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  1. 7 points
    Noel, Ah, come on now! MIR was run from someones home. The people involved held-down full time jobs and one also cared for his family too. Of their time they were a quality product, and many of us were extremely grateful for these kits. Their efforts and models: Locomotive bodies, Ammonia Wagons flats, as well as their brass sides, assisted many of us in creating realistic rolling stock for our model railways. It is unfair to compare one with the other. If one is going to draw comparisons between these two manufacturers, that comparison has to be fair and favourably measured. To state "The MIR is not on the same Planet" is, in my opinion, unjustified, shows a complete lack of understanding, and very much - lacking in good-taste.
  2. 5 points
    Hi all. Great to be here.! After a hiatus of over 55+ years, I've started a new layout. So, essentially I'm a newbie to this. Layout is 'ad hoc' but Hornby 00 Gauge, with several loops, with so many sets of points and power track. I bought 2 sets, one the Industrial Freight R1228, the other, The Flying Scotsman. R1167. I've also bought a rake of extra track to add to these sets. I was over rather over ambitious, so have about 20 - 3rd curves left over. I'm just in the process of wiring the power tracks, of which there are 7. I didn't want to solder odd bits of wire to the rails or fish plates......so it is what it is.......expensive.! Anyhow. As an old newbie I'll need lots of help and knowledge.πŸ‘
  3. 4 points
    While discussing the bogie TPOs of the 1950-90 period on another thread, it seemed appropriate that the full bogie luggage vans that often ran with them (and in many other train formation) should have their own thread. No doubt they have discussed many times and in many places on the fora over the years 2549-58 series bogie full Luggage/Brake Van 2554 (1960) Dublin Connolly, 1988 with side lookout
  4. 4 points
    I decided to experiment with casting Woods Metal or Cerrobend rather than sheet or liquid lead to ballast the MGWR 2-4-0. I ordered the metal ignots from MicroMark in the States as most businesses in Australia/New Zealand do not re-open after the Christmas/New Year Holidays until mid-January. I decided to make the patterns out of modelling clay for speed/ease of use and do the casting in rubber moulds as they could be used in other locos. The rubber moulds are cast in mould boxes made from 0.60" plasticard. I use a NorthWest Shortline Duplicutter for cutting uniform strip of plasticard. Masters in yellow clay and background & Woods Metal Nugget. I use a Chopper with an adjustable fence for cutting plasticard or stripwood to a uniform length. I bought these NorthWest Shortline tools many years ago while living in the UK possibly in Victors of Islington a famous American (& Continental) Model Railroad Shop. The work bench is due a re-organisation (including raising the power outlets to a safer height!) as part of a workshop/railway room re-organisation. Completed mould boxes. The casting box on the right are for forming smaller ingots as the Micro Mark Nugget is too big to fit in the casting ladle! Pouring in the RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanising) rubber. I used an Australian Barnes 2 part product called Pinkysil https://www.barnes.com.au/addition-cured/pinkysil-silicone-2209. I have successfully used this material for simple and plug moulds for casting parts in polyester resin. Completed moulds, I used an empty cat food container as a mixing vessel. Although having a limited shelf life once opened, I had no problems with these moulds at least 3 years after opening the containers for the last moulding session. Interior of mould cavity approx 3 hours after casting. Castings best done outdoors Woods Metal can release toxic (lead & Cadmium) vapours when melted.Woods metal melts at 70Β°C. A tin bitusmuth alloy is lead and cadmium free but melts at a 140Β°C would be a safer alternative. I used an old serving spoon from the kitchen as a ladel for melting the original nugget and pouring into the ignot mould. The casting ladel with its spouts allows better control for casting the ballast weights. The filled mould, Micro burner and ladel are on an offcut of fibre cement board (non asbestos) The complete castings & any surplus metal goes back into the mould. While Woods Metal melts at 70Β°C the temperature in the ladel may have been higher as the castings took a considerable time to solidify, alternatively the rubber may have acted as an insulator retaining the heat in the metal.
  5. 4 points
    Amazing job, @flange lubricator, it's the same van! And here's another, the 2559-2561 trio were modified from GSR built coaches of the 1930s and put into traffic in 1971, same capacity as the others "6 tons evenly distributed", GSR boxes (cf. the O' Dea photo with Commonwealth bogies) 2560, Cork 1982
  6. 4 points
    Hi Railer, They were uprated from 40 tonnes in the late 90's when bag sizes, pallet sizes and amount of fertiliser bags changed, thereby dictating the "48 Tonnes" marking on the later packs. Research shows that the "48 tonners" ran with ordinary rakes, hence why they were branded "48 tonners" on the doors. But some loading points had different grades of fertiliser, different bags, so depending on the density of cargo, they were apportioned to the appropriate wagon. As I understand, it was for the benefit of the forklift operator to make sure he didn't fall over, if he could handle a certain density pallet. By the time they had left service, all were uprated to 48 tonnes and since 40 tonnes had become obsolete, (because the pallet size had come into alignment with EC regs, and the bags too) the need to "tag" as "48 tonnes" the wagons just phased out, and all the unloading operatives knew what they were handling. R.
