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  1. Having a few days off before starting a new job gave me time to work on the layout for the first time in months. I mentioned in a previous post about reverting to the orignal plan for the rebuild of Glen More, placing the gantry crane on the rear track and the beet loading bank towards the front. The reason for this was when the the crane on the siding towards the front it was getting knocked over too frequently during operating sessions and I was nervous about having rolling stock fall on the floor. The photos show the new old arrangement with the beet loading bank under construction. On the
    5 points
  2. Some progress this evening 'testing' the viability of the track diagram. Roughly laid out old bits of track and tri-ang toy structures to get an idea if the track lengths would fit as intended and if the loops and sidings would accommodate the amount of goods wagons that I would need for shunting operations. Checked points did not straddle baseboard joins and cross members would not interfere with location of point motors underneath. Spend a few hours adjusting rough track positioning and lengths to see what goods wagons would fit and how shunting might operate. As a shu
    4 points
  3. I've now added in the point motors and tidied up the wiring a bit. The point motors are in good nick and recycled from the attic layout. Also recycled is the expensive ish but very useful DCC concepts point motors controller that lets me run the points off the NCE powercab. Bit of a test run with some stock too.
    3 points
  4. The logos have now been removed on all but 4 of the bubbles, so I've moved on to adding some cement spillage to the top of the tanks. This was made up from a mixture of Humbrol weathering powders and Matt Cote. When the mix had dried I began removing it until I got a look I was happy with. It was then fixed in place with matt varnish.
    2 points
  5. FYI I used Humbrol 164 Satin dark sea Grey, Satin paint goes on a bit nicer too. If you are repainting an orange one I would suggest removing all the Printed Markings off as the outline will show through repaint.
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  6. 16.9.18. Trains around the Belfast Area.
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  7. 15.9.18. GM 216 with the Belmond Grand Hibernian Train around the Belfast area.
    2 points
  8. Communication with someone else not on this board tonight reminded me of jhb171Senior’s forays by rail to Rathkenny (NCC Cushendall narrow gauge), Draperstown and Dungiven. Then I'm searching for info on it and find these; one was 2 weeks before passenger trains ended to Dingle & Castlegregory, and the other an apparently very random jaunt!
    1 point
  9. Hi guys. It's been a fair while since I posted on here. (I have been lurking in the background). A combination of a very busy time and feeling very tired because of a painful shoulder (which isn't quite right yet). Anyway . Enough excuses! I've had an idea in my mind for a small (4'x2' ) shunting layout for a while. Basically I was tired of the dull and dark attic and needed a small self contained unit that I could set away when not in use. It will feature an imaginary cement depot with three sidings and a single line to the rear (Not connected on the baseboard) there will be a simple cassete
    1 point
  10. Shabby grey J15s (and a few Midland gems from Mayner) and BnT 141s will also be the order of the day at Dugort Harbour, which takes shape as we speak in the workshop of Baseboard Dave. I have one black "C", though I'm on the lookout for a decent green one too.
    1 point
  11. Cheers Robert. Yes the powders seem to work well when trying to achieve that caked on lumpy appearance. All going to plan it will still be visible after airbrushing etc is eventually finished.
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  12. No indeed. Most of the structures will have to be scatch built or kit-bashed. Platforms will be scratch built. B&T B141s will be the order of the day. PS: But I might run a Black'n'Tan livery GM 201 class through it just for fun.
    1 point
  13. Spot on jhb171achill Even when they were repainted the black line was never like the model that the orange continued top and bottom .
    1 point
  14. Excellent!!!! So no class 08 shunters, James the engine of colour, or Flying Scotsmen either!
    1 point
  15. Looking forward to this layout developing
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  16. That's looking REALLY nice! One thing though - it's seems common to see these tapered end platforms on many layouts. I know they're standard Hornby stuff, but tapered platform ends were almost unknown not only in Ireland but anywhere else, with the sole exception of where travels were converging either side. The only example I can think of in Ireland is the south end of the Loop Junction Platform (still extant, of course) at Downpatrick.
    1 point
  17. This is the state that many older wagons, ex-GSW stuff included, managed to get into by the late 1950s....
    1 point
  18. They could. Certainly Cork to Bandon anyway, and a Luas from Ballincollig into the city and in out towards the airport / Douglas area. Senior had relatives near Birr - and knowing him, cycling there from Birdhill wouldn’t surprise me at all, as he would sometimes cycle from Ranelagh to Liffey Junction or Inchicore, or occasionally to Clondalkin. On one occasion he got the train from Amiens St (having cycled there from Ballsbridge!), to Goraghwood, and thence to Warrenpoint. Then he cycled through Rostrevor, Annalong and Kilkeel to Newcastle. Then he threw the bike in the guards van and fo
    1 point
  19. I forgot I had that view in the archive, here is another with a slight variation in the positioning and size of the "10ton brake" lettering and also metal sheeting on the ducket. Also at Youghal Ernie
    1 point
  20. More modular baseboards under construction. Under license from WMRC Cabinet maker dowels added. Now ready for glass tape to reinforce the joints. Its a very long time since I made baseboards. This alternate method is interesting yet very fast due to hot glue gun. In the past I used to screw and glue ply baseboard surfaces to wooden framing. I would have preferred 4x2ft boards for portability in any vehicle, but these 5x2ft will still fit in the back of many cars with the back seat folded down and despite being 5ft long they are light for carrying.
    1 point
  21. Morning all, A selection of images from yesterdays RPSI railtour to Cork, Limerick and Athenry have been uploaded to https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/RailtoursPreservedRailways/2018/RPSI-The-South-Western-Railtour/i-LcdGgcr/A Due to other long standing commitments later in the afternoon, I could only travel on the tour from Connolly to Portlaoise before I had to return to Dublin. Also uploaded to the October gallery are images from Friday and Saturday featuring the Belmond Grand Hibernian and a selection of 29000's 22000's and MKIV's. * Templemore. * Heuston * Conn
    1 point
  22. The track is now fixed . Test running this evening after soldering the droppers to the power bus. It works... and is a slightly neater job than it looks in the pics!!
    1 point
  23. Progress at this stage is slow but thorough. Track underlay is down. Testing the track now with different rolling stock. Trusty power cab for dcc control. Next I suppose wiring droppers, fixing the track down and point motors.
    1 point
  24. Thanks! It's good to be doing a bit!
    1 point
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