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  2. Thanks, I have three ivory CIE cement bubbles on order to add some Derry line freight operation to the Larne line spoil wagon formation. Then onto an etched brass MED parcels van to raise the quirky NIR-ness quotient tenfold!
  3. Mayner

    Class 121

    "GSWR Carriage Diagrams" by H Richards & B Pender a 1975 Transport Research Associates re-print of the 1924 GSWR Carriage Diagram Book. The late Padraig O'Cuimin published IRRS Journal papers on MGWR wagon and coaching stock in the early 1970s. I understand that hard and digital copies of some drawings are available from the IRRS http://irishrailarchives.ie/index.php/archives/maps_drawings/
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  5. The white band will be present above the headlights. From the evidence we have gathered, A1 did not have a flying snail when it first entered service. Sandboxes were removed gradually; there’s evidence of locos in plain black without them and in Black and Tan (unrebuilt) with them.
  6. I was going through the color schemes on the IRModels site and noticed the white from band on the rebuilt BnT locoa seem to be missing the band above the headlight. Admittedly the band is pretty filthy in most shots with grime from the roof or the lamp itself maybe. I'm sure that just a fine tuning item. Does anyone know if the flying snail was applied to A1 before going into service and when the sandboxes were finally removed? When was the tan CIE roundel applied to the black livery in general? When did the pale CIE super train roundel come into being? Thanks
  7. John, @Mayner What's your reference for older pre-CIE or pre-GSR stock I have a few books on the GSWR etc but very hard to find a reference for rolling stock as opposed to the locos themselves? Thanks
  8. Nice job! Keep at it, looking forward to see future progression!
  9. My first kitbuild. It's a wide-angle photo, the buffers are not that wonky Not prototypical but I needed a fairly easy kit to start with, though I'm sure I saw one or two knocking about NIR in the 80s. Next up three NIR spoil wagons, with the open wagon above that should make for a decent PW train. Happy Easter!
  10. I have 5 Josef HDI coaches if your interested petercullen2003@eircom.net
  11. You asked about doing guttering in another thread, Tony. An effective compromise I have used for years is not to bother with hollow section guttering. It can barely be seen in 7mm scale, so must be pretty much invisible in 4mm. Instead, use a strip of plastic of the right thickness and simply sand/file the front, visible edge to the profile you want. Make the strip wide enough so you can glue it to the wall, just below the roof, so it sticks out just below the tiles, slates etc. Where the ends of this guttering are visible, profile both sides of the strip, though you only need to do a couple of cm against the wall side. The rest can't be seen. Simple and effective, because the square, rear edge of the strip is easily glued to the wall and the underside will not be seen from any normal viewing angle. All Arigna Town buildings and those on Fintonagh have been done this way.
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  13. Mayner

    Class 121

    2 roof lights above the mail sorting section & toilet cistern at one end.
  14. popeye

    Class 121

    Is that 3 water tanks on the roof? If so, why?
  15. I’ve certainly used red primer with this which really brings out the redness of the topcoat. My understanding is that grey primer will produce a more brown kind of hue as opposed to a rich crimson.
  16. You could be right. However, I took the photos under two incandescent spotlights and they change the colour tone. In daylight and with 'cool white LEDs' the tone is much darker. However a coat of tinted varnish my yet be appropriate. Thanks.
  17. Flickr up-date. The Dundalk video's were uploaded a few days ago and various slide scans have also been added. I have added most of the various Class 121 images into a new album - https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/albums/72157677789896957 The images are also still in the various original albums but by bunging them altogether it is easier to compare liveries etc. Finally seeing as Limerick Junction is finally being rebuilt with platforms on both the main running lines and therefore even less interesting I have added a video from 5 October 2000 when the South Cabin was switched out and the points etc locked during rebuilding/maintenance. This made for even more interesting train routeing with what looked like only the north end crossover and point to the platform 1 loop being hand worked to pass the trains through. Happy days! https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/47650631551/in/dateposted-public/ Ernie
  18. Afternoon folks, Pictures from this week feature: Wednesday 17th April 2019: A few pictures from Thurles and Portarlington today. Thursday 18th April 2019: A look at recent vegetation clearance on part of the former Coolnamona Branch in Portlaoise. Friday 19th April 2019: A lunchtime visit to Tullamore to observe the bus transfers from the station to Clara, Athlone, Roscommon and Ballinasloe due to major Engineering Works at Athlone over the Easter period. Click https://bit.ly/2GwRdC3 to view.
  19. Steam Loco 85 Light engine movement from Dublin to Whitehead. Sunday 28th of April Dublin Connolly 14.35 Malahide 14.53 Skerries 15.03 Balbriggan 15.08 Drogheda 15.23 Dundalk 15.59 - 16.10 Newry 16.35 Portadown 16.59 Lurgan 17.08 Moira 17.17 Lisburn 17.28 – 17.40 Belfast Lanyon Place 17.58 Yorkgate 18.05 Bleach Green 18.13 Green Island 18.19 Carrickfergus 18.26 Kilroot 18.33 Whitehead 18.40 Whitehead RPSI 18.45
  20. I remember reading in the IRRS Journal that the odd cement train to Waterford was diverted via the DSER and Rosslare Strand whilst the line via Carlow was unavailable due to engineering works. No doubt when I am looking up something else the relevant Journal report will turn up. ERnie PS. Diverted via DSER Rosslare Strand during the commissioning of the Cherryville-Waterford CTC and also for the re-decking Of Thomastown viaduct 14 to 22 September 2004, 1 train each way weekdays. Info from the IRRS Journal No 156, Feb 2005
  21. Mayner

