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  1. The last couple of weeks have been busy with other stuff, including the need to get Fintonagh ready for the Bexhill Show, but attention now turns to ensuring Belmullet is ready for its debut at Uckfield on 16th & 17th October. At least, that is the plan anyway. Hence, the turntable has been bedded into the surrounding scenery, while I've done bits and pieces to disguise the baseboard joins. In addition, the leading edge of the baseboards has been given a hedgerow border, the latter made from rubberised horsehair covered in scatter material. In order to make the layout presentable, the front will be given a pelmet and side wings to frame the scene, while skyboards will raise the rear scenery by about 30cm. These will all be separate pieces that will need to break down for transport. Speaking of which, I also need to ensure the layout will fit in the car. This is a Skoda Karoq, which has removable rear seats, effectively turning it into a small van. However, with the baseboards crated up in pairs, plus trestles and supporting beams, pelmets, lighting and information boards at the front, some careful planning is needed - especially as, in having the layout with two distinct operating periods, there is quite a lot of stock to take with me too. It is at times like this, I find myself envying Angus and his 5p workbench as I'm looking at around 18-20 A4 box files.
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  2. Goods train passing Keilys Cross.
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  3. 126 works the bubbles although an A Class would be handed for the load tonight!
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  4. Ballasting under way. Hopefully impression of a 3’ byway emerging. I had originally been going to use 009 set track throughout but decided on flexible for scenic front half of layout. You can see the transition curve here in the distance as it begins to segue into the set track curve
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  5. “What ye make of it! Only ten days in traffic and they send it down here!” ”It’ll not stay that clean for long, I’ll guarantee you….. and sure 650 will be back when she’s had those firebars replaced. That yoke’s only on trial….” ”Nine passengers on today. Away and get the kettle on - there’s two wagons of timber to unload on the goods when he comes in”.
    15 points
  6. Just a couple of photos from my new CP Rail layout. Completely fictional location
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  7. Work in progress - Modelling Pearse Street streetscape
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  8. Its a long time since I did any personal modelling, I recently started working on my Irish narrow gauge stock a useful distraction when New Zealand recently went into lockdown. I decided to focus on my narrow gauge stock as most of the locos are due for repairs as they are getting long in the tooth and I have some unbuilt wagon kits. I started with my T&D locos as they do most of the work on the layout. 6T lost one of her cylinder wrappers and the couplers require replacement. Model parts tend to disappear when the fall on the floor so far the chimney from Keadue Goods Shed, a section of wall, a coach roof and one of 6Ts cylinder wrappers have disappeared without a trace despite a thorough search of the floor and under the furniture, our neighbourhood's version of the Bermuda Triangle. A couple of years ago I acquired 4 Foxrock Models C&L Cattle Wagons and 2 C&L Open wagon kits to form a Cattle Special and strengthen on of the Arigna coal trains. The bodies are high quality resin castings with a fairly complex etched brass chassis, the Backwoods wagon chassis although very good are relatively un-detailed by comparison. First job was to dismantle 6T to her main sub assemblies (but not dismantle the chassis!), so I can fabricate a new cylinder wrapper and modify the chassis to fit the new couplings. The new wrapper is formed for a piece of 0.20" brass (kit scrap), the scribed line is the wrapper width. I used a GW Models rivet tool to emboss the rivets, good practice if I ever get round to building a CVR Sharp Stewart 0-4-2T! The marks on the right are from the tools clamping bolts. I cut the wrapper to the correct width using a tin snips gradually cutting away strips parallel to the line the finishing with a fine file much easier than a piercing or razor saw. Cut waste material distorts while wrapper stays flat, one more cut to make before finishing with file. Wrapper dressed in place, I started at running board level dressed the wrapper round the cylinder ends then gradually trimming to the finished length. Starting to look like a loco again wrapped temporarily positioned with Blu-tac. The kit was designed with L shaped frame spacers fore and aft, which leaves insufficient room between buffer beam and spacer for a Kadee HOn3 draft gear box. I had originally fitted my T&D locos with Microtrains N Scale loco couplers which have a short draft gear box that just about fitted, but gave trouble in service. The first step was to partially remove the vertical section of the frame spacers, by first cutting notches with a piercing saw. Then snapping off the vertical section, the notch section cut leaves a narrow vertical section in place at both ends to avoid weakening the chassis. The kit was designed for scale chopper couplers and I had already formed a cut out in the buffer beams for the N Scale Kadees which were slightly widened for Hon3. 6T was overhauled and appears to have been painted black before sending to the C&L in 1957 and ran with a hand written 6T on the buffer not the traditional shaded transfer. Coupling problem seems to be solved, loco and wagons now have matching coupler heights and knuckles! The next challenge is fixing the coupling at the cab end. The chassis fixes to a captive 6BA bolt/stud under the cab floor, it looks like I may have to secure the coupling mount box with a 12BA bolt drilled and tapped into the body securing bolt!
