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  1. Hi everyone, Today (October 16th) is a bit of a landmark day for IRM as it is 5 years since we broke cover publicly for the first time! From a chat online, to a few pints in a pub to something which has well, gotten way out of hand, we have come a long way in a short period of time. There has been some great moments along the way, and some set backs too (typhoons, our social event thwarted by snow!) but we are delighted to be here and to have you with us along the way too. Without your support and purchases, there would be no IRM after all! A couple of weeks after we annou
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  2. Some photos for us fellow modellers to drool over! With the kind permission of, and on behalf of Sean Hogan who commissioned it, this is his recently completed gauge O, 7mm working scale model of the GSR's flagship 800 class steam locomotive 'Maedb'. It was built by Brendan Kelly from a kit, which I believe was produced, many moons ago, by the Model Railway Shop in Monck Place in Phibsboro, Dublin. Eoin Murray then completed the valve gear, painted, lined and detailed the model. The photographs do not do it justice - it is a magnificent model in every respect, and massive credit is due to the
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  3. Hi everyone, Many thanks for the pictures and stories. We really get a great buzz about seeing IRM on layouts, weathered up, catalogued and collected and overall enjoyed. We set out as hobbyists to fulfil a gap in our hobby on the back of an outcry on the forum. @BosKonaybrought us together and the rest they say is history! We're proud of what we have achieved and very lucky to take it to full time status. However, personally, I am blown away by @Edo's story. It's brilliant that a hobby can make a difference for us and take us in a new, better direction. 2020 will go down as one of t
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  4. The beet special drops off an empty and picks up a load at Grange. It then proceeds to Glen More where it meets the Cork goods which waits in the loop after finishing its work there.
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  5. Why, yes indeed! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/blogs/announcements/a-class-update-september-2020
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  6. slow progress on the school
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  7. I've spent the last couple of days faffing about with these little beauties. They'll do the job dotted around a yard.
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  8. The vans have now been through both the paint shop and the weathering process. First step was a spray of Halford's grey primer. Next came the lettering and numbering, using a dipping pen and white acrylic ink. Rather than just use weathering powders, I wanted to give the vans a more detailed treatment, taking my cue from Martyn Welch's bible on the subject. Many of these vans were long lived, so I wanted to give them a well worn and slightly battered appearance. The key stages were as follows: First add some rust to the [many] metal plates and strapping. When you think about it, rust c
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  9. Evening all A bit of a yellow "salute" in honour of the 5 year anniversary - hopefully pulled next year by an A class or 3...... About this time 3 years ago I was not in a good place mentally - working crazy hours and days , stressed to the last...essentially on a TGV to total burnout and meltdown....one evening I was halfway thru my near daily half bottle of gin and i saw something on the TV about model railways and it lit a fire..next day...i borrowed a unused set off one of my relations and just the simple act of setting up an oval and watching a GWR engine and 2 carriages whizzin
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  10. Started the process to weather this 121 this evening. Will finish up tomorrow. Took the walkway rails back off for access. Yes the prime mover (engine) and brake sounds work on DC as well as the marker lights.
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  11. Parts being epoxy glued on the loco body, the name/number plates are stuck on with Glue n Glaze. Decided to install the card base for the coal now so that it will get a good lacquering against the Mod Podge glue sticking the coal in. The coal chute has it's baffle epoxied in and the mdf spacer stuck in with Sticksall adhesive. And the card is stuck in and sealed around the edges with Sticksall so the glue hopefully wont leak down through the model- best to keep it in the coal! And then with nearly all bits stuck on a test assembly of the loco & tende
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  12. Having completed the major scenic work and cleaned up the layout area it's a good time for a video showing how the layout fits into the available space. Our condo is split level, the stairs in the video comes down from the upper floor which is at ground level. This area has no windows, being a partial basement and the temperature remains constant throughout the year making it a perfect environment for a model railway. The area was originally intended as a storage room but the original owner had the builder omit the door and wall, finish the space, installed numerous electrical outlets and cabl
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  13. First in line of my weathering projects has been my 10 Tara mines wagons from Irish Model Railways which I've spent the last few days working on and I'm extremely happy with the results. First layer of dry brushing. Second layer. Airbrushing of the lid and along the upper portion of the wagon Airbrushing of the lower portion of the wagons with frame dirt to finish it all off. All that remains is to apply grease marks to the buffers and varnish. Very happy with how they all turned out with a good varied look throughout the 1
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  14. And here's railcar 2b departing...
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  15. This weekend, Belmullet was due to make its exhibition debut at the Uckfield Show, however that is now not happening, like so many others. Hence thought I'd try and post a few pictures and some video footage over the next few days. Video is a first for me. This short film is done using my cheap Nikon Coolpix camera, on which I do all my other modelling pictures. Must admit that trying to follow a train with the camera, while also driving it at the same time is not easy! Hadn't realised it was such a long process uploading to Youtube either. Anyway, here is Railcar B arriving at t
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  16. Today I've started on the last area to be developed, the Guinness Compound.
