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  1. 14 points
    Haven't posted for a while as i was in the process of shifting the layout to allow for other works at the northern end at pearse station. Part of this work is the making of the roof/roofline of st andrews church westland row which also back on to cumberland street south here some photos of the progress.(Kildare street branch diverting immediately within the station area) Warb
  2. 13 points
    Wow, just looked at the date of my last post on this one - neraly two years ago. Well, its been sitting on the shelf looking at me, so I decided I would make a concerted effort to get it finished. In fairness, the loco was broadly complete and just needed some finishing details. Got around to over the last few days and a few quick photos before it goes to paint. Now begins the painting & fettling,, and hopefully I will have it with me on Sunday in Bray. Ken
  3. 13 points
    In fairness, no company can be expected to keep vast amounts of cash tied up in stock that 'might' sell at some undefined or distant point in the future. Newcomers, latecomers, etc. can always avail of future production runs when they happen. In the meantime we are constantly reacting to demand by increasing the size of our production runs within reason.
  4. 12 points
    Preview of the latest version of the CAD work for the brake van. Its planned to supply the van with NorthYard NMRA RP25 Code 110 plated brass wheels with acetal centres on blackened brass axles set to OO gauge and Bachmann tension lock couplers with NEM pocket. The next stage is to produce a SLA printed pre-production prototype to check fit and durability of parts before progressing to the production version.
  5. 12 points
    A little more progress and another project
  6. 12 points
    I made a couple of 21mm gauge copperclad points last month. I used templot plans , one was for 21mm and the other for the 20.2mm. For both I used my 21mm gauge track gauges and both are consequently that gauge, with 1mm flangeways. The picture show the plans and the points. I always adjust the point a bit to get the stock to ride smoothly through the point, probably due to poor construction technique on my part. I use a "perspex wagon" with a pair of bogies as a test vehicle, one set has Maygibs, the other Romfords. All my wheels seem to go through with no problem, including a few wagons with P4 wheelsets. the others are as varied as Bachmann, Maygib, Athearn, Romford, Gibson, IRM and others I don't recognise the maker. Go for 21mm track gauge/EM standard wheelsets with the 1mm flangeways and you should have few problems. I am sure you will enjoy the look of Irish trains running on the correct gauge track.
  7. 12 points
    Thanks to all who have ordered their model of B134. As expected, these models are proving to be very popular and since ordering was opened on Monday over a third of the locomotives have been sold. This is great news and without doubt it would not be possible without the help of Paddy Murphy and the team at IRM. As a society we are not operating any mainline excursions at the minute and the funds raised will directly support the RPSI. Both Murphy Models and IRM are doing everything they can to ensure the maximum financial return possible to the RPSI from this venture and have themselves absorbed costs in production and distribution of this model. For this and your support we are very grateful. The latest on the model itself is that they are currently being prepared for shipping from China and will depart over the next week. They will then go through customs etc before making their way to the distribution hub for dispatch. The models will be presented in their own unique box which features the RPSI crest alongside the Murphy Models logo. The locomotive will be exactly the same as the real B134 when it appears from Inchicore Works. It will be different to other grey/yellow 121 models which will be in the as delivered condition. Thanks again to you all for your support with this venture and remember this is a strictly one off production run so don’t miss out.
  8. 12 points
    The Comet is lovely tonight, Trying out a few shots. Clouds have now obscured it again.
  9. 11 points
    Back to modelling at last After what seemed like an age doing various household chores, along with a refresh of the workshop, I was rather hoping that the MGWR 'hearse' van might have improved in my absence. Sometimes this can work - you put aside a model you're not happy with, but when you look at it again several days/weeks/months later, it turns out to be not so bad. Unfortunately in this case it was more like how wrong can you be. Indeed, when I dug the van out again, the weathering job I'd done on it looked truly 'orrible. So, what to do. First thought was to buy some paint stripper and start again, but then I remembered one of Martyn Welch's techniques for using T-cut. This automotive paint restorer has many uses and last time I got it out was to work on cleaning up Richard Chown's 'Shannon'. This time, it came in very useful in removing the 'muck spreader' effect I'd used when being way too heavy handed with the weathering. The process is fairly simple and actually quite therapeutic. Dip a cotton bud in the T-cut and then gently work away at the paint surface. Depending on how much needs removing, this may need several goes, but one aspect of rubbing away the grime is that deposits are left in all the nooks and crannies, along any beading etc - just as would happen in the carriage cleaning crew had a go at it. Fingers crossed, it now looks like an old and well worn van, where the under frame hasn't had a clean in decades, but the body panels have had a bit of a rub down from time to time, albeit none too enthusiastically. I can recommend T-cut for other paint jobs too. For example it can get rid of the 'orange peel' effect from being over enthusiastic with the airbrush and can also help reduce/remove paint 'sagging' too. Well worth keeping a bottle handy, plus plenty of cotton buds too!