    14 points
  9. Hi everyone, Not sure if this was shared previously, but Andy York of BRM magazine has taken a look at the As and given his verdict on how they perform. Check out his video here. Cheers! Fran
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  10. Presentation & Transport Taking a layout to exhibitions is a curious form of madness. You spend hundreds of hours making the thing, only to separate it into parts, load it in a car or van & then bump it across the country to the venue, before [only a few hours later] doing the whole thing again to get home. The last few weeks have been working towards all this, so have included a few photos of what I do, mostly based on many years hard experience and watching what other do too. I think my ideal layout would either be an inflatable one, or maybe like a pop up book - quick to set up and take down, so you are on your way home almost as the last punter departs! The reality is that getting set up inside an hour and being on the way home in half of that is about as good as it gets. Larger layouts can easily take two or three times that, even with a big crew. Setting up Belmullet is as follows: It starts with two adjustable steel decorator's trestles on to which are placed two long [T section] beams. Being over 3.5m long, these break down into shorter sections for transport. The four baseboards are crated up in pairs, using 6mm plywood rectangles. Once separated, the middle scenic board goes on the beams first, followed by the two outer ones. Alignment is by pattern maker's dowels and M6 bolts and wing nuts hold everything together. The fiddle yard board, which has its own fold down legs, is then bolted on. After, the five 'skyboards' are bolted to the back and ends of the scenic sections Lighting comes next. There are two folding brackets covering the two scenic baseboard joints, with a plywood panel on the front at each end. The former go on with quick mount plates, the later are bolted. Three pelmets, with integral LED light strip are fitted with QM plates. then a second strip of LEDs is added above the centre line of the layout. The drapes go on next, to hide the underside of the layout, then three display boards, with info about the layout and models are added to the front. Underneath, all the electrical connections need to be plugged together and likewise the control panel and loco controller All this, along with four large shopping bags holding the stock boxes, plus what I call the 'sundries crate' [full of odds and ends, plus various transformers] and the all important tool box, has to fit in the car. In my case, this is a Skoda Karoq which, once the rear seats are removed, assumes van like proportions. However, as the last few photos show, space it tight!
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  11. Quiet moments at Dugort….
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  12. In fairness to @ShaneC, my friend received a parcel on Thursday night. He opened it today and here is the result: I am not sure why there was a two month delay, but Shane has kept his end of the deal, and the loco has been received. He has also apologised to me twice for the delay, once just before delivering the loco and once just after. I sincerely hope that me dragging this out in public through my own exasperation has not caused any damage to the forum or the trust between members, and I apologise if I have done so. As time rolled by, I simply felt that I had no other alternative. Happy that the matter is now resolved, and thank you to everybody here on the forum for their support, both public and in private - you know who you are!
    13 points
  13. ... Just to update. I received a private message from Shane on the forum a few moments ago, saying that the locomotive is due to be delivered tomorrow, and apologising for the delay. If true, I hope to be posting here tomorrow with good news.
    13 points
  14. Boxes While nothing much to report of late, have nevertheless been busy trying to get Belmullet ready for its debut at Uckfield in mid October. This has mainly been about presentation, so I've been building what the theatre calls a proscenium arch, or a sort of picture frame in other words. Two side panels, a pelmet, plus three display panels to go along the bottom & all needed priming and painting, along with separate sky boards to go along the back and sides. Hopefully, I've got some LED tape arriving tomorrow, so this can be added and wired up to provide the lighting. Fingers crossed, everything will be ready to be assembled on the layout in a week or so's time. Meanwhile, have been attending to the challenge of providing boxes for all my stock. At exhibitions you can see everything from the sublime [custom made wooden boxes holding stock in neat, foam lined spaces] to the faintly ridiculous - usually a hodge lodge of shoes boxes, ice cream tubs and the like. The former very expensive, the latter often free, though far from ideal... Over the years, I've standardised on foolscap box files [for rolling stock] and 'Really Useful Box Company' four litre/A4 sized plastic crates for locomotives. Both seem to work quite well and you can get four of each into one of those large, reinforced supermarket shopping bags. 7mm scale stock takes up a lot of space & more than once I find myself envying those who model in 2mm scale, where everything would probably fit into a single box - I currently need 16... At various times, I find myself looking around DIY stores for alternatives & recently came across a very nice looking hinged, plywood box in a store called Hobbycraft. After much pondering, decided to try one & have found that, by adding a home made inner tray, I can get all my Fintonagh stock inside in two layers. Anyway, here are a few pictures that should clarify.
