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  1. 17 points
    Hi everyone, We thought it would be good to share some good news and optimism in these bleak times. We can confirm that our factories in China are back up and running and as you can see below, our Guinness keg wagons are currently being painted and assembled. In this first pic you can see the cages, chassis and kegs (which will be painted silver!) in various stages of assembly. Here are the kegs, undercoated before silver paint is applied (and upside down in this pic of course!) As many of you will have seen, we have a fully finished sample of the wagon which we displayed at the Dublin show in Blackrock last October. As the office is currently locked up, I cannot take a pic of it to show you all. However, we did get a part assembled sample before the show which I did snap and is below. Please note that a lot of detail is not present on this sample. Finally, prices and ordering. We are not taking pre-orders on these at all. They will only be available to buy once they are in stock in our warehouse. So, you dont have to pay down money in advance. We have also made more of these than the ferts and liners, so there should be more stock too in case you miss out, as Irish outilne seems to be growing in popularity. We are not fully sure when these will be in stock, but we are hoping late April. It will depend of course on the freight situation out of China. We will keep you informed of any changes and confirmation before then. There will be four packs of two wagons, with a price of €100 per pack. A rake bundle deal of €370 will also be available. The cages and kegs will also be available in a separate line side accessory pack. Details on this will be revealed later in the year. Cheers! Fran
  2. 7 points
    With the sudden amount of free time i have, i decided to spend it weathering the number of Dapol pocket wagons. Although having tried my hand at light weathering on my rake of resprayed mk3s i painted I wanted to go for a more varied and worn look. The results are as seen in the pictures. Thoughts, comments and suggests as always welcome.
  3. 5 points
    Website updated with some 121 info I understand there will be more info to follow on the sound chips shortly http://www.murphymodels.com/
  4. 5 points
    Today’s visit takes us to the the wild and lonely Tooban Junction for the Case of the Strange Signal; mind you, many of the Lough Swilly’s signals were odd one-offs..... ....and back to the Shelbourne Road tram depot, DUTC, Dublin.
  5. 5 points
    Up the glens..... Senior managed to poke his way through the weeds up as far Rathkenny on the Ballymena, Cushendall & Red Bay Railway about 1940 in the cab of a light engine which went off to find a wagon somewhere. The line was as good as closed but still saw an occasional goods working. He explored the rest by bicycle and Shanks’ Mare....
  6. 4 points
    I was doing guard this day, so the second two are Noel-esque shots, as the train approaches Tara..... I mean, Downpatrick North Junction. A family affair; Nephew-the-Elder was firing LPHC No. 3. I took the first two on an earlier date.
  7. 3 points
    Hi there, They sure do! Hi there, Yes, we want to move away from you guys paying up front, then waiting to get the models. This way you pay your money and get your model a couple of days later via mail order. It also reduces a lot of headaches from an admin point of view for us as it prevents pre-orders and on the shelf items being ordered together at the same time (you would not believe what a faff that is for us! Cheers! Fran
  8. 3 points
    Weathering on the bubbles was done by my son Alan who also built them a few years before the IRM models appeared. Dapol Prestwin chassis plus 3D printed bodies he designed. Weathering was mainly acrylics but with other materials added including tooth paste which developed an interesting greenish mould over the years. I tend to use oil based, water and acrylics paints applied at the same time as the 3 tend to separate out and create interesting patterns etc. A bit of progress on the embankment and Mart site yesterday.
  9. 2 points
    Deadly I once nearly came to make a model of Achill rail station just after it had opened to about 1915 so it could have engines like wolf dog and bat working togethor.I allso nearly came to model broadstone but that would have never happened as it would be 40 to 50 feet long in oo!
  10. 2 points
    Ironroad , that is a brilliant summary thank you . My weathered K is lined black and white, I think my heavy weathering deceives the eye? and I took a lot off before I was happy with it! Looking at the pictures again I realise that I have not fitted the snifting valves on the footplate or smokebox front , nor injectors and associated steampipes and I have tablet catchers, so lots to do yet! Pretty dumb as all the parts are sat in a drawer. Southeastern Finecast are a very helpful firm and will supply lots of the detail parts we need in whitemetal. I am just a very satisfied customer. Mick
  11. 2 points
    Although I didn't weather the inside of the wagons as they'll carry full length containers there will be a handful mixed in that will either be ran empty or with 20ft container or barrier that will have some weathering on the inside as they'll be seen. cheers Rich I used dry brushing and appalled layers. Copper colour first, Frame dirt next followed by roof dirt. I varyed between light to heavy depending on how used i wanted the wagons to look. Finally i brushed over each using the air brush with frame dirt.