  10. 11 points
    Approaching another milestone in the design process as we finalise the CAD work before we produce the prototype for the production model. There are a few final tweaks to be made to the CAD work including trimming the stove pipe to fit within the roof and adjustments to the buffers and brake gear and fitting the side lamps. All going well we expect to have a pre-production sample ready in approx two to three weeks.
  11. 11 points
    We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) to assist in the retail and distribution of their hotly anticipated Murphy Models 121 Class limited edition model. The RPSI has worked closely with Murphy Models to provide modellers and collectors an incredibly special edition model of their locomotive B134 in the distinctive grey and yellow livery. This model, strictly limited to 300 pieces, will be presented in the condition the real locomotive will appear once its extensive restoration at Inchicore Works is completed ahead of its return to the mainline. These distinctive features include LED marker lights, walkway handrails and the restoration of the original cab windows over the iconic bonnet of these iconic locomotives. B134 will be a great addition to any Irish outline model railway or collection and will also be an ideal locomotive to run with recently produced Craven coaches in the RPSI livery. All proceeds from the sale of this model will go directly to the RPSI. With the current health pandemic, the RPSI is unable to operate normal mainline operations and as a result there is zero funds coming in from the operation of trains. The sale of these locomotives will not only provide you with a very special model but you will be directly helping the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. Speaking about the model, Gerry Mooney of the RPSI stated: “The production of this model has been made possible through the generous assistance from Paddy Murphy of Murphy models who has given up some of his production run to facilitate this model. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland is also extremely grateful to Irish Railway Models who have also generously offered to assist the society in the processing of orders and dispatch of the models.” It brings us great joy that we here at IRM are able to join up with the RPSI and Murphy Models to further support railway preservation in Ireland by assisting the RPSI in the online retail, order processing and distribution of these models. The models are in the final stages of production and we expect them in stock in August 2020. Price is €189.99 with postage standing at €10 for Ireland and the UK, and €15.50 for the Rest of World. Support the RPSI and railway preservation in Ireland and place your pre-order here! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/products/b134-class-121-locomotive-rpsi-grey-yellow Cheers! Fran
  12. 10 points
    Our latest wagon in our "Project 42" series is the most modern of all; the spoil container wagons! These wagons are in stock now, ready to dispatch today! Who doesn't love a bit of permanent way yellow? These bright wagons were converted to dedicated spoil wagons to work on infrastructure trains. Such services have been seen across the IE system for almost 10 years now. A total of 24 wagons were converted at Limerick Works to replace the aging former barytes wagons on this duty and they debuted in traffic in September 2011. Usually found behind 071s (or occasionally 201s!) the wagons are used to clear used ballast and spoil from engineering works, side by side the HOBS wagons. They often be found stationed in the permanent way sidings at Portarlington. More recently they have been hired by Translink to operate some spoil trains in Northern Ireland and in the past week are being used to transport used sleepers from North Wall to the south east of the country. Our model of these vitally important workhorses feature a wealth of separately applied detail and capture the distinctive looks of these wagons. A heavy diecast chassis ensures adequate weight is provided in these low level wagons, with the spoil containers faithfully rendered and featuring the run off guards at each end. These wagons of course feature our high specification including sprung buffers, close coupling mechanism with optional coupling bars, rotating axle bearing caps and intricate detail we expect to find on scale models of the prototypes. The best thing about this model is that there is no wait time between ordering and dispatch; these wagons are in stock now, ready to post! Packs are €100 each, with a bundle deal of all four packs for €370. So, make sure you don't miss out, order here! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/ie-spoil-wagons
  13. 10 points
    I visited one of the Fair's patron's garden railway layout in the Avoca hills, Co. Wicklow yeasterday;- Eoin
  14. 9 points
    Update on the work making of the roof/roofline of st andrews church westland row
  15. 9 points
    Heart in mouth time, before the big reveal when masking tape is removed to find out if it all worked ok. As Fr Maguire might say "Careful now" Which is it to be CIE Supertrain, or IR/IE Tippex livery - one more step will reveal Ted to Dougal "Even more Careful now" Phew! Just a spray of varnish and decals, then the window masking comes off Not perfect but passes the duck test.