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  15. Chassis & body brass work coming to completion;- Setting up to install Dapol NEM pocket fittings, the chassis mounting part is folded up and a 3.15mm styrene mounting spigot prepared to joy rig the pocket to access the correct level and decide what mods are needed. The drag beam overlay parts, buffers, vac pipes and hooks are prepared for soldering. After assessing the coupler height this is the mod done to the mounting plate- 3.4mm cut off the upstands to set the correct coupler level. After the drag beam detail overlay, the buffers, the hook, and the modified plate are soldered on, a brass 3.15mm spigot tapped 10BA to mount the coupler and a 1mm wire stop to hold the Dapol spring plate on centre were made up. Parts soldered on and a 10BA screw prepared for the fixing. Mounted. Verified. The gas light roof pipe was next- to keep the roof removable the pipe needs to separate from the end down pipe so I decided to use a .4mm bore pipe to do this. The pipe is held with two .3mm split pins soldered on the coach end, so I made up a batch of pins by half filing .3mm brass wire n folding over to create the pins. Pins fitted to the down pipe, which will thread through .4mm holes drilled in the end plate and soldered on the inside. Gas down pipe and end handrails ready to be soldered on. Done. The solder wicked through the split pins and soldered the pipe in the pin heads. Next is the coach air vents, these parts are folded and stuck in place with epoxy glue. After folding, the parts need a rub with a file to remove the fret part which helps the folding process but leaves tabs on the top edge. Stuck on. Emergency brake parts are stuck on with epoxy glue also. The vac pipes are now soldered on with 70deg solder to the side of the coupler chassis bracket. The upstand pipe is supposed to lean over like that! And finally the last parts to the chassis- the lower side step/running boards. That completes the chassis and roof which are now ready to start painting. The body requires the internal partitions and then its ready for painting also. Two of the four coaches are at this stage..... another two to go!! Eoin
    12 points
  16. Unloading of some used track panels has been taking place this afternoon at the Riverside permanent way depot, Locomotive 074 is being used to shunt the wagons into position for unloading by the machines.
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  18. Some new arrivals at Guage O Castletown. Three adaptions of Leinster Models LMS coach body shells. 1. GNRI No. 114 L13 Brake/3rd See page 73 The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) by Norman Johnston. 2. GNRI No. 75 K15 Open Third Page 24 3. GNRI No 30 F16 Side Corridor Composite. Page 57 New coaches with GNR(I) PP No. 25. CIE J15 No. 131 'adapted' from Lima F8 131 with 6 wheel coaches CIE AEC Railcars Sides from Jeromy Clements, Front and Roof from Andy Crockhart. AEC railcars with Buffet Car DSERetc
    11 points
  19. With the vast bulk of heavy duty scenery now done - mostly set dressing left - it was time to bite the bullet, clean the track and see if trains actually ran after months of blasting the layout with glue, ballast and scenic fibres. Mercifully yes. Although some 3mm scale tree surgeons will be required as ‘Fury’s’ roof was knocked off by a branch - it can be glimpsed lying at the far platform end….The crew have parked their train in the overgrown siding and repaired across the road for a restorative after that shock ! That siding is very handily placed for bringing in kegs of the black liquidation - it may be in use more often than it looks…
    11 points
  20. “What’s wrong with you all of a sudden?” ”Yer man has me back on nights on the goods.” ”Sure ye were complaining ye hadn’t enough money last week…” ”Yeah, but it means 4 a.m. at Limerick Junction. Have you ever been at Limerick Junction at 4 a.m.?”
    11 points
  21. Today, the 15th of August, would have been the traditional fair day in Borris, Co. Carlow which would have seen the now closed Borris Railway station hosting trains of passengers and cattle coming to the fair. The impressive 16 arch Borris viaduct has recently been officially reopened as a walkway. Yesterday I finally installed a photo backdrop of Mount Leinster onto my layout so although still a work in progress I think it's a good day to show a few photos of my layout. It incorporates Borris Station and the viaduct. Bagenalstown Station will be added at a later stage. First layout so go easy as I'm learning as I go.