  12. 2 points
    It will be 4 packs of two wagons, so 8 wagons in total. Cheers! Fran
  13. 2 points
    Fabulous, as usual. The fountains of knowledge on this forum continue to amaze and delight. When I saw the picture from the top deck of the horse tram, my initial thought was to wonder what on earth they had been feeding Dick on! Did a holiday to Sri Lanka some years ago and we went on an elephant safari - riding the back of, not shooting I hasten to add. We were given bunches of small bananas, gratefully received every few minutes by the trunk which wafted back over the elephant's head. Speaking of wafting, the similarly fueled beast ahead of us kept up a fairly continuous exhaust from its rear end throughout the adventure, while afterwards we had the chance to help in the 'car wash' too. Great memories.
  14. 2 points
    Found these..... The first few show the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in all weathers, year round. The last two show restoration work which is the less obvious, less glamorous but absolutely necessary work that also has to be done.
  15. 2 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.
  16. 1 point
    Hi Fran, while I can appreciate the issue from your point of view, I have been quite happy to pay on pre-ordering up front for fear of being left out in the cold in the rush when items do become available particularly if for any reason I'm otherwise distracted. Have you considered the concept of accepting advance orders without payment or even a commitment to pay as Hattons do. They simply send those who have expressed an interest an e-mail when items become available and you can proceed with the order or not at that point. I would have thought that some form of advance ordering would be useful to you in determining demand.
  17. 1 point
    I thought I should do something more 60s/70s tonight so I have decided to woden coach in orange like this The carrige is a daapol kit and was originally in green but is now going to be orangle like in the pic so I must first sand the paint down and look gor revell orange but finding that paint can wait tommorow. hope you all like. I am also thinking of exending my diorama of Inishlyre with my spare time. It may have a platform with shelter. The reason is so I can display small engines with 6 wheel coaches.If anyone has an idea of what I might do please feel free to coment as all coements are welcome.
  18. 1 point
    Track plans are hard enough to get....but yes, there's info about the various stations to such extent as I could get it. Thank you very much for your comments - very much appreciated.
  19. 1 point
    This is no advertising but it is one of the best books I have and can not wait to get rails through conamara and I hope it comes with track plans
  20. 1 point
    I could assist you with a copy of "Rails to Achill" but you've got it! "Rails Through Connemara" should be on the shelves before Christmas.
  21. 1 point
    Yes, I would just "weather" over the lining, after all, that's what happened the real thing. I was shown a picture of a UTA loco once - probably a Jeep - and I was told that it proved that SOME UTA jeeps had no lining. I insisted that all had, always; there wasn't a solitary exception, to no avail. Later, I found another pic of the same loco, the same year, with lining discernible, albeit on an absolutely FILTHY loco! Occasionally, lining just isn't visible on a dirty locomotive - but it's there! Yes, the 08 you mention was indeed the one - I think there was an article about it in one of the "comics" - excellent job.
  22. 1 point
    I'm going to post one or two a day for a while. I'm thinking of putting together a talk for the IRRS based on them...... he got to some interesting places, like Burtonport, Rathkenny, Macroom, Killaloe (I think, as a small child), Castlecomer, Keady, Killeshandra, Edenderry, Banagher, Castlegregory, Courtmacsherry... but he didn't always have his camera and when young he only had a little cheap one, like the Cavan train above. The day he took that he was out cycling with his friends. It's a wonder he had a camera at all. On a two-day trip Kingsbridge - Mallow (on the footplate of a 400), to Tralee, to Castlegregory and back, overnight in "Benner's Hotel, Tralee" (B & B & dinner 5 shillings), next day to Dingle and back, and then back to Dublin - he took but four photos. Three at Castlegregory and one at Castlegregory Junction! He went another day to Galway and back (via Loughrea). He took one pic, at Loughrea, but watched the Clifden train leaving within its last weeks, so that was 1934, which means he was 16....... He went another day from Amiens St. - Goraghwood - Warrenpoint - Newcastle (WP - NC by cycle!!), and then on the footplate to Belfast on the BCDR. No photographs. He went to Macroom and back twice; once in the van of a cattle special and once on the footplate of an engineer's special just before it closed. No photos.......... He lived 5 mins walk from the Harcourt St line and travelled to school on it from 1923 to 1930 - not one photo! But I do have a good lot of stuff he DID take.
