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    This was lunch today. The tea didn't stay warm for very long.....
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    Regarding the "coronavirus" outbreak in China. I wonder if it will get to a point when goods from China will be suspect. People will worry that if someone sneezes on a packet in China and it ends up over here maybe they could contract it. Don't know much about it but it does not take much to get people concerned. I was just thinking of it from our end of things like the IRM stuff and the Paddy Murphy stuff that will come from China. I am sure that the boys at IRM and Paddy are following this with interest. Governments like to be seen to be doing the correct thing and might put a hold on imports from China for optics sake.I suppose it will all come down to knowledge of the incubation period etc. Imagine getting your long awaited 121 or "A" class and finding disposable gloves and a face mask included in the packing.....
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    If you ever decide to have nudey nookie in front of the fire, ALWAYS make sure the spark guard is in place.
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    😉Remember..don't eat yellow snow..
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    one of the most interesting things in Birr form the same era
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    What's this all about? In the Algarve....
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    Colm O Callaghans book has some great photos of Fert Trains.
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    The difference nowadays is air travel. Right now and just about any point in time there are 5 million people up there in the sky travelling on board civilian aircraft. So geographic containment like 30 years ago is no longer possible. The problem is the media hype the facts to such an extent that a degree of unfounded hysteria can be generated that is disproportionate to the actual risk. 50 fatalities so far, but we don't know if these fatalities were amongst vulnerable people such as very elderly folk or folks with pre-existing complicating serious medical conditions. 50 fatalities from a global population of 7700,000,000 statistically rounds down to Zero % risk for most of us. Like the SARs crisis of 2009, folks were unnecessarily alarmed by media fuelled over hyping the facts. Millions did not die, not even one thousand thank God. So rest easy and do not worry about opening your next pack of Chinese manufactured wagons, or visiting a Chinese take away this week, the car journey there, or even your walk down the stairs this morning had a far greater statistical risk of fatality. Too many scary movies combined with an insatiable 24hr media business selling adverts. Rest easy. Just some of the aircraft in flight at the time of this post, and only in two parts of the globe.
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    Does anyone remember the '70s BBC series "Survivors"? Scary stuff. The difference between the Spanish Flu after WW1, and the coronavirus today, is the ability for the virus to spread thanks to international flights. The fact it can be passed on to someone from somebody who isn't showing symptoms makes it even worse.
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    While this all seems to be remote from the majority of users on this forum 2019-nCoV has been confirmed in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United States and Vietnam. The bigger issue is the cases that have not yet been diagnosed and the fact that it may be transmissible even by person who do not appear ill. This novel virus has adapted to human hosts remarkably quickly. SARS was transmitted to humans from cats, MERS from camels, Avian flu from birds. None has an effective vaccine. The SARS epidemic was handled poorly so at least the Chinese have been more proactive with curfews on non-essential travel and provision of better protective equipment and medical personnel and treatment facilities. While the plastic goodies are probably going to be ok, there are now cases in Shanghai and Beijing (as you'd have predicted), 3000 have been infected, and 100 people have died (so far). These are just the facts (I hope) whether you consider them relevant to you or not.
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    I, too, saw a single 121 on a fert once, but only once; it would have been an exceptionally rare one indeed. In terms of livery queries earlier, as seen in photos, yes, BnT locos ran with them. In fact, when the ferts were introduced, the majority of locomotives were still black'n'tan.
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    NIR used the 111 Class to haul fertiliser trains through to Derry, I don't know if the NIR loco took over at Dundalk or Adelaide. 121s were occasionally used to haul fertiliser trains during the early 1990s. I once saw a single 121 departing Cork on the Dublin line with an empty fertiliser on a Saturday evening in 93, the fertiliser departed shortly before the up evening Dublin passenger, I am not sure if the passenger overtook the freight at Rathpeacon Yard or Mallow, the surprising thing was that we overtook another 121 on a north bound fertiliser train at Limerick Junction. At the time I met a Cork Gricer who said Motive Power control must have been desperate to put a 121 on a fertiliser train and that works were due to start on a new Down Platform at Limerick Junction the following week😉
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    The logo of REFER, the former Portuguese rail infrastructure company obsolete since 2015.
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    The Great Hibernian Central Junction looks more like a serious railway scheme than a purely speculative venture to separate gullible shareholders from their money. Clones-Limerick makes sense in terms of an extension of the Ulster Railways Belfast-Armagh-Clones main line to a port in the South West. In the 1840s Ulster Railway immediate objective was to build a line to the south west of the province rather than link up with the Dublin & Drogheda potentially taking business away from Belfast and the North East. At the time the Dublin & Drogheda and Ulster Railway built their railways to different gauges to block competitors from invading their territories. While the provisional committee had the usual list of titled gentry and prominent people, it included directors of connecting railways (in Ulster) and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, potentially opening up shipping links to the Iberian Peninsula, Egypt, India, the Far East and Australia. Important for opening up export markets for Ulster's manufactured goods and raw materials in return. Line today shipping Companies Peninsular and Oriental may have been using the threat of setting up a steam ship route out of Limerick to obtain better terms from English ports rather than seriously supporting the scheme. In a way part of the route was completed with the Ulster Railway & Irish North West extending the Portadown-Clones line to Cavan and the Midland building the Inny-Junction Cavan Line.
