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  1. NIR 209 enters Ballyercall with the Sunday evening service as IR 077 awaits it’s turn.
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  2. 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 .
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  3. 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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  4. It's all wrong. Wrong livery. Should have a black face and black running gear.
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  5. 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 Halmst
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  6. You're just trying to get us to Google "Swedish models", aren't you..?
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  7. 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 act
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  8. 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
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  9. 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
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  10. 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 col
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  11. 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.
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  12. The grass isn't too bad, but a bit overscale.
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  13. It's entirely the wrong gauge, and hasn't got enough rivets......
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  14. @Broithe A great collection of layouts, your spoilt for viewing choice. Eoin
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  15. Oh, and I picked up one of these, as well.
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  16. 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
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  17. Mullingar would have been an excellent site for a transport museum if Mammy O'Rourke hadn't shot it down.
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  18. 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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  19. 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
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. It's from the Swedish system
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  23. 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
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  24. Just discovered the delights that is the Irish outline of Worsley Works, I think my soldering skills are going to improve very fast!
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  25. 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)
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  26. 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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  27. 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.
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  28. 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.
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  29. 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.
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  30. 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.
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  31. 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.
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  32. 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.
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  33. 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.
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  34. 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.....
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  35. If Hornby can do the Rocket and coaches, could one of the Irish manufacturers do the D&KR Hibernia Loco and coaches? 8118
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  36. More from Malahide ....please don’t re-post.
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  37. 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
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  38. 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 real
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  39. 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 structu
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