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  1. 9 points
    Back to the 121 It appears that ECU have developed the PCB Board for the loco They have also developed the sound chip for it and I presume the standard DC chip There was a lot of work on the board because of the see through grill on the loco and the fact that it was to remain see through The "chinese" board was visible through the grills apparently So it looks like if you want sound the MM chip will be the way to go His website will be updated towards the middle of next week hopefully
  2. 7 points
    A few photos of the ballasting operation involving road/rail machinery and the two axle ballast hopper train.....
  3. 4 points
    To distract from cabin fever, I was delving through Senior’s photos today. Let’s go Northwest in the late 1930s, when he made his only foray to Burtonport just before it closed. No. 12 was out that day, though I’ve an idea he came back on one of the big 4.8.4T tanks the next morning. Footplate ride both ways! View from the tender looking back on one.
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    Phase two of the installation of a new crossover at the west end of Tara junction was completed last weekend with final ballasting and tamping being completed last night, Here we see a video of tamper 751 packing the crossover. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZohBKsflNaM
  6. 3 points
    This one is of interest to a wider audience too, as it shows a very nice example of the standard concrete posts and surrounds for the then-quite-modern black enamel standard GSR station nameboards. Some of these concrete jobbies were to be seen in a number of locations well into the 1970s. I wonder if plans exist. It would be nice little thing for 3D printing, especially if a few of us wanted them.
  7. 2 points
    Thought I should start a thread on this, a new exhibition layout I am constructing. It is planned to be fully autonomous! What with the virus going around, I have pretty much a year to have this ready for shows! Plugged it in for the first time last night and everything worked as intended, which is a good sign!
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    An SG3, certainly - maybe two in the late sixties? I remember seeing them. I think I've met your character! Trouble is, it wasn't CIE's job to preserve things - the unfortunate fact was that there just wasn't anything like the interest in what was then just seen as old-fashioned dirty, slow trains.... this was the "swinging sixties" and everything had to be shiny and new! Pity!
  9. 2 points
    Staying north, here’s the Giants Causeway station, about 1944/5. And staying narrow-gauge, here’s a convertible road / rail wagon on the Bessbrook & Newry Tramway the same year. And I got them ALL the right way up!
  10. 2 points
    Not a chance in hell will Meave run again, the costs would be astromonical. When the 800s were built, they could only fit on the Cork line and the loading gauge has only decreased since then.
  11. 2 points
    I had an aunt who lived in Hazelwood in Sligo and she had an East Downshire wagon body in a shed It was used to store feed for livestock. One side was fairly rough but the side closest to the wall of the shed was perfectly preserved Around 15 years ago they widened the road outside her home and the shed was knocked, and I never saw the wagon body again
  12. 2 points
    Not at the moment. The couplings above are the closer version. 10
  13. 2 points
    Ref the Hunslets, while Jon is probably right that they'd have done just as well with a few 141s, but these locos were a shock to my steam-loco timer's system when I rode one to Portadown to see how fast they were. When we shot through Lisburn about 10 mph faster than I'd ever done with a steam loco and in my fastest time to that date, I nearly gave up timing. Sanity prevailed, of course, and now 130,000 steam miles later I have those logs to "write up" during my lock-down! Hah! I've just noticed that I have accumulated 424 "Likes" - The HUNGARIAN 424 Class 4-8-0s are one of my largest classes for haulage - 30 of them, top speed 53mph - Lord were they pedestrian! Another piece of useless info from yours truly!
