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  1. A new direction My 1950s fiddle yard has been full for some time. There are seven tracks, which if you include the railcar and railbus separately means eight trains. A few photos of these will appear in the Layouts section shortly. However, to extend interest in stock building, Belmullet will also feature an early 1900s period, so that is what I am moving towards now. First up is a train for my 101 [J15] 0-6-0. The loco was built last year, but still needs its tender pickups wired to the loco, plus some weight to improve its haulage ability. Its train is deemed to be a 'private spe
    7 points
  2. I just arrived in from a long day at work and priorities being what they are I decided to forego non-essential items like food and in preference constructed an email to Dave Mylett on behalf of the modelers on this side of the pond principally in the Chicago and Dallas metro areas plus myself. THEN I returned to see if there had been any discussion on this subject at all and was pleased to see that several members had actually taken the time to put pen to paper to Hattons. Thank you all. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    5 points
  3. 080 on a short fertiliser train.
    4 points
  4. Getting better with each iteration. The trick seems to be to add all the required fold lines before cutting out the end panels. The instructions only advise making the main folds before cutting. Also I feel the internal bracing is a tiny bit too narrow so I'm cutting those out on the waste side of the line and adding a bit of "uhu padding" when assembling, otherwise the side walls seem to sit too recessed and not flush enough with the end walls.
    4 points
  5. I came across this one today whilst sorting out some Swiss negatives. Rather faded or possibly lighter paint on the Container end. Some 6 years after Bell Lines folded. EDIT Another one at Goschenen 26 May 1988 20 foot containers , white roofs but possibly one grey or just dirty.
    4 points
  6. The Yang Ming in the picture is the first I've constructed using 2mm solid card rather than corrugated cardboard. It's more difficult to cut but probably fairly unsurprisingly retains it's shape better as it doesn't compress at the ends/sides where a corrugation is missing.
    4 points
  7. Thanks to covid, the track and points delivery is late. I can't do to much so I tested grass seeder.
    3 points
  8. I got stuck at the Alexandra Road lights this morning - I was turning left, but it all stayed red whilst this went on, so I took the opportunity to get these rather poor pictures. I did try to count the wagons, but I nearly fell asleep - there were lots...
    3 points
  9. Worth getting if you can is this stuff...specially formulated for card kits. I find it very useful..https://www.scalemodelshop.co.uk/product/50ml-roket-card-glue-deluxe-materials-ad57?gclid=CjwKCAjww5r8BRB6EiwArcckC0bFy4fpZRFFiFdIXqe_o9Y2-SmSowXgKW7vdrgrSYFd6foEJTMVHBoCfFoQAvD_BwE.
    3 points
  10. Thanks for the encouragement folks. Ultimately I will need to be able to construct a reasonable likeness of actual station structures so I thought the scalescenes route would make sense. I'll try their free buildings kits out next and then move on to something more complex. I'm just using generous amounts of pritt stick type glue to stick paper to card and normal uhu (actually the not drip version, which is slightly more jelly like) to stick the card edges/corners together.
    3 points
  11. Yes, there were many in West Cork towards the end (and indeed, ALWAYS!). However: 1. From the 1950s onwards, for the record most were Midland Great Western in origin - totally different design to Hatton's ones. Should such a thing ever become financially viable, perhaps with very much lower production runs possible with future new technology, they are a very obvious gap in Irish models. 2. There probably WERE a few GSWR from time to time too, thus Hatton's yokes would be suitable. 3. The pic above is of a set of GSWR short-length bogies which were drafted into the West Cork
    3 points
  12. HI All The colours i use for BELL are all pantone for bells , something that i scraped and cleaned bits on a 20ft at Leith docks. Although faded the true colours are underneath Regards Arran
    3 points
  13. So I've posted a bit about my forays into the electronic side of the hobby but in the past couple of days I've picked up the scalpel and attacked my first ever scalescenes kit. A few containers. Baby steps.
    2 points
  14. Its great to see what can be quickly achieved using traditional scratchbuilding methods, I remember articles on scratchbuilding GWR coaches using similar methods in the Modeller in the early 1970s (E H Francis?). I tried the doilly method for some LSWR coaches around the same time but gave up and used microstrip. It seems to be a lot easier to scratchbuild in 7mm rather than 4mm scale especially as one starts to feel the effects of age! I am completing the interior to an SSM GSWR brake 3rd at the moment and may follow you example in forming the seats in plasticard as I mislaid s
    2 points
  15. I think this takes some beating: Stirling railway station today. In a bizarre turn of events also car ended up on the line at Fort William today as well!
    2 points
  16. Lol. I don't Dave! Speak of the devil... (A lovely c-rail delivery came today) I think I need to work on my printer settings.
    2 points
  17. Indeed Robert, for me it's c-rail all the way for the laden flats but these are ok from a distance and will someday (as I improve) end up in Limerick yard but most of these early attempts will be going the way of a certain 7 year old beside me lol.
    2 points
  18. Neat work and the models are YOURS, not simply taken from a box - though there are many wonderful and worthy things out there. Making your own does help broaden horizons if the right thing isn't available and can be very satisfying.
    2 points
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  20. Great work! What glue are you using? Items like this are also v useful...https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143682025773
    2 points
  21. Where I got him was: <dave@hattons.co.uk> The first Cravens came out in 1963, but they were not to be seen on secondary services for a decade after that at least. There were several old GSWR six-wheeled full brakes, plus quite a few old wooden bogies which made it into the black'n'tan livery. Not a single PASSENGER-carrying six-wheeler was ever painted anything beyond green. The last two six-wheelers withdrawn from traffic were 69 and another one, whose number escapes me. No. 69 ended up with a gangway connection - an exceptionally rare thing for ANY six-wheeler back
    2 points
  22. Some 1960s CIE passenger and goods movements behind Murphy Models 121 class locos B135 and B134. ESU LokSound v5 by WheelTappers DCC sound EMD 645 on B134 + EMD 567 on B135. Prototypical driving with light, medium, heavy trains simulating acceleration, coasting and prototypical braking distances. Full range of light functions including train mode, shunting mode, and parking mode with Dual mode for double header consists with a pair of 121s (ie nose2nose running lights remain off at coupled end).
