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  1. Dublin Toy & Train Sale. The second show of the year is taking place on Sunday 9th. June 2019 at our usual great venue - The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan (alongside the main N11 dual-carriageway) from 10.30am to 3.00pm. 85 tables will be packed with stock by traders & collectors from all over ireland and with a few more attending from England. The hotel boasts a massive FREE CAR PARK, excellent & affordable catering, level and easy access and a superb atmosphere. LOADS OF MODEL RAILWAY STOCK will be on offer including new and pre-owned and both of Irish and UK origin. Some stall-h
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  2. I've started work on the main station buildings, the signal box and extending the station canopies. I'm not a fan of scenic stuff, so it's slow and painful going. I'm also not a big fan of card models as they lack physical relief, so this bashed Metcalfe kit so will be going over it again with some additional layers to bring out the Quoins and lintels. There don't seem to be any plastic kits for decent sized stations, nothing between the hokey pokey single storey GWR branchline buildings and the not very nice resin things. So for now, it's a Metcalfe kit. I'm wondering, sho
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  3. I checked with a suitably qualified colleague and I'm reliably informed that the correct name would be "Caisleán Chiarraí". Looking good!
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  4. It's the English that's the translation! - so you need to back translate. I think it depends on what you want Kerry to mean, then whether the castle is of, in or from Kerry From Wikipedia Kerry (Irish: Ciarraí or more anciently Ciarraighe) means the "people of Ciar" which was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. I'm not an Irish speaker but your version looks like it might not be inflected (the ending changed to mean of, in, from, etc) and the word order looks a bit Old Irish to me so I would put a na in the middle to make the relation clear
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  5. I had a very memorable journey behind an 071 down the DSER with a group of college friends en-route to Paris purportedly to visit construction sites in early January 1980 which turned out to be a very educating experience indeed. I don't remember too much of the train ride too busy playing cards, but between the sound turbo and steam from the generator van the train made a very dramatic entrance to Pearse Station, from what I recall we traveled in a Laminate coach marshaled at the rear of the train behind the usual Cravens and a Park Royal. We crossed an up ballast train behind a 141 at
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  6. The 071's were always present on the Rosslare Line in the late 1970's , I remember about 1979 one would work the Rosslare passenger every few months instead of the normal pair of 121's maybe something to do with driver training /familiarisation ?
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  7. I've got what I think you call baseboards and some track and a couple of electrical items that might be of use to an enthusiast, need to be taken down and collected from Ballygarrett, Wexford. The longest part of the baseboard is 6.8 metres. Here are a few pics(sorry for the mess):
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  8. I'd say that's not far off, maybe a little more red, I would have thought but see how it dries on your primed surface. The one thing I don't personally like about the color on the signals is that at some point they seem to have gone from being red and white to this tricolor arrangement where they're 'tipped' in red only. I've probably just opened a can of worms on red, orange, fading etc. but any info on this 'change' would be welcome. The 'X' on LC gates also seemed to be in a more orange color than the gate itself
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  9. The MGWR used double slips usually as part of a crossover from a main running line to goods yard or a loop at several main and branch line stations. The arrangement on your layout is not unlike Broadstone or Galway on a slightly smaller scale. You may need to build some Emerald Green or Royal Blue engines to offset the GSWR black of your time period David! There is a Hamilton-Ellis colour print of a train on the Clifden Branch with a MGWR 2-4-0 in the short lived royal blue livery in "The Trains we Loved" (Allen & Unwins version)
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  10. I think the operational quirks are what made it interesting for enthusiasts and modellers....
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  11. Finally cie have destroyed LJ . They tried several times before , but it’s now the same boring minimalistic concrete nonsense how this benefits travelers is beyond me , the whole idea of LJ was a common platform to facilitate interchange Dave
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  12. They got it done quick enough - they've only been talking about it since about 1860..... Hmmmm.... Dublin has needed an underground system for decades. They talk of Metro. If Shane Ross lives to be 400, it'll still never get done. Well, maybe if Shaney (my local TD, BTW) DOESN'T live to be 400, it'll get built sooner!
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  13. Hello All, As part of the Port Cumtha layout, I needed to make two wagon turntables. I settled on using the Copperclad method as it is easier to fix and space the rails. Don't really know if this is a tutorial, perhaps a bit more of "this is how I did it", but here goes. I started by cutting out a 60mm disk from a PCB sheet with a hole saw and marked a circle which is 21mm diameter to indicate the position of the track. Electrical conductivity needs to be addressed, so I marked out tracks where the rails would be and scored the lines with
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  14. Top tip Noel very handy.And its a good excuse for when the other half asks why I'm drinking so much wine
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