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  1. Obviously some of you guys have never made it plain to the partners in your lives just where they stood in the pecking order. Before I got married, I took The Boss on a Portrush Flyer, then didn't sit with her so that I could get a milepost seat. The honeymoon was two weeks behind the Iron Curtain bashing very obscure steam, followed by a week in Vienna so that she could visit her many friends there (and I could bash Austrian steam while she was with them). It wasn't my fault if she hadn't got the message by then? Getting back to paying for the locos and the stuff I'm prod
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  2. Hi Dave This in a Gauge N baseboard module which is the same construction design as the one above except;- it was constructed in cheepo 6mm ply with the 40mm insulation for the deck but has no laminated internal frame like the one above. The flat gusset piece in the corners are glued to the frame and to the underside of the insulation, the insulation is glued in with 'No More Nails' glue on the 40mm edge which makes the board fairly rigid in all directions, each module weighs in at 2lb. These boards fit end to end. The end plates are doubled up with a rectangular s
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  3. Hi WRENNEIRE, I'm new here and have spent hours reading through this fascinating thread. Not least it brought back memories of pipe smoke on Sunday mornings in Monk Place and of the Southern Model Railway shop as I remember it in a basement in Leeson St. Anyway my question is, would you consider it appropriate to include here items not specifically produced for or aimed at the Irish market but regardless may well be appropriate for use by Irish Railway modelers. A particular example I have in mind is the class A Esso 4 wheel tank wagons produced by Heljan, their catalog no. 1153, albeit t
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  4. I am thinking about doing Cobh Station, in a sort of Generic way so that I could run steam or diesel in it and it would still look ok. The buildings would all be correct but in a hypathetical era... if that makes any sense for example, there was a fine water tower/ coal shed and a turntable, long gone now but I would still include them even though on the odd day, there might be a DMU motoring past .
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  5. Oh thats an impressive baseboard. Strong as an Ox for N and yet weights nothing. There's always more than one good way of peeling an orange! PS. Sealing the plywood with a good sealer/primer coat of paint IMHO can do more to aid moisture resistance and warp stability than anything else, especially the underside of the boards as well as the topside.
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  6. Noel. The most problematic construction, in my experience , is dissimilar woods , In far too many cases Ive seen the 2"x1" being stabilised by the ply and not the other way round. Then to compensate for what is a fundamentally bad approach , the thickness of everything is beefed up, ( and gets corresponding heavy ) While this " solves " the issue , its really a poor way to go about it . This is even truer today , as commonly available deal is often forced growth, poorly dried and inaccurate. Th timber and ply commonly available in local builders providers is invariably rubbish and is the
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  7. Now, Leslie, we can all do with a good bit of advice from time to time, especially in the realm of those female women of the opposite sex. We could all even become Methodists, if it meant cash for a new loco. But ye can't be serious about giving up three - or even FOUR - pints! That's a bridge too far....
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  8. As the person who designed the O gauge ply and glue construction , it’s true the method works best with fibreglass resin and fibreglass tape However our experience with the O gauge is that while the main baseboards are resin and are effectively bomb proof , the pva baseboards are surviving the rough and tumble more then adequately the sides are not designed for lateral loading, their primary purpose is to stress the top and keep it flat the end cheeks are 15mm ply ( all ply is high grade birch ply , either MR glue or WBP glue , I would reccomend staying well away from cheap
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  10. I would suggest you consider extruded polystyrene rather then expanded Also I would be interested to see how the torsional rigidity works out . I found that without diagonal cross bracing , the ply construction was rigid both across and along the horizontal axis , but exhibited considerable diagonal movement , now this isnt such an issue where boards are levelled before the layout is used , but we did add diagonals to our O gauge boards ( which are a good bit bigger the 1000x 500) and to all other ply and tape boards we have subsequently made up ( Over 40 at the last count ) The lay
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  11. Ah, W5004 Ventilated van, Dunlop Worth £15 once upon a time However because some mistakes were made in the factory and a few of these escaped the value jumped up to £50 Called the "D Reversed" Dunlop
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  12. The door panels in the ferts were a sort of very heavy plywood. Whatever was in the fertiliser didn't seem to cause any unusual amount of corrosion on the metal parts - I saw them close up all the time. The plywood tended to get quite weatherbeaten towards the end, and I saw a few unpainted panels a couple of times. Livery note, now that I think of it: pre-1987 they carried the CIE roundel, originally on the 2nd door along, looking side on. Towards 1987 doors were getting mixed up and while most remained as described, occasional variations became more common as door were replaced in
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  13. I would say however that the method is not suitable for cheap Malaysian ply , my experience with it suggests the layers are not well bonded , and the surface tends to be more dense and less absorbent then birch ply.
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  14. Fill in your profile here: ”Male, aged 61, looking for wife ideal age 19-23. Must be able to drink, keep house, cook, clean and have 5 children. Must be able to bring up children, cook and provide snacks, pizzas and drinks for the lads after the pub on Friday and Saturday nights, must be able to give lifts home from pub, must be knowledgeable about railways and must possess a layout with a continuous main line run of not less than ten metres. Please enclose photograph. Of layout...”.
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  15. 22.6.08. Northern Ireland Railways Sperry Train at Adelaide Freight Depot Belfast.
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  16. Wow fabulous live scenes. You can just imagine all the industrial noises, clanking, banging, flange squeal, horns, station announcements and the back ground murmur of LPPs chattering on the platforms, a group of nuns in full habit floating gracefully down the platform as if they were on castor wheels, a late student running down the platform in a total flap pushing their full size bicycle, as a guard blows his whistle, prefacing the build up of air in the door closing system and brake system, the loco horn toots, will she make it, will she manage to get the bike on to a standard open coach tha
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  17. We kick off the March gallery with: Saturday 2nd March 2019: Dublin - Cork services were suspended between Charleville and Cork on this day for panel relaying around the 133 milepost. Mallow passengers were bused to/fro, Charleville while Cork passengers were bused to/from Thurles. Click https://goo.gl/9xAEJM to view.
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  18. Yes Plywood is the Job
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  19. Much progress as we approach Easter with all ballasting now complete, main bus-bars complete and the fiddle-yard fully functioning. The outlines for all scenery is in place with fascia and back-boards fitted and plastering commenced:
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  20. Evening folks, Been a quiet week on the picture front this week but I managed a handful of shots at Limerick, Ballybrophy and Portlaoise over the past. Highlight being 083 on the Sperry Train and Track Recording Car 700 at Limerick. Click the picture to view all the images.
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