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  1. 4 points
    NIR 209 enters Ballyercall with the Sunday evening service as IR 077 awaits it’s turn.
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    made it to Malahide this morning to see it . It is smaller than the display in the castle . Got a bit dizzy admiring 800 - because it is on a revolving shelf ! The museum tells the story of Cyril Fry very well . His models are fabulous. The OO layout is beautifully done . well done to all involved .
  3. 3 points
    While sorting through my slide collection I came across a photo I took of the prototype covered gypsum wagon 26674 at North Wall on Monday 25th November 2002, it did 1 trip to Kingscourt on a trial, the entire fleet was to end up this way, but it never happen, issues with the ILDA dispute and then the traffic ceased in October 2001.
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    It's all wrong. Wrong livery. Should have a black face and black running gear.
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    I don't know about the tram but here's a little about the Halmstad-Nässjö Järnvägar (HNJ) (between Malmo and Goteborg running generally towards Stockholm) History At the end of the 1860s, local stakeholders made the decision to connect Halmstad (which at that time lacked a railroad) with the then Southern pedestrian railway Malmö-Falköping. Jönköping was elected as the point of access and the company Halmstad-Jönköping Railway Company was formed. In 1872, the railway construction was finally able to get started. New end goal during work They started building the track from Halmstad and the east, but after about a year it was decided to change the course of the course and instead connect it to the main track in Nässjö. Construction did not go very fast and was hit early by financial problems. In 1877 the track was opened between Halmstad and Värnamo and in January 1880 also between Värnamo and Lindefors (current Hok). In December 1882 the entire line Halmstad-Nässjö was finally opened, but after only three years the company went bankrupt. However, it was reconstructed and resurrected as Halmstad-Nässjö Railways (HNJ).
  7. 2 points
    You're just trying to get us to Google "Swedish models", aren't you..?
  8. 2 points
    To answer your questions, DART8118: Firstly, Fry's actual models. When Cyril Fry died, he stipulated that none of his models were ever to run again, ever, anywhere. Many people think that what they saw in Malahide Castle was actually Fry's own models, but not one of them ever did run anywhere but his attic, as this was his instruction. In Malahide castle, they called it the "Fry Model Railway", and while they never claimed them to be Fry's actual models, an urban myth grew up that they were. As far as I can see, the Castle made no attempt to contradict this. The models which actually ran in the Castle were made by several different modellers, most notably the late Tommy Tighe of Inchicore Works, but there were also items made by Des McGlynn, who some of us will know, and a man called Harry Connaughton (who, personally, I didn't know). All there were in their own right great stuff, and they remain in storage pending a meeting quite soon, when we will explore various options as to their possible future. With the new layout being of 00 gauge, as necessitated by constraints of space, none of the Castle models could run. A selection of these will, however, operate on the ceiling track from time to time. I have yet to go through these to select suitable ones. I'm, busy all this month so it will have to wait until March. Fry's actual models were displayed in cases in Malahide Castle, or at least a lot of them. What you are now seeing in the new place is ALL his Irish models, bar about three coaches which are exact duplicates of ones already on display; he made more than one example of a small number of pieces; the Drumm train and the Lartigue stuff (6 pieces). The Drumm (2-car) train will be squeezed in somehow when I'm back in the place in March. The Lartigue stuff will follow. It has yet to be conserved. The actual Fry layout was taken to pieces 40 years ago, as (obviously) was the Castle layout. These remain in storage, in part. I have yet to see them, but it is my understanding that what's left of the castle one is a jumble of bits in boxes, probably not complete, while I doubt if the story about the Fry layout is any different. A large amount, however, of scenic items have been packed away in boxes. I would like to arrange that some of this might be displayed, at least as occasional temporary displays, but that depends on a number of matters yet to be decided upon by Shannon Heritage (who run the thing) and Fingal Council (who own it). As for track and signalling, yes, that is also something that I would like to see displays of. The "modellers craft" that you mention - I presume you mean the Tighe / Connaughton / McGlynn items? If so, some of these will be used on the overhead track. There just isn't room for an actual display of them, and in any event it might take away from the Fry stuff itself, as the museum is meant to be dedicated