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  1. 8 points
    I picked up this truck at the SDMRC show last weekend. I repainted the cab and crane, and altered the ramps at the back of the bed. Also applied some dry brushing to the bed. New registration plates were also applied to both models here.
  2. 8 points
    Some video footage of Fintonagh at the recent EuroEx show in Birmingham. Fintonagh is at about 16-17 minutes, but there is some nice footage of the other layouts, including the large scale WW1 trenches depot.
  3. 7 points
    Hello All , it's been a long time but I finally restarted work on these.
  4. 6 points
    Everything is getting a lick of paint at RPSI Whitehead in time for model railway day this Saturday, 9th November 2019. I'm painting my new baseboards for my Tinplate Clockwork layout. Full size diesels and carriages are having the finishing touches applied too.
  5. 6 points
    I purchased one of Leslie's nice Brake Van's at BlackRrock,so just getting ready for the build.
  6. 6 points
    A moderator has already asked for this discussion to get back on topic. We're tired, cranky, hoarse and our feet are sore so we won't be feeling charitable if this discussion doesn't get back to the topic of PM's lovely new loco.
  7. 6 points
    Well wonder this Murphy Models has recommended a retail price of €189.95 or £167.50 for the 121's Several of the box shifters from Brexitland have advertised them at between £145 - £150, around €170 - €175 This is why model shops here are closing, The difference in the VAT rate and also the cost of running a shop here is vastly different from our Brexit friends Buying here means our shops can stay in business, so its up to you guys where you want to buy your models from Rant over 🤬👹🤬
  8. 6 points
    Hi all I will be exhibiting Past-Avenue layout this coming Sunday 20/10 at the Wexford Model Railway club on a open day at St Joseph's hall Wexford , i will have a lot off my resprayed stock inc Grey 071s ,mk3s etc etc soplease come along and have a chat , There will be a good number off layouts on display inc there Little Siddington layout and Eamonn Redmonds Bogroad plus many more, Admission is free , Looking forward to meeting new and existing modelers Enda 20190502_171646.mp4
  9. 5 points
    I have been hacking away on the Hibernia Loco build which featured way back in my 'murrayec projects' in the Workbench area, I have decided to carry on showing the build here. If you want some background info on the project here is a link;- So after building the test plastic-card chassis I made a few adjustments to the drawings and then sat on the project due to the workload back then. A couple of months ago I started back at it and set up drawings to mill the parts from .5mm & .25mm brass sheet to build a brass test chassis and other components which will be needed to test fit out and to use to make moulds for white metal castings. I have also set-up a brass tube boiler and machined up a firebox former from 30mm dia nylon bar, again when the fitting is done on the firebox the former will be used for moulding the final unit. The boiler will be worked out when the motor and gearbox are installed. That's the fire hole in the back, the lower section is the ash-pan and the side cut will hopefully allow the chassis by! Last week the milling started on the chassis parts, cylinder base & heads, valve gear, bellcranks, and the nameplates in the .5mm brass;- This chassis has inside and outside frames, with the slot & tab frame stretcher construction I reckon .5mm will be plenty strong? Bellcranks are half depth milled to give the cast iron look, and in the footplate stretcher one can see the .5mm dia chain drilled holes to be opened up into slots for construction- the chassis frame tabs will stick up through these. Again half milled nameplates- can't wait to see these painted and the brass text all shined up. Next will be .25mm brass splashers, footplates, smokebox, smokebox doors, and more chassis fittings......... Eoin
  10. 5 points
    Wexford Model Railway Club will be represented at Whitehead with OO "Diesel Depot". Looking forward to meeting you there:
  11. 5 points
    I've been working my way through the Casserley negatives I acquired at the Auction in September. The condition varies from poor to very good, unfortunately the 2 Irish lots appear to have suffered more from scratches, development faults etc than the Scottish Lots. I have cleaned up them up as much as possible. Here are a couple at Enniskillen in April 1953 and a shot of an Irish Sleeping Car! at Mallow. This must have been a crew car; hopefully that's not the bedding being aired on the roof😉 Henry appeared quite fond of taking the same shot multiple times. There are 10+ views of 199 and the same number of Lurganboy at Manorhamilton. I will gradually upload images to Flickr, there are some of Bundoran Junction uploaded yesterday. Ernie
  12. 4 points
    And a couple of these for the forthcoming Weedsprays
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  14. 4 points
    Thanks everyone. I have some proper engineer’s broaches as shown so hopefully a smooth running chassis is only a few strokes away ...
