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    Fifty years ago to the day, today, NIR operated the last ever steam train in service with a company-owned locomotive in Ireland. I was there to see it. Over thirty years earlier, also on the NCC, Senior spotted a gleaming maroon just-out-of-the-paint shop U2 hurrying itself along. Location unknown, but would appear to be either between Belfast and Whitehead, or more likely Belfast - Ballymena, as I think his earliest spin on the NCC was on the main line. I
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    Hi all last night I do some scratch building and I have to say it's quite fun even if you make a mess. I built just a small little shed and put it on a little diorama. I now know what to improve on. 1. Coners are quite hard and need to be perfect 2. Doing strate lines is quite easy only I have to take my time. 3. Finish probally the hardest part for me but the most important. Good finish good model. I will leave with some pics. Not there is no roof but I am waiting for good materials to build it. I will get better pics soon. One thing I do like about this is the wethering on the road. Hope you all like. MM
  5. 6 points
    Same day, but taken at Limerick. Cosmetically she was looking rough and badly in need of some work. But the engine sounded fantastic all day.
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    I got plenty done this evening, after working from home all day. After I tested the points ( i had to try to off-set one as it was too near the edge - it is working for now) and general running, i was happy to proceed with adding the back scene and sides. I will make an overall cover eventually i think. I then made my first cassette for my simple fiddle yard. Also, as I'm recycling things , I am sorting out a nice Faller cement works kit, adjusted a little to fit. I also made another building from a coke can, some old sprue and the sheets of ties from cheap sandwich bags to make a corrugated building. It's a false entrance- trains wont be able to go through. That's about it for now tomorrow I'm going to work on finishing the buildings I think.
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    I think I'll file these under miscellaneous.
  9. 3 points
    A rather sad Gauge O Live Steam Bing Loco came to the workshop for repair & restoration. It took a bang below the steam dome and some attempt was made to solder it up but to no avail, initially the client just wanted it repaired and asked could the paintwork be touched up! After consideration and the fact it has sentimental value, belonging to his farther and as a boy (client) he watched his Dad run it in the garden which gave both great joy- repair and repaint it! The loco will not be fired again when restored, it will be put in a case for display..... Not a level surface, all distorted n burnt, with a bang in the smokebox door. Chassis front mounting screw sheared. Burner in. Burner out. The burner. Inspection over the loco was stripped down. All the bits ready for cleaning up. After cleaning the dome was tackled first by removing that blob of solder to reveal a ding n crack- the ding in the boiler and the crack in the dome base. After cleaning off the solder blob I put on new solder, I used a piece of copper wire to fill the gap as the solder will not do that. Ready for a clean up- the remainder of the filling will be done at painting stage. Then a brass blank nut was turned on the lathe to be soldered into the boiler to replace the missing one. Jigged up for soldering the nut in, fingers crossed it doesn't fall in!! Done. Then a bit of horsing with sticks, bars, small hammer and appropriate shaped things to straighten the body up, once back close to shape all was clamped and soldered up. Worked out OK, a bit of cleaning up the solder after a blast.... .......blasted. Cleaned up and set up to start painting. Etch primed. A very light coat of etch primer was used so that one can see the metal underneath. Des in Studio Scale Models printed the decals from my artwork, he can now print gold! That's all for now..... Eoin
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    You could use bargeboards to disguise any small discrepancies between the walls and the roof? Best regards, Mark
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    No, the 1889 Percival/Burke indoor electric railway, Christian Bros Exhibition, Corn Exchange, Cork. A Curtis electric motor from this should be still up in the North Mon, it was used afterwards for classroom demonstrations and, used at least once, to provide storm sound effects in a weeks run of The Tempest at the Opera House.
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    When NIR GM 112 was on loan to Irish Rail, not only were the marker lights changed to the later LED type as used on IR, but three of her cab windows were replaced with ones presumably salvaged from withdrawn IR Baby GMs. The replacement frames were not repainted in NIR blue for a long time after, and the loco ran with tippex liveried window frames for quite a while. With true Paddy Murphy accuracy, his model of 112 has the modified marker lights, and, the tippex liveried cab window frames.
