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  1. It is with great regret that I have to pass on the news of our friend Glover passing “to his reward”. Behind the pseudonym was a quiet, much-loved family man – Aidan Dunne. I received a letter from his wife Barbara yesterday, telling me that he had passed away in early August. I had been in touch with her, after Aidan expressed a desire to see his work retained in some way. I made some progress with that back on August. I last met Aidan exactly a year ago, at Blackrock, when he bought the CIE Cattle kits which you can see, superbly built and finished, in an earlier post on the
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  2. Hi everyone, Today (October 16th) is a bit of a landmark day for IRM as it is 5 years since we broke cover publicly for the first time! From a chat online, to a few pints in a pub to something which has well, gotten way out of hand, we have come a long way in a short period of time. There has been some great moments along the way, and some set backs too (typhoons, our social event thwarted by snow!) but we are delighted to be here and to have you with us along the way too. Without your support and purchases, there would be no IRM after all! A couple of weeks after we annou
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  3. Some photos for us fellow modellers to drool over! With the kind permission of, and on behalf of Sean Hogan who commissioned it, this is his recently completed gauge O, 7mm working scale model of the GSR's flagship 800 class steam locomotive 'Maedb'. It was built by Brendan Kelly from a kit, which I believe was produced, many moons ago, by the Model Railway Shop in Monck Place in Phibsboro, Dublin. Eoin Murray then completed the valve gear, painted, lined and detailed the model. The photographs do not do it justice - it is a magnificent model in every respect, and massive credit is due to the
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  4. Hi everyone, Many thanks for the pictures and stories. We really get a great buzz about seeing IRM on layouts, weathered up, catalogued and collected and overall enjoyed. We set out as hobbyists to fulfil a gap in our hobby on the back of an outcry on the forum. @BosKonaybrought us together and the rest they say is history! We're proud of what we have achieved and very lucky to take it to full time status. However, personally, I am blown away by @Edo's story. It's brilliant that a hobby can make a difference for us and take us in a new, better direction. 2020 will go down as one of t
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  5. Having completed the major scenic work and cleaned up the layout area it's a good time for a video showing how the layout fits into the available space. Our condo is split level, the stairs in the video comes down from the upper floor which is at ground level. This area has no windows, being a partial basement and the temperature remains constant throughout the year making it a perfect environment for a model railway. The area was originally intended as a storage room but the original owner had the builder omit the door and wall, finish the space, installed numerous electrical outlets and cabl
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  6. Evening all A bit of a yellow "salute" in honour of the 5 year anniversary - hopefully pulled next year by an A class or 3...... About this time 3 years ago I was not in a good place mentally - working crazy hours and days , stressed to the last...essentially on a TGV to total burnout and meltdown....one evening I was halfway thru my near daily half bottle of gin and i saw something on the TV about model railways and it lit a fire..next day...i borrowed a unused set off one of my relations and just the simple act of setting up an oval and watching a GWR engine and 2 carriages whizzin
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  7. The beet special drops off an empty and picks up a load at Grange. It then proceeds to Glen More where it meets the Cork goods which waits in the loop after finishing its work there.
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  8. Waterford Cork Bell liner passes Glen More Ovtober 1974.
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  9. Today I've started on the last area to be developed, the Guinness Compound.
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  10. Hi JB, We initially thought the points logo on ballasts was rare, but it was more prevalent than we thought the deeper we dug into it, especially once we raided "the archivist" collection of pics. We got enough for a run out of it. It seems in this thread yet again we disappoint people no matter what we do, but it's posts like this above from @DJ Dangerous that really warm the heart and keep us encouraged and help us carry on. The sales from yesterday were fantastic on the back of this new announcement so we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who ordered. It's v
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  11. First in line of my weathering projects has been my 10 Tara mines wagons from Irish Model Railways which I've spent the last few days working on and I'm extremely happy with the results. First layer of dry brushing. Second layer. Airbrushing of the lid and along the upper portion of the wagon Airbrushing of the lower portion of the wagons with frame dirt to finish it all off. All that remains is to apply grease marks to the buffers and varnish. Very happy with how they all turned out with a good varied look throughout the 1
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  12. And here's railcar 2b departing...