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  17. The turf vans have progressed through the paint and weathering process and now await final detailing. Started with a coat of grey primer, then the wheels and under frames were treated to the standard weathering mix. For the body work, am guessing that as emergency conversions, any new woodwork would not have been painted. Hence both inner and outer planking was done with a mix of Humbrol 110, 64 and matt black. The main body colour has been described as 'faded maroon', so delved into my collection of tinlets and found a Precision BR Coach Maroon and Wagon Grey. Mixing these togeth
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  18. Its finally here! A sound decoder is due any day now, a first for the South Waterford Line.
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  19. Hello everyone, so I've been tempted over by those makers of the green boxes (IRM/ACC) and thought I would say hi and post up a couple of photos of one of the train sets that I exhibit. So first up is Thorne Yard. Its a wagon repair depot in the the 1980s. The layout is DCC with all locos being sound fitted and all rolling stock is detailed, renumbered (if there is more than one) and weathered. If you have any questions then please ask. More photos to come Thanks Simon
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  20. Hi everyone, New releases in Irish railway modelling are coming thick and fast with spoils, weedspray, 121s, Rail Link buses and now we have an extra bonus release on project 42; empty liner flats! These are perfect for those of you who wish to bolster or build your liner trains and already had some CRail 40ft containers in stock, or fancy adding some of their colourful container range to your fleet and need wagons for them! You can also add your IRM Keg cages too! Our factory was able to offer us additional capacity during the assembly of the weed spray wagons so we were able
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  21. Hi everyone, As you may have seen over the weekend, Hornby Magazine held a virtual exhibition in lieu of their October "Great Electric Train Show" exhibition. We were asked to provide a video update on our projects to date. Needless to say as it's the UK it was a tad Accurascale heavy, but we did offer a preview of the A Class GM sound chip which you can see below! Please note it was recorded on my phone, so it's not the best microphone around. I can confirm it sounds beastly in person though! We will be launching this shortly for pre-order and will do a better video
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  22. I don't really have a layout, just a board that slides under the bed for running sessions, so I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this video:
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  23. 12L is now looking a little more work worn. Still some finishing touches to come and a little more grime but we're getting there! Phil
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  24. The 40 foot beets are probably in a niche market. I made my own for the IRM flats, which I have documented on my workbench.
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  25. Waterford to Cork goods train passing Glen More and Kielys Cross October 1974. 20200929_030044.mp4
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  26. Just for fun I took some photos of my older (2008) 121 model made from Model Irish Railways resin kit (hand painted) and put it beside Murphy Models fine new RTR model. MIR's version is fractionally longer, taller and the bonnet is less slender/detailed than MM's. However, I seem to have caught the grey colour fairly well. The MIR transfers included a border in black around the logo and numbers which is absent on the MM model? I used a DCC-ready US SW1500 chassis but never managed to find one which incorporated sound although I did use the twin directional headlamps to good effect. A
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  27. 143 arrives at Dianghlasáil with three ex works LP wagons. They are added to the rake and will work as part of the new intermodal service from Dianghlasáil.
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  28. The immement arrival of a grey 121 inspired the. construction of a grey palvan, this time with different doors and ends. It may be time to build that SSM brake van kit and finish it in grey
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  29. cumberland street school ready for windows
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  30. Hi everyone, Latest news from Murphy Models is that the CIE black’n’tan (MM0125, MM0131) and IR 121s (MM0127, MM0130, MM0133) will ship at the end of Sept. The CIE Supertrain (MM0126, MM0132) and IE (MM0124, MM0129, MM0134) will ship at the end of Oct. We are still awaiting to receive our stock of chips from Murphy Models and will ship them out as soon as they come in. order here: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/murphy-models-class-121-locomotive Cheers! Fran
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  31. The brief discussion on micro layouts in the "Irish Models" section got me thinking. I rather liked that Canal Wharf micro layout by Scalescenes and decided to take a closer look at it https://scalescenes.com/product/ly02-canal-wharf-boxfile-layout/ and at £10 I though, why not? Question was, could it be done in 21mm - as it turns out, yes, and proves to be quite a shunting puzzle. The Scalescene layout in the box is of limited operational use, however they do recommend using a sector plate or traverser to provide some level of operation. I opted for the sector plate and incorporated i
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  32. Five years ago I was a North American / Canadian modeller. I had actually sold a few Canadian items to this strange fellow called Fran from Dublin. I had purchased a few Murphy items like the GM's and the Cravens but only for display. I had always been reluctant to get to involved with Irish modelling due to the lack of quality RTR wagons. Then IRM appeared and I thought I would support it by buying a few packs of ballast wagons!! The rest is history. Thanks lads for supplementing Murphy Models Locos and coaches with fantastic wagons. The ballast wagons first. Then t
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  33. Put your feet up on this wet Sunday and explore Ernie’s 56 album. What an absolute treat. Look what this morning turned up...https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/albums/72157715532510616/page2 One of @leslie10646’s bread containers at Bundoran Junction.....and there is much more! Cheers, Ernie .
