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  1. 5 points
    Grand canal dock station footbridge near completion with fine mesh fitted to over bridge
  2. 5 points
    Fettling and finishing touches It is now less than a week to Fintonagh's exhibition debut at Uckfield next weekend. Not the largest show in the country, but definitely one of the finest in terms of layout quality. Manager Adrian Colenutt has become a past-master at fitting a lot in the space available, while the hospitality is very good too. However, this means the layout has to not just look right, but it must run well too, hence the last few weeks being spent in trying to iron out all the faults! I've written elsewhere that this is very much a problem with hand built stuff - or at least it is for me, for I am no expert, but I do work at things in the hope of getting them right, while experience helps too and I have approaching 100 shows under my belt now. Fettling essentially involves running the operating sequence over and over again, making notes of where things go wrong, then investigating the cause in the hope of putting things right. Faults manifest themselves in various ways: Derailments - mostly these are down to back to backs on the wheels. I use 4mm fine scale standards, which means 19.3mm b2b and not much leeway either. Less than 0.5mm out and wagons in particular derail on either the point blades or the crossing vee. Easily solved with a vernier gauge, thankfully Hesitant running - mostly cured by compensated/rocking axles on locos, plus pick ups on all wheels. Couplings - I'm using Kadee No 5s and though they are fairly reliable, they do need careful setting up, especially as I'm also using small 'rare earth' magnets for uncoupling. Practice also important too, stopping trains within a 5mm space requires a degree of concentration. On top of the above, one also has to create a sequence that works simply and effectively, for as well as running the layout, it is always enjoyable talking to visitors and they have paid to come in, so you owe it to them to put on a decent show. In addition to the above, there is of course Sod's Law, which can strike at any time - usually when there is a video camera operating! When [not if, note], this happens, then you just have to grin and bear it, though it is just as well visitors can't hear what I'm thinking! At them moment, the layout is running at about 95% efficiency. Derailments are now only operator error and the locos [as long as track and wheels are clean] are running nicely - even Blackwater, which has had large amounts of lead added to enable it to pull a short coach and two wagons [!]. The problem is it has 30:1 gears as opposed to the 40:1 in sister Erne and it makes quite a difference. Blackwater has caused further headaches, by repeatedly suffering from a loose wheel nut [hopefully now cured with some gloss varnish in the threads] and a broken lead on the motor. The first class bogie coach has caused much head scratching and many rude words, because in one direction, it was derailing on the point entering the station. No amount of wheel checks could sort it, but eventually cured it, by reversing the bogie, so the troublesome wheels were in the inside, not the outside. Fingers crossed now ok. The photos show some of the small details that I've been adding: A small [dummy] ground frame on the platform to operate the points A small section of point rodding [along the platform] and boarding elsewhere to cover the rest, which I really don't want to do! Figures, including a rakish fellow outside Forbes Bar, a flagman guarding the exit from the station and a lady promoting the Temperance Movement outside the tea rooms. Road vehicles are mainly from Arigna, including donkey cart, small lorry and Austin 7 saloon, plus the Model T Ford truck seen earlier. In addition, there has been organising packing and transport, with new stock boxes and trial fitting in the car. Talking to Christopher Payne [also at Uckfield with Pyn Valley Railway [in latest RM], he opined that a layout probably shouldn't be exhibited until it has done at least three shows, to iron out the faults that only ever occur away from home. Difficult, but I know what he means! Wish me luck, or better still, come along and say hello. Uckfield really is a great show.
