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  1. 8 points
    Well, my pair of IR ploughs arrived at a secret address in daylight hours during the week, and will be transported to their home under cover of darkness very shortly! Not much that I can add that has not been said already about the quality but they are simply superb! I have never seen a RTR wagon with such wealth of detail, irrespective of whatever angle you view them at! I saw my first weathered set at Bangor yesterday, courtesy of Graham from Mark's Models! 2019 is going to be an exceptional year for those of us into the Irish scene, with the arrival of the 121's from Murphy Models, the A classes, container traffic, etc, etc. I have now started saving to have full medical check-ups on a more frequent basis!! I want to be around to enjoy all this exciting rolling stock! Well done to Fran, Stephen, Patrick and Richie for giving us all a reason to live much longer!
  2. 4 points
    Hi John83 Yes the boxes are quite different, and so are the door panels n hand rails, the cab on D301 is a bit shorter ending just behind the door, the hand break sticks out the back with an enclosing box, front steps on D301 are different, no ladders on D301, it had water over flow pipes down the side and an open meshed vent on both sides. D301 had outside crankweights and springs- some Class 08 models don't have this so look for one that does, again some Class 08 models have a slim front vent which D301's was quite deep.... Eoin
  3. 2 points
    Back in 2015 (cant believe that) I setup a styrene D301, its on here somewhere but can't locate it- the plan was to do a test body in styrene and then body and chassis in brass when I set up my new CNC machine back then! I did buy wheels, cranks and other bits at the time- but alas it all went in a box until I mastered the CNC thing and it got forgotten. This thread and Kirley's posts on facebook recently, has me thinking about it again...... This is a link to an article which may be helpful @john83;- http://newirishlines.org/archive-2/ its Issue 5 on the page list and here are a few photos of the test styrene body being set up;- I can now, when time permits, do it!! Eoin
  4. 2 points
    Congrats Eoin, Looks like you got the 10.000th post in this section!! 😉 Ken
  5. 2 points
    Only room for one tricycle, what about the rest of us with tricycles. I'm going to buy a unicycle, I should be able to squeeze it in.
  6. 2 points
    For those who like to use their skills at kits, HATTONS have new kits out, BTB https://www.hattons.co.uk/StockDetail.aspx?utm_campaign=20190409&utm_medium=email&utm_source=OOGaugeNewsletterTest&SID=440775&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJwam1vYmlsZTY2QGdtYWlsLmNvbSIsICJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkpHUWVYaCJ9
  7. 2 points
    I think there are basically two ways of painting buildings - mortar colour first and then pick out each stone, or put a general stone colour on first and add the mortar as a dilute wash. The latter is the technique used by scenic master Martyn Welch (The Art of Weathering). The stones can be done in a semi 'dry brush' method, when you skim the top surface with a broad, flat brush, sponge, cloth or what ever. Much depends on whether the stone is a uniform colour or a variety of shades. Once dry, probably 48 hours with enamels, the mortar colour used should be a very dilute mix. The trick is to hold the model at about 45 degrees and, using a largeish, flat brush, well loaded with paint, touch the brush at the top of the model - the paint will then run down all the mortar lines by capillary action. Repeat as required, down and across the building. Any paint on the stones themselves can easily be wiped away. Having tried it myself, it became the usual method for Arigna Town's stonework, though as always, best to test on a scrap piece first.
  8. 1 point
    The first of our 2019 announcements is a new run of our beautiful cement bubble wagons in new liveries and numbers after feedback from customers in our recent poll on the forum! The iconic bubbles sold out in a record 9 days in Irish Cement livery when we produced our first run of them in 2017. Since then we have found three new running numbers for this iconic and much-loved livery, so have produced a new pack with the Irish Cement branding on ivory livery. We are also producing an additional set with CIE roundels with new numbers to push your ivory cement trains to further prototypical lengths as seen in their final years of service. In addition to these, we will also be doing the bubbles in their as built 1960s livery of original slate grey. The bubbles wore this attractive livery from introduction in the mid-1960s until repainting into orange in the early 1970s. The slate grey bubbles ran mixed with their then newly painted orange counterparts for a few years into the 1970s too, as well in mixed freight formations. They will make a perfect companion for our forthcoming A classes in green, black, black with yellow end and black and tan, as well as 141s, 181s and 121s of the era in black and tan and grey and yellow in the case of the 121s. Two sets are in line to be produced, with unique running numbers as you come to expect from IRM. These bubbles are the first in several new announcements coming from IRM throughout the course of 2019, which will include items such as ballast hoppers later in the year. The price of the bubble packs is €125 for a pack of three wagons, with a bundle deal of €450 for all four packs. Pre-orders is now open for a delivery date in late May 2019. Pre-production models are on show at the North Down Model Railway Society show at Bangor this weekend and production is already underway. Place your order here: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/cement-bubbles
  9. 1 point
    Appears to be an ex-GSWR horse box - Number on the solebar ?663G. Ken
  10. 1 point
    Evening folks, Photos from last weekend's RPSI The West Awake Railtour from Dublin to Ballina and Westport have now been uploaded to https://bit.ly/2DfbdY5 The first outing for 2019 brought a pair of 071's in multiple from Connolly to Claremorris with 075 + 082 doing the honours. At Claremorris, the pair was replaced by CIE retro liveried 071 to haul the tour from Claremorris to Ballina and Westport. Later in the day 082 + 075 brought the railtour back to Dublin Connolly from Claremorris. It was another great railtour with excellent timekeeping most of the day with the tour running about 20 minutes late at one stage. As always thanks to all the IE and RPSI staff for making the day possible.