  16. 9 points
    Wishful thinking here but just look at this timeless scene from the late 60s in Cork
  17. 9 points
    Photo of Keg liner cage in 2000 warb
  18. 9 points
    I was reflecting on the roof details of the model today after seeing IRM's A at the Fair yesterday, and decided that I would wipe the rear roof ventilators off and install the exhaust as the SF body is devoid of an exhaust opening! After browsing through my reference photos of the Class I found a silver liveried one with these rear roof ventilators, with the exhaust opening in-between them- a much easier job! Drilled out a 5.7mm hole between the ventilators and cut a hoop from 5.5mm styrene tube to trim and make an up-stand to the exhaust. While browsing the photos I also decided to add a little more detail- door handles to the louvred doors with .3mm brass wire epoxied on and trim detail around the lower body openings below and in front of these doors, the same lower detail was done on the other side also. The lower detail might get a rub of a file when the epoxy fully sets as they look a bit over scale, though a few coats of paint will improve their appearance by not contrasting as much as they do now....... Eoin
  19. 9 points
    Long post tonight ....complete with a lengthy introduction...... On the first Friday of October 1957, the shed staff at Sligo turned out to a man as a train of wagons pulled off the goods branch, and stood in tribute as the Sligo Leitrim passed by into history. For this was the last steam working over the line, recovering the last oddments of stock on ‘foreign’ metals. As the last wagons passed slowly by, chalked on the brake van could be seen the words ‘The Very End. Goodbye‘. As the train gathered pace on the main line, the housewives of Treacy Avenue ran into their back gardens waving dishcloths in farewell. After a very brief halt at Dromahair, the sad cavalcade negotiated the treacherous check-railed s bend near Lisgorman for the last time. Given that it was October, there’s a fair chance my grandfather was out on the river, less than a mile away, fishing and would have heard the loco working hard ..... The loco in question was ‘Enniskillen’ - apparently the best loco mechanically at the end, having been given a major overhaul at Dundalk in 56. At journey’s end, she joined the two Lough class tanks in the GN shed at her namesake town. For a year the locos slumbered, growing a little dingier each month as the weeds grew up outside. As the world outside moved on - the microchip was invented, Pizza Hut was launched, and the Beatles (known as the Quarrymen then) made their first record, the ladies slept on. For the Lough tanks, a handsome prince in the (very) unlikely shape of the UTA came to the rescue. Not so ‘Enniskillen’. The bang of the auctioneer’s gavel had barely died away before she was hauled the bare few yards outside the shed and rapidly dismembered. JJ Smith was on hand to record the final moments.... ‘Get on with it!’, I hear you say. Very well. When I abandoned RTR modelling last year, and jumped into this, the phrase ‘build the 7:20 mixed’ advanced with ill deserved confidence into my consciousness. I have built a coach and some wagons towards that end but a large steamy object is also required. So for about a year I have been slowly accumulating the drawings, tools, and fittings to model this - in my opinion at least - archetypal SLNC loco. After many false starts and rending of garments, we have made sufficient progress to break cover. An early problem was the coupling rod issue. I thought I was being clever by asking a model engineering firm to make me a set. Despite my advice, they were made to dead scale, which will not work with finescale flanges (the spacing on SLNC rear drivers is such that you could clip your toenails with them). So I had to make my own. Each rod has ten separate parts of metal soldered together....I also had to learn how to use a piercing saw and a pillar drill. And lots more besides, not to mention making my own drawings. As another scratch builder put it, one is basically making up ones own kit as you go along. What has helped immensely is a chassis jig which basically uses the rods as a datum point for soldering the axle bearings. Pretty handy when you have six bearings and two chassis sides that need to be in perfect alignment with one another. Hopefully the jig will iron out builder error...and thankfully it seems to have done so. Tonight the chassis was assembled. Amazingly, it ran first time. Loads to do, and updates will have long gaps between them. But progress is being made. PS - the rods are red because SLNC rods were red when freshly shopped. And it means I don’t lose them in the pile of nickel silver offcuts on the bench!