  3. 3 points
    latest update photos for barrow street
  4. 3 points
    Brake time! Well after the break, there was some work done. I had drilled the chassis to take brake hangers and blocks but needed rods underneath. Brake hangars & blocks were machined out of 0.5mm brass- I'm moving into the CNC realm at the moment, so this was good test. Parts machined well and cut out of tabs to ensure they did not go flying on the CNC (earlier attempt did not go so well!) Parts needed tabs trimmed off and filed back to complete; hence shoes are not identical. Shoes were then soldered to the hangars before fitting to the loco. Brake rods were cut from some 0.3mm Nickel Silver and holes drilled accordingly. Spacing is not 100% as the rear brake blocks are too far from the wheel for my liking, so that will need a tweak to get it more realistic. Front and rear brakes were attached using 1mm tube through the pre prepared holes. The bottom holes also picked up some 1mm tube to connect through the rods. The ends of the rods at the cab end needed to be fixed and were fitted with some faux actuating levers which were angled and fixed back to the frames. This secures the rods at three point and holds everything quite rigid given the sizes of the pieces. Rather fiddly to execute, but came together nicely. I added in a faux joint using some of the rod strip with some rivets on it for detail, which turned out surprisingly well. Once the chassis was back together, we get this: Those rear brakes are just a little too far forward. I have two options - fix it, or leave it, as the front steps obscure the view of the front hangars and block, so perhaps it will not be as noticible. Probably better to fix it and it will be right going forward. The 1.5mm tubes which hold the compensation bars (see above) were trimmed back to the chassis and soldered into place which really tidies up the look of the chassis and stops things from falling apart. A view of the completed work from below look like this: Edging closer to completion 🙂
  5. 2 points
    I'm posting this message in several places where relevant; Roderick of 00 Works informs me that Precision Paints now have the correct loco grey. They ALREADY have "loco grey"; I assume this is the lighter shade used today on 071s. So the correct one to ask for is "GSWR / GSR / CIE Locomotive Grey", mouthful though that is.... This model has got to be one of the best scratchbuilds I've ever seen. Very well done!
  6. 2 points
    Humbrol number 27 Revell number 77 or Tamiya xf24 I think are the nearest
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    Had a feeling this was coming from the thread a few months ago on buffer stops. A great and much needed accessory on the Irish modeling scene even though under the accurascale brand and I see myself pick up at least a dozen sets. Hope you will also get round to the new small footprint ones that have shown up in the past 5 or so years too.
  8. 2 points
    LISNEAL ROAD Hi everybody Just a quick update as track laying should start very shortly on the layout, I have had this point work expertly constructed for me and its been tested on DC and DCC and works perfectly. Very pleased with the workmanship, this will also save about 5 inches on the length should I had used separate points. Its total length is 465mm and also been constructed to Peco centres at 51mm. The difference can be seen in the pictures of the compactness of this piece of work
  9. 1 point
    My preference is for the Acrylics also, specifically Vallejo Model Air Humbrol 27 - Vallejo Model Air 71.047 Grey Revell 78 - Vallejo Model Air 71.048 Engine Grey I am proposing to use Vallejo Model Air 71.110 Dark Grey as a base with drops of white mixed in for highlights for my locos. Hope that helps Ken
  10. 1 point
    And a very good show it was.I took a selection of models and had a couple of locos just shuffling about on a photo plank ,with a folder of info and photos plus Erine Shepards book. bantree sent his Bantry station models to display and there was a lot of interest. I think a lot of people thought why Ireland and why Bantry but my reply is why not? I now understand why shows in Ireland do not generally pay expenses, 900 miles by the time I got home. Bantry goes to Bantry would be a wonderful thing to do when the layout is showable but the cost?hmmm! For me one of the most watchable displays was a R/C forage harvester which picked up loose static grass and blew it into a trailer pulled by a R/C tractor. Brilliant
  11. 1 point
    Defiantly echo Davids comments on the Uckfield Show,i've had Valencia and Castlederg there and throughly enjoyed it.There again this year with Llanfair Caereinion.Andy.
