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  1. Irish Wagon Range: We began June on a high note with the arrival of the test prints of a new model the GSR version of the IRCH 10T Standard Open wagon and an updated version of the GSR bulk grain wagon. We ran multiple test prints to identifty potential weaknesses in the CAD work under repetitive manufacturing conditions as we ran into problems with the grain wagon discharge gear and had to make a number of amendments to the brake van despite a number of successful test prints. The opens have turned out well but it looks like we missed out the
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  2. Getting closer and closer... Look out for more pics in the coming days... Cheers! Fran
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  3. Happy Monday everyone! More A Class progress. As you can see the main body printing is now complete. Detail part painting is now underway and then it's the final assembly of body to chassis, then testing and packing in the coming weeks! We had to a large amount of work correcting the initial artwork on these when we first got decorated samples, but the hard work paid off. Order yours right here: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/a-class-locomotive Cheers! Fran
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  4. While I do not pretend to be an expert I submit my own attempt for your viewing
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  5. Finally got around to doing some work on this layout. Many other projects, including 305mm scale have kept me busy. Got some paint onto the mineral wagons, which still need to be weathered. A little bit of gardening and weatering on the model has helped to tone it down & plant it in the secene. Still some more to do, but it's all part of the process. It should be on display in Bray on Sunday for those who can get about. Ken
    17 points
  6. After several hours tweaking and running- the loco started to run OK in both directions, so the final bits were installed- the lights;- Fibre optics for the marker lights and mini led for the headlamps. A bit tight for space in there so the leds were done by soldering the resistors in line and not using a board like the marker light system. The chassis wires take up the remainder of the space! Lights up. The other marker light is the red rear light which has a bit of red painted on the end of the fibre. The loco is complete. And the boxing photo.
    14 points
  7. So I've fired up my airbrush for the first time ever. What can I say....I need more practice but I'm hopeful this is the way to go. Having read a bit online beforehand I knew I wanted to go straight to a double action brush and that I wanted to use acrylics, despite them being trickier according to some accounts I've read. Thankfully I seem to have avoided most all of the technical problems that seem to beset many people trying acrylics, especially Vallejo ones. I am using the air range but I still have to thin it. The end result of the first colour spray is just ok and I'm sure
    13 points
  8. After the passenger train leaves Glen More the goods finished its work and heads towards Cork reaching the tunnel at Keilys Cross as the evening light starts to fade.
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  9. We achieved a milestone today with the first batch of Brake Vans primed and ready for painting and final assembly. Its planned to release the vans in 3 livery variations and we welcome feedback on prospective customer preferences. Link to our survey on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7596LJW 1. 23543 Dark Grey snail logo stencil lettering 1950s onwards 2. 23580 CIE wheel logo post 1963 light grey with warning stripes 3. 23583 CIE wheel logo post 1970? red oxide with warning stripes. The colours are approximate.
    11 points
  10. I've had my grey 121 for quite a while, but didn't trust myself to put the sound chip in (shakey hand after breaking my arm). So, I took a trip to Kernow's in Guildford (they've got 'em on sale there) and the senior assistant put the chip in there and then. Having done that he said - "Have you got a bit of time, I'd like to have a closer look...." He had a jolly good play and pronounced it just brilliant. When I got it home, I was delighted with my 70th Birthday Present (in time for my 75th, but what the heck - well worth waiting for). So, indeed, thanks, Paddy, just unbelievab
    11 points
  11. Drawings for "Locomotives of the Great Southern & Western Railway".... This statement is to clear up misunderstandings that have arisen about drawings published in the book "Locomotives of the GS&WR" by Clements, McMahon & O'Rourke. Research for the "Locomotives of the GSR" by Clements & McMahon (Colourpoint Books 2008) uncovered locomotive and tender drawings for almost all the 5'3" gauge types operated by the Great Southern Railways, a number of which had not been previously published. Size limitations prevented their inclusion in that work but a separate vo
    11 points
  12. Vents ordered from dart castings and some other bits from Peter's Spares. In the meantime I've applied the transfers. I've also started to investigate if I can make a passable 2c with the AC windows by grafting them from a Lima mk2d bodyshell.