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  13. This weekend, Belmullet was due to make its exhibition debut at the Uckfield Show, however that is now not happening, like so many others. Hence thought I'd try and post a few pictures and some video footage over the next few days. Video is a first for me. This short film is done using my cheap Nikon Coolpix camera, on which I do all my other modelling pictures. Must admit that trying to follow a train with the camera, while also driving it at the same time is not easy! Hadn't realised it was such a long process uploading to Youtube either. Anyway, here is Railcar B arriving at t
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  14. 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
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  15. The three back to back fertilizer wagons are well along. I seem to remember the prototypes running in blocks and a block of four will look good in a train.
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  16. The brief discussion on micro layouts in the "Irish Models" section got me thinking. I rather liked that Canal Wharf micro layout by Scalescenes and decided to take a closer look at it https://scalescenes.com/product/ly02-canal-wharf-boxfile-layout/ and at £10 I though, why not? Question was, could it be done in 21mm - as it turns out, yes, and proves to be quite a shunting puzzle. The Scalescene layout in the box is of limited operational use, however they do recommend using a sector plate or traverser to provide some level of operation. I opted for the sector plate and incorporated i
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  17. Hi everyone, As you may have seen over the weekend, Hornby Magazine held a virtual exhibition in lieu of their October "Great Electric Train Show" exhibition. We were asked to provide a video update on our projects to date. Needless to say as it's the UK it was a tad Accurascale heavy, but we did offer a preview of the A Class GM sound chip which you can see below! Please note it was recorded on my phone, so it's not the best microphone around. I can confirm it sounds beastly in person though! We will be launching this shortly for pre-order and will do a better video
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  18. I don't really have a layout, just a board that slides under the bed for running sessions, so I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this video:
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  19. 12L is now looking a little more work worn. Still some finishing touches to come and a little more grime but we're getting there! Phil
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  20. The 40 foot beets are probably in a niche market. I made my own for the IRM flats, which I have documented on my workbench.
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  21. B135 has lost her fisher price pristine look and gained some age. These are just exquisite models, the best yet from Murphy Models IMHO, and they drive as well as they look.
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  22. The highlight of our calendar is the October Bank Holiday weekend, when we "play at home" as they say and exhibit at the Dublin model railway shows, held each year on rotation by the Model Railway Society of Ireland and the South Dublin Model Railway Club. That's where it all began for us five years ago, when the good folk of the SDMRC gave us some space at the very last minute (we will be forever grateful for it!) to meet the modelling public for the first time and announced our intentions to produce an Irish outline model railway wagon; the humble CIE hopper. A lot has happe
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  23. new video of barrow street
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  24. Put your feet up on this wet Sunday and explore Ernie’s 56 album. What an absolute treat. Look what this morning turned up...https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/albums/72157715532510616/page2 One of @leslie10646’s bread containers at Bundoran Junction.....and there is much more! Cheers, Ernie .
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  25. More info will be following on this soon. There might just be an announcement from ourselves too on Saturday for this event.... The Dublin October shows are still our favourite to do as we get to see so many friends. We're sad we cant do it this year but hopefully we'll be back at it next October!
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  26. I had my Flu jab this morning bright and early 8am and also as a result of a BOGOF managed to have a needle in both arms (free Pneumonia offer) So I gave up work on the cattle bank fencing and cleaned the track so I could try out one or two trains. A couple of Sligo & Donegal layout locos make their appearance, not many people remember that the S&DJR acquired several ex GNRI & SLNCR locos in the 1957 closures. From the SLNC in debt settlement and from CIE , ex GNRI locos not required on the dismemberment of the company. This was to cover the expected increase in traffic to Co
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  27. Five years ago I was a North American / Canadian modeller. I had actually sold a few Canadian items to this strange fellow called Fran from Dublin. I had purchased a few Murphy items like the GM's and the Cravens but only for display. I had always been reluctant to get to involved with Irish modelling due to the lack of quality RTR wagons. Then IRM appeared and I thought I would support it by buying a few packs of ballast wagons!! The rest is history. Thanks lads for supplementing Murphy Models Locos and coaches with fantastic wagons. The ballast wagons first. Then t
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  28. Some action from Bog Road. 20201011_190857.mp4
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  29. 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.
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  30. Here's a teaser Ed. Beet and Cattle Special coming under Haggerty's Bridge. Bit more work done on the foliage and Mountain River IMG_0234_HEVC.mp4
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  31. Folks, I threw together a quick video of how I set up and use the new settings on the 121 Sound decoders. Apologies for the quality, trying to take a video and use a throttle at the same time is not easy!