  20. 9 points
    And now for something a bit different. the G2 class were a regular at Mullingar and indeed some members of the class lingered on until the end of steam. The G2 class have returned it seems, mass produced from New Zealand! Having made landfall yesterday, I set to work. Chassis is a straightforward job, fold up and make sure it's square. Some prefabrication greatly speeded up the construction of the body! Dry fitting shows what needs to be tidied and squared!
  21. 8 points
    Suppose I can include my modest little 5’3” effort ...scenic area is only 4 x 2!
  22. 8 points
    We have received a basic sample for review from the factory in China. This sample show the basic colour of the locomotive and is far from a complete sample of a finished model. We are very happy with how the locomotive looks and the finished product will be even better. Sales of the model continue to come in and less than a third of the stock remains available. To secure your model follow the link https://irishrailwaymodels.com/products/b134-class-121-locomotive-rpsi-grey-yellow There will be just one production run of these locomotives so don’t miss out and at the same time you will be supporting the RPSI. Thank you
  23. 8 points
    RPSI limited edition B134 model update Following the launch of the online sales for our limited edition model last Monday, the model of B134 has certainly proven extremely popular. In less than a week 50% of the models have been sold. This is great news for the RPSI as the income from the operation of our trains is gone due to the suspension of our operations. Thanks to all who have purchased these models, not only are you getting a limited edition model but at the same time supporting the RPSI. The specially commissioned model will be unique to the other 121 models and will reflect exactly how the real locomotive will emerge from overhaul in Inchicore works. There will only be one run of these models and when they are gone they are gone. If you would like to purchase one of these models and support the RPSI, please place your order here https://irishrailwaymodels.com/products/b134-class-121-locomotive-rpsi-grey-yellow The models are due to depart China within the next week and will then make their way for distribution to all those who have purchased them. We would again like to thank Paddy Murphy of Murphy Models for his help with the production and the team at Irish Railway Models for the online sales and distribution of this model.
  24. 8 points
    Quiet Sunday at Ballyercall
  25. 8 points
    Certainly will be possible to give some updates on the progress on the real one during the next week or so. With the current restrictions work had eased off but is getting back on track again with the final delivery of body panels currently in production with the fabrication company. It has passed the point a good time ago where bits stopped coming off and it’s only new and refurbished items going back on.
  26. 8 points
    A bit more done on the loco front with rubdown logos - but these have reacted to testors dull coat and Humbrol acrylic gloss - If anybody has any of the smaller 101 NIR logos tucked away and open to reasonable offers I would like to get a second set and the MIR red transfers. Flash on 111 makes it looks a bit garish but ok really . Behind ,as I guess are more across the land, 121 being finished as the rtr model makes final approach and behind 3 A class. 121 is an MIR resin and then two fox A and a white metal Q kits A class- this does need a big motor or a set of jacks as a depot queen.
  27. 8 points
    A modern image layout,11' 0" x 5' 0" based on a terminus upper level descending to a continuous loop lower level. Fully signalled, electric points, and landscaped!! Dave Linfield built the baseboards, track and wiring. Ritchie Matthews and myself completed all the landscaping over a 2 year period! Still working on it!!!Hope you enjoy it! Sean Hogan 20200719_162501.mp4
  28. 8 points
    We had an excellent Fair this morning with great attendance and a few brought along current projects;- A Gauge 1 Brendan Kelly Class A. And Fran from IRM dropped in with it's little sister and a few other forthcoming models. And KMCE brought his Wicklow South diorama and his current build project- the 'Jeep' Thanks to everyone that attended and those who brought along goodies for all to drool & talk over- a great start to the new run of the Fair. Eoin
  29. 8 points
    interior of 131
  30. 8 points
    Some more scenery done.