    11 points
  22. Some pictures taken in Inchicore on the same date as those on page 84 of the Railway Rambler book
    10 points
  23. Determined to crack the scenery this w/e, I set to and it’s more or less done. Just a few bicycles and chickens to add….A few Google Earth and drone type views as well as normal level ones are below…..the big job this weekend was clearing the road of all scenic detritus such as stray static grass, and recoating it in paint. As ever, photos reveal more areas needing work! But the show’s a few weeks away yet…. One obvious addition is level crossing signals, inspired by Ballyduff on the Arigna tramway. These are deliberately placed to draw the eye away from the hole in the backscene where the train dives through. So the signals indicate a crossing off-stage. They are old BEC kits, from 3mm Soc 2nd hand shop. The whitewashed gable’s purpose as a sighting aid is clear in some of the views. The cart and horse are another 3mm society kit, tricked out in traditional Irish orange and blue. I had originally planned to build this layout with 009 setrack. Looking at the flowing curves, I’m glad I didn’t - the line just seems a little bit more natural with no abrupt bends. The panoramic picture is what the viewing public will see, and shows most clearly that whilst the railway is level, the road really undulates !
    10 points
  24. "....You're measuring it? What for?" "I'm making a model of it, with an electric motor..." "Really? Well, measure away, she's being withdrawn at the end of next month. Last of 'er class. We're getting a new "C" class diesel when they've built them all...."
    10 points
  25. Thanks everyone. Bit of Bank Holiday spare time means that Drumkeeran Road station is now more or less done..the inspiration from Kiltubrid on the C and L is probably clear !! You can just see the corrugated waiting shelter beyond the station house. The whitewash was done in this way to assist sighting on curves. Various C and L stations were painted various ways, some being white overall, but I liked the distinctive 2-tone Kiltubrid style. The freight siding clearly sees little traffic….
    10 points
  26. “I had a first class return from Dublin - which is the first class part?” ”No first class on this line the past ten years - only from the junction….”
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  27. “Will yez get off your backsides! I’m not unloading this van on my own…..”
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  28. It’s 1962, and a new “yank” makes its first appearance at Dugort Harbour with the daily mixed train.
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  29. "Is he the only passenger today?" "There's one already on - that railway enthusiast eejit from Dublin with the camera..." ---------------------------------------- "Ye hear someone's shot Kennedy! It was on the wireless!" "What? The auctioneer? PJ's cousin?" "NO!! The American President! John F!"
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  30. Hi everyone, Great News! Our A Classes are now well into their journey from the factory towards our warehouse for final delivery. With the numerous issues around shipping in recent months we felt it was fitting to deliver our first locomotive by rail! The locos are currently travelling the 7.500 mile rail journey across China, Russia and Europe where they will then transfer to ship for the final leg to Ireland. They will land with us in the first week of September and arrive with modellers in mid September, smooth travelling permitting! With four running numbers already sold out on pre-order and others not far behind they are not going to hang around too long. Order yours today: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/a-class-locomotive Cheers! Fran
    10 points
  31. Big GM 084 departs with the fertiliser working which will soon be in the hands of the A class!!
    9 points
  32. Some Friday evening action from Ballyercall. It’s great to be running again after the summer break.
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  33. Hi everyone, As you may have read elsewhere, we have an all new tooling announcement today at midday. We have one for IRM, and one for sister brand, Accurascale. It will be premiered on the Hornby Magazine YouTube channel at high noon with full samples demonstrated on their layout. You can watch here, and in the meantime feel free to wildly speculate! Cheers! Fran
    9 points
  34. Hi everyone, Due to a DB strike in Germany last week the train has been a tad delayed and caught in a backlog. They're currently about to get underway again but we're about 10 days away from arrival. Hurry up DB!!! Cheers. Fran
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  36. FEF (Front End Friday) shot on the Avonlea Sub.
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  37. Your doing the very best you can lads, these delays with covid and train strikes are totally beyond your control. When they arrive they arrive, for me anyway, they are a serious looking piece of work. Thank you.
    8 points
  38. It works for us pretty well over the last while, just a bit of Bad luck you got caught in the Strike. Don't give up bud! Could be worse and stuck in a ship in a canal somewhere
    8 points
  39. Happenings in Dugort…… On one day’s train spotting in 1966, C201 has brought in the goods, but expired with a broken fuel pipe in the siding, where C230 will rescue her later. Meanwhile B125 retrieves the passenger set from the back loop road for the 11:40 to “town”.
    8 points
  40. Some views of ex M&GWR stations in 1967 some 30 years after closure. I hope the photographers identification notes were correct. Clifden Achill Ballynahinch
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  41. Some shots of trains running on the layout.
