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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 Glover’s Workbench thread. Take a look at that thread and the Pettigo Co Donegal thread to see some very fine scratch-building – what we modellers of an earlier era have to do. He showed great ingenuity and skill to produce just the coaches and other rolling stock which he wanted. Please join me in passing on condolences to Aidan’s wife Barbara, daughter Paula and the rest of the family circle. May he Rest In Peace. Leslie
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  2. Hi everyone, There has been some silence on this project and I must admit that's down to IRM, and not Robert, so apologies to both Robert and all of you who are interested in this footbridge for that. We were so impressed with Robert's design and attention to detail that we approached him with a view to mass produce his footbridge design rather than do a small run 3D print, which he has very graciously agreed to. So, this will be a new scenic accessory from IRM! What's more, we are working on a modular concept for the bridge, allowing for various spans and orientations, giving you greater flexibility to fit in on your layout! The plan is that it will fully painted and with the bare minimum for assembly. We are currently working with our factory to get this production ready, and we will have a full update and launch including specs, prices, ordering information and more later this year, so please bare with us on that. We will have more details in due course, but with the design being so good and now with a factory fit and finish, it promises to be a must have for any Irish layout! Cheers! Fran
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  3. At last some good news people End May delivery: MM0124, MM0129, MM0134. IE logo. So should be available to purchase after June 8th End June delivery: MM0121, MM0135 CIE grey. MM0125, MM0131 CIE Black, hopefully available after July 7th End July delivery: MM0126, MM0132 CIE supertrain. MM0127, MM0130, MM0133 IR logo, available early August As you are probably aware, shipping from China is somewhat erratic (and expensive) due to medical supplies getting priority, but PM is already working on it. All going well, he would hope to start shipping to retailers from 8th.June. No RRP yet Hip Hip.......
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  4. Some photos of layout named after a combination of my local, Heuston Station (for the passenger stock) & North Wall (for the freight). Era is loosely based around 2005 - 2008 when you could still see Cravens, Mark 3's, 141 & 181 in operation, along side 071 and 201 class locos. I took the photos after l removed the stock to clean the rails- rare to have nothing on it! I don't have the expertise of most on here on the modelling front. l owe a huge amount to so many guys here who helped along the way. It was kinda the dream even getting to this point and there is a long way to go but here's where l am today.
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  5. Today, 12/09/20, two days after my 78th Birthday, our Postman delivered a wee parcel. To my delight it is my 121 from The Paddy Murphy Stable. This delivery made me thing a wee bit. I thought of my age, my model railway, the locomotives I am running; as I prepare for a professional Filming Session of Old Blarney this Thursday. Most importantly, my thoughts turned to the man who made it possible for me to have models of Irish Locomotives, and rolling stock, Paddy Murphy. His production of accurate models of the 141 and 181 Locomotives as used on our Railway System, and each of the models he has produced since then made me feel extremely grateful to him. Did I do anything - yes. I telephoned the great man. He was taking a walk in a Park and took the time to have a conversation with me. I would like to extend an invitation to each individual on this forum who reads, contributes and has an interest in Model Railways. Please add your personal thanks to Paddy for all he had done for you, your hobby and the RPSI by adding your name and a message to him through this page. My sincere thanks, to you, Paddy Murphy, David White.
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  6. Decorated Samples of the A Class! Here is what we have all been waiting for; decorated samples of our hotly anticipated A Class locomotives! Over the coming days we will bring you photos of each decorated sample we have received from China, beginning with our special edition A1 in as delivered condition! As you can see, the class leader is resplendent in original silver livery, which particularly shows off the bogie detail! There are some small changes to be made, but overall we are very happy with this one! Enjoy the photos below! We will reveal another A Class tomorrow, and then one each day next week, so make sure you check in with us daily for a new look! A1 is our special edition A Class and will be available in a wooden presentation box. Limited to just 250 models, it is due in September. A limited amount remain on pre-order. Make sure you don't miss out, order your A1 today: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/a-class-locomotive/products/a1-a-class-locomotive
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  7. Well folks, today is a very special landmark for us here at IRM, as we received the first pre-production prototype of our highly antcipated A Class! We've already given it a quick spin around our layout, and we are blown away by the crispness of the detail, the etched grills, the shape, and that performance! It's beautifully heavy and very, very smooth! There are some snags required such as lighting functions, roof details and fit, but overall it is most encouraging! It will take pride of place on our stand at the forthcoming South Dublin Model Railway Show this October Bank holiday weekend, so make sure you drop by for a closer look! We will soon send our feedback to China and then get some firm delivery details. In the meantime check out this video and place an order if you havent already. These beauties promise to be special! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collectio…/a-class-locomotive
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  8. I've been promising to show some progress photo's on this for a while, so better late than never.
