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  1. 7 points
    It is with much regret that the Committee of Wexford Model Railway Club have decided to cancel their planned Exhibition in May 2020. This obviously in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. All invitees have been apprised of this by e-mail. Thank you to all those who agreed to participate and hopefully once this situation is resolved we can all meet at Exhibitions in the future.
  2. 5 points
    Here is another scratch built model by Mr B Kelly, a D19, one of my faves! it's in my workshop for coupling rods, break gear, electrical pick-ups and a few other bits. As it came. After measuring up, researching a few photos and doing the drawings parts were cut out of .5mm nickel silver- wheel weights, coupling rods, break gear.... The chassis was a little fat, the wheels were locking up when assembled and one axle was slightly out of line, only noticed when fitting the coupling rods- one side would go on but not the other! So that set of bearings needed a bit of adjustment and the other set had a .9mm skim taken off the faces. Some of the chassis screws were cheese head so I replaced them with counter-sunk and holes for the break hanger spigots were drilled in the frames. Jigged up to solder the bearings back in. Loco break gear coming together, these locos had double hangers with the shoe sandwiched between. The shoes are cut from Tufnol and brass .7mm pins were used to assemble. Breaks on. Breaks off. The assembly can be sprung off for painting and removing the wheels. After fitting the coupling rods I noticed they fouled the underside of running board!, so a few 1.2mm brass spacers were prepared and soldered onto the top of the frames. I also made a motor strap to lift the motor up at an angle and save space in the cab. The bogie truck was then tackled- needing a pivot, spring and a bit of side play, also going to get electrical pick-ups installed. A deep hex nut was soldered to the underside to take the pivot bar on top and the pick-up plate on the underside. I also replace the frame spacer screws from cheese-head to counter-sunk and installed a plastic washer behind each wheel. A pivot bar was turned up on the lathe and tapped 8BA to fit into that hex nut in the bogie frame. The pick-ups were then installed on the underside. This is the full pick-up system, diver wheels & bogie. A sideways slot was milled in the frame spacer to give the bogie side-play and a .5mm brass angle plate was soldered onto the bogie front to stop full rotation. The frames also required some mod at the rear wheel arch to allow clearance. Up and running. The tender was next, break hanger holes drilled, and at front- these are parts for the draw bar, the brass to be soldered between the frames and the plastic strip drilled as the draw bar with the little brass bush to allow it pivot on the back of the loco. Breaks going on and draw bar assembly installed. Breaks done. The tender had its mounting bolts broken off, so some repair needed, also spacers are needed to level the tender with the loco- using two blocks of hardwood! Done. Draw bar drilled and installed, this is the body mounting screw, the front end is held with a brass tong soldered to the back of the buffer beam. And its done, going back to its crew for a bit of painting and maybe some coal! Eoin
  3. 4 points
    Some weekend engineering work is currently taking place on Tara junction involving some road rail and other machinery, Retro 073 arrived at the worksite earlier hauling the Donelli relaying gantries which were put to work removing some track panels, The area is been cleared to facilitate the installation of a new crossover...ā€¦. here are a selection photos from todays operation.
  4. 3 points
    Seems that, both sides of the water, gatherings of more than 500 are in jeopardy. If so, that will include most medium to large shows. Happily, toilet rolls seem to be back on the shelves(!), but more importantly do you have enough glue, solvent, solder and paint to build all those kits stashed away, in the event of having to self isolate?
  5. 3 points
    CIE 5 plank wagons in progress. Dapol Donors cheap as chips. These wagons finished with wheels, couplings and transfers will cost me only ā‚¬8-9 each. The dapol chassis runs sweet and free. Not sure what loads I'll put in them. They were used to carry all manner of general merchandise by CIE in both flying snail era and the broke wheel 1960s era. No 1960s CIE freight (goods) train existed without some of these along with corrugated open wagons and H-Vans. They had thousands of them in their hey day.
  6. 2 points
    Best layout exhibition on the island, but a prudent decision to postpone in light of circumstances prevailing and public health needs.
  7. 2 points
    Accurascale's next wagon?
  8. 2 points
    Another class job Murrayer, you should take this up full time šŸ¤§
  9. 2 points
    Lovely work Eoin - and perfect colour. Love the brake gear - what kind of material did you use to make the rodding? Looks like a useful idea for a future build... Iā€™m anticipating a similar issue with rod fouling on my current GSWR 4-coupled project so will remember the idea of spacers.... thanks for sharing this inspiring work. I do like those spidery 4-4-0s that roamed the south and west !
  10. 2 points
    It has taken a long time to get to this stage but finally started the painting
  11. 2 points
    I'm currently using Shapeways but looking to get my own printer. It takes a while to get used to designing but once you've done a bit it becomes easier The latest prints are of Mark 4 vehicles. These are test prints again, and since then I've added extra detail to them Standard vehicle (luckily the bodyshell is the same for all the passenger vehicles with only the buffet windows and the Standard End vehicle having detail differences) Control Car (need to add in the 'crease' below the cab windows). This also has grill detail but needs primer to pick it out Regards, Kieran
  12. 1 point
    I regret that the current rolling stock has so little character compared to what has gone before. There was an elegance even with the freshly painted MkIIIs.
  13. 1 point
    Beautiful job. Hopefully, Covid 19 permitting I'll be seeing it soon.
  14. 1 point
    Maybe it was the Murphy's, as he wasn't bitter.! šŸ˜
  15. 1 point
    Amazing how a simple beer will grease a palm and open many doors or in this case getting the red carpet treatment
  16. 1 point
    I forgot the plates;- Their on now..... Eoin
  17. 1 point
    Very nice work as usual eoin. Very Strange buffers there too with a block behind each unit.