  23. 1 point
    Can not wait. It look really well up close.
  24. 1 point
    We’re back to about 1936 for the next one, the morning Broadstone - Cavan train. It’s waaay out in rural wild remote culchie-land in a far off place like Blanchardstown or somewhere else “out there.....” This seems to be the only pic taken by Snr. of a Cavan train. And the day he went to Broadstone to witness the last trains leaving and coming in, he didn’t have his camera.....!
  25. 1 point
    Very well done, Dempsey, very realistic. What sort of paint?
  26. 1 point
    That's a very good job and on the containers also. Old saying but true is to always weather what you see and not what you think it should look like. You seem to have followed the first part. I like it. Rich,
  27. 1 point
    Any reason for the change in pre order policy?
  28. 1 point
    Wasn't aware of Alan Gee's! Superb. There was indeed a ghost on the Carndonagh branch; the same identical one to be found at a crossing somewhere between Donegal and Killybegs. In each case, just after the line closed and the track was lifted, the gatekeeper heard a whistle for the gates. He went out without thinking to open the gates, then realised there was no track and no train. And, of course, his wife heard the engine whistle too.... In the Donegal version, he sees the train pass, closes the gates and ambles back into his cottage, then tells the wife "that's the 6:35 through...." She says "what are you talking about? The railway's gone!".
  29. 1 point
    excellent model, do the keg cages clip on and off the wagon?
  30. 1 point
    The Midland had a standard station colour scheme. Exteriors were red - apparently a cherry red. I’ve seen a sample and it looks about right for that. Larger areas (lighter) colours on the likes of signal cabins or other wooden buildings or sheds were a sort of creamy light beige or stone colour. On a layout, slightly weathered light cream or off-white is probably best. Station fencing was this colour too, or possibly white. Interiors were mostly a light mid-brown (Lower) and cream (upper).
  31. 1 point
    How many come in the rake bundle deal?
  32. 1 point
    Alan Gee’s ‘Burtonport’?
  33. 1 point
    JHB Interesting pic of Tooban - pretty remarkable for an impecunious narrow gauge affair. Looking at those signals, it's as well the Swilly didn't run too many trains at night (mad thoughts of the 11pm Derry to Burtonport Sleeping Car Express?).
  34. 1 point
    Now that's a proper junction!
  35. 1 point
    Thanks Paddy. Then I understand your motivation. Yes, the IR sensor needs some driver transistors. I am planning sensors for my layout and looking at different options, including track current detection. For IR sensors I look at kits that provide the drivers so just need to plug them in just like your reed relays. I am a member of MERG and get good and cheap kits that way. The Arduino community has a lot of simple sensors that are easy to plug in to an Arduino (as you mentioned yourself) or other solutions. You can get these quite cheaply too. And while I am at it, I did have some problems with the IR sensors. Simple IR sensors are affected by the ambient light in the room. When it is dark you need to turn up the sensitivity and in bright rooms you need to adjust it again. Some kits have an IR LED and the sensor gets the reflection from the under side of locos and wagons. No problem with ambient light but a lot I discovered that a lot of rolling materials use some plastic that does not reflect IR light. I am now looking at a new technique where you have only an IR sensor in the track bed and then another IR sensor somewhere else that only measures the ambient light. Then you compare the result of these two sensors. Sounds promising but not finished yet. Also interesting to see the characteristics of the reed switch and its double pulse. Shouldn't be a problem for you as you use latching relays.
  36. 1 point
    Would have been double-tracked at that time, too... Here's the track layout from around the time @Midland Man is aiming for: https://bit.ly/2QJNJB1
  37. 1 point
    It was much the same as it is now, and if it's in Midland days it'll look very colourful, as they painted their stations red and cream......
  38. 1 point
    You have an interesting mix of weathering on your cement bubbles. Have you described how you did this elsewhere and if not could you give a description.