  12. 1 point
    On a visit to WMRC yesterday I was seriously impressed by the clubs new modular baseboard construction system, and the electronic PCBs they use to wire each base board independently. These include DCC power distribution, short protection, Cobalt point motor power supplies, point switch wiring, etc. Most of the PCBs have been custom designed by their own in-house electronics genius @Junctionmad, printed in China and are now used by club layouts and members layouts. Their baseboard design facilitates the mounting of these PCBs on fascia for ease of working with rather than crawling under boards. Baseboards are also small and light enough to be placed on their sides for ease of use installing point motors and signalling. One of the O gauge modular base boards Baseboards under construction. Each board takes about 15-20 minutes to assemble using hot glue gun, and a further 15-20 minutes to glass cloth all the joints. 6mm ply, except for the end boards which take cabinet maker dowels to precisely align boards when joined. Boards are light but extremely rigid yet stable from warping due construction technique.
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    Looking forward to replacing my half baked attempt at these.
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    First Gort baseboard was constructed yesterday while on a visit to WMRC club house. Glass cloth used to strengthen the plywood joints.
  15. 1 point
    Six of the stored 201s at Inchicore-214,212,203,205,202 and 201.
  16. 1 point
    Finding space to do anything in our garage has been like a 3 dimensional chess game, no sooner than I completed the baseboard framing for the Irish broad gauge layout than it became covered by other unfinished products and models.. Thankful these days there has been some progress. Progress with other projects finally freed up space to clear the traverser and about 12' of baseboard, while the N gauge will probably be returning to the house by Christmas. Anytime between 1890 & 1963? 650 Class and perishable (6w bk3rd, horsebox and string of meat vans. I will have to find a permanent home for the watertower😁. 1960s Night Mail, heating van TPO 3 fitted H Vans, to connect into the Galway-Dublin Night Mail at Athlone or Mullingar I have a photo somewhere of a mock up of a Midland station and AEC railcar set. At this stage I am toying with the idea of a U shaped layout with a Mayo Line or Limerick-Sligo crossing station in this area buildings possibly buildings based Ballymoe or Kiltimagh entering as a double line through station from traverser with road bridge view blocker before entering single line section to terminus on opposite side of room. Like idea of mixing MGWR & GSWR (ex WLWR) lines possibly one road GSWR bullhead other MGWR flatbottom rail. Variety of MGWR & GSWR steam power and rolling stock. Baseboards are open frame construction with trackbed supported on risers so the ground contours are both above and below the railway, possibly with some bogland and a river crossing (lattice truss bridge?) on the connecting section between the two stations .
  17. 1 point
    Test builds nearly complete, some minor changes to the artwork to get the cab interior to fit and I had forgotten the ashpan sides leaving a lot of daylight in the area between the driving wheels! 657 (MGWR 33 Arrow) as rebuilt with superheated boiler in1925, before receiving a saturated (original style) boiler and presumably GSR cab in 1939, rebuilt with CIE Y superheated belpair boiler 1953! Loco is on a OO Chassis. Funnily enough I have only found a photo of one superheated loco (23 Sylph) in this condition fitted with tender coal rails. Which indicates that at this time coal was of high quality and the superheated locos very economic of coal and water which was the whole point of the exercise. 654 late GSR/CIE condition. Originally MGWR 23 Sylph this loco went through four re-builds/changes of boiler between 1924 & 1959 and eventually ended up with a Y Class superheated Belpair boiler the model covers the 1939-59 period. I assembled this loco lat week in a bit of a hurry and haven't bolted the back end of the loco to the chassis with the cab sitting a bit high. The kit includes parts to build the loco with either MGWR or GSR/CIE condition including alternate cabs, boiler fittings, leading axle springs, tender coal rails or coal plates. There was a lot of detail variation between individual locos as the class was overhauled/re-built by the GSR & CIE particularly around cab handrail location and rivet detail. Handrail and rivet locations are half etched on the inside of the cab side sheets and drilled out or embossed to taste by the builder. 3/4 front view 21mm gauge loco. 21mm Chassis with inside valve gear & Mashima motor & Hi-Level Road-Runner+gear box fitted. I have assembled the chassis with an equalising beam suspension system rather than as a compensated or sprung chassis for comparison. Rear view of the chassis, I seem to have mislaid the gear wheel for the final drive! Motor is an old stock Mashima 12x20, the 10X20 motor is considered to be a better motor and currently available through High Level. Gear ratios are pretty much a personal thing the 650 Class were mixed traffic rather than express passenger locos, 40:1 or 53:1 should provide reasonable torque and range of speed for these locos. Wheels are vintage Mike Sharman and unfortunately no longer available, Alan Gibson Workshops supply suitable wheels to an EM or S4 profile and extended 1/8" driving axles.