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    Love the orange livery door salvaged off another loco in the old livery. That would be fun to model. That's a useful photo too for weathering guidance.
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    A small bit of progress made. Some underlay laid to be followed by track tomorrow and hopefully some power.
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    A small but frustrating model is done. The humble platform barrow. This one consisted of some 17 separate parts. It has collapsed on numerous occasions during the build but seems to be holding up now....all part of my quest to replicate the platform as seen at Dromahair, a typical 50s SLNC station....
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    Although this is on my website, I thought a few photos would help? I have produced the van to allow the buyers of the up-coming 00 Works J15 to have a complete goods train to pull behind it. These little vans were built around 1890, but survived to be pulled by the earliest diesels on some branch lines in the late 1950s, early 1960s. For example the C Class, or even the tiny G Class, versions of both of which are available RTR. The GSWR history suggests a BLACK livery, so this one's in a fairly dark grey. In CIE days, it could have looked like the version above, with the original lettering roughly painted out, but more likely it would have been like this - I'm still waiting for the final transfer sheet, but thought I'd give you an idea of how you can finish yours. I probably prefer it in a lighter grey, as it shows up the detail a bit better? Talking of detail, Michael Rayner, my brilliant modeller has really done his stuff with this one: There's even a brake wheel for your miniature guard to turn (actually, there's two, as there's one at each end). Note, too, the GS&WR's adherence to Helf 'n Safety in the form of those simple bars to stop said guard falling overboard! I have a decent stock of the new kit for Raheny at an exhibition price of €35 (it will be €39 by post to Euroland, a bit less to UK), but if you want to reserve one, e-mail me send me a PM, or e-mail me at lesliemcallister@aol.com Phew, I can retire now - I've produced kits of both a GNR(I) and a CIE Goods train (well, someone else has done the locos!) Leslie
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    The evening liner train pulled by 071 exits the Port of Fingal on route to the west of Ireland. Vehicular traffic halts at the ports level crossing awaiting for it to pass..
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    Scale wise, are they 2 mtrs apart?
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    Actually come to think of it, there were electric Siemens locos used at Ardnacrusha.
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    No, the coach behind the loco is not a 'Larne Steeler'. The Larne Steelers were steel, flush sided coaches, the one in the picture is a wood panelled coach, probably one of the 1924 or 1935 built batches. If the 30 years quoted by JHB is correct, then this would date the picture as 1940 or before, which means that the coach could not be 238 or 241, as they did not arrive on the NCC until 1941 as replacements for stock destroyed in the Blitz of that year.
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    Yes they look similar to coaches 238 and 241 preserved by the RPSI. 50 years since the end of the spoil trains today even though one book said May 3rd!
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    As usual, your attention to detail is top notch. Maybe a little frustrating to build, but that scene proves it was well worth the effort.
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    One MM NIR 112 with IR tippex livery window frames. .
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    Askin for a friend Is this a Cat Scan or a Copy Cat?
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    Forgot one dmu
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    DMU friday on barrow street
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    Lovely engine @murrayec yo are saving from probally ending up in the bin. Pity it will never run again as it has such charm. I wonder here you can get them as is looks so cute. Can not wait to sea more. MM
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    Great work! Keep the photos coming, please. How about corrugated iron for the roof? With kind regards, Mark
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    There was a considerable railway constructed from Killaloe all the way to Ardnacrusha down the 10km head race canal and on down to limerick. It was removed after the 5 year construction project was completed on time and on budget. Germans don't you know. There was a broad gauge railway line from Limerick to the face of the dam until about 40 years ago. There are photos of a pax special B&T stock at the dam.
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    Well done guys. Glad it wasn't a scam. @WRENNEIRE will be wondering if your going to open a model store with that hoard.
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    Actually, you're right - I see that now!
