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  1. Some action from Bog Road. 20201011_190857.mp4
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  2. MV chassis pics Side view - noticed bogie frames not same height - will have to correct ! top down Hornby 25 weights, IIRC replica cab units 80 and 60 thou plasticard. vero board to link bogies - It would be possible to mess with black bettle and arrange use of a rtr PCB board to support lights etc. being a dino this might happen in the 22nd century ! Mk1 Bachmann coach with pickups and SF sideframes, coupler mount for Kaydee 5s- plan anyway. Black bettle as power base , Just see Eion`s cast weight. lovely job and adds weight low down. Finish off with matt black and a dust
    5 points
  3. CIE public timetable booklets of the time were full of ads for Afton cigarettes.
    3 points
  4. New into Conyngham Rd Garage in February 1976 was Van Hool McArdle D798 (798 BIK). Handpainted here in CIE Tan Livery on Route 78A - Hospital Gate (Cherry Orchard).
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  5. Yes, very much so. In West Cork it would be a "Bandon Tank". Naturally, in early diesel days a cattle special would most likely be an "A" class. I was told a story once - might have been Bob Clements but I've forgotten - of a special to Ballinasloe from somewhere down the GSWR branch - Portarlington maybe, or Port Laoise direction. Athlone was to supply loco and crew. This is in the early 1940s, and with the Achill branch closed, a couple of the light 4.4.0 "Achill Bogies" (D16) had been transferred in there. Anyway, Athlone had nothing but a hapless D16 for this job. It could b
    3 points
  6. Robert, you have about summed the DCC quagmire up, two wires plug and play . Hmm green boxes have moved on Sulzer needs a wash of 60's dare I say filth? and am waiting for some Shell BP transfers for a 11t Planet. ??? sounded it up for me, bit of a how much moment!!, but it is good when it changes gear up and down with a clunk! Mic
    3 points
  7. Fantastic! I have new expectations for IRM's 800 Class
    3 points
  8. Locos were single manned, but a "snatcher man" travelled on the loco to exchange the electric train staff (ETS) on single track lines equipped with mechanical staff apparatus when the trains ran through crossing places without stopping mainly passenger and goods trains Dublin Galway line west of Clonsilla, the Rosslare Express both Rosslare-Mallow and Rosslare-Limerick and for a short lived express on the Dublin-Waterford line in the early 70s. CIE would not allow a fireman to travel on the loco when diesels were initially introduced, which may be on of the reasons for using heating vans
    3 points
  9. Not a lot to report at this stage, it will probably be mid-late November before the review samples are ready and will be in a position to make an announcement on pricing and availability. The photos are of 3D prints of the current version of the model with wheels and brake shoes set to OO gauge. The graphics are preliminary, I haven't got the correct running number font.
    3 points
  10. Smoking wasn’t merely accepted or tolerated then: hard as it is to believe, it was seen as a healthy additive to one’s existence. 1930s and 40s newspaper ads trumpeted the health benefits of smoking and brands vied to be ‘the doctors’ choice’. ....
    2 points
  11. New to CIE Donnybrook Garage in December 1975, D757 (757 BIK) Van Hool McArdle AN68 Atlantean is Modelled here on Route 7A - Sallynoggin
    2 points
  12. 0-6-0 tender locos mostly. J18/19 or ‘Cattle engine’ on the MGW, J15 anywhere else really I think.
    2 points
  13. Understand. Think of the loco as a VHS player, the chip is just whatever movie you want to play in it (ie choice of sound and driving characteristics). Personally I think current DCC is technically totally antiquated, there have been incremental improvements but is still not that much different from Hornby's Zero 1 in the late 1970s. DCC is 1970s electronics that has had all manner of clever gubbins taped onto it. But in this day and age things like the need for a programming track, loco addresses, CVs are a bit like asking a modern web developer to design a new web site for a business using
    2 points
  14. The fitted North Wall-Connolly fuel train used a brakevan until it ended in 2000s, I think it was down to the reverse move at East Wall Junction.
