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  1. 7 points
    I braved the swamp and made it to the shed for a bit. 080 does the honours on the first Castle Kerry Liner train. Backing the empties into the yard... and then departing with a mix of 20 and 40 foot boxes. They look great, but I was surprised at how much rolling resistance there is. A scrutiny of the twirly bits under a magnifier revealed nothing obviously untoward, I shall have to have a more thorough examination at some point, its not really a problem although the GMs will certainly be doing actual work to pull these. Several of the couplings were jammed out of position so needed a tweak. One of them then disconnected from the centring spring, necessitating a partial dismantling and a lot of anglo-saxon poetry. They'll be replaced with KDs or possible Bachmann 'air pipes' close couplers soon anyway. My only regret leaving behind US outline modelling is the horror of UK buffers and couplers... the American stuff has couplers located correctly on the centre line of the headstock, not wobbling about vaguely in space under the headstock. Consequently, they look and behave just like the real thing, I am already weary of trying to fit KDs and other solutions to the IR stock.
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    The local library are exhibing the model over the month of February, the 55th anniversary of closure of the GNRi at Omagh. They are currently sourcing a lockable glass display case from the various branches to secure it.
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    Ran my Tara Mines wagons today while dreaming about the Container Liners slowly winging their way over here... They really are gorgeous wagons! The little drawbars are great. I've coupled mine into rakes of four. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s_kJ2w-zDo
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    Yes, that's the type of thing. I'd go a bit smaller with the English name, a bit bigger with the Irish, but that's just a detail. Overall, looks amazing. I have a note of what the closest gaelic script on computers is - must delve. if I find it I'll post it. But that sign looks the business. Supports would be rusty-ish light green painted lengths of rail, or wooden posts with faded green that have definitely seen better days! The SLNCR, by the way, used navy blue enamel signs with English-only capital letter names. The WLWR had the same - the Collooney (South) one surviving until after closure.
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    The Kilkenny/Waterford to Heuston liner used to carry Budweiser from Kilkenny and Bulmers from Waterford. It probably carried Guinness kegs to those locations also.
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    I think the IRM keg pallets were in traffic from about 95/96/97 on 47' and 22' skeletal wagons. The last few years of keg liners saw the 42' wagons in use too. I'm modelling the mid 90s and hoping to preorder a pack of the keg wagons when the time comes.
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    A GSR sign of the type JB mentions is below, mocked up before final installation...sourced from Studio Scale Models with plastic strip frame
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    Oops! Thanks for the kind words I suspect that's the case. I've not inspected the bearings yet. Had too much fun watching the end caps rotate. Probably won't share that with the missus...
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    Lucky we're not in the UK, then! šŸ™‚ Superb photos, great layout. Those flats look the business.
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    This is what a refurbished 42' flat looked like in 95. Most had the Y33 bogies like the IRM wagon.
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    The colorful spring and other bogie parts are a very recent detail and were not present on any photos of 1970s wagons even when new and unweathered. They would be correct for the spoil wagons of the present century as Fran has indicated above We're down to the last Pack B of Bell continers, all Pack A and CIE containers are gone, just the 20+ packs of B&I container flats left (containers which are not available anywhere else , that I'm aware of)
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    Ah well after the day we woke up to, I just had to cheer myself up.... These are beautiful models of a great prototype. Not only does the metal construction make them nice and weighty, but it looks better than painted plastic does especially on this kind of open framed wagon. If the boys ever do the beet wagons, I hope they make them of metal too. I'm looking forward to me ferts next...