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    Yes (and the C & L, a century ahead of their time, painted at least a couple of open wagons YELLOW for ballast trains!), the beige colour would have been current in 1900-05. Certainly after 1925, but possible as early as the mid 1910s, they became standard grey with white lettering. It would seem that they had black lettering when beige; I do not know whether the chassis was the same beige, or black. It was usual, as well known, for Irish companies to paint wagon chassis the same as the body colour, but there some exceptions. As for the lettering, I cannot be sure, but it is possible they only had the normal "M G W (number)". Most old photos of most maintenance vehicles I've ever seen tend to have "P W DEPT." rather than "Engineering" - and in a model I'd be more inclined to go for that - or, even, only use "M G W" and a number, pending anything more specific turning up. Sorry that's the best that I can do! I assume a ballast plough would be the same beige, or possibly the brown that some vans were then. It would not be green. I will have a poke about tonight and see if I can find anything else.
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    Correct - the pic was some time in the mid 30s - after 1940, any "shiny" engines would have been in the unlined black livery too. I would certainly think it's one of the 1924 stock. Hard to make out 100% though. I noticed a white patch on the smokebox door - anyone have any ideas as to what that might be? I don't. That would be a typo - very definitely 2nd!
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    That's amazing stuff there.
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    Here’s another one of those β€œon a whim” projects that every modeller is guilty of... I have an old Hornby HST which I re-motored a few years ago. It ran well but I was never completely happy with it. I wanted to find a replacement chassis that I could perhaps shoehorn into the body. I had a Bachmann class 25 chassis which happened to have the correct wheel spacing on the bogies but was too short. I ended up cutting and lengthening the metal frame and fitting it to the original plastic under frame on the HST. I then fixed the side plates from the original bogies to the Bachmann ones. I also had to lengthen the front drive shaft with styrene tube. It runs smoothly but is a little noisy, but since I’ll eventually install a sound decoder I don’t think it matters too much! First pic is the original chassis and motor bogies. Second pic shows the Bachmann chassis and bogies fitted into the original body with the bogie side frames also fitted. Last pic is the finished loco next to the dummy car from the same set.
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    Are those suburban carriages the ones known as 'Larne steelers'?
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    The powers can was on the Breatland track layer and would have never been on branch lines.
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    What a sight that must have been!! Looks like the number 80, was that a U2 number?
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    Glad I'm not alone in finding things like this a pain! Certainly looks the part though - especially the dark green paint job, while the bare wood boards look just right too.
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    Sharp, clean work - looking forward to seeing things develop!
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    This layout amazes me. I used to work very near there, about 25 years ago, remember cycling those very streets . It is like a time machine for me. Thank you. This layout amazes me. I used to work very near there, about 25 years ago, remember cycling those very streets . It is like a time machine for me. Thank you. This layout amazes me. I used to work very near there, about 25 years ago, remember cycling those very streets . It is like a time machine for me. Thank you.
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    I was fortunate as this loco was the last item I purchased from Graham's Model Railway Shop in Portlaoise just before they closed some years ago, a loss to the hobby. I managed to get one of the grey 7078's at the same time. It was a strange livery almost harking back to the 1950s. 7078 about to depart hauling the Brandenburg division express
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    Might be this..? If so, then it's a Colm O'Callaghan picture from June 14th, 1996 - https://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/3745/from-our-archive-master-of-mixed-traffic-forty-years-of-irelands-big-gms/
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    Capt Bligh was also the man that stopped the Dublin chaps from building Dun Laoghaire harbour in Dalkey Sound- between the land and the Island they were going to build a wall across the sound on the Southern end so that ships could find a safe haven if they could not sail up the Liffey! Bligh pointed out the dangers of trying to sail into this design- massive rock coastal features and the Mugglands- a collection of rocks outside of the Island was a recipe for disaster! He proposed the location for the harbour where they eventually built it. He also addressed the Liffey silting up problem which could close the harbour use for months- first designing the diving bell which one can see today on the South quayside painted red, a mad contraption they floated out into the river, sank it, and then men went down into it to remove the silt. Needless to say they all got very sic and some died! He eventually came up with the Bull Walls idea- two walls extended out on both sides of the river into the bay to stop the bay sand being washed around the bay and silting up the river. He designed the structure of the walls to be movable on the sand as there was no rock to place a solid foundation. The structure was Oak blanks crossed over each other with a cannon ball housed in the crossover to allow flexibility, the structure was then filled in-between with hardcore to create the wall. Only the South wall was built like this, he left Dublin before the North wall was started, this wall was just constructed in rock dropped on the seabed and not as per Bligh's design. That wall is the reason North Bull Island exists, it's where all the sand swirling around the bay ended up after the North Wall was built.... Eoin
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    I received a few packages in the post on Wednesday! Very happy bunny. The 141 is not in my favourite IE livery, but A 141 is better than NO 141! DJD Senior was at the Blackrock Show a week or two ago and will next month be sending another EGV to me along with a few Cravens, to augment the collection.