  18. 1 point
    Grey Season 1 Troublesome Truck COMPLETED!
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    Nearly there, only a few detailing jobs left to do
  20. 0 points
    Thank you all for taking the time to respond and for the information supplied. The reason for my enquiry was to try to establish if there was a similar schedule of dimensions set out for Ireland as the BRMSB set out for standard gauge railways for Platforms, Buildings and Bridges. If you watched the model railway challenge programme on Channel 5 on Friday evening you would have seen that one of the teams had to realign a section of curved track as coaches on concentric curves collided with each other due to inadequate clearances being provided. American and European standards set out requirements for curved tracks. I am not aware of any OO gauge standards available for curved track! The BRMSB for dimensions for Platforms, Buildings and Bridges as set down for standard gauge railways are not I believe appropriate for models of Irish railways due to the fact that Irish prototype coaches were wider that their standard gauge counterparts. For example the widest coach used in Ireland were the Park Royals which had a maximum width of 10 ft 2 in being 8 in wider than the standard coaches used on standard gauge. I fully appreciate the point about clearances having to be increased to cater for curved and canted track and also vertical curvature. I believe the vehicle (in revenue earning service) with the greatest distance between bogie centres are the pocket wagons with a bogie centre distance of 17000 mm. I purposely stated revenue earning service to exclude departmental stock such as a ballast cleaner or the like The standard distance between bogie centres for Intercity stock is 16000 mm and for Suburban / Commuter stock is 14100 mm approximately. Intercity stock generally has the passenger access doors at the ends of the vehicles which can be problematic for stepping gaps when the platforms are curved e.g., Cork where as Suburban / Commuter stock generally have the (wider) passenger access doors at or near the bogie centres to minimise the effects of centre and end throw when platforms are curved. On a section of curved track a vehicle will need additional clearance to cater for the centre throw (overhang at the middle of the vehicle) and end throw (overhang at the ends of the vehicle). The European standard for model railways uses a value equal to twice the centre throw to widen the interval between tracks. So following the same logic this would equate to a vehicle overall length of just over 24 metres which is a little longer than any vehicle currently in use in Ireland. Mention has been made of the "big overhangs at the front" and I believe that ICRs have an overhang from bogie centre to cab end of 4000 mm, so the maximum end throw such a vehicle would generate is the same as a vehicle with an overall body length of 4000 + 16000 + 4000 = 24000 mm as stated above. On a section of curved track the interval between the tracks must be increased by an amount equal to the sum of the end and centre throws in order to preserve the clearances. Similarly if there is a platform on a curved track, the lateral clearance needs to be increased by an amount equal to the end throw or the centre throws in order to preserve the clearances. Depending on whether the platform is on the inside or outside of the curve. Allowances for the effects of cant must also be made. I apologise if the above is long winded, but as someone who worked in 1 to 1 scale for over 40 years and am how hoping to build an OO scale model railway using RTR Irish equipment I am anxious to get it right first time!! In due course, if there is a desire for it, I will post details of the standards I have adopted (together with the reasoning for same) for the benefit of the group. I would only be setting out recommendations for the area above rail level and many recommended dimension will be specified from track centre line rather than a rail, as this will suit people who use 16.5 mm track for RTR stock and also people who have adopted 21 mm as their standard . Vertical clearances will of course be relative to the top of the rail. It is my belief that RTR stock has wheels compliant with both European (and American standards) and are designed to negotiate a minimum radius of 438 mm (R2 in sectional track). I look forward to any further views and in particular if an Irish version of the BRMSB standards for Platforms, Buildings and Bridges would be useful to the group. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and should need any clarification etc. please just ask.
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