  31. 8 points
    Friday afternoon freight action on Tara junction, 190+184 pass through the station hauling the Guinness keg liner while 085 also passes hauling the BELL/ cement liner, 161 & 181 tick over on the permanent way sidings.
  32. 8 points
    Sorting out the ugly bits Have taken a step back from stock modelling for a few days - things were not going as well as I like, so a change is as good as a rest as they say and there is always something else you can do in the world of model railways. In addition, a chance phonecall also prompted a new train of thought. Belmullet was due to make its debut on the exhibition circuit in October, at the Uckfield show, but like pretty much everywhere else this year, it has been cancelled, so the rebuilt layout will not be going out for at least another 15 months and before anyone tries to tempt me, all the shows I was going to this year with Fintonagh have been moved to 2021, so [all being well], there is no room in the diary for anything else for now. Anyway, the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that Belmullet only has a partial back scene at the moment. I've held off making the sky boards, which means you can see the odds and ends of plywood and MDF behind. Similarly, the four transformers [lights, track, uncoupling magnets and point motors], don't have proper homes, while the workshop as a whole is due a bit of a makeover too. This last one more than justified as I've been doing as I'm told by the domestic authority of late with decorating around the house - 'nuff said! All this has prompted some scribbling, measuring and drawing, so that [hopefully], I can have both a bit of a sort out and, in particular, make sure the layout is better presented/more easily operated. When I knew it was going to a show in October, getting things ready for that was more important. Now it is staying at home for at least another year, I might as well make it look 'proper', as it were. As for the workshop, I am sure I am not alone in having a hodge-podge of storage for all the accutriments a modeller gathers over the years, so again, it is about time I made an effort to make things neater. The workshop was originally created out of the integral garage about 20 years ago and in many ways is a nice place to work. Centrally heated, plenty of power sockets and lighting, but although it was substantially updated with kitchen base units and worktops, many of the odds and sods for storing things have remained, as I'm sure you will see below. The lighting needs a rethink - being more quantity than quality with a large overhead fluorescent tube, an ugly strip of LEDs over the layout and incandescent spotlights scattered around - not good when I exhibit under LEDs. Oh, and it would be nice if all the shelving were at the same height around the workshop! So, watch this space - and hopefully, the layout will look a lot better for it too.
  33. 7 points
    Donegal “Phoenix” and railcars repose in retirement as the “Enterprise” passes through Malahide this afternoon.
  34. 7 points
    3D printed 40 foot beet wagons complete My rake of these wagons is now finished. I think the technology works well for a wagon body such as this, which I would say is well within the 'two foot rule'; particularly when weathered and combined with the detail of the IRM flat wagon. The layering and slightly soft edges are less noticeable in person. Each wagon takes about 6.5 hours to print. There was a small amount of clean up and sanding required before painting. Matching the colour was difficult and initially I wasn't happy with it - I have used the weathering to depict the rake as it might have been later in the season. As there is only a single door for unloading, I have noticed that the wagons were positioned so that the door is on the 'north' side of the tracks (east of Limerick Junction anyway).
  35. 7 points
    I've finished the scenic part of the layout.