  14. 2 points
    Albeit 450 beans, they are hard come by in good nick and boxed, people endlessly commenting how bad Lima models are is as old as the models themselves, only a few years ago most would have chomped at owning a set. New MM and irm locos are near 200 euro now, a MM gen van going for 210 smackers this week🤔 and hard times are only around the corner now 🙄 such joy was had with a 90 euro 201 from Marks models!! Respect the elderly 😂😂 To all the Lima lovers 😅
  15. 2 points
    When I 'closed the book' on Pettigo this afternoon, it did occur to me that some might be interested in the back stage bits; I know I always try to peer over screens to see what's happening out back on exhibition layouts! The layout is circular, in a space about 13.5 feet by approx 7 feet. The line from the storage yard leads off in the direction of Pettigo. In other words, it represents Bundoran Junction, Enniskillen and all points east. I did actually give some thought to how much storage was required. I remember David Jenkinson making this point many years ago. The two reverse sidings are intended for less used rolling stock. I allowed enough siding length for a 5 coach Bundoran Express, a 10/12 wagon freight plus two branch line passengers; one CIE and one UTA. You might notice in both photos that there is a line in the background climbing upwards. This is/was intended to be the continuation of the line to Bundoran itself. These two photos might explain better: The entry to the storage yard is on the right, the A class is exiting Pettigo, heading towards the Junction while the coaches ( a Hornby LMS coach repainted into UTA blue and cream and a scratch built GNR coach in UTA green) are on the incline towards Bundoran. This line climbs all the way behind the Pettigo back scene and emerges at the other end: The 121s ( Old metal MIR kits on Ahern chassis; the Black and Tan one needs repainting into grey to fit the 1963 time frame) are almost at the top of the climb but I haven't actually built anything beyond this yet. The C class ( Q Kits......you don't want to know any more than that!) is on the main line while the open wagons are on the off scene section of Pettigos' goods head shunt. I would certainly support Patricks' point regarding layout height, certainly for nailed-to-the-wall-home layouts. There are additional benefits; plenty of storage space underneath and space for a workbench. This view might help. I should take this opportunity to congratulate Patrick on his layout. The American layout design approach is especially suited to modelling branch lines and, for me, is one of the most interesting and innovative layouts on this site. Noel mentioned the Railway Children. Funnily enough, I do intend to replicate something I saw in a photo many years ago: children sitting on an embankment watching the comings and goings on the railway. There are a number of photos, especially on the County Donegal narrow gauge,of children enjoying their summer school holidays in or about the trains. Certainly not to be encouraged nowadays but it seems it was a common sight, particularly on rural lines in times gone by. To jhbs' point about running rail tours, it has occurred to me to run the famous 1964 tour a year early! As always, many thanks for the kind comments. Glover
  16. 1 point
    Even the gift of 186 was the result of a chance intervention by the Chairman of Guinness - someone who must have had considerable clout back then! He chaffed the chair of CIE when Guinness handed a shunter over to the RPSI - ‘we have two steam locos and we gave them one. You have a lot more - why don’t you donate one?!’.
  17. 1 point
    It is a real pity that CIE did nothing to save some engines.One of my favorite engines ever is 301 of the D11 class witch was the last ever GSWR 4-4-0 in service.It spent its time working on the DSER line until 1961. This engine realy should have been preserved as a display loco as the engine was raised from the dead once or twice due to the demand of the line.
  18. 1 point
    A number of engines were to be retained, rather than preserved, in case of emergencies. There were probably about that number or thereabouts - I've a note somewhere. No. 800, by this stage had already ben donated to the Belfast Transport Museum, so it wasn't one of them. Apart from the 1964 7-day enthusiast's tour, the last steam in normal use ended on CIE in 1963, and NIR in 1970. The CIE locos were stored and officially withdrawn in 1965. 184 and 186 were among them; 186 going to the RPSI straight away, and 184 following some years later, along with 461.
  19. 1 point
    However, the big issue for future steam is turntables and restricted speed for tender-first running. JHB, you're right about the turntables, No.4 seems to be overly restricted under the present regime's thinking - mind you, I've never timed a tank at more than 76mph bunker first (1960s, of course - the fabled Billy Steenson). The other Big Issue is coal, a little matter which is exercising the minds of the great and good of the HRA these days. Now, if I won the Euromillions...... First, I don't participate, so I'm safe from such bounty, but if I had the dough - it'd be another Class VS 4-4-0 (and use the change for a couple of turntables!!!! If I had a quid for every person who said how nice it would be to have No.800 out again - I'd have built No.211 years ago! Regrettably, a superb looking as 800 is, she's quite impractical due to her restriction due to height - couldn't even get up the GN mainline in 1964 with some surgery to footbridges. Now, No.27 and the two J15s / 101s - the RPSI should consider passing one of them to the DCDR. A final thought - if only we could have foreseen the inflation of the 1970s in 1970 when we bought No.4 for £1,275 - we would have risked a loan to buy a second one (like No.53?). I'm off to bed to see what else I can dream up!