    2 points
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  24. The term 'railcar' can confuse some people.
    1 point
  25. I think that the most important question is: "Rooves" or "roofs"?
    1 point
  26. I’ve no idea about the “tank-tainers”, Robert.....just the ordinary ones. Yes, you’d get white and dark blue at one stage on roofs, both weathered of course, but not grey painted. Originally all blue, then white gradually replacing them, thus a mixture of the two as you suggest.
    1 point
  27. Correct, that’s what it would be. When at sea, salt spray would wear away at it. Or - grubbied white.
    1 point
  28. A very shiny ex-works one as well, the ones behind await the spray booth. What date Arran? Robert
    1 point
  29. Cheers Rob. It's certainly good practice for the future. I'll experiment a bit with different card thicknesses and see how I can improve upon what I've done so far. I'm trying to look at each one and see how I could have made it better. One thing I realise I really need is an assortment of square blocks of steel or aluminium or something to help hold parts at right angles during glue curing. I'm away next week but I've found offcuts on eBay for small money and I'll order those for when I'm back at home.
    1 point
  30. Yes, ironically the Courtmacsherry set above is one of the most uniform trains to be seen on 50s CIE!
    1 point
  31. Well done Murph- It must be like riding a bike! Very good work.
    1 point
  32. C212, the first irish locomotive of my collection, im very pleased with it and hopefully more to come!
    1 point
  33. JHB, If I may thread from BC shows Bell in White/ light grey but also a one in blue on the same wagon so anything goes ! Have to say not so sure about the quality of the walkway on the Tanktainer - I suspect I can model that very easily ! Robert
    1 point
  34. The roofs..... originally all the same dark blue as on sides, but gradually they became white. When grubby, obviously it would not be pristine white. If you’re modelling 1970s, dark blue. While I’m no expert on containers, I’m unaware of them ever being grey-topped; perhaps someone else might know?
    1 point
  35. A couple of views: side view ,then top down of one and a comparison . I have added 20grammes of sticky wheel weights to the floors ready to refit once transfers are applied.
    1 point
  36. What do you like ? Watching trains run past or doing some shunting ? There are a number of clever plans which can even allow you to model a city terminus in such a space.... https://www.carendt.com/micro-layout-design-gallery/passenger-lines/ The curved layout looks fun, but a tight radius could look odd when running bogie stock.... what you should do, IMHO, is look at Iain Rice’s books such as ‘Cameo Layouts’ or ‘Compact Layout Design’....
    1 point
  37. There was a legendary story about a giant crane HGV going down the N81 years ago near Tallaght, striking an overpass bridge, initially it looked like the crane was liable so the matter went to insurance, but a young exec in the crane's insurance company checked into matters deeper and discovered the road had been resurfaced on multiple occasions without removing the previous strata, increasing the top of the road surface, therefore reducing the minimal regulatory clearance under the bridge, so instead of the crane's insurance paying out, Dublin Co-Co had to pay for the damage to the crane beca
    1 point
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  39. Ready mixed filler mixed with wood glue as a top layer. Some sanding tomorrow and It's ready to seed some grass.
    1 point
  40. Terrain ready. Kitchen towel soaked with white glue. Needs to dry overnight and another layer tomorrow.
    1 point
  41. Well, I've decided to give up waiting for the clearance sale on these now... No need to rush posting them, I won't be there until Tuesday next week.
    1 point
  42. The turf vans have progressed through the paint and weathering process and now await final detailing. Started with a coat of grey primer, then the wheels and under frames were treated to the standard weathering mix. For the body work, am guessing that as emergency conversions, any new woodwork would not have been painted. Hence both inner and outer planking was done with a mix of Humbrol 110, 64 and matt black. The main body colour has been described as 'faded maroon', so delved into my collection of tinlets and found a Precision BR Coach Maroon and Wagon Grey. Mixing these togeth
    1 point
  43. Uniload containers with a single CIE labelled 10' container in the background (c) Steve Parker Flickr 1981 Wexford
    1 point
  44. A few pictures showing how the turf vans are progressing. Most of the work has been around cleaning up the resin castings and enabling the corners where the ends and sides meet to lock together nicely. Just occasionally I do actually plan ahead a little to help myself! The bodies, once assembled sit on a sheet of 40thou plastic, with everything held in place with Rocket super glue - the most liquid type, which I'm still getting off my fingers. Everything was going well until I realised I'd put one side in upside down, which was a bit of a bummer to say the least - and I did say a lot mor
    1 point
  45. Sixties action recently posted on You Tube
    1 point
  46. And now for something completely different. Those of you who follow my ramblings will know that I have been interested in 'turf wagons' for some time. Considered building a couple for Arigna Town, but being next to a coal mine that didn't really work. However, Belmullet is not far from two major peat deposits that have been exploited since the middle of the last century and my 'Black Sod Bay Distillery' is deemed to have been peat fuelled since the start of the Emergency. Now, in the chosen 1950s period, turf is still brought to the distillery in a couple of the last remaining converted
    1 point
  47. And the locomotive was a rare one-Enterprise 228 .
    1 point
  48. Present day, see attached photo of the IWT liner this afternoon....
    1 point
  49. HI All The container fairy has been today Regards Arran
    1 point
  50. Near Perth station in Scotland, possibly this very morning.
    1 point
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