherited by NIR noting coaching stock that survived into the 1970s together with various ad-hoc conversions that took place and there are certainly lots of oddities to model outside of the canonical builds of MED, MPD, 70 class, etc. Choose from: 9 NCC coaches to 1974/75 1 GNR coach to 1971 5 NCC full brake coaches to 1976/80 2 GNR general utility vans to 1976/77 2 UTA MPD power cars (conv. hauled) 1979-81 2 GNR AEC power cars (conv. van) 1974-83(?) 9 GNR BUT power cars (conv. hauled) 1975-78 4 UTA MED trailers (conv. van) 1975-85(?) 1 UTA MED trailer ex-Ganz trailer (conv. van) 1973-80(?) 6 UTA MPD trailers (conv. hauled) 1979-81 1 UTA MPD trailer (conv. 70 class trailer) 1976-1986 1 NCC Railcar 1 and 4 trailer (conv. signals van) 1970-78(?) 2 GNR BUT trailers (conv. PW brake van) 1974-80(?) 1 GNR BUT trailer (conv. hauled) 1975-78 then conv. PW brake van 1978-82(?) So it looks like an 8 to 10 coach loco-hauled set was kept in various forms up until 1981 along with a succession of brakes and vans. Unfortunately not much can be gleaned on the wagons inherited by NIR except for the following survivals and conversions: x NCC brown vans to 1978 10 NCC parcels vans (conv. 4 wheel flat wagons) 1972-1980s 3 NCC coaches (conv. bogie flat wagons) 1974-1980s then some conv. PW use 1980s- No mention of brakevans, opens, etc
  20. The letter of apology will be sent in the next couple of days........ Jasus wept
  21. Wow, Playstation and phone consifcated...Some punishment. If I did that when I was that age I am sure I would not be able to sit for a few days with a well deserved walloping....
  22. Hi Guys, Click on link to read the latest regarding the destruction of the Market Deeping model railway exhibits https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7059229/Mother-teenage-yob-smashed-model-railway-exhibition-says-mortified.html
  23. First review of the plough vans from Andy York of BRM and RMWeb fame! https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/brm/reviews/irish-railway-models/review-irish-railway-models-cie-irish-rail-ballast-plough-van
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