  20. 1 point
    This is a good idea from me. A VS class.
  21. 1 point
    True. I suspect any new build steam will have to be fuelled by coal scented ethanol anyway
  22. 1 point
    Bandon tanks were pretty good - and held their own when drafted into DSE commuting turns...
  23. 1 point
    A current view of the bridge over the N56 in photo 3 looking North taken from the road below where the train is. The train is heading towards Letterkenny having traversed the infamous Owencarrow viaduct a few minutes earlier. Not much has changed except that the bridge steelwork and the two central pillars have been removed. The yellow line on the road is from the Google Earth image.
  24. 1 point
    Yes it’s a shame that Ireland just doesn’t have the economic basis to support anything like the same variety UK preservation sees. Having said that, the restoration of 131 from what had become a kit of dispersed bits is highly impressive. Lough Erne is a lovely loco but too big for Downpatrick (ie inefficient to run) and too small for mainline work. The same issue means that 186 and 184 will almost certainly never steam again. There is a case to be made for Dunluce Castle but I suspect the money would be better spent on the new build NCC Mogul ( although a 2nd WT class probably has more utility).
  25. 1 point
    Love the Hazlewood, the real thing sadly just missed out on a place at the new Belfast Transport Museum as it was known in 1957. Nice story about the wagon too. When travelling the back road from Manorhamilton to Dromahair in the 80s, there was still part of an SLNC carriage in a garden. Gone when I visited last year.
  26. 1 point
    Just brilliant
  27. 1 point
    One of the longest passenger trains to operate on Ashburton grove was hauled with ease by 50 043,it was made up of a variety of coaches including two TPOs tagged on the back.
  28. 1 point
    I am sure they can be done Colin
  29. 1 point
    IRM Cement Bubbles IRM Fertiliser
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  31. 1 point
    Not sure how I've missed this thread, but glad I've found it now. Lots of good stuff here and especially like that signal.
  32. 1 point
    That would be my next question.
  33. 1 point
    Wow that is great thank you, pity you don't have the Heritage groups that could make use of them if they every get sold.
  34. 1 point
    work moves on.Track lade things are moving sm
  35. 1 point
    They were introduced in the summer of 1970. 102 and 101 were the first into traffic, with 103 shortly after. They were maroon at first, as on 102 in Cultra. The maroon is correct, but the yellow bits should have white lining round them. They were initially used "topping and tailing" the "Enterprise" on a 7-coach set, but in winter one push / pulled a five coach set. 103 never seemed as reliable as the other two and spent long periods out of use. The last time I saw one of them in passenger traffic was one evening I think in the early 1990s. Some time between 1990 and 94, as I was travelling on that line regularly then. I'm nearly sure it was 101, and it had three old Mk 2s in PP mode on an all stops Central - Portadown. I got out at Lambeg and off it went. I believe it broke down before it returned from Portadown, and it never ran again. 102 meantime went on, and actually received the darker blue NIR livery, surviving to become 8102 officially, although I'm not sure if it carried that number. It survived as the Adelaide yard shunter, sans nameplates, until about 2002. They were a bad buy. They were underpowered for the work they were called upon to perform, and became unreliable. My sources in the railway at the time took the view that with their genesis was in conversations in late UTA days, CIE's 141/181 classes were seen by those in the loco dept. as the best things to buy. With the 181s only having recently been delivered, it would have been a simple matter to get a few, and they would have been cheaper, with a very good proven reliability record. But there was political pressure to "buy British", so a reluctant NIR ended up having to pay somewhat more for an unproved design. Within a year or two, the loco dept. was saying "I told you so" to the management; and thus it was. Had they bought 141s, they might have taken four. And if that had been the case, interchangeability with CIE examples, as well as double-heading, would have been possible, so it is quite possible the NIR trio of 071s wouldn't have been ordered! Maroon 141, anyone?