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    I have acquired some more negatives all taken in October 1960. Back in the last Century when I was young and single there were several people selling duplicate slides. This was before the days of Colourrail. I recall Colourviews, CCQ Slides and several others including GTR Slides. Gerald T Robinson stopped trading many years ago and I have acquired a fair number of his British originals. I also knew that he had made one visit to Eire back in 1960 but the Ektachrome views he took didn.t come out too well and they were destroyed, however I asked several years ago about the B&W negatives and out of the blue this week I have managed to acquire those. There are approx 140, mainly of dead and dying steam and these will be added to Flickr in due course. There are some others though. Here are a couple: State Coach 346 and Saloon 47 at Inchicore together with F6 42. 25 October 1960 Ernie
  15. 2 points
    Castle Kerry has had a bit of a rejig. I wasn't happy that I had installed the track direct to the baseboard - it began to look increasingly wrong that there was no ballast profile. Without a ballast shoulder, there could be no cess, and it forms part of the scenery so I had to rip it up anyway to install a trackbed, so why not take the opportunity to address a couple of other concerns. I wasn't happy with the fictitious track plan, as I wanted to be able to incorporate correct signalling. So I've rebuilt it to use the trackplan from New Brighton on the Wirral - I know, it's still not an Irish prototype! At least this way I can install the correct signalling and know that I am not making up the track layout. It's also suggested a change from branch terminus to more of a suburban feel, so perhaps it's moving closer to Dublin and the coast... that will explain the arrival of the Mk3 push pull set that's on its way any day now. Anyway, a couple of views of progress so far. Lots still to do... and I've made a start on the staging yard, although some track and trackbed is needed to finish it off. I have some leave coming up, so should get the track finished and operational in the next month or so. Then some basic scenery and the signals in. It's always good to have a project on the go.
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    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, should the station really be called CaisleƔn Chiarraƭ on the running in boards? I'm not even sure that's a true translation of Castle Kerry...
  17. 1 point
    Thanks for all the information, chaps. I am slowly acquiring more CIE stock, and at some point the layout may actually break cover and appear on here...
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    Found it! After much perusal of Gaelic script fonts, the closest to what the GSR used that I can find is: bunchlĆ³ ...which can be downloaded from the Interwebnet. On this basis, the forthcoming Dugort harbour will have a sign saying: Ceide Dhubhaigh Gort DUGORT HARBOUR Or something along those lines. Incidentally, my earlier post suggested "arial narrow" as the best font for the English version - I meant, of course, just "arial"!
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    "It's a small price to pay for perfection" Let her think you mean her...
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    The GSR introduced black enamel station name boards* in the late 1920s. By 1945, when CIE took over, they covered much of the system, though a few locations never had them at all, with older monolingual (English) wooden boards lasting into the 1970s CIE era. These were bilingual with the Irish name in gaelic script above, and in block Roman capitals below, the English name is a slightly smaller font. CIE continued with this. From about 1962, new CIE signs started to appear, These had white plastic backgrounds, with black lettering - a reverse of the colour scheme. the Irish name still appeared uppermost, with English below it, but both were now written in a script not unlike "arial narrow", and both written in ROMAN (not gaelic) characters of the same size font. If it's of any nitpicking interest, the posts and wooden surrounds of the old GSR enamels were normally painted GSR station green / CIE green, and usually found looking very faded, so don't use bright shiny green gloss! Some posts were wooden, but by the time most of us are modelling, uprights were usually rail. In post-1962/3 days, the surrounds to the plastic signs were normally varnished wood, with the posts grey of varying shades. (* as opposed to "running in boards". This is a term never ever heard of in Ireland!)
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    Afternoon folks, The latest batch of photos from the past week feature: aturday 7th December 2019: Today we visited Tralee and saw 2601 + 2602 stabled while later in the evening saw 22026 at Maddam's Hill outside Killarney. Wednesday 11th December 2019: 083 pictured passing Clonkeen with the 1000 Mallow - Portlaoise Relay Train. Friday 13th December 2019: Pictures from Portlaoise and Heuston. Saturday 14th December 2019: The day was spent on the Maynooth Line photographing the RPSI Santa Specials and the Commuter traffic on the line. Click https://bit.ly/2S0Ku9A to view them all.
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    Hi everyone, Right now our liners are beginning to land with modellers and are going down very well! Our limited stock is also fast running out, so don't miss out! One thing we forgot to include in the box is instructions on how to fit the bag of detail parts. Here is a handy guide if you want to fit the detail parts to your wagons! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/blogs/announcements/fitting-detail-parts-to-your-liner-flats Cheers! Fran
  26. 1 point
    Just secured the last pack of CIE container flats - Pity I didn't see this sooner!