  15. 4 points
    Looking forward to seeing Ballyconnell Road on its first trip to Dublin. It may be small in size but it is stunning.
  16. 4 points
    The very existence of the white stripe on the black'n'tan livery owes its origin to that very fact - that in a typical train virtually no two coaches were alike. I remember it well. Initially at least, the "borderline" between the lower tan and the mid-level black was always kept at exactly the same height, even if it didn't suit the "architecture" of the coach. The white line, similarly, was at exactly the same level, and (BR vans excepted, due to lower body height) the same six-inch width. As a result, an illusion of greater uniformity was created as one looked along the side of a train.
  17. 4 points
    We selected the Heljan O Gauge Modern Depot kit to form the centrepiece for the layout. This was to enable us to plan out the track layout on the boards precisely. The kit goes together fairly well using poly liquid cement although lack of kit precision means that some gaps between sections will need to be masked with styrene strips. So, the project so far:
  18. 3 points
    This was on offer from Silver Fox on the Chris Dyer tables A Tool van Dont know if I like it or not
  19. 3 points
    I placed an order online with an Irish based shop and it came to just under €700. A discount? I didn't even get a "thank you" note in the parcel.
  20. 3 points
    I vote for these few posts to have their own thread: "Rant: Local Irish Model Shops vs. Online Sellers"... I'm sure that everybody will have a reason for choosing one or the other. I tend to do both. When I got back into the hobby a year or so back, I asked Marks Models about the issue of VAT, and they ignored my question. I asked Hattons and they made sure not to charge me VAT. IRM likewise do not charge me VAT. In fairness, Mark did 'phone me after I had placed one of my orders, to confirm that I was real and not a scam. I was working at the time and forgot to ask him again about VAT. I'm based in the Canary Islands, where we pay 6.5% IGIC instead of 21% IVA (equivalent of VAT in Ireland and the UK). This is due to the low wages, high shipping costs and lack of options / choice locally. For retailers who don't offer the option of paying IGIC when purchasing, they seem to either charge VAT or charge zero VAT. If the difference, for example, between Marks Models' prices and Hattons' prices, was solely based on exchange rates, I'rd rather pay a bit more and buy from Marks Models. However, when VAT is also an issue, buying from Hattons becomes so much cheaper that there is no comparison.
  21. 3 points
    Murphy Models have a full page ad in the current issue of BRM and quote dates slightly earlier than in Dave’s post. They will be greatly welcomed whenever they come. Stephen
  22. 3 points
    Hi Mike, Firebox had been made from a piece of brass. So got to it a few hours ago Firebox Reformed She'll need to be painted soon! Onto the more general subject of conversions, I think southern locomotives are as close a donor for irish locos. The likes of the S and H classes would be close enough to a 500. The larger southern 4-4-0s are close to the V and VS class. The T9 class could probably be a donor for a multitude of Irish mid and small 4-4-0s Even the Lord Nelson has some features of the 800s that the Jubilees and Scots lack (namely the huuuge looking boiler) but was ruled out for a possible 800 conversion for the several major differences. Obviously some LMS locomotives are good substitutes Even the LNER has some very close locomotives, namely their D16s and D11, though the cab and Firebox would have to be modified The odd one of the big four for possible conversions is the GWR. Utterly useless for the most part, the tapered boiler on GWR locomotives is pretty much entirely absent from any Irish one. Galteemore it seems the GSR was up to some shenanigans with their 4-6-0s, one of the 500s looked quite bizarre for a period of time.