  39. 1 point
    More work on the Breden coach here on side of it has been repainted first in grey and second in green( the reason it is painted in grey is so the green sticks 10 times better and I have no primer) As you can sea some parts around window are uneven and will be sanded down.I have also noticed that the flying snail on the green H van is on the wrong way so it must be fixed Going back to the coach the roof will be the original paint job that I first did it as it came out pritty good. Hope you all like.
  40. 1 point
    No logos were ever on locomotives, as such, only on SOME tenders. (Thus, no tank engines ever had "flying snails"). The official liveries were grey, with "flying snail" on tender, lined green with same, or (last few years, and a few engines only), black with snail. The snail was always "eau-de-nil" light green, lined gold. If you mean the CIE "broken wheel" logo, no, no steam engines ever got that. However, many tenders in all three colours were also to be seen with no logo or any markings of any kind. However........... very often, tenders were repainted without a "flying snail". The last two steam engines to be actually newly repainted (in grey) were in 1962, just as the "broken wheel" was being invented, but thay had nothing on their tenders. In the grey livery in the '50s, I would hazard a rough guess that maybe a quarter of locos had no flying snail on them at all, whereas with the green livery, just an occasional tender had no snail. I have seen at least two photographs of green tenders that appear to have no lining, though that could be dirt. There was never any livery variant with anything brown, nor red lining on a green background. Grey, green and black did run together but only 1956-62. Prior to that, grey and green only. It is also worth pointing out that according to Bob Clements, "overall, only a few engines were repainted black". Many classes, thus, did not have any black examples; indeed, most of them. Your summary is much more concise than my efforts!
  41. 1 point
    Easons were a well known company who had a large number of kiosks on railway stations including one at Stranorlar, this looks like the kiosk. They were basically newsagents selling papers and magazines as can be seen from the titles on the invoice and I doubt that they sold railway books as such but probably had a selection of tourist oriented guides etc. Ernie
  42. 1 point
    Hi, jhb171achill, that was my enquiry and the thread was “Bachmann Irish Train Set” in the “For Sale or Wanted Forum”. As I think I commented in my last post in that thread we were getting out on a tangent but there is a link to instructions in that thread on converting the Bachmann N class loco to DCC that I think you were interested in. Here it is again http://www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/bachmannndccinstr.htm Many many thanks for taking the trouble to investigate further the question of the liveries carried by the Irish K1 & K1a class Woolwich Moguls. The reason for my question was to establish the authenticity of the liveries produced by Bachmann for Murphy Models and whether there were others that I might indulge in. So taking the data in table you’ve presented together with what has been said previously we can probably sum up as follows; Originally all went into service in Grey and in some cases that Gray survived to at least 1956. From about 1947 CIE started painting them Green, as produced by Bachmann/MM and maybe retained this to the end of their days but this is not certain. Some may reverted to Grey or even Black. From 1956 some were painted black (presumably those with original grey livery that had not been painted green). The Bachmann/MM model of no. 383 in flat black is therefore probably correct In the late 50’s one, was painted a gloss black with red lining and used on the Cork to Rosslare service. The Bachmann/MM model of this is numbered 388 but an earlier post noted this as being no. 384. Beyond this Mike84c posted a picture of his weathered version of this model which was originally featured in a forum (A weathered Woolwich and a couple of vans) back in 2015. This appears to be in a green livery with red lining and to quote Mile 84c from June 2015;- I did base the loco on a couple of pictures in Irish Railways in colour 1947-1970 No 378 features twice but I think the dirty patches look black &light grey on the boiler&cab with brown below the running plate. A pal thinks its brown! colour is in the eye of the beholder!!! So is this a variant of the green livery? All in all from a modeling perspective there is probably sufficient license to run Grey, Green and Black together. Other points of interest established in these threads: Originally these locomotives had a flat smoke box door and over time these were replaced with the GSR dished style door some with and some without a wheel handle. It is unlikely that any of the original flat doors survived into the 1950’s. The smokebox door on the Bachmann/MM model is the flat type and those of us who are more particular may want to replace it. In the earlier forum minister_for_hardship posted the following pictures of all three door variations and one of these shows no 383 with a dished door and wheel. For those interested in making modifications Mike 84c provided the following information. Narrow Planet do the GSW cast number plates, I have used several and they are very good. Check the website. Southeastern Finecast will sell a white metal cast Wainwright pattern dished smoke box door and I think Andrew at 51L has etchings for the circular GCR/LNW pattern smoke box door handles. The Bachmann/MM model represents the K1 rather than the K1a given the K1a had larger driving wheels. KI driving wheels were 5’6”, K1a driving wheels were 6’1”. KI’s were numbered 372-391 and Kia’s were numbered 393-398. The number 392 was not assigned. The first one was built by the MGWR and was assigned number 375 by the GSR; this locomotive was involved in the fatal crash in Cahir in 1955. One thing I’ve noticed from photographs is that unlike the British N class the Irish K1 class does not appear to have steps to the footplate fitted at the front (behind the buffer beam). These were not fitted to the model as presumably they may present a problem on tight curves but were included in the accessory pack. This posting is in part an attempt to summarise some information on this website that is pertinent to these locos but is by no means comprehensive. There is a mine of information on all manner of Irish Railway stuff buried in this website, is anyone brave enough to collate it? As Mike 84c observed; Mind you finding the info again in the dim and distant future can be a challenge!