  27. 1 point
    Baseboard 3 Generally, when I am building layouts, after doing general work like track laying and wiring, I like to concentrate on one board at a time. When I was working full time as a teacher/headteacher/leadership advisor, I used to reckon one 4' x 2' board would take me about a year to complete. Since retiring, things have speeded up a little, though my wife and I often wonder how we ever found time to go to work! Anyway, Baseboard 3 is the section holding the loco shed, turntable, distillery, signal box and harbour branch. The first three are all new models and required a fair bit of time. Since then, with the aid of a static grass machine and books by Gordon Gravett, scenic work has proceeded apace - including the addition of a Scot's pine. The latter is straight out of Gordon's second tree book [conifers], although I've used Woodlands Scenics conifer mesh instead of static grass fibres for the foliage. The idea is that the tree's somewhat open canopy will help hide the exit of the mainline into the fiddle yard. Most of the ground cover has been done now, except for the sub-board on which the loco shed sits. I want to enter this in my local club's competition, so it will not be fixed to the layout until the end of January. Final detailing will need to wait a bit too - adding figures and other small details, until I've been to the Stevenage show [with Fintonagh], in mid January, when hopefully I'll be able to buy some bits and pieces having missed the Reading Trade Show earlier this month. The next steps will be to improve the joint between baseboards 2 and 3 [bit of an earthquake crack at the moment], then get busy with the next board, a key feature of which will be the water tank and 'fortress' coal stage.
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    Its Christmas man, damn the expense
  29. 1 point
    Gauge 1 111 Turned up last night in the MRSI Built by Brendan Kelly, I want to have his babies!!!!! He also displayed this Gauge 1 loco which is currently for sale 9P "Valour" Lord Farrington Class ā‚¬2000 will prize it away from the owner Stunning model PM me if there is any interest
  30. 1 point
    080 made it to the shed today, it's finally stopped raining... needs sound chip, KDs and so on. I suppose one day I will weather the fleet...
  31. 1 point
    This is where it all started, Rail Enthusiast magazine issue 2, June/July 1981. Only 38 years later and I can actually buy excellent models of Big GMs off the shelf... Funny how that article stuck with me for all those years, and planted a seed if you will. I've still not actually been to Ireland... no point now, with no GMs and MK2s/Mk3s...
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    Some new arrivals this past week. I need at least another 2 MKD TSOs really.. but they seem to be like the teeth of hens. A bit more wall has appeared, but boy is it ever boring to build.... about another 18" should see it up to the bridge abutments. When completed, it will be glued to the wall so will be properly perpendicular!
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    Hi Jason, It's 1.5mm balsa sheet, 70mm high, with 65mm x 10mm x 1.5mm thick pillars on 50mm centres. All wrapped in ancient Superquick red brick paper. Proper old skule!
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    yards and yards of wall being built... and then a canopy to add, this was just a quick test pose...
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    Now we're getting somewhere. The suburban push pull arrived today, along with the Mk1 SGV. So Castle Kerry has a reasonable train service now, courtesy of the excellent Silver Fox Models. Now just the Mk2 set to go. This little lot made quite racket yinging away. I've also been bodging up some retaining walls to provide a background to the station platform... only another couple of yards to build. The EGV has taken up residence here until the rest of the Mk2s show up.
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    Thanks! It's just Peco US style code 83 which does a reasonable job of looking like CIE flatbottom track. The close sleepering somehow looks right for BG track too. I've almost finished the signal box. Guttering and the interior to fit next. I'm sure the colours are all wrong...
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    I've got the platform in, and been fiddling about with signals. I've discovered for myself what generations of modellers already knew... it's impossible to get Ratio signals to actually work. I got everything together fine, including the cranks etc but as soon as I tried to connect the cranks the brittle plastic broke. Bah.
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    Top'n'tailing can be tricky especially if there are tight curves and light rolling stock. If you take any too 'identical' locomotives and run them on the same DC circuit, one often catches the other. It can be even trickier with dissimilar locos which may have different gearing and hence different starting , running and top speeds for any given current on the track. I think the same holds true once DCC is added but there is a way to have a consist of locos match speeds (using back EMF I believe) so one is not working harder than the other, and the propelling loco is not trying to derail the stock against the leading loco etc. Now, I've forgotten the details of how to do this with which decoders but it's discussed in the DCC section and maybe someone can point you to the correct thread?
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    Not so sure that my test train - trialling DPU principles with DCC - was a success... But all the track is in, and everything wired up and working perfectly. Terminus to fiddle yard, and a sneaky track to allow roundy roundy when things need 'testing' or there are visitors! Later this month I should take delivery of my Mk3 Suburban Push Pull set (waiting for the 121 to arrive). And also the SGV to finish the Cravens rake. Then I'd like to get a set of Mk2s to go with the lonely old EGV, and then the Project 42 freight cars will start arriving... Happy Days!