to Fry, not the castle layout. That is an important distinction to make. If you mean other modellers, or the actual history of railway modelling in general, no, because this is well outside the remit of the new place; it is specifically dedicated to Fry himself, and his own stuff. Also remaining in storage for now is Fry's NON-Irish stuff. This consists mostly of stuff from Brexitland, in particular of LNWR origin. He made some beautiful LNWR locos and coaches. He also has items representing the LNER, and a few other British items including trams and an industrial electric loco from Jacobs in Liverpool - that's a little beauty. Other items in the non-Irish collection include a Union Pacific 5 coach diesel train, and French, German, Dutch and other mainland European stuff. Fry's whole ethos was to have an "International" railway and tramway. Thus, I put a few items of his continental stuff in one cabinet - there's a Norwegian sleeping car, two French "Orient Express" coaches, a French express passenger loco (a beauty), a Swiss electric loco and a steam tram locomotive which looks to me to be Dutch or Belgian, but it is the one item whose provenance I have been unable to trace. If anyone here can help, I would be very grateful. I will post a pic of it below. To cover the "International" bit of it, what I plan to do is make up several sets of British and continental items, which they can rotate in a display case maybe every month. I have also proposed several other measures to allow display of Fry's non-Irish items, including scenery, track and signalling (if suitable for display!) from time to time. I will keep you posted here as things develop. This is a new project and a unique one. There is nothing else like it in Ireland, and few such places elsewhere. From readers here - the modelling fraternity, any suggestions and observations will be welcome and will be taken into account where possible. It won't always be possible, of course, but we'll see how it goes. So - what is this?
  9. 2 points
    More scenics After a bit of a gap over Christmas & the New Year, action has recently focussed again on the baseboards. Number three, nearest the fiddle yard, was reasonably complete, while the middle, number two board had not really been started. First up then was to try and finish off BB3. This meant waiting until after the Chatham club's annual competition, as I wanted to enter the loco shed, to which I also added the coal stage/water tower. And it was worth it too, as the models not only won the 'Buildings' shield, they won the overall shield too, which you can see from the photo is a rather splendid thing. Anyway, competition over, I could now go ahead and fix the sub board with the shed to the main layout board, while the coal stage soon kick started work on BB2. Work was the usual tedious, but ultimately satisfying mix of scenics: Filling in gaps and creating ground cover with my usual mix of filler, PVA and acrylic paint. Several layers, each one a bit thinner, aiming for a light gravel surface in the yard areas and rough ground for the scenic bits Once dry, the next layer is a mix of slightly watered down PVA into which Woodlands medium 'crumb' is scattered. This gives a nice uneven surface of the sort you might see in rough ground or moorland. While this is still wet, the next step was to hit it with the static grass machine, loaded with a mix of 4-6mm fibres of different greens, keeping well away from the bright ones. This was then allowed to dry, after which further treatment was added ranging from extra layers of fibre [stuck with spray mount this time], through fine, dark green scatter sprinkled on to PVA brushed lightly [& sparingly] on the tips of the grass, plus clumps of Postiche, sprayed and sprinkled with fine scatter, to represent brambles. The final layer has used Woodlands flower scatter, mixed with fine crumb, to represent weeds and flowers. This really brings the greenery to life and is quite subtle - so much so that it shows up less in the photographs than it does on the model. I've included a few close ups to try and show what I mean. So, BB3 really is [mostly] complete, albeit still needing a couple of figures and a vehicle of some sort outside the distillery. It is currently minus its sky scene & in fact I'm not planning to add these until all three boards are finished. The more observant among you will have noticed that the white cottage from Arigna Town is missing. I'd intended to use this as a feature at the join of BBs 1 & 2, but it just didn't' seem to fit in, so instead some basic rough ground is there instead. To this will be added a patch of hawthorn, as per the back scene, to help hide joins and blend things together. I've also hit on the idea of putting a small area of hard standing next to the goods shed, with the suggestion of a harbour wall and pier on the the back scene. Belmullet seems to have two harbours, linked by a short canal across the neck of the peninsula. The harbour on the north east side is deemed to be served by the branch, while the other is close enough to the station for produce to be carted twist ship and train. That's the theory anyway!