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  9. Its a few weeks since I managed to do any more work on Four Masters Bridge, but have done a bit today. The main hold up was finding a source of small fragments of stone and sand so that I could detail the river bank. Last Saturday we went to the seaside and I filled a small doggy bag on the beach but on getting it home realised that the contents were a kaleidoscope of colours with a high content of coal dust etc. Not very suitable unfortunately. I pondered over where I could find a supply of material with more appropriate colouring and it came to me this morning that approx 90 seconds walk away from where I have resided for the last 30 years is the River Tyne which possibly might have the odd pebbles and correctly coloured sand. I accordingly dragged one of the dogs out for a mid-day constitutional and on finding a suitable supply loaded a dog bag and put it in my pocket. Disaster! One of the old dears observed me doing this, and didn't notice that the contents hadn't just seen the light of day from the dogs rear. My behaviour has no doubt been broadcast through the local Granny Mafia Media and I shall no doubt be getting a few peculiar looks over the next few days! Here are a couple of views - appears to look (and smell) OK
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  10. This really gets my goat up PM slogging away on his own working from detailed drawings and talking with people who worked on the locos. Then he lands out a 6 figure sum , eventually gets the locos delivered, then distributed and a keyboard warrior comes along and complains about boxes being silver not white! Jesus wept man admire the models for what they are and praise what has been done correctly, give the man a brake! And play with them
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  11. 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 announced ourselves to the world on this very forum, our good friends at South Dublin Model Railway Club gave us some space at the last minute at their Blackrock Hallowe'en show. We will be forever grateful to all the model railway clubs in the land who have supported and hosted us over the years at shows and clubrooms. To show our appreciation to you all for your support, we are doing a very rare sale as a thank you for this weekend! We have reduced all our IRM in stock items on the website by 10%! Just simply add your weedspray, cement bubbles, plough vans or spoils to the basket and you will get 10% off at the check-out! This sale is open till lunchtime on Monday, or while stocks last! We would also like to hear of your IRM related stories or memories and see some pictures or videos of our models on your layout or in your collections in the comments below. Cheers once again for all your support and here's to more models in the future! Fran (on behalf of the IRM / Accurascale team!)
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  12. Irish Wagon Range: We began June on a high note with the arrival of the test prints of a new model the GSR version of the IRCH 10T Standard Open wagon and an updated version of the GSR bulk grain wagon. We ran multiple test prints to identifty potential weaknesses in the CAD work under repetitive manufacturing conditions as we ran into problems with the grain wagon discharge gear and had to make a number of amendments to the brake van despite a number of successful test prints. The opens have turned out well but it looks like we missed out the bolt head detail of the diagonal strapping. The painting was a rush job the prints arrived this afternoon, the grey is a self etch primer, the red oxide a primer coat. I have a 1950s black and white photo of what appears to be a red hopper with black underframe and running gear. Discharge side our designer had fun and games modelling the linkages that operate the discharge gear with three attempts before coming up with a workable solution. Although the open and grain wagons share a 'common' standard IRCH/GSWR/GSR underframe the two types of wagons have buffers and suspension system (springs and hangers) which we have captured in the models. 20T Brake Van: We ran into some problems during the manufacture of the first batch of vans which has had a knock on effect on completing and assembling the wagons. It was necessary to re-design & strengthen some of the finer parts to minimise breakage during assembly as SLA prints are relatively brittle compared to injection molded plastic. We currently completing the assembly and painting of the first batch of vans and expect to have a small batch of vans with the flying snail logo available for marketing and review purposes by late June. The next step is to establish whether its feasible/viable to reproduce the 1960s/70s wasp striping to the sloping duckets using pad printing for a rtr model or use decals as a fall back option. All our 3D printed wagons are supplied with Bachmann couplers with NEM mount and OO gauge Markits wheels on 28mm axles. The models are easy to re-gauge to 21mm gauge simply by pushing the wheels out 19mm (OO running clearances) or 19.3mm (EM running clearances). We have not established a price point or set up a website for our Irish wagons at this stage as the viability of producing the wagons as rtr models or kits hinges on the successful completion of the Brake Van as our first 3D printed model and the ability of our suppliers and contractors to deliver. 52 Class & Tin Van Kits. We currently have the etched and cast metal parts for the 52 Class kit in stock. The castings for the tin van kits are in stock and the etched parts for the Post Office/Tool Van and final test etch for the revised Heating & Luggage and Luggage Vans are on order currently with a 4 week lead time. Some of the detail parts for these kits are out of stock with our suppliers in the UK mainly as a result of increased demand arising from the resurgence in modelling as a result of Covid restrictions in the UK and Europe. Our planned release of the 52 Class in July-August and the Tin Vans in Aug-September is dependent on these suppliers.