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  32. Hi all, Will just drop this here for you
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  33. The Beet season is in full swing on Bog Road with 084 and some emptys heading to Youghal. 20201018_120603.mp4
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  34. For the brave or the adventurous! Test etch assembled 8 years ago never got around to releasing a production version, a bit too modern for my personal tastes these days. There is also the original 20' version which reached a more developed stage.
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  35. Glengarriff is looking a bit cluttered whilst I finish off the last bits of scenic work, however I felt the need to escape to the 'man cave' or should it be eyrie as its int loft so I did a bit of videoing. Didn't bother cleaning the track and there's been a bit of movement track wise over the usual Haltwhistle summer heat wave so a bit shaky. A few more photos as well. Glengarriff_18Oct2020.mp4
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  36. Some enjoyable covid projects from 2020 - enjoyable to work on these past months, and whiled away the hours. Hornby Respray Provincial Wagons exGSWR brake van kit Kitbash ex-GSWR plough now brake van Provincial Wagons Bulleid open beet wagon kit Dapol Conversions to CIE wagons Weathered CIE Wagons (Dapol Donors) MM B134 light weathering Hornby respray Rebuilt Dutch GSV (IFM Kit) Provincial wagons 20ft container kit on 3D IFM chassis Provincial wagons double beet wagon kit
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  37. After a couple of days drying out, finally dared to pose the turf vans on the layout, though before doing so, added a wash of dilute 'track colour' to the loads to tone them down a little and make them less black. Let me know if more needs doing in this department, please. The vans are currently paired up with the H van and ex GSWR brake, though may swap the H for something different later. However, with the J26 up front, it makes for a neat little train. The idea is that the vans will be shunted by my Deutz 'G' class diesel down the harbour siding to the distillery, swapping with some s
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  38. I was asked how to install a driver in the MM 121. Remove the chassis by undoing the 4 screws, 2 in front of each bogie. The cab is designed to slide up off the footplate/body after one removes the door handrails, there are 4 barb catches on the base of the cab which catch into the footplate. On this model the cab refused to slide up as the boxes clued to the body in front of the cab were catching it! I had to remove the footplate which again is held by barb tabs on the body into the footplate. The front handrails also have to be removed for this. I could then flex
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  39. For interest here is a photo of B123 presumably just out of the factory in the USA!
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  40. Superb service from Murphy Models. One of my MM121s had an issue with a faulty speaker, the other loco was perfect. I emailed Murphy Models and Paddy Murphy asked me to send the loco directly back to him in Wexford street and that he would replace it. I posted the loco back to him on Monday. A brand new replacement loco arrived back here in the last hour complete with a note saying he had replaced the loco, and bench tested it before despatch with a sound decoder to be sure its speaker was working ok. That's superb warranty and service direct from the manufacturer. Happy days. Now its i
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  41. Much as that might sound hilarious, I can tell you that from the perspective of anybody in the same position as Murph and I, it rings true. The time, effort and money that we have both been pouring into catching up, plus the disappointments along the way when things aren't as described, makes the real cost at least twice what it would have been, if not more, for many of the models that we've tracked down. We are so lucky to be involved in the hobby right now, and to have made as much progress as we have personally with what we have caught up on. Any modellers of the Irish scene
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  42. Pretty much finished now. I still have the cab interior to build - any clues as to what was in there anyone? We got a few little things wrong but I'm very pleased with the result. Many thanks to my good friend Brian Page for all his help. Now to get on with the rest of the layout! Phil
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  43. HI all, So its been a few weeks since I posted up so thought I would pop up another photo of Thorne Yard Thanks
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  44. The RPSI operated a private charter using their set of Cravens to and from Galway last week,locomotive 080 provided the power-here we see the train pass through Tara junction while returning to Heuston, I was fortunate to be able to work the real train...and the model one.... 085 passes in the opposite direction working the Northwall-Waterford BELL liner.
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  45. Been having fun over the last month starting to build up some out of period stock for me (More of a IR era person myself) but always had a soft spot for the steam era so some rakes of flying snail adored coaches (and GSR maroon survivor) have passed through my workbench.
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  46. Dreams became a reality when IRM came onto the Irish model railway scene.....congratulations lads, keep up the great work.
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  47. 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
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  48. 080 on a short fertiliser train.
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  49. Garden railway - turn on captions for English subtitles
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