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    Just do as we did during the foot and mouth outbreak, spray all new imported models with disinfectant put straw on the tracks with jeyes fluid on it and drive the new rolling stock over it to disinfect the wheels. 🤣
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    I'm sure we'll all go extinct at some point, everything does....but nevertheless, the media do like to whip up a scare, just my own view is that life's too short to go around worrying all the time about being hit by asteroids, aliens or the plague or whatever !!..😉
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    Superb. Lately, I have come across another example of what is almost certainly original GSR / CIE grey paint, and again, what you're doing looks very much the part. A bit darker than current 071 grey, albeit frequently darker LOOKING in traffic mixed with soot and oily rags! While my memories of the CIE area at the end of steam days are sparse, I am aware from photos how absolutely filthy locomotives were allowed to get in the early 1960s. Fast forward to NIR in the late 60s, and 1970, and they're as bad if not worse. I watched a "Jeep" running round a ballast train in Lisburn towards the end (must have been Feb / Mar 1970 - exactly fifty years ago!) and I thought "that's what they'd look like if they had been painted a plain colour", as you couldn't see ANY of the lining or old UTA crest...... I witnessed the dying days of steam in Austria, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Indonesia in the late 1970s, and even the very last few locos just kept in reserve for the odd extra goods train, shunting, or to cover a diesel failure, were always kept immaculately clean! Most of mainland Europe the same although some Spanish examples were tatty - though nowhere near as bad as ours! British ones got filthy too......
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    The J26 was a guinea pig for the GSR paint mix, so it was all systems go in the paint shops. We recently completed a new gardenshed/workshop 3mX1.8m in order to re-locate my non-modelling tools out of the garage/railway room, but the paint new shed appears to have been converted into a paint shop! We also built a larger 4.2 X 2.4 shed for the wife's art studio to help smooth the waters especially with a new live steam loco due to arrive at some stage in 2020. Painted 650 & Ks on right, chassis dismantled for painting in center. Badger abrasive gun in improvised blasting booth on left, the ice cream container contains most of the grit while blasting the plant tray catches any overspill, I only blast outdoors using fullface respirator with P2 mask and car painters Blackdragon disposable gloves, I have had my compressor Italian made with a reservoir bought in the Book/Model Railway shop at Headington roundabout Oxford about 20 years ago and still seems to be up to the job. Slightly more close up view 650 is in GSR grey, Ks 33 Arrow in MGWR black. The loco and tender bodies break down into 6 sub assemblies, the tender top is intended to be removable for accessing DCC a DCC decoder. I will leave the paintwork to cure for about a week before re-assembling and completing locos.
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    More detail added to depot shed and track is now "rusted" and ballast weathered:
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    I have always wanted to have a go at scratch building a model of the Irish rail relaying train with its impressive Donelli relaying gantries, So after some research I set about constructing the gantries and as can be seen I am delighted with the results, Here we see retro 073 hauling the relaying train through Tara junction
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    Some people have been struggling with Corona issues for ages.
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    So on the Class 800, after sorting the valve link problems I returned to final body and chassis work;- Fixing up the gaping hole in the cab and installing a not so prototypical backhead (it's what the client gave me and he's happy to use it!), the brass cover piece was folded up and made to fit. I installed a BA screw in the backhead so that its bolted in and can be changed in the future. The step in the floor is required to clear the wheels and to allow the chassis to be fitted in. Next is the steam dome- its missing it's edge for about 70% and just would not look right! I cut a hole in a piece of .5mm styrene card to the diameter of the flange and stuck it on around the dome to fill the recess with plastic filler. The dome seems to be part plastic and lead so decided to keep the soldering iron away from it. Filled ready for painting the undercoat then I will clean it up. Next the oil pump boxes on the running boards- I'm doing the drive rods from the valve gear for these and as the came they are in the wrong position- to far back and to far in from the edge so..... ....pop them off, filled the holes in the boxes with brass rod for drilling new 14BA taped holes..... .....soldered back on in the correct position with BA screw showing which will hold the little brass hand-wheels and drive gear in place. Detail bits are now glued onto boiler front with epoxy. The buffer shanks were de soldered for the painting process. Bogie truck is next, I made frame stretchers in .5mm brass for back and front of bogie with a little bit of rivet detail. After folding up the stretchers the bogie was jigged up to keep all straight n level in relation to the axles, the stretchers taped to a piece of mdf to hold in position while soldering. All soldered up. Then the tender chassis, one of the the middle axle bearing needed to be re fixed to the springing system, a short length of brass tube was used to slide over the spring and then soldered to the bearing without soldering it to the spring or chassis frame. Next installing the tender breaks. The breaks are done as per the loco and can be removed by springing off the spigots soldered into the chassis frames I decided to de-solder the tender WM spring n axle boxes, this will make the painting and lining process in this area far easier. The buffer shanks were also de-soldered for the painting process. Cleaning up. Done. Soldering up the vac pipes. Done, bent into shape and cleaned up. and we are now ready to start the painting process.....yippee Eoin
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    I think the GNRI had one, very similar but built a few years after the Oxford version with a solid Jib and a rudimentary cab. Preserved by RPSI at Whitehead. Ernie
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    Actually, to get the true picture of these locos as they were when delivered you'll have to buy three. One to break down halfway down the Gullet to Kingsbridge, one to fail on the train at the platform there and one to take the train out. No kiddin' - I had the story from the late Ron Pocklington who was explaining why the Blessed Oliver took so little direct interest in the Turf Burner - he had to contend with this sort of thing regularly. As we often say - "you couldn't make it up".
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    The footbridge at Moate station is a similar solid version to that at Ballinasloe, both are still in situ and in good condition. There's a bit of history behind Ballinasloe's/Ballyglunin's, as I believe it originally was first sited at Oughterard station on the Clifden line, so it has served three stations. PR Moate Station by rafferty930@btinternet.com4, on Flickr [/url] Ballinasloe Station: http://www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk/Irish%20Railways%20Ballinasloe%20Station.htm
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