  36. 7 points
    New A class A33 at Salford Docks in Manchester about be shipped to CIE and looking somewhat odd with its temporary undersize standard gauge bogies
  37. 7 points
    It’s been a long time, over a year, since I updated these notes. I don’t want to go all maudlin but it might just help others to deal with the issues which have affected me. At about this time last year, I was hit with health issues; esophageal cancer. Having been a smoker for almost fifty years, I can hardly complain or ask ‘why me?’ I received chemo and radiation treatment right through quarter 3 of last year and it was successful. But I accept that you never get a completely clean of health. In the past month, the cancer has returned and I’m now on palliative care. So, my model of Pettigo station on the Bundoran branch will close. I’ll do some separate notes on the last project undertaken but can I just take this opportunity to thank all who took an interest in my modelling. I’ve always been a ‘lone-wolf’ modeller but sharing the work with you other good people has enhanced my enjoyment of this great hobby. I would hope to listen in for just a little time yet and enjoy the work of others. My sincerest thanks to all, Glover
  38. 7 points
    We can tell that from sales figures, but thanks for the suggestion. Exactly! And plenty more new goodies on the way too! Been an interesting thread this, some saying "oh no, not more new stuff!" and others saying "we want more, more!!!" We hear both sides, but it is taking the discussion on the wagons themselves off topic, so lets keep it to the spoil wagons please. Cheers! Fran
  39. 7 points
    So, in a case of one step forward, two steps back, I needed to revisit the boiler and smokebox. The original etches provided a long boiler with two layers laminated over it to create the smokebox. This created a number of problems for me, one the layers started to delaminate as I was working, so figured the level of heat required to ensure three layers were complely and securely fixed was more that my iron could comfortably provide, two, the smoke box was too far forward on the chassis. A third problem was the thin nature of the boiler etch which took some damage when I was cutting out the slot for the motor. So back to the drawing board and my preferred method for making boiler & smokeboxs - former and wrapper for smoke box bolted to a separate boiler. New parts cut for fresh boiler and shortened smokebox: Nickle silver parts were created for the valve gear support (more later) Smoke box backplate with boiler fixing nut and spacer added. Threaded rod & nuts allows lining up of the rest of the smoke box former. Circle of brass above the former is the front space and carrier for the smokebox door. New smokebox wrapper was rivetted, wrapped around the former and soldered. Boiler was wrapped around the semi circular formers with the full circle added to the front to allow bolting to the smokebox. All assembled and added to the firebox and fixed back into the body. This revised design allowed for a version of the smokebox saddle to be added which fixed those fiddly footplate elements and strenghtened up the front of the body. All good then ..............sadly no. The smokebox just looked too short. A distinctive feature of these locomotives is the large smokebox and this was just a tad too short. Given the construction, it was easy to make a new wrapper and redo the smokebox, and now we get this: Another element I wanted to sort was the positioning of the cylinders - they were a little too far forward, so some tweaking to the supports moved them back slightly which now look more prototypical. Now with a much stronger front end, and things looking more prototypical, I can move on to adding steam pipes, detailing parts and get started on the valve gear. All for now, more as time permits. Ken
  40. 7 points
    A bit of cab interior stuff being made up now- Internal window frames and seats, cut from .5mm styrene and ready for painting. Paint work touch-ups have been done in readiness for a gloss lacquer for doing the lining. The buffer beams were edge lined in satin black with a bow pen and then touched up with paint brush. The crew turned up in the workshop today on an inspection of the works, the fireman was a little optimistic bringing his shovel loaded with coal! It's a beast, when you got something to scale it to your reminded of it's size! Eoin
  41. 7 points
    Hope you don’t mind, Ernie but was inspired to put my F6 in similar pose!
  42. 7 points
    Some sad news this evening people The MRSI's planned 3 day show over the October weekend in Raheny has been cancelled We are hoping to stage a show early in the New Year depending on how things go virus wise, but should it happen we will keep you all informed Stay Safe.
  43. 7 points
    So then, I did a little bit of work on this project this evening, 2017 was the last time work was done so I have made a point of getting back to this project and complete it out!! Preparing the body for painting, first up is the SSM detail kit side grills and window frames, bits removed from the fret and cleaned up. The side grills come with an etch frame overlay with a diagonal brace, this brace I cut out, useing the frame only. The grill part is covered with pencil lead to stop the solder flowing into the grill and blocking the holes. 180 deg solder applied to the parts preparing to sweat solder the frames on. Soldered on. And cleaned up. Sticking on the these parts with epoxy glue. And the window frames. Next up will be brass turned frames for the round side windows........ I have also cast up a few sets of bogie sides and battery boxes so if anyone is interested- pm me. Eoin
  44. 6 points
    A bundle of joy arrived at Tara junction.....thank you IRM......