  7. 4 points
    You were able to defend your product there without the help of anyone in the audience but more importantly, who the lad making off with the beer keg? πŸ˜€
  8. 3 points
    I am prepared to consider producing a set of luggage van sides & doors or a full kit, if there are expressions of interest for a minimum of 10 sets of sides or complete vans. The 2549-58 or 2559-61 version with sliding or inward opening doors would be a simpler option the doors hinges and handles on the later conversions would be difficult to reproduce. The doors could be included on the same photo tooling as the sides along with bonus items like battery boxes would or coach ends with windows would help keep the overall cost down. SSM produce a very nice model of the original GSR Bredin Luggage Van which remained in service for many years, its a good starter kit for people with limited soldering skills as the body bolts together, the bogies are slot and tab assembly.
  9. 3 points
    Had a quick go at weathering one of my new IRM Fertiliser wagons this evening. Mainly weathering powders washed on in solution and then rubbed off again using damp cotton buds. The loads also got a bit of a wash to dull the bright white bags. These wagons seem the best yet from team IRM. The fab four have pulled it out of the bag again. Thank you guys. Now what's next? No rest for the successful. The loads got a bit of dulling down as well. Two weathering powder solutions (50% water/50% decal fix), first is a grungy black/brown to stain recesses. The second a cream white to simulate rain streaking and cement dust from the odd burst bag. Its a bit like making an omelet you have to make a mess before you can recover it and tidy up (ie break an egg). The sole bar got a judicious amount of grey/white to simulate the odd bag on the bottom of a pallet load punctured by fork lift truck drivers rushing to finish their shift of an evening in the yard.
  10. 3 points
    Meh. Straffan. Strabane. Just down the road from each other. As JHB says, we all make mistakes, and I am very grateful for James O'Dea for taking the photographs and NLI for getting them visible to the rest of us.
  11. 3 points
    Weeds & other scenics Baseboard two is progressing: Nettles - proper old school scenics here. I used Woodlands coarse fibres [see pics], cut up into short lengths. Each length is then dipped in PVA and then into some medium crumb from Greenscene, before being put aside [in an old cribbage board], to dry. A couple of hundred of these and next day, it was time for planting! Next up, some work on the joint between baseboards two and three. As before, used clingfilm in the joint, before mixing fine ash ballast with neat PVA and the filling the cracks - ensuring the ground cover was level both sides. Other work on the join involved doing more static grass and foliage cover as below. The front of baseboard two has been causing me a few furrowed brows recently, but as with the rear section, I've decided to keep things simple and mostly go with rough grass, brambles, etc. Hence a layer of mixed foam scatter, with static grass on top of that. Once dry, some extra depth was added with further static grass, held in place with cheap hair spray. Further layers were then added in the same way, but this time using fine scatter, mixed with yellow, white and pink granules from Woodlands. The final touch [thus far, anyway], has been to add brambles using Postiche [see pic if you don't know what this is] with hairspray and fine scatter, plus some other weeds. These are created by carefully wiping PVA over the tops of the grass fibres and then adding fine scatter on top of this, before vacuuming the whole area afterwards to remove any excess. Other work has focussed on covering for the point rodding as per SLNCR in Eniskillen. Meanwhile, seven small hawthorn [ish] trees have been made, hopefully to blend in with the painted back scene across baseboards two and one. The final picture should give an idea of where this is going.
  12. 2 points
    Hi Guys The Train & Model Fair this Saturday is a one off, the club house is booked for every Sunday in February for Wheeler's campaign on introducing new cyclists to the club & sport. Eoin
  13. 2 points
    Noel, Thank you for your correction and explanation.
  14. 2 points
    Ah yes that’s fair comment. I should have added they were very acceptable in their day, folks were delighted to have models of Irish rolling stock that were not available RTR. My point was things have moved on and the IRM wagons have raised the bar so high that the MIR kits are not on the same page which is true. Not a criticism just an observation of fact and praise for how far IRM have taken Irish rolling stock.