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  13. Bog Road Level Crossing was the last LC before Youghal,on the Cobh Junction-Youghal line.This layout will be on show at the Wexford Model Railway clubs Easter show this Weekend.The layout is based on the photo in the background,taken in summer of 1978,just before the regular goods trains ceased.I plan to run sound chipped A and C class as well as a 141.Thanks to Richard Wall for the photo.
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  14. JM Design is considering introducing a range of highly detailed 4mm OO gauge ready to run traditional Irish rolling stock in conjunction with Irish Railway Models. We focusing mainly on stock introduced between the 1920s and the early 1950s that operated during the steam and through to the early "Supertrain" era. Our first planned models are the GSR/Ranks Ireland Bulk Grain wagons that were introduced in the mid 30s and remained in service until the end of wagon load grain traffic in the mid 1970s. Our second planned model is the humble Irish Standard 10T Open Wagon a design that was introduced following WW1 and was built by the GNR(I), GSR & CIE through to the introduction of the corrugated open wagons during the mid 1950s. The wooden bodied opens were used for general merchandise and bulk traffics such as coal, gypsum and sugar beet and they were even used to carry BR style B & D containers many lasted into the early 1970s. We are considering producing Ranks Ireland and CIE versions of the grain wagon. Ranks Red 1948-1963-4 Ranks Grey post 1964 CIE winged wheel CIE "Broken wheel" with GSR style running number! Graphics are based on photos of prototype wagons and drawings and information provided by Herbert Richards. Because of uncertain demand for earlier stock our pricing and planning projections are based on a minimum factory quantity for each type of wagon, its planned to produce the grain wagons as limited edition items. GSR built standard open 10567 GNR "Standard Open. The open wagon is based on drawings and information provided by Herbert Richards and a GNR(I) wagon diagram. The spec for both wagons include plastic injection moulded bodies, slimline tension lock couplers in NEM mounts, RP25 110 wheels & 21mm gauge compatible underframes. Although both wagons share a common chassis tooling the models are expected to retail within a €50-57 price range based on current costings. If there is sufficient interest to proceed with the project I expect to issue a press release in conjunction with IRM with a potential release of the grain wagons in the later part of 2021 with the opens to follow in 2022. I would appreciate your survey feedback to ascertain the potential level of demand. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5QK5QJM
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  15. Well it's moved on considerably since August. It is now on site and the track is down and now I have to sort out the computer control. The build has now been split between 2 companies to speed it up. We are doing the boards, track, point and computer control. It should be open to the public for Christmas.