    Class 121

    The TPOs a bit of a puzzle. The majority of GSWR and MGWR 6w and bogie TPOs had been officially withdrawn from service before the B121 Class entered service. Van appears to be a bogie rather than a 6w van (4 axleboxes showing) with GSWR rather than MGWR design features, including roof profile, gas lighting, window profile and continuous lower foot boards. Looks very close to 245 a 45' GSWR TPO built in 1900 officially withdrawn in 1959 🙄. Van appears to be in good cosmetic condition painted in the late 50s green with single eau-de-nil stripe paint scheme. A pair of GSWR built TPOs survived into the 1960s these were longer more modern looking vehicles with elliptical roofs completely unlike the van in the Athenry photo Its just about possible that GSWR TPO was "cascaded" from the Southern on to the Midland to replace a more modern ex-MGWR TPO as Inchacore rolled out its first batch of Laminate TPOs in 1959.
  22. Waterford received bulk cement for either the Drogheda (Platin) or Limerick cement factories. Cahir Viaduct on the Waterford-Limerick line was out of service between Oct 2003 & Sept 2004 as a result of the derailment of a Limerick-Waterford bulk cement train. Its possible that the train in the video was diverted to run via Rosslare Strand as a result of engineering works at the North Wall or the Cherryville Junction-Waterford line. None of the stations on the South Eastern Section were set up to handle bulk cement traffic. Bulk Cement trains usually did not detach or attach traffic en-route, the main exception (in later years) was a Platin-Cork bulk cement train that conveyed gypsum (for the Limerick factory) between Platin and Limerick Junction, and wagons dropped off as a result of a fault that had developed while in route (relatively uncommon but it does happen)
  23. Excellent shots as always Ernie but have the say that the TPO is fantastic with the collecting apparatus still in use/in place!😍 Would anyone happen to know the origin of that 6w? TPO, maybe GSWR? TIA
  24. Greenway groups seem to be on the extreme edges of Irish society at the moment making a lot of noise for a minority group but Irish Rails numbers on the Limerick Galway route make for interesting reading in this article, https://www.limerickpost.ie/2019/04/13/limerick-to-galway-railway-journeys-continue-to-grow/. It is on course to carry 420,000 passengers this year making it Irish Rails fastest growing route!!! Remember the constant doom and gloom about what a failure this line would be , a white elephant etc... With the rising need to reduce our carbon footprint and Galway's chronic traffic problems despite the new motorway to Limerick,I would be confident enough of Athenry to Claremorris being reopened!! I often hear the population density argument (it has been disproved for Limerick to Galway route) but with Tuam and connections to Wesport and Ballina there is plenty people for a viable railway!! The greenway lads & ladies would be much better putting their efforts into a full Galway to Clifden cycleway or Killorgin to Caherciveen or Tralee to Fenit than Athnery to Tuam!!
  25. David, not sure if this is relevant but I had a look at Halfords colours and noticed that some specified use of their red primer not their grey one, I think Rover damask red was one of these.
  26. Amazing rake of 2 dozen bubbles! This is post 1994 IE era with the bubbles sporting ivory tanks and black chassis (all of which are completed obscured by cement!)
  27. Thanks for posting this video Wexford70. Enjoyed watching it and liked the token change over in the clips. Also enjoyed the cement bubbles and perhaps someone can help me to understand what is happening. It starts with the rake on the Dublin-Roslare line, so, did the train travel through Westland Row/Pearse to Dunlaoghaire, Wicklow etc? Was there regular cement traffic on this route? The video gives the impression that the train is all filmed as one journey with the number of bubbles decreasing along the route. Is that what happened? Were bubbles dropped off at stations along the way? Or is there some video editing magic included? The different locos are obvious, but are there different rakes filmed on different days? Thanks in advance
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