  15. 2 points
    Hawthorn trees, well yes. More like a single hawthorn this afternoon. Had got all seven finished and foliated and was carefully planting in the corner of the field. This involved drilling holes in the ground cover and somehow a stray strand of foliage got caught in the drill and barely two seconds later four of the trees were wrapped round the drill and each other... It was one of those shock horror occasions when you can't believe umpteen hours of work has been destroyed in just a couple of seconds. Since then, have managed to untangle the mess, strip off the foliage and been trying to repair the trunks and branches with a hot glue gun. It then all needs repainting and defoliating. There really aren't enough rude words to describe how I feel!
  16. 2 points
    Yes these are iconic vans for the 60s to 70s CIE era that is my main nostalgia memory. Last year I kit bashed a Bachmann Parcel van into a pseudo CIE version Before
  17. 2 points
    Yea stunning. The MIR is not on the same planet. The finesse and detail on these are the best yet. Fab wagons of substance.
  18. 2 points
    Original pre-order delivered this morning. Superb models that continue to set the standard. Thanks guys. 8118
  19. 2 points
    You need to be careful when you're using The (Parcel) Force. Had you used The Force correctly you would have know how to e-Vader 😁
  20. 2 points
    The CIE parcel business expanded greatly in the early 70s with the introduction of CIEs Fastrak parcel service and over night Newspaper Trains delivering the Dublin morning newspapers to provincial destinations, the newspaper trains ended in the late 70s when the business was transferred to CIEs road freight operations. The CIE parcel vans would have run separately in mails, newspaper and parcel trains without TPOs or without Heating vans, trains could be a loco and a single Parcel van to an entire train of vans. The Wexford Newspaper train originally appears to have consisted of a loco and a single coach, but was transformed for a short period in the late 70s to an additional Wexford-Connolly summer season evening passenger train and return empty coaching stock & newspaper train when the coaching stock of the Wexford-Rosslare local passenger were used to provide the coaches of the additional Dublin passenger. The up & Down Athlone-Westport Night Mail was usually worked by a loco and a Parcel Van, the van was attached and detached from the Dublin-Galway Night Mail at Athlone.
  21. 2 points
    Again from the wonderful O'Dea collection parcel van 2554 brand new 'out of the box ' perhaps on trial 1960 so freshly out shopped in green. http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304884
  22. 2 points
    Thanks to both of you, please post if you have any further info/photos. And since you mentioned the 2549 series luggage vans, sure, may as well post that too! (.... incidentally the TPO at the end is a 2979-81) Luggage Brake Van 2549 (1960 Inchicore) at Connolly , 1988 ....looks like one of the windows may have been sheeted over unless it just that light. There were several other converted from 1930s GSR-built coaches in the early seventies (.... I should really start a different thread shouldn't I?)
  23. 2 points
    Dr,I have been told by a person in the know that 082 has a different Turbo charger than the rest of the 071 fleet,hence why she sounds so good. I am subject to correction on that answer.
  24. 2 points
    I was down at the Wexford Model Railway club this evening and had a good look at a fellow members 2 Ferts that he got.I was very impressed by them as were everyone who viewed them.Well done to IRM.In one of the photos I posted,a MIR Fert is shown with the IRM pair.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 1 point
    The very humble parcel van yet through the mid 1970's to late 1980's featured on many trains throughout the system even featuring as single coach with loco on the Tralee and Sligo mail trains , they were converted from 1950's built compo's and standard coaches not Laminate's, 2583 was 1613 a compo built 1951 and converted to a van in 1974 . I was hoping that Mayner might consider doing an brass overlay for these , the only difficulties would be the number of doors's which might make the cost prohibitive .
  27. 1 point
    Thank you.πŸ‘ Not that it's short notice, but travel from the Irish 'outback' is not easy. Living in the 'back of beyond' has it's disadvantages.😁
  28. 1 point
    I got to agree with Leslie here Noel. I greatly admire your skill modelling CIE passenger stock, you should have no problem achieving incredible results with Leslie's kits. It is truly amazing what has become available to Irish modelers in the last few years but IRM and Paddy Murphy can't be expected to produce everything for what is after all a very small, but thankfully growing market. Duplicating an already good an easily assembled kit can only drive small manufacturers out of the market which is detrimental to all of us. I for one don't want to see this forum dominated by cookie cutter layouts all populated by the same high quality off the shelf models.
  29. 1 point
    Welcome on board Stevo If you are anywhere near Bray this Saturday drop in to Bray Wheelers clubhouse off the Boghall Road, plenty of advice going for free! Also a load of trains but sadly not free
  30. 1 point
    Come off it, Noel, it's not as if my kits of the Bulleid corrugated open, or the H van are that difficult to build! See: http://www.provincialwagons.com/cie-wagons/ and the price remains the same, even though some eejit thinks the Pound is worth 5% more than when I set the price! Leslie (aka Provincial Wagons)
  31. 1 point
    If NLI have got a caption wrong they'll happily checking it and corrected if you notify them. 8118
  32. 1 point
    "Dont think you need to have your Club Orange posted man Available in most shops?" Not where he lives it aint.