  10. 2 points
    Been quiet for the last while, but got some work done. The loco body was sanded and leveled to sit better on the chassis, side steps andded and coupling rods fixed in place. Gearbox and motor housing are also installed ready for pickups. Cover on the safety valves needs to be bigger so that will need to be re-done with brass tube. Smoke stack and steam dome were turned down and tidied up with the lathe, Moved on to the flat wagon and sketched up a kit to cut on the mill. While I was at it, I included some brake shoes for the loco, as I forgot to include them in the loco cut. This will allow me to proceed with the loco build later. This cut is for the two wagons as it made sense to cut the two at the same time. This was a tricky little wagon, as it's not quite flat. There are raised & curved upstands located in the centre of the wagon, so I allowed a cut-out in the sides to take these upstands, which were flared at the top, turned in and corners shaped with solder. From what I can see from the few photos I have seen is that they are only on the sides, turn in slightly, but do not cross the floor of the wagon. Kinda hard to explain, but this grainy photo may help... So, have got to the rolling chassis stage with brakes, axle boxes, springs & hook to be added. Bit of tidy up of the solder to be done & add the white metal parts to finish. Then rinse & repeat for the second one! I'll make up some odd work tools & parts as a load to finish them out later. View of the loco, wagon & the box van stepping in as a sub for the troop wagon to get a feel for how it is coming together. More as time permits! Ken
  11. 2 points
    Been a while - the real job is getting in the way!! Painting and weathering of the newer wagons underway at the moment. A story of a few step forward followed by a few steps back, however I'm getting there. Amazing what a bit of weathering can cover up!! Painting of 495 is ongoing at the moment also, and that will need quite a bit of work. I'll fill in the details in the 495 post in Irish Models. Brake van, gas wagon, vehicle wagon (already done) open wagon and the DSER covered wagon coming along nicely. Gas wagon may be a little light in colour? Brake van needs more work as running boards and buffers to be painted, glazing to be added and roof needs a lot more work. Open wagon took a bit of a battering during painting losing the brake levers brackets & one brake shoe. Brass to white metal connections are rather fragile - I'll use superglue at this stage to effect repairs. Coming along rather nicely. More as time permits. Ken
  12. 2 points
    The van is certainly spot on, and the wagon looks good too. As for the tanker, I agree that it's likely to have had a short chassis, and what you've made is very convincing indeed. Even if no actual hard and fast accurate drawing is to hand, things like this were often built almost ad hoc, as one-offs, so it's as good as any and certainly looks convincing. Excellent stuff as always.
  13. 1 point
    The grass isn't too bad, but a bit overscale.
  14. 1 point
    It's entirely the wrong gauge, and hasn't got enough rivets......
  15. 1 point
    @Broithe A great collection of layouts, your spoilt for viewing choice. Eoin
  16. 1 point
    Oh, and I picked up one of these, as well.
  17. 1 point
    If any of you missed my talk - WITH LANCE KING IN IRELAND - 1958-1963 - to the IRRS London Area in December, I am repeating it to the READING TRANSPORT GROUP on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 1945. The meeting will be held on the first floor at Church House, Church Street, Caversham, next to Waitrose Address for SatNavs is ; Church House, 59 Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX If any of you are in the vicinity, come along and see some super photos f the end of one era and the beginning of another. I can send more detailed location info. By the same token, I am available for talks on this (and other subjects at your local Railway Society - just get in touch! Leslie
  18. 1 point
    Mullingar would have been an excellent site for a transport museum if Mammy O'Rourke hadn't shot it down.