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    First away was the bubbles, the 20' flat with the Bell container having been set out with a faulty wheel set. 20190805_160742.mp4 Then the Cravens were away to Dublin. I don't have a steam generator van yet, so excuse the mk2 EGV which itself is waiting for a set of mk2s... 20190805_161138.mp4
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    All the wiring is complete, so some test running was needed. Fitting the kadees to the bubbles was a faff. Perhaps a case of 'too detailed'... certainly fragile and all the undergubbins made it difficult to extract the hook and loop couplings. Anyway, after some swearing and tea breaks the job was done and away went the test trains.
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    I've completed the track, but ran out of trackbed. So not quite complete. I did do some test running though, to make sure the staging yard works properly. Enough room in there for six 5 coach trains plus locomotives, and a raft of freight too. Now all I have to do is make a start on the scenery. Oh, and collect more trains and run them!
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    Pre-1925, all names were all n English forms only. In formation of the GSR, a new standard was introduced, slightly off-white lettering on s black background. These were enamel signs (like the WLWR and MGWR often used), with the Irish version ingaeljc script uppermost, and the English version in Roman script below. By the time CIE was formed in 1945, these had spread to most - but not all - stations. Many North Kerry stations, for example, retained pre-GSR English-only signs on wooden boards with cast iron letters screwed on. These were painted black, with white letters. In the mid 1960s CIE introduced new signs with white backgrounds and black letters - the earlier standard colours reversed. These were plastic, and usually contained within varnished (later painted) wooden frames. While bilingual, Roman characters were used for both English and Irish versions. A few old GSR enamels STILL exist - the footbridge sign at Carrick-on-Suir, for example.
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    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: Ciarraƭ 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 CaisleƔn na Chiarraƭ 'Castle of the people of Ciar' I'm very open for corrections...
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    He is Whesty of this parish
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    http://studio-scale-models.com/ email Des on dzsullivan@eircom.net I'm sure he's a member on IRM Ernie
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    Joe, do you have a link for SSM? My search was unsuccessful. Another early quit yesterday meant that I got all the wiring finished and had a quick test run - 077 did the honours while 088 lounged in the newly extended headshunt. The Peco code 75 buffers look ok, and they do the job, as I misjudged the braking distance on 077 and crashed into the buffers. I have the RealDrive system and it really does require you to 'drive' and not just turn the power on and off. I need to complete the track around the bend and into the fiddle yard to allow full operations, but that will be a project for another day. I probably should make a start on some scenery... ID Backscenes mountain for a start... I did a terrible photoshop mock up to gauge the effect. This was on an earlier iteration of the trackplan.
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    That sounds like a good plan, I would definitely like an authentic schematic to enable me to run trains that feel like they have a destination and a purpose. I am eagerly awaiting the 42' flats from IRM, as they will form the majority of the freight stock in Castle Kerry Quay. In the meantime, an early quit at work yesterday saw me getting on with bodging some wiring looms to gather the droppers to meet the power bus. I'm trying to make a neater job of the wiring this time round, my previous efforts have looked like a tangled ball of knitting which made fault finding a chore. I also had a couple of purchases from the Shapeway shop and off the Bay of E turn up... I just popped the 3D printed ballast on top of one of the 22' skeletons. I have an old Airfix 'Prestwin' chassis ready to go under the ballast, but I may instead get a 20' skeleton - the open frame is certainly pleasing whereas the 'Prestwin' has a solid deck. Later this week some more station canopies should arrive, plus the station building and a signal box. At some point I intend to install semaphore signals - now, if I were to use Ratio kits as a base - which ones would be most appropriate for a CIE layout? GWR Tubular? Square post? LMS?
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    I've completed most of the track laying for the station and goods yard. All the droppers are in for the power, just need a spare day to wire it all up to the power bus. I'm using an NCE powercab. Quite pleased with it so far.
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    late 80s - 90s, somewhere out West. A branch terminus with a freight hub, and a smaller branch line splitting off from the principle line that will host a 121 and MK3 push pull set. All complete cliched nonsense of course.
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