  18. 1 point
    While the models look great, it's a bit disappointing to read there is some stratification evident, as with recent equipment my impression is that should no longer be an issue. One of our club members is one of those very clever/talented people who not only understands how most mechanical and electronic things work, he can take them apart and put them back together again, so they work better. Anyway, he has self taught 3D printing over the last couple of years and worked his way through a number of machines, mostly bought as kits on line. His latest one prints with no visible layering at all, so maybe Shapeways are not using the latest technology? However, as the model looks great, hopefully the technology will soon catch up and enable your excellent CAD work to fulfill its potential. No idea what machines he uses. Am afraid I am sticking to what I know, which is kit and scratch building, with a bit of resin casting where appropriate.
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  20. 1 point
    Amazing!!!! Superb job as always
  21. 1 point
    189 was the first loco to haul them , then over the years 201's, 071's, 121's, 141's, 181's, pairs mixed pairs and even single 121's if that was your thing , but never an A .
  22. 1 point
    Incidentally, does anyone know when the logo change from the plus to the ampersand (B+I to B&I) (seems yo be very late 80s from what I can decipher) The other Cu na Mara just out of interest before I get too far off topic..
  23. 1 point
    Been a while, confined to barracks so may get some mini-projects done. 6 CIE Vans started. Dapol donors primed. A little fiddling with the chassis needed. But hopefully will have 6 more vans to add to the existing 1960s rakes of pick up goods wagons. Not sure if I will do them CIE grey or CIE brown or a mix (3 of each). These could go nicely with my 3D corrugated open wagons behind black'n'tan 141s.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks Guys. The next phase is providing an upper level, currently building the incline. I am also working on building my own ground signals.
  25. 1 point
    HI LostCarPark In N gauge card rolling stock is feasible but I am not aware of any where you can get an N Gauge kit which can be cut out and glueed together in the same way you do with Metacalf and other building kits. You can get OO gauge and larger card kits and scale them down. Also you can get diagram books such as those sold by the IRRS and scale them down. Wagons are usually fairly straight forward but coaches where windows need to be cut out to install glazing etc can be difficult, the small windows more so. Plenty of sharp blades, a good metal ruler and a fairly steady hand are required. Card can be a little flat and can benefit from such of plastic strips or wire as appropriate. Attached are a number of photos which hopefully illustrate the above comments First is a Wagon purely made from card and is a scaled down Alphagraphix OO gauge kit The second is a 6 wheel coach from Alphagraphix and scaled down The third is a wagon which started life a photograph and has been scaled and enhanced by vertical plastic strips The fourth shows how I made the body of the container from card although again plastic strips were used this time on the roof. That to me was easier then trying to cut card to a consistent width and length The last shows how such models can look well at normal viewing distance despite their appearance close up. The first container is that in photo 4 while the second container has been enhanced with plastic strips around the edge. With more care than in the first 3 photos card models can look very professional. But it does require a lot of patience and attention to detail. Another way to use card is to glue the required parts on to an existing donor model. The C Class loco in photo 5 shows what can be achieved. MikeO
  26. 1 point
    translation of above, i am hot and sweaty in the attic corners with the soldering iron full on, coughing due to fumes in corners, even with a wee fan on, splutter splutter goes the solder, troll translation, wayside has virus, turn off iron and go to bed. Dcc translation, if incorrect signal from track, it may not be from an isolated, track, or the signal may be too week, some decoders make engines cough and shudder as they slow down.
  27. 1 point
    if you want to order it over the internet go to this site as he does most of the mail orders https://www.titfield.co.uk/Wild-Swan/MRJ-Journal.htm Colin R
  28. 1 point
    There is an excellent article with colour photos of the Killybegs layout in the November 2016 edition of New Irish Lines and the layout also appeared on the cover of the November 2017 edition. Both editions are accessible in the IRM archive https://www.dropbox.com/s/fppdhvdav7vjvos/New Irish Lines Vol. 7 No. 6 - 2016 November.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrgk5h1z95zw5go/New Irish Lines Vol. 8 No. 2 - 2017 November.pdf?dl=0
  29. 1 point
    Here it is;- This is a clip of a 12v electric fan test on the Class C locomotive, the motor is running from the loco DCC chip on a function button with a few resistors to bring down the speed, when complete it will have its own DCC chip which will control speed and direction. Eoin
  30. 1 point
    Hi All I have now constructed a non motor bogie to run some tests- see below;- There is some making in this and after it all I have found its cheaper to use the second motor and have that extra umph! I tested the new bogie and could only pull 5 coaches max and at this the throttle had to be full open to get moving. Pulling small wagons- it's grand, up to 10 can be run without difficulty. So the two motors are more economical and more powerful - decision made. Here are a few photos of the lighting system going in, the directionals are run by two clear LEDs with .45mm fibre optic strands doing the bulb job on the loco. The LEDs are shrouded with a brass tube, with an aluminium tube socket holding the FB strands. The strands are epoxied in and the ends polished for best pick-up. This is the brass shrouds over the LEDs with the FB strands plugged in This is a shot of the system complete, some shrinkie was added over the LEDs as they were lighting up the inside. Also the radiator cooling fan has been installed and cab light blue tacked in to test. Under test in forward direction with cab light on Under test in reverse direction I used the Tiger lamp fibre optic strands on this build, they are ok but varies in size from strand to strand- .4mm up to5.2mm. Also there were a number of small fractures in the strands which looses some light, but the clear LEDs are quite powerful so no major loss. The red lamps are done by a touch of paint on the end. Eoin
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