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  34. Not a lot to report at this stage, it will probably be mid-late November before the review samples are ready and will be in a position to make an announcement on pricing and availability. The photos are of 3D prints of the current version of the model with wheels and brake shoes set to OO gauge. The graphics are preliminary, I haven't got the correct running number font.
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  35. Here's a teaser Ed. Beet and Cattle Special coming under Haggerty's Bridge. Bit more work done on the foliage and Mountain River IMG_0234_HEVC.mp4
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  36. Folks, I threw together a quick video of how I set up and use the new settings on the 121 Sound decoders. Apologies for the quality, trying to take a video and use a throttle at the same time is not easy!
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  37. Hi Brendan, The keg liners have long been dispatched, so your friend really needs to contact us. Anyone can cancel and order and get a full refund at any time by emailing us with their order number, and we do make stock to have in hand when a model lands. It's up to you to run the risk of missing out on it or not, you can even email us and ask to hold off on payment and reserve in special circumstances, so we are quite flexible. Cheers! Fran
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  38. A light bit of weathering done on B134 Love this livery and these superb Murphy Models Ready to depart Woodvale Junction Local goods train about to be marshalled into the yard.
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  39. Knock yourselves out people: Key Function F0 Headlights Front/Rear F1 Sound on/off F2 Air Horn (high) F3 Air Horn (low) F4 Rear lights off/on (bonnet end) F5 Front lights off/on (cab end) F6 Acceleration/brake time, shunting mode/shunting speed F7 Curve Squeal F8 Hand Brake F9 Radiator Fan F10 Compressor F11 Coupler Clank F12 Brake release / Brake apply F13 Open / Close Cab Door F14 Diesel manual notching (up) F15 Diesel manual notching (d
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  40. And now for something completely different. Those of you who follow my ramblings will know that I have been interested in 'turf wagons' for some time. Considered building a couple for Arigna Town, but being next to a coal mine that didn't really work. However, Belmullet is not far from two major peat deposits that have been exploited since the middle of the last century and my 'Black Sod Bay Distillery' is deemed to have been peat fuelled since the start of the Emergency. Now, in the chosen 1950s period, turf is still brought to the distillery in a couple of the last remaining converted
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  41. I came across this recently which is pretty epic. Never knew there was such thing as a 10ft tanktainer!
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  42. Some action from Bog Road. 20201011_190857.mp4
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  44. I was asked how to install a driver in the MM 121. Remove the chassis by undoing the 4 screws, 2 in front of each bogie. The cab is designed to slide up off the footplate/body after one removes the door handrails, there are 4 barb catches on the base of the cab which catch into the footplate. On this model the cab refused to slide up as the boxes clued to the body in front of the cab were catching it! I had to remove the footplate which again is held by barb tabs on the body into the footplate. The front handrails also have to be removed for this. I could then flex
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  45. For interest here is a photo of B123 presumably just out of the factory in the USA!
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  46. Superb service from Murphy Models. One of my MM121s had an issue with a faulty speaker, the other loco was perfect. I emailed Murphy Models and Paddy Murphy asked me to send the loco directly back to him in Wexford street and that he would replace it. I posted the loco back to him on Monday. A brand new replacement loco arrived back here in the last hour complete with a note saying he had replaced the loco, and bench tested it before despatch with a sound decoder to be sure its speaker was working ok. That's superb warranty and service direct from the manufacturer. Happy days. Now its i
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  47. A few pictures showing how the turf vans are progressing. Most of the work has been around cleaning up the resin castings and enabling the corners where the ends and sides meet to lock together nicely. Just occasionally I do actually plan ahead a little to help myself! The bodies, once assembled sit on a sheet of 40thou plastic, with everything held in place with Rocket super glue - the most liquid type, which I'm still getting off my fingers. Everything was going well until I realised I'd put one side in upside down, which was a bit of a bummer to say the least - and I did say a lot mor
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  48. The last mechanical parts are complete;- The Tender drag bar was set-up with a brass tube collar to capture the bar and allow to rotate. The oil pump drive gear was cnc cut from .35mm NS sheet and brass handwheels cut from.3mm brass sheet, the parts were cleaned up, holes sized, and then prepared for sweat soldering. Parts are now soldered and ready for installing. Test fitting the handwheels to the pump box with 14BA screws. .8mm Steel rivets were used to assemble the gear. All the bits ready to go on, using a sleeved 1.2
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  49. Seeing as how popular these have been (almost sold out!) yes there is a distinct possibility! Correct! Blue taras will be released after the locos that haul them arrive.
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