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  16. Hi everyone, Exciting news this morning! We will be stocking the exciting forthcoming range of Murphy Models 121 Class locomotives in OO gauge! A total of 12 running numbers across 5 liveries will be available to order from us, as well as the DCC decoder and two different sound chips! Our price for these models in €189.95 with free postage in Ireland and the UK included! Read more about these lovely locomotives and how to place your pre-order here: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/blogs/announcements/irm-to-stock-murphy-models-121-class-locomotives (And before the rumour mill goes into overdrive, IRM has NOT taken over Murphy Models) Cheers! Fran
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  17. Hi everyone, We thought it would be good to share some good news and optimism in these bleak times. We can confirm that our factories in China are back up and running and as you can see below, our Guinness keg wagons are currently being painted and assembled. In this first pic you can see the cages, chassis and kegs (which will be painted silver!) in various stages of assembly. Here are the kegs, undercoated before silver paint is applied (and upside down in this pic of course!) As many of you will have seen, we have a fully finished sample of the wagon which we displayed at the Dublin show in Blackrock last October. As the office is currently locked up, I cannot take a pic of it to show you all. However, we did get a part assembled sample before the show which I did snap and is below. Please note that a lot of detail is not present on this sample. Finally, prices and ordering. We are not taking pre-orders on these at all. They will only be available to buy once they are in stock in our warehouse. So, you dont have to pay down money in advance. We have also made more of these than the ferts and liners, so there should be more stock too in case you miss out, as Irish outilne seems to be growing in popularity. We are not fully sure when these will be in stock, but we are hoping late April. It will depend of course on the freight situation out of China. We will keep you informed of any changes and confirmation before then. There will be four packs of two wagons, with a price of €100 per pack. A rake bundle deal of €370 will also be available. The cages and kegs will also be available in a separate line side accessory pack. Details on this will be revealed later in the year. Cheers! Fran
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  18. Some good news people: Model of the Decade, no less
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  19. In advance of these ladies arriving, Fran let me rob a pair for "interfering with". Rugby on the wireless, house quiet, one of life's simple pleasures. Here's a taster, but I'll have a full "how to" next week if you fancy dipping your toe into weathering. The beauty of this process is that an airbrush etc. is not required, and is completely reversible, even when everything has dried. Richie. Edit - the body and chassis is normally a single component, but my 4 year old wanted to see it, hence why it's in 2 parts...
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  20. Well, I've managed to find some shelf space and built a new layout! Well at 50cm long it's more like a loco programming track but at least I can sit in the office with the sound of a diesel engine ticking over in the background!
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  21. A brief update to the layout - there have been a number of new acquisitions for the motive power lineup and one end of the scenic section has received an upgrade with the addition of trees and other scenic details.
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  22. Irish Footbridge I have modelled the footbridge that is present in Wellingtonbridge. This footbridge is similar to many of the pedestrian bridges seen across the Irish Rail network. There are several models available which could be used to represent an Irish footbridge, including one from York Modelmaking which I read about recently. To match the prototype, there are 16 steps on the station side and 17 steps with a few additional concrete steps on the non-station side, which matches the layout of Wellingtonbridge. I went to additional effort to represent the design of the steps, pillars and even the raised tread on the walkway surfaces and the third picture shows some of the detail that I did achieve. I feel like the gaps of lattice design on the parapets are slightly too large and the printer did not manage to reproduce the rivets at the crossing points. Print time for this model was 16 hours and the model was printed in 3 parts. Some of the details are difficult to see on this non-painted print.
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  23. A few photos of murphy models 121 B134 on barrow street and the holy trinity regards warb
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  24. I was told these "were for my eyes only" but you know me, cant keep a secret Dont tell anyone!!! I wont be sending out Christmas cards, these should do.