    11 points
  13. Managed to find enough parts in my stores to build a new wagon this week, the subject being one of those dinky short vans that both the DSER and GS&WR ran. There are nice pictures in Rails to Achill showing one of each. Just 13'6 long, there appears to be many similarities between the two types and just a few detail differences. I've ended up doing the DSER one on the grounds that if it could make it to Achill, it could also reach Belmullet. An interesting plus point of vans like this is that being less only 10cm long, compared to over 15cm for say, an H type van, you can get nine of them
    11 points
  14. IRM Sings The Blues - Original Taras! (and Newer Livery too) We haven't had an IRM announcement for a little while as we work to get the A Classes over the line. Now our Metrovicks are getting close to completion, we can focus on other projects. So, we have a couple of excellent new announcements coming up over the next while. The first of which is a perfect companion to our A Class and something that's been in high demand since we sold out of them a couple of years ago; the Tara Mines wagons are back, and this time in their most iconic livery of blue with Tara branding!
    10 points
  15. Some minor tweaks to the 3D model to Rev 4 to include changes to the lower straps on the uprights to more prototypical detail. Also the holes for the bars were opened up to ease the installation of same. And the advantage of printers is the ability to gerenate a train quickly. I'm planning to use brass compensated chassis for these, so there is still some work to do, but not having to do all the uprights and rivet detail on the bodies is quite a relief. Will need to add weight to the wagons bring them up to the weight of the other wagons already made.
    10 points
  16. Time to get this thread back on track , excuse the pun. I have been working on point rodding at the harbour over the last few weeks. I started off with a single lever and rod, the only rod which turns left from the box. The crossover between the two platform roads is controlled by lever 24 and one single rod. At first, I found this hard to understand, as I am no expert in such matters, but a bit of research explained that this was achieved by means of a 'drop lug' which allowed a rod to come off the main rod to the point blade nearest the signal box while the main
    10 points
  17. As many have noted herein, no heritage Irish train would be complete without the ubiquitous cattle wagons. I wanted to model the DSER version, alas there are very few images of these, however with a few photos and some calculations based on similar wagons, I managed to develop a suitable model. Rather than make these in brass & face the fiddly build of the uprights again & again, I looked at 3D printing them. The model progressed through various versions till we get this First model, bit to thin... Some developement through rev 2 - timber upri
    10 points
  18. Passengers on board the refurbished Park Royal coach enjoy the comfort and bright surroundings prior to departure of the branch set.
    10 points
  19. A change in motive power has arrived in the yard in the form of a 071 class . or may be i should say has squeezed in the yard number 086m has brought in a couple of cement bubbles to shunt in to the loading point when all sorted the crew will run light engine back down to the juction ooops i left the pics out
    10 points
  20. After sitting on my camera for the last few months I've finally got around to editing and posting the following videos covering my Irish Railway Model wagon purchases at the end of last year. In the absence of the A-Class at this point, Murphy Models Classes 121, 181 and 071 are providing the traction. A review for the fertilser wagons is pending but I do have a running session below. Irish Railway Models (IRM) range of Irish Ballast Wagons and Ballast Ploughs Review: Running Session: Irish Railway Models (IRM) range of Irish Gypsum Ore Wag
    10 points
  21. Yes i think it was Iain's rice's book that gave me thoughts about boxing in my layouts . in fact most of mine have been . it makes you look in to the layout so you have to look around before you see every think . here is a pic of one of my micro's based on coal mine that was all boxed in . it allso helps protect the layout and a on30 layout which was a bit bigger .and its all just done in timber batterens and hard board
    9 points
  22. Flushglaze installed. You can't expect miracles from something that costs £2.50 but IMO it's a huge improvement over the original Lima glazing. It's definitely not plug n play. A lot of filing is required and these examples were a good learning experience. There's definitely things I can do better next time.
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  23. Inspired by @J-Mo Artsrecent photo of an 009 Clogher Valley ‘Blessingbourne’ I thought I’d best finish off mine - although in fairness I did only start it 10 days ago! The real thing was a disaster with appalling adhesion - but a very smart loco. An ideal fit for a Kato bogie chassis - almost! The motor is wide just where the boiler is meant to curve inwards, but I have tried to disguise that. All scratch built -bar the handrail knobs. I turned up the dome and chimney from brass bar. She has separate wire handrails, glazing fore and aft, real coal and a crew. The lettering is a distinct featu
    9 points
  24. A few updates from the mill - a single storey building has been added, in the classic GNR(I) red brick style, and work has started on the rest of the mill buildings.