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    I would agree, brianmcs, that we need a transport museum like Cultra, but within an hour's drive of Dublin or less. Some larger items of 12" = 1ft scale could be centre stage; all preservation groups have sidings full of stuff that will NEVER run again. I am sure that many of these bodies could provide stuff on permanent loan. One of the aspects of such a development might, indeed, contain a reconstructed "castle" (or, indeed, replica Fry) layout. Then the "castle" models could get an outing again!
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    Actually I had forgotten about this old photo of the crane at Cork yard suddenly without its boiler in 1960 but at least it has it middle match truck No. 99 in place. CIE grey I'd say
  22. 1 point
    There were some nice fiddle yards. A couple of bits I missed earlier. Having mentioned the lack of lighting on some layouts earlier, there was one which, although nicely lit for the viewers and the (front mounted) operator, was a bit of a bind for everybody else... There were "real trains" outside, too. And a cordless, rechargeable lawnmower.
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    I went up today - and thought it was a bit quieter than previous years, though the numbers yesterday were up a bit, apparently. Not using the 'new' car park would imply that my version may have some accuracy - but I did still manage to get the car out again at the end... Lots of interesting stuff - a good bit of London Underground and a selection of 3mm layouts. I have recorded most items, but one or two unlit ones were not really up to a usable photo, and they seemed to be concentrated in the darkest area, too, for some reason.
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    It's from the Swedish system
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  26. 1 point
    Agree with Railer. The masses will never become interested in stock or eras that are not available to buy. Yes, some modelers will always create some amazing things but they will be unique to a layout or two for the most part. Availability brings its own market. Yes, please! Prototypically wide bodies that graced the broad gauges of Ireland, hard (not impossible) to recreate that from existing kit-bashes
  27. 1 point
    Just discovered the delights that is the Irish outline of Worsley Works, I think my soldering skills are going to improve very fast!
  28. 1 point
    Murray & McNeill's book on the GSWR lists 4 breakdown crane and 3 traveling cranes in June 1924 just before the first amalgamation of the major railways in the winter of that year but no more definite details For the Cork based GSWR 35T steam crane it can be seen here in 1987 with the additional match truck that didn't support the jib but allowed the correct spacing of the wagons (also a 1449 series laminate awaiting its fate in the yard behind)
  29. 1 point
    Great news Fran, and thanks for the update. Mid February or mid May, these are well worth the wait. Loving the loads, they finish off what is a fantastic looking wagon.
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    I think this O' Dea photo (NLI on Flickr) is probably both GSWR cranes rebuilding the bridge in Cabra on the loop line (1930s). If recollection serves, it was the GSWR that build the line to link with the MGWR line and access the Irish sea or how many other cranes the GSR inherited from the MGWR, DSER etc. at grouping but both crane jibs appear identical. There is a suggestion that the Cowan Sheldon cranes date for the 1920s. Would the GSWR have acquired them that late just before the GSR amalgamation? I'll dig out the one from Mallow when I get a chance later and post a link later. EDIT: The steam crane at Mallow, looks to be the same crane to me Cowan Sheldon 1920. I believe that Westrail had it in Tuam for a while before it ended up in Mallow. I hope it is still in Mallow and Irish railway heritage hasn't gone to Hammond Lane for a song again? EDIT: there seems to be evidence of it still in existence in 2016/7-ish
  31. 1 point
    Sorry I can't offer any advice but I feel your pain. Bought a couple of these decoders a few months ago and the acceleration rate CV3 never worked correctly. These have been the only decoders in over 25 years of DCC experience that I can say beat me.
  32. 1 point
    Great to hear. Don't forget us back here in the Irish EU patch with your impressive runaway success in the UK with Accurascale. Some day in the appropriate future would love to see more 1950-1960s CIE two axle wagons from the IRM stable along with older CIE era coaching stock (ie pre-Cravens), and even 101s IRM/AS=German/Swiss modelling standards at GB prices.
  33. 1 point
    I've said it before and I'll say it again. PM could do another run of BGMs and they would still sell like hot cakes. There's so many modelers getting into the Irish scene since they officially sold out, many of them interesting in the IR and IE eras.