  23. 2 points
    The fourth (and final one of 2019) Dublin Toy & Train Sale is taking place on Sunday 10th. November from 10.30am to 3.00pm at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. This very fine 4* hotel is located alongside the main N11 dual-carriageway which runs south from the City Centre. The venue has a massive FREE CAR PARK for some 350 vehicles and offers level and easy access plus great catering throughout the show. 85 tables packed by top traders and collectors from all over Ireland plus a sprinkling from England and there will be bargains galore on offer. Many of the stall-holders also welcome items for part-exchange and swapping and there will be large amounts of model railway stock, new and old, on offer and including much IRISH as well as UK, Continental and USA etc. A great day out and one not to be missed...... Admission: 4 euros. www.chrisdyerfairs.co.uk
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  25. 2 points
    Maybe some photos of the Guinness keg wagon for those who can't make the show?
  26. 2 points
    Guinness 3BG was built in 1919 for shunting Ireland's largest privately owned broad gauge industrial system, the world famous Dublin brewery. This locomotive became the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's first preserved locomotive, being presented to the Society in 1965. The Dublin brewery operated an extensive 1'10" gauge system within the complex with broad gauge locos being used to transfer traffic from there to Kingsbridge (now Heuston) Station for onward transhipment. This 100 year old locomotive will be in steam and hauling train rides at Whitehead Railway Museum's Model Railway Day on Saturday 9th November 2019.
  27. 2 points
    Great find the coach appears to be one of the bogie Tri-composite coaches introduced by the MGWR in 1900 still in its original condition with center luggage compartment! These coaches were re-classified as 1-3rd composites when the Midland abolished 2nd class accommodation and appear to have been originally used as "through coaches" from main line to branch line services. An ideal coach for a one coach branch line train
  28. 2 points
    Railer, the article in the IRRS Journal was 'The Transplant Story' by Barry Carse. It was in Journal 59, October 1972, pages 242-251.
  29. 2 points
    The big problem comes with steamers when you can see the wheels behind the splashers,but when all is said and done each to his own,Andy.
  30. 2 points
    Finished up on the tender today along with some other work. I doubt the tank tops are the same but that might be for another time. Firebox looked a bit too log so it was a cut and shut job. Still a good bit to do but starting to look like a 400 methinks. Bogies wheels need to be painted you can barely see them!
  31. 2 points
    The Metrovicks were considered to have a very good electrical system compared to other contemporary British & GM diesel electrics. Like the American Alco & GE diesels the Metrovicks had very good low speed haulage ability necessary for hauling heavy goods trains. There is a good account of A Class operation in a Dan Renihan IRRS paper including an A Class hauling the very heavy Bertram Mills Circus train over Barnagh in damp conditions without slipping. Interestingly both classes of Irish Sulzers had Metropolitan Vickers electrical systems both were considered to be more reliable than the Crossleys but handicapped by a low power to weight ratio because of the very heavy Sulzer engines, despite their low power the B101 were entrusted with the heavy Cork-Rosslare Boat Train over a difficult steeply graded route and successfully handled passenger and freight work on the Cork, Waterford and Limerick lines until displaced by GM locomotives.
  32. 2 points
    Cheers Leslie, we will film a haulage test with her tomorrow, but at nearly half a kilo in weight it has plenty of heft for haulage. We've also made it very handy to access switches for DC users and the chip if you want to add a DCC decoder, as Patrick shall now demonstrate. (He's available for all your hand modelling needs too!) The roof is held in place by a series of small magnets. Very handy. You can see the bank of super capacitors and the circuit board too. 20191001_163737.mp4
  33. 2 points
    I built a representation of these wagons (seen below) a couple of years ago. They are not entirely accurate, but very close. These were straight "Cambrian Models" wagon kits, the exact code, I am unsure of, but still easily obtainable direct from the new owner of the company.
  34. 1 point
    Thanks for bringing your diesel depot layout. It is very clever with your use of mirrors and sound effects. I had to look behind the viaduct back scene to be sure there wasn't more behind the retaining wall!
  35. 1 point
    Verrrrrrry nice work LC and thank you for the mention!