    2 points
  15. The 5 is a trail ok on coaches but having seen DCC have Symbola mounts Might try as they have less to interfere with bogie and offer a NEM mount so can experiment with 18 - 20 couplers. DCC seems a veritable minefield, the new 121 comes with a bespoke chip for sound etc yet yards of thread explaining issues and solutions quite enough to put me off. I have done the pop the lid and fit chips for others but left the fiddly bits to others, like you I have a man that does at work so if ever tempted (often) for sound fun I know where to go. It does seem that a chip needs fine tuning to user DCC
    2 points
  16. Looks like a nice installation there Whizz, I filed the holes out in the bogie side frames. Not sure it was worth the effort when all is painted black and then weathered to 60's filth style. I must become competent at fitting decoders, maybe its my next lockdown challenge! But I have a man near me who is so good at it! Fitting Kaydee no5's on locos and rolling stock I find a bit of a problem 'cos the standard no5 mounting arm is not long enough to put the coupler head in line with the buffer faces. I have quite a few packs of std no5's. hey ho!
    2 points
  17. I couldn't recommend them more Jason - The MM 121's are the business. Once you get them out of the box ( the most dangerous part!) - they just run and run.............even over this ancient warping Jouef track thats been sitting in dust in an attic for the guts of 30 years and probably never seen a track cleaner...........no bother to them.
    2 points
  18. Just the same a little dalliance* is permissible, as I think I've said before variety is the spice of life. *(I mean modelling nothing else)
    2 points
  19. Had fun running this pair of 121s today in consist as a double header, both with sound operating. F24 prevents the lights being on at the ends where the two locos are coupled together. Will have a go at weathering B135 in the next week or so. Just love these new Murphy Model 121s. Sublime little beauties. Will have to put a driver in the cab of B135 when weathering it.
    2 points
  20. I just completed the assembly of the prototype build and everything fitted together thanks to the good work of our designer Ben on his first model railway project. The assembly was a bit of a rush job to make sure that everything fits, I haven't fitted grab irons or couplings (Bachmann tension lock in NEM pocket mount). Chassis is designed for OO or 21mm gauge It was touch and go on whether our printers Clone 3D https://www.clone3d.co.nz/ could get the prototype SLA prints for the model out this week under the Covid restrictions, but did a very good job considering the number o
    1 point
  21. Hi Lads, Just seen this on utube, Absolutely amazing Model, the Features on this a nuts, Reserving Gear works, chimney cap rotates, Tender flap opens, smoke out of Safety and whistle and cylinders Any one know any thing about it I imagine it is a condenser on the back? Let down by a crappy chuff sound though. Anyone know any history of this loco, I've had a look on the net and cannie find anything. heading off to do the lotto now I think.
    1 point
  22. A model of that someday and I'd be all over it.
    1 point
  23. Of the wooden-planked variety, probably mid or late 1970s. However, it's your layout!
    1 point
  24. For the Class 57 fans: MAQ03665.MP4 In my first post on this thread, I suggested that the Heathrow Express sets were going into store, but it looks more likely that they get swapped out every so often, as I found the following movement. The Heathrow Class 387 in Wehrmacht Winter War camouflage - well it looks like that or Kreigsmarine dazzle paint - was being moved from Oxford to Reading Traincare depot and return, as you can see in the second video (both complete with IET leads-in. The loco is 57.310 on this occasion. 5 October 2020. MAQ03672.MP4
    1 point
  25. Just a couple of things I have been doing during lock down. My god the camera is cruel! I hesitated before posting! They both look better in the flesh! Honest! Can I blame the camera phone?
    1 point
  26. Noel . Indeed but the pages afterwards make it look so complex for some one who does not even have or want a mobile phone and for the last 50 years has had models with two wire dc. TBH I am sure the 121 is the pinnacle of DCC made easy given how easy to install but on here ( a bit) and on mainstream Rm Web a lot of column inches on chip angst of many other models and chip choice and operation , but guess it is horses for courses. happy modelling regardless as it is a great wide hobby! Robert
    1 point
  27. Inside I'm often still a 10yo boy in awe and wonder at the magical world of trains.
    1 point
  28. The 121's look great running as a pair. Really looking forward to getting my hands on both the IR and IE versions. That clikiddy clack sounds brilliant, intentional or not
    1 point
  29. Thought you were going to throw up some photos of the spice rack there for a mo'
    1 point
  30. Thanks GM ....the track is Jouef H0 interspersed with hornby code 100 - its the very slight difference in height that gives the very satisfying /very irish pre mid 90's clikiddy clack......totally unintentional - but does raise an interesting dilemma ...