  45. 6 points
    Been reading a lot about US donors for prime mover sounds on this and other threads, but it's not that simple really. The 567, 645 and 710 have a number of different cylinder configurations. For instance, I heard a custom done 071 sound project a while ago, and it didnt sound right. The sound for the turbo 645 was likely from an SD40-2, which has 16 cylinders, whereas the 071 only has 12. It's a slight difference but it is different. are the sounds taking from a 645 E3? F3? etc. 567s are the same, the 121 and 141 are 8 cylinder, but very few (if any other than an SW900!) American locos had prime movers that small. An F unit has 16, and therefore there is subtle differences in the sound. I understand that this may not matter to some, but why go to all the trouble to make something that is wrong, rather than off the shelf that is right and put together by ESU themselves? I would just go for the bespoke chips for these and will be for my 121s I do fit sound to. 201s too. a 12 cylinder 710 as in a 201 sounds quite different to a 20 cylinder 710 in an SD80MAC. Of course the EMD fitted A Class sounds like nothing else due to its exhaust silencing, which is totally different to any other EMD engine'ed loco. This is why we went to such efforts to create the sound project for this. Anyway, just my tuppance worth on the issue. It's your model train at the end of the day! Cheers! Fran
  46. 6 points
    The rail order arrived today, so I was able to make a bit more progress on the test track this evening. Hopefully one more session should see all the remaining rails installed
  47. 6 points
    The brake van is designed to run on OO or 21mm gauge track. We are looking at a number of options for manufacture including 3D printing and vacuum castings locally (NZ) or the Far East, at this stage we are unable to confirm whether the model will be produced as an un-decorated kit or a decorated model.
  48. 6 points
    Dear Glover. All I can do is wish you care. So sorry to hear. Loved seeing your creative and superb atmospheric modelling. The photos above of the cattle wagon are testament to a wonderful artistic creativity. Sublime scenes filmed in 1950s nostalgia gold. Will pray for you and your loved ones. Take care. Noel These are absolutely stunning scenes. Alive with realism and atmosphere. The cattle wagons turned out absolutely superb and the layout is a perfect home.
  49. 6 points
    I'm sure some of you know that Leslie McAlister of Provincial Wagons has named his home Pettigo Fair. Leslie, wagons will be delivered in time for the Fair! Hi Glover, Well, the tears are flowing down my cheeks, seeing "my" wagons arriving "at home" - and not just because of the frustration of my broken arm. I may have told the story behind the House Name...... When No.85 the GLOVER Compound was being trialled thirty years ago, I dragged my twelve year-old son, William, over to Belfast for the run to Dublin (we stayed in the North with Galteemore's Mum and Dad). Anyway, the IRRS Archive was open especially for the occasion and I took him up to The Holy of Holies where the bound sets of weekly notices are kept. We got down the 1946 volume, but nothing of interest was happening on the 10th June. I sent him to put the 1946 set back and to fetch the 1939 set, as his Mother was born on 20 July of that year. Against the day before was an instruction to send extra cattle wagons to Pettigo for the Fair. Now, we were just about to move into our new home and after that, there could only be one name! The other family connection was that my late father was a young constable at GARRISON on Lough Melvin and could have been at the Fair that day. Put your handkerchiefs away now! Lovely cattle special on a very fine railway - very well done. We must organise a photo-shoot with my steam locos - my AL or PP would look nice, or even the 00 Works U Class? Leslie
  50. 6 points
    Hopefully IRM can push the Irish models more alongside the Accurascale line in GB. There is definitely more opportunity there. There is a huge untapped market in the EU also. I'm a member of a small German forum for modellers of British & Irish outline. The view of the average German modeller is simply dated. They remember vaguely the relatively poor UK models of yesteryear, when they already had finescale stuff as standard. They remember the awful tension lock couplers being "toy like" but that's all history. Nowadays the RTR models of UK and Irish outline can be on a par with typical offerings here and NEM pockets mean you can ditch the tension lock couplers for something more realistic with ease. Maybe it's time for a renewed marketing effort here in Germany by UK and Irish outline manufacturers and the wider EU. As someone on my German forum posted "I got sick and tired of all my locos being black with red wheels". There is certainly potential in that market, after all plenty of UK and Irish modellers buy German models. Why not the other way around. One can dream anyway!
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