  36. 1 point
    There is an extensive thread on the subject on RM Web https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/123769-zinc-pest-mazak-rot-the-affected-models-list/page/2/. A high proportion of the afflicted models were introduced since 2000 and the list includes a number of the major manufacturers including Bachmann, Hornby & Heljan
  37. 1 point
    Judging by the performance of the CIE "standard goods" classes 60mph may have been possible by an SLNCR tank with a light load between Ballysodare and Sligo. The crew would have had to work the loco hard to get the loco up to 60mph following the station stop at Ballysodare before having to apply the brakes on the approach to Sligo. Small wheeled mixed traffic locos were capable of high speeds, the late R M Arnold of Golden Years of the Great Northern recorded a run with Coey J15 (5'1" wheels) 198 with a light passenger train on the Cork main line with a maximum speed of 69mph on the 25.8 miles between Newbridge and Kingsbridge Station Dublin, on the Midland the record time on the main line from Athlone to Dublin was held for a long time J19 Midland Standard Goods (5'3" wheels) which was timed by the late R M Clements at 68mph. Irish Railway Album brings back memories I borrowed the book from the library over Christmas when I was 17 or 18. R M Arnolds books NCC Saga and the Golden Years of the GNR are well worth a read as both works focus more on the personalities that worked on the railway than more conventional railway books.
  38. 1 point
    We decided to do a series of test runs under controlled conditions as the railroad and the freight car leasing company were blaming each other for the poor riding problems with the red tank car and the derailment and who would have to pay for the fix-up, the Jackson County Receiver in Denver was looking for an excuse to close the road, the Jackson County just about paid its operating expenses but would need money from the County or the State to bring the track up to standard. Meanwhile the Jackson County Shop Foreman claimed that the tank car wheels were out of tolerance, while the leasing company engineers and insurers claimed that the Jackson County track was defective. 1St run was with the red tank car on its original trucks. Run 2 red tank car running on a set of borrowed DRGW trucks. I had incorrectly focused on the bolster arrangement of the Bachmann Spectrum tank car and the absence of side rubbing plates as the cause of the hunting without considering wheel profile. Although the wheel back to gauge is within tolerance the flange thickness of the Bachmann wheels are wider than Accucraft resulting in insufficient running clearance which is likely to have contributed to harmonic rocking or hunting on curved track especially on a down grade. Replacing the trucks and wheel sets would be an expensive solution, so I am planning to improve the running of the existing wheel sets by reducing the back to back gauge by 0.7mm. The Bachmann axles are shouldered so its basically a case of removing the wheels machining 0.35 off each end of the shoulder and re-assembling the wheel sets, the only snag so far is that I sheared the end off one axle, but machining a replacement should not take much longer than modifying an existing
  39. 1 point
    I take it you're referring to my comment. It is bullshit, when it's being posted in this thread. I'll say it again, post elsewhere, It's taking away from a fantastic model.
  40. 1 point
    Hi everyone, Our Fertiliser wagons are now available for pre-order! As you can see, these promise to be one of our best models yet, if not the best! We are doing four packs of two wagons, with each wagon individually decorated as per the prototypes from photos and research material. The ferts are one of the most distinctive wagons to run in Ireland, and ran nationwide during their 30 year lives in service with Irish rail. Built in Inchicore, the were based on the standard 42ft underframe, these wagons entered service with Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in 1974 and were tasked with transporting palletised bagged fertiliser from the Nitrigin Éireann Teoranta (later Irish Fertiliser Industries) plant at Shelton Abbey, near Arklow in County Wicklow, to distribution points throughout the CIÉ/Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways networks. In traffic, these distinctive vehicles could be found both in dedicated block trains and attached to other ‘liner’ services. In late 2001, Irish Rail signalled its intention to withdraw from a number of unprofitable freight flows, including fertiliser traffic. This, coupled with the closure of the Shelton Abbey plant in 2002, led to their withdrawal.Throughout their operational lives, these wagons wore a basic red oxide livery and a number of the wagons retained the CIÉ roundel after the formation of Irish Rail in 1987. They are currently in production alongside our liner wagons and are due in December 2019. Prices are €100 per pack of two wagons, and as ever we are doing a great bundle deal, of €360 for all 8 wagons. Pre-order now: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/cie-bogie-fertiliser-wagon
  41. 1 point
    Tony. Great to see your determination and commitment to modelling Omagh goods yard paying off. The level of detail really brings the scene to life, I really like the view across the platform the water tower is certainly an excellent view blocker for a staged presentation.
  42. 1 point
    I think it was you that said before 'rarer than hen's teeth'. Thanks for the replies. I'll have to try my hand at making shapeways models look realistic.