    1 point
  31. Did a final running session with those great 121s running on over 90% irish made track (Jouef made in Shannon over 30 years ago) - borrowed off my father in law while I wait for my Peco order to arrive. Well the baseboard configuration is pretty much complete - now i will take it all apart to sand, varnish and paint the modules , reinforce the shelves and get it all secured back into place again......I'll post again when all that is done and there is real progress on the layout. 20201010_204948.mp4
    1 point
  32. B121Consist.mp4 Very short clip of a pair of MM 121s consisting both with sound running. Unique lighting functions for consisting, and train load functions for prototypical driving simulating light, medium and heavy train loads with associated acceleration, coasting and braking distances. Might do a longer demo clip in the future. Just love driving these 121s. Well done Murphy Models.
    1 point
  33. Hi Westcorkrailway, all the posts above will be helpful to you in one way or another and you have a good handle on what is available. Books, models or online information. We got into the CB&SCR almost by accident! A group of us in our local club were asked for suggestions for a new layout, I opened Ernie Shepherds book and bingo!! Bantry was born. John (Bantree) has done all the buildings and most of the scenic work, plus he owns the Silver Fox AEC unit , I have done the the other goods and passenger stock and the locos. The SSM Bandon tank is not a difficult kit to make up, it just n
    1 point
  34. And many of an older vintage toooo
    1 point
  35. Or any less accurate than a track gauge that’s over a scale foot out !Modelling is all about the degree of compromise you can live with. I suspect that a beautifully finished 6w coach in CIE green would satisfy most of us even if windows aren’t quite right. Read what the 0 gauge kit manufacturer Jim McGeown says about his ‘generic’ 6 wheelers.....interesting perspective....I have cited it in full as he makes a few points along the way....I painted mine 30s SR green btw...seen here before I glazed it and sold it on to fund my Irish project ! Although based on prototypes the concept of t
    1 point
  36. Just to advise that I also contacted them recently with the same question and while a got a very polite response you seem to have managed to get a bit further than I did. I will certainly follow up with Mr. Mylett and as you suggest would encourage anyone else that is interested to do likewise. If you don't ask !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1 point
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  38. I've filled out the survey, and would second a few members in a preserved loco being my preference. Thank you for the time and effort that you've put into this!
    1 point
  39. I'm only seeing this now.... The SLNCR had two ex-DNGR six-wheelers - of their ORIGINAL stock, which I think may have had straight sides, unless I'm mixing it up with something else. They did purchase a few six-wheelers from the GNR - never bogies - but they did at one time HIRE a couple of GNR bogies for quite a while - possibly several years. Exact details didn't survive. From time to time, the impression may have been given that they got more GNR coaches than they did, because if they were expecting a lot of people (pilgrimage specials being one major source of passengers but
    1 point
  40. May I take this opportunity to post a picture of Ballynahinch, County Galway in 1990. By then of course private residences.... Also a view of the former level crossing at Ballynahinch and a nearby railway bridge still in existence in 1990.
    1 point
  41. You need to be wary of Maureens. I've one too, and railway stuff is banished to small corners under executive orders from that source.......
    1 point
  42. Got to be pleased with all of these. Fine work indeed!
    1 point
  43. About 40 negatives of station views in the 1960's landed on my door mat last week and now I have finally finished up-grading Swiss video to MP4 I have scanned the negs today although none are on flickr yet. Here are 4 which might be of some interest. I have overlaid the titles on the photos - they won't be so adulterated on Flickr.
    1 point
  44. Thinking about a cow being subjected to 60mph in one of those cattle vans is enough to make you turn vegan.... I was three months old when that photo was taken - wish I’d been paying more attention in those days!
    1 point
  45. Some fabulous weathering on those models, particularly B134!
    1 point
  46. God, I love a bit of optimism! Well worth hanging on for, if you ask me...
    1 point
  47. ok, this is from the last century but maybe more to your liking then ex-Platin c. 1999
    1 point
  48. For interest here is a photo of B123 presumably just out of the factory in the USA!
    1 point
  49. we already have the irish bus equivalent of irm its derek farrelly and his excellent bus range for irm to beat his quality would be something but then again a plastic moulded bus could be possible look at rapido trains
    1 point
  50. Micro Rail had a 6 wheel Full Brake & a 3rd LNWR coach kit that was recommended as DNGR donors Although the Wolverton built Irish coaches were 6' wider they were very close to the real thing, (#4 - 6 & 14 - 16)
    1 point
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