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    Ths lockdown has allowed me to reset up in the attic.. the IE 22000 DMU that arrived under the Christmas tree got its first run out this evening.. its a very smooth runner The layout is all intact after protracted storage and just in need of abit of TLC and the scenery & buildings reinstalled 20200422_181318_001.mp4
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    Nice on DJ, Just down the road!!
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    I even managed to give 165 a little run tonight:
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    A third tale from my late friend, Billy, who joined the GSWR about 1917 and retired in the mid 1960s. He lived to be 103, dying just a few years ago. This concerns overnight turns at Limerick Junction, where there was a locomen's dorm - the remains of which are bricked up and still visible as a lean-to at the back of the loco shed there. "I had empty wagons for a fair down towards Tipperary or Cahir, and I had to take them to the junction. We didn't get there till late, and I had a goods the following morning, so we (note: he plus driver; Billy was still a fireman then, so it's 1920s) stayed over in the dorm. Now it was haunted. There was a man in Cork, his name was Harry, like Harry Potter! He was a very nervous man. If he was running late he would never try to make up time - just plodded along and held up every other train on the railway. He was due in too. Well, myself and Ned (note; his driver) were in this room, and there were three beds. Ned knew the ropes, so he says to me "just do what I do and we'll have a bit of fun". He told me there was a ghost but not to worry. I wasn't worried because when I joined in Tuam in 1918 they tried to scare me with ghost stories, moving my bucket of oily rags about and all that, but I had found out! Well, we bedded down. There were hard wooden planks as a floor. We left the middle bed alone and took the ones next the walls. After a while yer man Harry comes tiptoeing in, thinking we're asleep. He had a candle. We heard him sit down on the bed as quietly as he could. He thought we were asleep. Ned starts snoring. I knew Ned was awake, so I made a snoring noise too. Next thing yer man blows out his candle and we hear the bed springs going as he gets into bed. Next thing I hear footsteps in the pitch black. I know it's Ned, leaning over his bed and moving his boots on the floor. Yer man Harry, well he sits up like a bolt and he says "Lads!! Did yez hear that!" "What?" says Ned, "hear what?" "NOISES!" sez yer man. "Noises, like feet marching!" "There's no noises, ye eejit" said Ned, "you woke me up! Go back to sleep!" Five minutes later I did the same thing. I reached under my bed. It's pitch dark, so nobody could see anything. I made my boot make noises like its walking. This time, Harry's up again "Lads! Lads! Ye must have heard that! There's FOOTSTEPS! I heard it! Ned says to him "Will you ever shut up and go to sleep! There's no noises! You're IMAGINING IT!! I didn't hear anything!" Harry gets up, drags the blanket with him, and goes off, running across the track, and there was a hard frost that night, and across the tracks to the Ladies Waiting Room, where there's still the embers of a fire. He slept on the floor. I heard that when he got back to Cork, he went to his foreman, pins him to the wall and says "if you EVER send me to the Junction overnight again, I'm resigning there and then!!!" In those days, there wasn't much work, so nobody said that lightly. But I don't remember meeting him again..........."
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