  11. 1 point
    Here you go.....Castlerea, Claremorris and Ballina
  12. 1 point
    Not a lot to report lately. Some detail of the goods shed masonry and brickwork. Staff Only past this point - and carefully maintaining a watchful eye... Secure tricycle storage is available.
  13. 1 point
    A GNR 4w van makes sense and fits in with Leslie interests. The ventilate Y vans were built for bread and possible fish traffic, the late Harry Connaughton a professional modeler built a batch of these vans in O gauge during the 1970s might be worth watching out for.
  14. 1 point
    As has already been said these look great in this new livery. Me, being the picky type I am, have noticed on little thing: I pack G, the CIE pack you have wagon number 178 in there, 178 in CIE livery has already been done as part of pack D.
  15. 1 point
    Very impressive shed Tony, certainly a center piece for a diorama in its own right. I have used the Wills stone sheets for smaller buildings and generally brush paint the building in a dilute light grey to pick out the mortar joints and then paint the stone work with a dry brush technique. Paint is Testors solvent based Floquil which is unfortunately no longer available
  16. 1 point
    I have my doubts about the Dublin Wicklow and Wexford using brake 3rd coaches as guards vans on loose coupled main line goods trains on its steeply graded main line. Braking heavy loose coupled goods trains was considered to be quite severe on ordinary coaching, this was less of an issue on narrow gauge lines that used passenger brakes with fully braked stock like the Tralee & Dingle, Donegal & Swilly. Many pre-amalgamation "goods brake vans" either tended to be a goods van with a brake compartment or a drovers coach with a brake compartment( The SLNCR van 2 included brake, drovers and goods compartments) rather than the classical goods brake van like the GSWR 10-12T brake van which evolved into the standard CIE 20 & 30T brake vans. It might be worth checking with the Historical Model Railway Association in the UK or transport museums in the Midlands and North of Englind, small to medium sized railways like the DWW tender to buy their goods stock off the peg from builders like Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon, Pickering or Cambrian rather than build their stock in house like the GSWR or Midland
  17. 1 point
    Broithe, this is all pre-paint. Will be grey in the end.
  18. 1 point
    That’s what I’m hoping to reproduce with a few h-vans and open wagons, perhaps a 20ft bell or two in a mix rake formation circa 1968. More variety and visually interesting. The new grey livery bubbles will be perfect for such a formation.
  19. 1 point
    From my own memory, when I saw these things daily passing my school, the shade of grey is correct. The photos above appear to show a black chassis, though I have to say I can’t recall this. Every other CIE wagon of every type had, at that time, grey body and grey chassis, which makes me wonder why a black chassis for these yokes didn’t stick out in my mind as other one-offs did. I recall them new, and the grey bubble above is accurate. Naturally, they got dirty quickly, but in my recollection they kept them way cleaner than in later years.
  20. 1 point
    see also same seller, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CIE-BOGIE-VAN-No-2555-AT-AMIENS-STREET-DUBLIN-5X3-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-1968-N-D-MUNDY/372650853773?hash=item56c3b8c58d:g:RX4AAOSwZVpcsKkg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CIE-NON-CORRIDOR-COACH-No-845-AT-AMIENS-STREET-DUBLIN-5X3-PHOTO-1968-N-D-MUNDY/372650853804?hash=item56c3b8c5ac:g:gQYAAOSw8-lcduup https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CIE-BOGIE-VAN-786N-AT-LIMERICK-IRELAND-5X3-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-1969-N-D-MUNDY/372650853952?hash=item56c3b8c640:g:EdYAAOSwAdhcduvJ https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CIE-FOUR-WHEEL-VAN-142-AT-LIMERICK-IRELAND-5X3-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-1969-N-D-MUNDY/372650853975?hash=item56c3b8c657:g:QaMAAOSw1dxcduvM
  21. 1 point
    Some progress to front of building.....
  22. 1 point
    This has turned up on eBay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CIE-SIGNAL-ELECTRICAL-COACH-463A-BALLYBROPHY-5X3-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-1969-N-D-MUNDY/372650853924?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D360de35d247d4491b5bed56ebd2cca96%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D372650853924%26itm%3D372650853924&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507
  23. 1 point
    Would have to agree Noel. I wasn’t sure about the slate grey until we got the samples and they really pop. I have to say now it’s the best livery they wore. Richie has done some job on the tampo set up. I will take better pics this coming week with better lighting conditions. They will go well with the green and black As, as well as the B&T ones and 141s, and same with forthcoming 121s. Cheers for the orders so far folks, they seem popular!
  24. 1 point
    Kevin, I've had access to unpublishable photos to determine the actual grey, and it's tricky beyond belief. Early morning shots there's a gunsmoke hue off it, long shots it's almost creamy grey. We do a lot of work with white balancing of old film and photos of the era as it's generally untrustworthy. Once balanced, the photos are night and day different, and present a truer picture. The other thing you have to remember here is that we're talking CIE in the mid sixties. Gunsmoke grey or any other fancy shade is unlikely, borne out by study of the photos. Slate grey is what they were, and as soon as the lads get back from "counny doon", I'll throw some dirt on them, and hopefully they'll match the real and nostalgic colour. Rich
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