  43. 1 point
    Out of idle curiosity I did a similar search regarding the 400 class (plus 502!), and while this is a very small sample, it seems to follow the above pattern. In order of years.... 1948 502 green 1954 409 very dirty grey, but running with a green tender off some other loco (NOT without precedent; I've seen evidence of this elsewhere). 1954 402 grey, also later in 1960. 1955 406 green, but absolutely filthy. 1958 407 grey. 1960 402 grey. 1960 401 either very dirty grey or black. I saw a colour slide some years ago showing two of the species at Inchicore. One was either extremely dirty grey or black. The other was barely discernible green; not just filthy, but badly faded. Now, here's an interesting thing. I had always assumed that engines painted green after 1947 more or less all kept this. But there is clear evidence that many reverted to grey; it is possible that some of the classes mentioned were never green at all. Despite the advance of dieselisation after the AEC cars were introduced, and especially after the A, B101 and C class diesels appeared, and the resultant fact that more and more steam engines were cosmetically very much neglected, repaints were taking place through the 1950s, even as late (in Cork) as 1962, within the closing months of steam. No. 802 "Macha" was twice repainted in the early 1950s - first into an experimental lighter green (the details of which have not survived) and then back again to normal CIE green. But as can be seen from the last 2 posts, some large engines, noted green in the late 1940s or early 50s, went back to being green or, after 1956, black in a few cases. Such is how I am occupying my enforced confinement. Tomorrow I'll do a bit about the liveries of dining car tea bags.......!
  44. 1 point
    As opposed to a trunk route. To keep vaguely on topic, the bridge that crossed the Bann near Macfin can still be glimpsed in the depths of the river on clear days, according to friends who farm adjacent land. I think part or all of the girder structure was simply dropped in the Bann when the line was lifted !! On a similarly riparian topic, one of my favourite sights on the trip to grandparents in Leitrim was the blown up SLNC border bridge at Blacklion. Probably the most substantial piece of SLNC engineering infra left for us to see! Pics courtesy Facebook , Canoe NI and Thomson Reuters.
  45. 1 point
    Indeed there was. Shannonvale Mill in Clonakilty..... http://homepage.eircom.net/~decmac/images/millhorse.jpg
  46. 1 point
    Stranorlar, 1947. I believe that this was mt father’s “chariot” when he did a track inspection of the Glenties branch. Sadly, the report was unforgiving about the state of the track and the recommendation could only be “rebuild from ballast up or close without delay”. The CDRJC had no money to relay the track so it closed. The second picture was taken from the top deck of the Fintona tram as it was towed away from Fintona station for the last time ever. It would be towed to Omagh, from where it was later towed to Belfast. Senior took this pic through the smoke of a GNR 4.4.0...... October 1957.
  47. 1 point
    Just cut the grass for the 3rd time this week It looks exactly the same as it did on Friday! Sent a complaint to Batchelors, some of their tins had only 842 beans where as most had 850 plus Will be doing the packets of rice later this afternoon, I will keep yez posted.
  48. 1 point
    Today, we’re off to 1956, and heavy rain has resulted in an embankment being washed away near Castlecaldwell on the Bundoran branch.
  49. 1 point
    Gauge 1 Noel, think you would need to double your size for the shunting layout Heres an O Gauge A that he made last year
  50. 1 point
    Gauge 1 project starting I hope to keep you posted!
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