  36. 1 point
    Ah, but there are two toilet rolls included! A bargain.....
  37. 1 point
    Wow, what's the opposite of opening a can of worms? Am I seem to have opened a treasure chest! Thank you all. As Patrick says, could easily spend a few weeks checking those aerial photos and it's not as if we don't have any spare time now that all social opportunities are off.
  38. 1 point
    Look forward to seeing it progress! Keep us posted.
  39. 1 point
    Getting back to the topic as raised by David ...... Mayner is right to point David at Mac's NCC Saga and JHB was on the button regarding the nature of Mac's work - you are told on the Title Page of the Saga - "Where the Enginemen were the Heroes and the Villain the Diesel Engine. Anyway, David, if you're tempted you can get a copy at a sensible price on ABE: see - https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=&tn=ncc+saga&kn=&isbn= in fact The Syndicate may have a copy - I'll PM you. The "Crackerjack" book mentioned by BSGSV above is an interesting volume as it looks at the NCC's timetables over three separate periods in its history. Finally, David, the line did see some hefty trains from time to time. In the 1930s, the celebrated Malcolm Speir used to run FIREWORKS trains to Portrush on mid week evenings - for about half a crown return - if there were too many takers, one of the specials ran over the Derry Central from Macfin to Cookstown Jct to free paths on the mainline. Clever guy, old Malcolm, for I believe he set up the fireworks displays in POrtrush, probably underwritten by the LMS, and then ran the trains there to see them. Talk about making your own luck!
  40. 1 point
    The book "From "The North Atlantic" to the "Crackerjacks" "gives timetable information and commentary on later NCC timetables, so there's informtion there on the Derry Central. In 1948 it is mentioned that the 2.20pm Portrush-Belfast went via the Derry Central, due to lack of paths on the main line - a train to avoid for those in the know.
  41. 1 point
    Made me laugh
  42. 1 point
    Latest news from CODIV China Their main problem now is shipping, they hope the locos will be produced soon but physically getting them to our lonely green shores is now a major problem Docks are full of essential product which will have priority. No air transport for the foreseeable future
  43. 1 point
    work still ongoing to barrow street
  44. 1 point
    Some work done today with repairs to the road surface on the LC itself and reballasting of new track that replaced a bad dip that caused derailments. 20200317_164638.mp4
  45. 1 point
    You hint at one of the classic traits of 30s-50s modelling, Mayner, which was operational interest more than copying the smallest details of the prototype. GP Keen, Jack Ray and Norman Eagles spring to mind.
  46. 1 point
    I wonder if his tool box exists !!
  47. 1 point
    Just back from a visit to the Casino. Very impressed with the whole setup. It is a wonderful museum honouring and displaying the incredible Fry collection. The museum exhibits are displayed and organised IMHO way better than the former at Malahide castle. The layout too is superb, perhaps less visual activity to entertain then the old castle layout which was a visual and audible assault on the senses. But from a railway modelling point of view absolutely stunning. Perhaps not as much movement to for general public but it was nice to see children run around the layout following the odd train espcially as they disappeared and reappeared. Bray head is stunning and one thing in particular caught my attention and that was the sublimely realistically modelled wave crests near the beach on Malahide section of the layout. Well one baseboard dave.
  48. 1 point
    When n gauge is done right it looks great and this layout is right. The scale of it looks impressive and it looks like a railway built for its environment as opposed to an environment built around the railway. Rich,
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    This is a great little bit of fillum of the line that gives a flavour of it , the railway action doesn't start till about 1min in btw... the staff uniform is very smart back then too!
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