    9 points
  25. Ok What do you want. Tell us. Be blunt. Be honest. Be frank. What do you want that is good enough. All you seem to do here is whinge and complain so why is this one any different. Maybe this interest is not for you as clearly it upsets you. 10 years ago even all you had was the vintage MIR resin kits for these and other stuff, people used to say 'wouldn't it be great if someone made them ready to run and affordable' - that is now here from an Irish company that is rapidly growing in terms of good reputation and presence and you still moan. Good oul Ireland - a nation of whingers
    9 points
  26. Back to the 1960s, and a typical train of the early years of the 141s. Remove the black'n'tan coach, and it applies also to green or silver "A"'s, or grey 121s. Of the six coaches, five different types are represented, the second being an old GSWR wooden bogie (IRM will release one next week). The silver "livery" is still represented in a few vehicles - the one here uncharacteristically clean. The very end of the train has another old wooden type. Just one black'n'tan; the rest green or silver. This was where the "grey'n'green" era merges into the "black'n'tan" era - 1963/4/5.
    9 points
  27. Well, I've managed to find some shelf space and built a new layout! Well at 50cm long it's more like a loco programming track but at least I can sit in the office with the sound of a diesel engine ticking over in the background!
    9 points
  28. Razor saw and hot wire cutter makes working with this stuff easier
    8 points
  29. . Right no more they screamed . promice this is the last one . i found 2 pics as its more or less what i was trying to show of how a slightly longer layout can look with that case look . the top bar acts as a view block so at eye level you can not see were the sky back ground ends . this one i made with a floating end . just for the record its narrow gauge GN15
    8 points
  30. The latest edition to the fleet no.184 found itself in the weathering line. My goal was to give the paint more of distressed look as opposed to a more filthy appearance and to push myself more and more with weathering. Your thoughts and comments as always are appreciated
    8 points
  31. Main chassis parts and the wheel bearings have been machined for the new chassis described above;- Chassis frames being machined out of .45mm nickel silver sheet. All the parts removed from the sheet and edges cleaned up. The coupling rods are in two parts and have been half cut for the overlap on the centre crankpin. The frames have been half drilled .5mm for embossing the rivets and a few .5mm holes drilled through for construction alignment pins. Also the front and rear frame spacers have tabs which fit in corresponding tab cuts in the frames which should aid construction.
    8 points
  32. Much faffing about this week, to little visual effect, though hopefully it will have some impact on eventual operation. Belmullet has a provisional invite to this year's Uckfield show in October [though of course nothing is certain yet], so decided it was time to start sorting out presentation and operational aspects of the layout, in the hope that the show will indeed go ahead this time. So, first up, some planning. Belmullet was originally conceived to be front operated, like Fintonagh, but it now seems prudent to move operation to the rear at shows, in order to put a bit of distance t
    8 points
  33. One down two left to go! The White Engine now the "Grey Engine" successfully re-assembled and test run though there is some work left to do including weighting the tender, finding and fitting buffer heads, lettering/number plate and couplings. Interestingly the GSR grey looks darker when viewed under soft lighting on the "layout" rather than a daylight bulb on the workbench. The loco test run without any sign of shorting despite full brake gear and very tight wheel/splasher clearance and runs slightly shorter than my two older J15s 191 & 193.
    8 points
  34. This is some of the work done by Eoin in the last few years with Irish Narrow Gauge, 00n3 scale running on 12mm track.