  33. 1 point
    The 6 wheeler is an ex-GNR Diagram 47 Ballast Wagon. The third wagon in the trains looks like an ex-LMS-NCC van possibly returning empty from Navan or even Kingscourt to Northern Ireland. The GNR & SLNCR both had 6 wheel ballast wagons. The GNR appears to have had two varieties. 1. A 2 door wagon with sloping ends. 2. A dropside version possibly with removable ends and sides. I saw one of the latter in Kingscourt in 75/76 the wagon had lost its sides and ends may have been used for carrying sleepers or rails. The Ulster Transport Museum have the UTA & GNR carriage and wagon diagram books
  34. 1 point
    Wexford County Council Planning Department did. Well, a site plan at least. I just scaled their plan drawing and that front elevation photo.
  35. 1 point
    Yes the Fertiliser Wagons are stunning. But I'd hope something like the CIE AEC 2600 class DMU might make the IRM futures list before a NIR 80.
  36. 1 point
    Well another vote of confidence from me, lovely models - graced the office desk today ! I am sure a second run will come in time but after the A , C ,class 80, Beet double decker, BR based heating van and a 47 foot flat or maybe between one of the forgoing ! Not wish listing of course !! thanks IRM gang. Robert
  37. 1 point
    Two more packages! Yaaaay!
  38. 1 point
    I finally got the paint shop into operation after about 2 years. The J26 was first in line as I had finished the body of the loco several years ago. I prepped the loco by sandblasting with a Badger abrasive gun, followed by scrubbing with the local equivalent of Jif scouring cream followed by a good rinse and several hours drying. Priming was with Finixa aerosol grey etch primer TSP 190. The weather has been warm and sunny so I did the paint spraying outside rather than in the workshop spray booth. The loco chassis was painted with Railmatch "Weathered Black" which had been standard for GSR/CIE grey The exact shade of GSR/CIE can be an emotive subject, but I got a sample from an A1 source, not from Grey who's coat seems to be fading in the Sun while Babushka hides in the loco shed. Linkup Paints our local automotive and industrial paint supplier colour matched a 400Ml aerosol lacquer from the paint sample with interesting results. Lacquer has the advantages of good scratch/chip resistant and a good base for applying decals.
  39. 1 point
    The 121 will have a sugar cube supplied as standard fitted facing into the open grille area. All you have to do to convert to DCC with/without sound is fit the 21-pin decoder.
  40. 1 point
    Further progress with the assembly of the 52 Class though I might have to re-number the loco or complete in GSWR livery as I managed to assemble the loco with a different boiler to the study photograph without noticing until the loco is nearly complete πŸ™„ I was inspired to build the loco in this condition as it looks like the crew and guest are about to set out on a fast if not record breaking run on the main line, at the time the 52 Class appear to have been working Kingsbridge - Tullow & Carlow-Kilkenny trains with fast running to Sallins or Cherryville Junction for the crews honor and to avoid delaying long distance trains. Firemans side. I assembled No 1 with a 3 ring boiler in accordance with the GSR diagram rather than the 2 ring type fitted to the loco in early GSR days. Ironically I designed the boiler to be assembled in either form. Boiler fittings are from the SSM J15, safety valve needs to be re-seated, not sure about the profile of the dome. Buffers and tender toolboxes are brass castings from 3D printed masters. The tender body is SSM GSWR 1864 Gal tender with extended coal plates which often coupled to small ex-GSWR tender locos in GSR & CIE days. Driversides. Vacuum brake pipe 0.9mm brasswire soldered under the running board, the curves in the pipework also tended to look a bit agricultural on the full size locos. I will probably end up replacing the boiler and firebox on this loco as I need to make a number of corrections to the production boiler and firebox wrappers. Assembly of the loco body is substantially complete, whistle and cab interior to be added, I need to fabricate a tender floor and coal plate and fit axleboxes and springs (after painting). Loco and tender brake gear to be assembled, the motor and gearbox is set up to confirm that the motor actually fits in the firebox and boiler! Inside Stephensons gear and compensation pivot. The gear is based on the Beyer Peacock GA for the original members of the 101 Class, available information on the 52 Class is basically limited to weight diagrams and photographs. Underside of loco chassis showing bogie pivot arrangement, I usually build 4-4-0s with a sprung or rocking leading driving axle and a rigid bogie, the slotted guide is an attempt to improve tracking and is theoretically capable of going round a 2' radius curve in OO.
  41. 1 point
    For some that 141 in BnT livery is the best up there and that Cravens (with the single thick white band) on the innermost curve would run perfectly behind her
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