  34. 1 point
    The workbench has been very slow - a project that I have been working on is this Dapol B800 track cleaner. I'm not sure how well it cleans the track, but Irish Rail will soon be taking delivery of this track vacuum machine! Painting, details, decals and weathering to be added, but at least it is operational. Unsure if I will go for CIÉ/IR or modern Irish Rail logos.
  35. 1 point
    I visited the museum yesterday with my dad. I found the history of Ciryl Fry, his modelling and the display of his models really well laid out and interesting. The 00 gauge model railway is very well modelled. I would have loved a bigger model railway, but I can appreciate that it is limited by the space available. All in all highly recommend visiting. Its important to preserve and display his models and show railway modelling to the public. An hour was plenty of time to appreciate it all. The building is lovely as well.
  36. 1 point
    Its probably heresy but the standard of modelling on the OO gauge layout appears to be more realistic and to higher standard than the Tom Tighe O Gauge railway which was more reminiscent of the 1930s tin plate era than pictures of Fry's original Irish International Railway and Tramway system.
  37. 1 point
    Test runs today. A DWWR 071 rounds Bray Head and Dublin & Drogheda Railway No. 082 potters into Malahide, as the driver has been told that Baseboard Dave still has some cake from upstairs.....
  38. 1 point
    If Hornby can do the Rocket and coaches, could one of the Irish manufacturers do the D&KR Hibernia Loco and coaches? 8118
  39. 1 point
    More from Malahide ....please don’t re-post.
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    Progress on the Chassis. Con rods were cut out and sweated together. Top complete - bottom needs tidying up. Chassis was assembled using con rods to set bearing distances. Pony & Trailing truck assembled, axles cut and wheels on. Compensated beam for front axles, while traling truck is stablised by some 0.5mm PB wire. Chassis on track and seems to perform well. However. there is very little space for movement by the trucks and I'm thinking there may be shorts where the leading & trailing wheels touch the chassis. A small set in the chassis may provide a little more clearance. I'll monitor this when I put on the pickups. Quick shot with the body on get to a feel for the overall look. Starting to come together. Ken
  41. 1 point
    Time to come back to the workbench after some work on the layout. Our good friends Shepherd & Beesley also had a rather nice photo in their book of the DSER armoured train from 1923. The loco was based on thier 2-4-2T, a wagon for troops front & rear, based on the 13"6" Covered wagon, and a flat wagon again front and rear. Image courtesy of Shepherd & Beesley There is some really good info on the Railway protection repair and maintenance corps which goes through the history of measures taken to protect the network here which has some really good photos on the armoured trains, including this one. Anyway - to the Model: I had a drawing for the 2-4-2T, and so by using the chassis and dveloping a bodyshell, I was able to create a cut file for the CNC. Body is in 0.35, which I feel is probably a little light and needs stiffening. The cut files included tabs to provide some stiffening and eases soldering, however I'm not convinced it's enough. I started with the cab area. Grooves on the tabs were a little too deep, so some broke away cleanly and others cut all the way through, but held at each end ( I can already see Eoin shaking his head slowly & sighing 😉) I'll get that sorted for the next cutting project! I didn't take may photos as I was building, as I tend to get focused on what I'm doing and forget. So photos of the nearly completed body. A chimney and piece of brass pipe for the safety valves is all that's needed to complete the body. It's rather simple construction, and given the simple slab sided body, riveting detail is really needed to provide some level of visual interest. Chasssi was cut out from 0.5mm and is in the process of tidying up ready for assembly. All for now. More as time permits. Ken
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    So, Corrected the problem with stopping short with the rods, they now run to the end. A floor added and back section connected. The DSER bridges have an interesting support which runs clear of the underside and then turn up at an angle to the top rail. Adds a nice touch. Trial positioning with some timber blocks for now. I haven't detailed the back cut - a few lines on the backscene will probably suffice. Back scene for this area will be prototype photos (hopefully). Got to work on the footbridge at the other end. This is the same structure as the platform bridge, so I'm not going to go through the construction details. A quick shot with 495 and a few wagons to set the scene!!
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