    8 points
  35. Nothing significant going on, just snagging out minor tweaks to ballasting and painting. I placed snag markers anywhere I was unhappy with ballasting so today was correction day. Think I've finally figured out how to ballast point without gluing them seized. As all the platforms and all major scenic items will be removable and held in place by magnets today I ballasted right up to the edge of the platforms which have been masked with grease proof paper or masking tape for release in 3 or 4 days time when the PVA mix has 100% dried hard. It just didn't look right without b
    8 points
  36. The "White Engine" has finally become the "Grey Loco", I haven't decided on a number at this stage, I need to check on the locos rostered to Tuam Shed between the 1930s & mid 1950s. Sub-assemblies on the assembly bench. I primed the loco with a Finixia grey etch primer followed with a grey laquer topcoat matched to a sample of GSR/CIE paint provided by JHB. I decided to assemble "The Grey Loco" to reduce the number of incomplete projects before undertaking further work on 229 and the Superheated J15. I tidied up the splashers and sandbox linkages on both locos, t
    8 points
  37. Great turn out today, we would like to thank all those who attended for observing social distancing, wearing masks and using the provided hand sanitizer Hope to be there again on Sunday June 27th
    8 points
  38. @Warbonnet - Yesterday you said; Look out for more pics in the coming days... [sic] - is today not one of those days? PS. Not being impatient or anything like that but I am in the twilight years of my life and I've little else to get up for.
    7 points
  39. A little more progress on the 'P' Van. Reverse side completed and glued in, doors attached, bogies partially complete and more paint experiments! After much experimenting with various browns, have finally decided on this brown/red which is Humbrol 160 German Camouflage Red/Brown. Still to complete windows, vents, valence over doors, bogies, couplings, buffers, vacumn pipes, brake wheel, numbering, mail bags piled at open door and probably much more, so probably just over half way there! A glimpse of the end game, being shunted to a siding at Larne Harbour for unloa
    7 points
  40. Operating to the suburban rail timetable of 1995/1996 we see 121 class locomotives working Mk3 push pull trains and the Arrow railcar 2601+2602 working a Kildare local service IR 130 arrives at Tara junction with a six piece Mk3 push pull set with control car 6101 at the rear. IE 129 propels another push pull set away from the platform with control car 6104 leading.
    7 points
  41. American outline is probably a better option than British if you start modelling in N very large range of relatively inexpensive locos, stock and buildings from a large number of manufacturers including Atlas, Kato, Walthers, Intermountain and Micro trains, most DC locos are supplied DCC ready if you want to convert to DCC at a later stage. The scale gauge ratio is correct and perhaps most importantly the majority of American N Gauge locos and stock are fitted with knuckle couplers suitable for magnetic uncoupling. I found that I could get an American layout up and running very quickly, b
    7 points
  42. We have successfully printed wagons chassis suitable for OO & 21mm gauge, though a rigid brass or compensated chassis with metal detail castings is likely to be a better option using S4 or EMF wheel standards. A brass chassis is likely to be freer running and more dimensionally stable than a 3D printed chassis. The main risk in printing a chassis is part breakage as many of the SLA resins are very brittle, particularly in cold weather. We originally considered resin casting for production version of the CIE Brake Van but settled on 3D printing as we were unable to find a business
    7 points
  43. Last time, I was wittering on about doing the presentation aspects of the layout, but thinking about it, decided it could probably wait, not least because DIY supplies are getting expensive at the moment, particularly wood and board, so prices are going up too. Hence, attention has turned to the F6 kit instead. I'm still waiting for extra components for the chassis, so in a break from my usual practice have started with the loco body. As with other Alphagraphix kits, this one is well thought out, with instructions that indicate whoever wrote them, actually built the kit as well - not alw
    7 points
  44. Dragged on a few weeks now but more or less finished this West Clare Drewry railcar. Worsley Works etches provided sides ends and floor, most of the latter being cut away to fit in a little Kato motor. It’s far from perfect but runs like a dream. Finished in weathered GS colours. It’s small compared to a 7mm coach !
    7 points
  45. I've read some shite on this forum over the years, but this is the best yet. Not good enough? I'm genuinely baffled by this comment.
    7 points
  46. Not on this run, but perhaps on a future run (if such a concept doesnt cause too much frustration!)
    7 points
  47. Ghdjkjfgrhfjjfgjcx... Translation: Too excited to type. Who was that moaning? Not good enough? Would ye get the boat???
    7 points
  48. Love the colour of the new Taras - surely it is but a small step now to applying a similar shade to a steam locomotive............
    7 points
  49. 142 emerges from the tunnel at Keilys Cross in the fading evening light.
    7 points
  50. Progress at Whitehead on the 12 inches equals 12 inches version of Drumboe for the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
    7 points
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