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  42. 146 and 184 running with a Gypsum special. 20210903_195415.mp4
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  43. Certainly captures the spirit of the place with the sharp curve and overgrown siding I had planned to include Kiltubrid on the tramway section of the narrow gauge layout, I managed the sharp curve and bridge but the baseboard was too narrow to fit in the road, railway and Halt Keepers house. perhaps some day I will get round to building a new scenic section or mini layout incorporating Kiltubrid and Drumcong Post Office the two signature scenes on the Tramway. Currently I am thinking of a small OO9 layout to replace my N gauge American end-to end layout that has not progressed during the past year or two. I am thinking on a continuous run layout with a Welsh Narrow Gauge theme an excuse to buy a Bachmann WHR Baldwin 590 and Peco slate wagons and dispose of more of my American N gauge stock and locos.
    8 points
  44. No pressure really, we enjoy what we do. It is why all new models are announced with a sample, like these coaches so we we can cut down on waiting times for you guys. We wont be going back to the glacial pace of the 42ft flats and the As ever again as it left you all waiting way longer than we wanted. We learnt our lesson there. Cheers! Fran
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  45. Good guess! To be honest it would be great to do the other half, but it is entirely dependant on how these go. NIR is a niche within a niche, so to do an NIR powered model will hinge on sales of these coaches. It's a bit of a gamble but hopefully rewarded! Cheers! Fran Meanwhile in Foynes.... Don't forget, these travelled extensively across the country. Not just on Enterprise workings!
    8 points
  46. We live in strange times. Frostbit Boy has been rescued by dolphins. Anything at all is actually possible now.
    8 points
  47. Nice surprise when the post man brought this book today. Our own @jhb171achill's latest book. Glued to it. Excellent read with wonderful archive maps and photos. The map on page 30 is particularly interesting considering Galway city today. This lost line was an MGWR gem. Gotto go back to the book. PS: Congrats on another excellent production. Hmmm Clifton station looks an interesting subject . . . no, no, no, stick to the mission and complete Gort, there's still much more to be done. Thanks for another great book. Love MGWR history.
    8 points
  48. “I’m tellin’ ya - THIS size it was. But the poaching man was about so I had to throw it back into the river…..” ”OK, a minute to go, c’mon. Yer man will give out if we’re late at the junction….”
    8 points
  49. Footplate, buffer beam and steps being folded up and getting ready to solder. The footplate cab end drag beam is folded down, then the curve is folded over a 3.15mm dia brass rod. Then the 90 deg bend is folded down. Checking the folds with the cab side and making adjustments. The folded up steps are sweat soldered onto the valances, the front buffer beam structure is also soldered and all is ready to tack solder together! But the jig part 38 (top far left in the photo), is supplied in the kit to hold the valances at the front while soldering them to the underside of the footplate, doesn't fit! So have to do it by eye. All tacked in place with some minor adjustments at the drag beam end. Next is the detail etch cover to the buffer beam, but before soldering it on I decided to look at the buffers to see if any adjustments are needed. The fact that the buffer beam structure is a box type affair the buffer bushes at the back are not long enough to support the spring and keep the buffers out where they should be! Easily remedied with a brass tube spacer behind the spring on final assembly. The buffer shanks have a rib on the end which needs to be filed down, one is done in the photo. So after checking the buffer fit and making adjustments the whole footplate was soldered up. Then the buffer detail was sweat soldered on. The buffer bushes soldered into the rear of the beam structure. The rear chassis fixing captive nut was soldered on. And the front steps grab handles soldered in. Now a bit of turning- a 16mm dia brass flywheel for the motor, flywheels like all their weight on the outside of rotation for maximum torque, so a grove needs to be cut in the front face. This is done on the lathe which is called 'trapanning' - cutting a recess in the end of a bar. A tool 3mm wide was ground to shape for doing this which is on the right of the bar stock. Stock cleaned up in the lathe, drilled 1.9mm for the 2mm motor shaft which will be reamed 2mm after the part is parted off as this is not a through hole and cant be reamed here. The trapanning was done leaving a 1mm collar at the motor shaft, very slow speed, loads of lube, and slow feed into the work does the job. Parted off at a depth of 6mm, cleaned up and reamed 2mm...... and test fitted, which will be Locktited on final assembly. Next up are some cab parts, cut from the fret, de-cusped and ready......... ........that will be later. Eoin
    8 points
  50. Just to give a bit of context, I'm using old photographs of Borris Station and Viaduct to help plan and design. A Class arrivals should fit in nicely.
    8 points
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