  43. 1 point
    As usual, David, heartiest congratulations - it looks terrific and interesting to see models of motive power I've only seen in photos. I'd raise a glass to you, but then I noticed that the layout includes the TEMPERANCE Hotel!
  44. 1 point
    You are definitely getting up to Irish levels of muckiness there - can hear the squelching across the yard from here!
  45. 1 point
    I would have no doubts about quality, performance and finish. Really looking forward to getting my hands on this beauty.
  46. 1 point
    I could send you a log of one in 1965, when it took over from No.207 at Dundalk en route to Dublin. I quote from my comments in the log of 207's run to Dundalk (with 10 bogie coaches, about 350 tons). "No.207 was declared a failure with a hot box at Dundalk and the journey was completed hauled by A Class diesel electric locos. A19 did pretty poorly, only managing the forties to Drogheda, falling to 40 at Kellystown and 59 after. She failed at Drogheda and A27 took over, struggling to manage even the low fifties! Mind you, they were still with their original engines then." Sorry, the best thing any CIE engineer ever did was send money to La Grange to re-engine them! The rebuilds appear to have done good service, although by then I was living in England and my train timing was behind very foreign steam engines. All that said, I've got a silver one on order - they were as much an iconic part of the scene as the 121s were to be - thanks for the update, by the way, Dave. We've got a St Patrick, so what name will young Paddy take?
  47. 1 point
    Not my scale, Richard, but a most interesting development - and fairly reasonably priced. Thanks for posting - I can see these vehicles making an appearance on the forum in various guises!
  48. 1 point
    Track and ballast As promised, a look at treatment of track, old and new. The third picture shows original Arigna track, heavily weathered and toned down with talc and weathering powders, but without any cosmetic rail fixings. The second picture is new track, still needing more coats of paint on rails and sleepers and with no weathering or toning down of the Woodlands fine ash ballast. Note how dark the latter is and what a difference a dusting of talc makes to all the colours. The talc was never fixed and has survived without problems for over thirty shows, including being vacuumed before each one. The other two show various attempts at representing the FB rail fixings. Slivers of micro strip are used at the right hand end of picture four, while the other 'fixings' are simply blobs of acrylic paint put on with either a screwdriver or cocktail stick. Both need some weathering or further paint/both, but it is views of the general impression I'm interested in. Arigna got away without any rail fixings, but I'm thinking Belmullet would benefit from a general impression of them, but without going to the trouble of drilling and fitting up to 3000 Peco track pins. Yes really. The actual fixings were a thin plate held down with a bolt & nut. Note this is 7mm scale, 36.75mm gauge track, using copper clad sleepers and Code 100 flat bottommed rail. The granite ballast is also from Woodlands, being three different tones of their fine grade again. So far, am only thinking of doing the short stretch exiting the layout into the fiddle yard, though may yet do a bit more of the 'mainline' into the station platform, not least because when the layout is operated in early 1900s guise, the ballast would still have been fairly clean - though ash was used extensively in station sidings. The final two pictures are a couple of my favourites. The first is at Leiston in Suffolk and shows the siding to Garrett's engineering works, while the second is the approach to Wantage Town station. It is this effect that I'm looking to replicate on the new harbour branch on Belmullet. To my eyes, it is very noticeable how fine the ash ballast looks - even finer than Woodlands, so will be trying a mixture of talc, polyfilla and chinchilla dust to try and replicate the texture. Eventually...
  49. 1 point
    Can you get at the switches for the lights from the top? I love the cooling fan, it would be nice if it went round. On the IRM website for the loco's spec it does say there will be two speakers.
  50. 1 point
    12.1.19. Great Victoria Street Station Belfast. 31.1.19. GM 228 light engine at Portadown Station . 2.1.19. North Wall Dublin. 2.1.19. Ossory Road Dublin. 2.1.19. GMs 071 078 080 & 088 at Ossory Road & North Wall Dublin. 4.1.19. York Road Depot Belfast. 6.1.19. Dublin Connolly . 6.1.19. Drogheda . 6.1.19. Dundalk. 12.1.19. Great Victoria Street Station Belfast. 31.1.19. GM 228 at Portadown Station .
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