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  25. Needs no further introduction really! Please note, this is a first sample and yes, we know there are corrections to be made! But, well, yum yum!!! Pre-ordering will be open soon. You have been warned! Cheers! Fran
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  26. After many twists and turns, and a house move, I am delighted to have had a visit from Baseboard Dave today with a vanload of great goodies. Dugort Harbour has arrived. Dave will post a pile of pics later on, but a few teasers here; it's 20th July 1964 and the 17:35 to Castletown West is about to depart - or it would, if the height of the layout matched the further extension that it is going to be connected to - but that's in hand. As originally conceived, it was to be a standalone shunting layout, based on a place like Baltimore, Valentia Harbour or Westport Quay. The idea was to have this plus a fiddle yard; trains leaving the place going along a fictitious four or five mile branch to the nearest big town. It has an air of desolation to it. This is intentional, though a West Cork / Kerry-like corrugated sheet station building will be added when I get around to it, plus a few people and cars. The prototypes mentioned above only seem to have survived as they were too insignificant to be worth listing for closure in themselves - though Westport Quay was retained in order to provide access for a fuel tanker to stabled buses - this is imitated here with an oil tanker grounded for the same purpose; a raison d'etre for such a lonely place to retain a train service at all. Like many lines that CIE want to close, the service is sparse. A daily goods will serve the place, with a morning and evening passenger train, mixed in steam days. It will only come to life when the local GAA crowd set off en masse for Croker, the beet season is in full swing, or the monthly cattle fair is due. In the fictitious setting, now that it is in a new house, there is scope for extension (hence the mismatching height of new boards installed and ready for track!). This extension will include a medium sized town station, from where the main line train from Cork or Dublin arrives twice daily, a la Lismore / Dungarvan, Clonmel or Bantry. A connection goes out to Dugort Harbour. Once the "main" station is complete, the main line trains will leave there to a fiddle yard, so the routine will be Fiddle Yard ----(main line)---- Castletown West ----(branch)---- Dugort Harbour. One thing that initial trials show up is the bad idea of various RTR and kit-built stock having slightly different couplings; derailments galore. I may well foist some 15 locos and 50 coaches and wagons some day on some poor soul with a request to put kadees on the lot. Just a few adjustments. Buildings have to be added (I have a goods shed started). Slight adjustment to a platform edge, as it and a JM Design "tin van" have fallen out over clearance issues, but that's easily fixed. Backscenes are desperately needed; that will be a priority. The "main" station will have a turntable, allowing locos to turn before going back to "Cork", a fictitious two or so hours away. But on the branch, the old turntable pit is filled in and the shed demolished; it IS the "swinging sixties" after all, so tender first running there. So, back to a summer evening back in 1964. Bet you didn't know they had drones back then.......... From the goods yard gate, stock lying about. And from a very youthful ”TTCs” or “Wanderer’s” drone….
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  27. Locomotive 146 idling with a short set of Cravens (1544, 1521, 1529) and BR Gen. Van (3192) in the sidings at Heuston North.
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  28. Even though we all knew what to expect from recent photos, I have to say I'm blown away by the detail on this beauty up close. It has without doubt, been worth the wait. Most will probably prefer to double head with another 121. But I also have a soft spot for the pairing below. Have to also point out, despite the age difference between both models, the 141/181 still stands up extremely well against the new offering with regards to detail. Just highlights yet again what Mr Murphy achieved all those years ago.
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  29. Well folks, we have been asked in person, emailed, lobbied and have had some oh-so subtle hints over the past couple of years about making a certain locomotive. So, we have listened, and we have decided to push ahead and do an A Class for 2019. As you can see, CAD is complete. Looks well, right? We surveyed A39r with permission of the Irish Traction Group and The Downpatrick and Co. Down Railway, both of whom were most helpful and accommodating in the development of this model. They are two fantastic groups, well worth donating to, volunteering with and visiting as they keep our railway heritage alive. The A class represents a new chapter for IRM, as we have previously supplied highly detailed rolling stock items for the Irish market, alongside our sister brand Accurascale which produces highly acclaimed British outline models. Now we are moving into locomotives and powered models. As you know by now, we like to do things to a high standard, with a high attention to detail. This continues with locomotives, with the specification of the A Class is as follows: Highly detailed OO scale model Heavy metal chassis Separately applied steel detail parts, including grab handles, steps, wipers and more NEM coupling socket at correct height Five-Pole motor with two flywheels Metal Helical Gear box for maximum performance and slow speed running Gearing arranged so locomotive can achieve a scale top speed of 130 km/h DCC ready with PowerPack capacitor for uninterrupted power Two quality speakers with large sound capsules for best possible sound Fully detailed Lighting Pack, including: Directional lighting, DC and DCC Marker lights can be turned off when train is coupled to loco high beam headlight function separately switched cab lighting and illuminated, details driver’s console Engine bay lighting RP25-110 wheels OO wheels with provision for re-gauging to 21mm gauge Rotating axlebox hubs (with alternate axlebox covers for earlier versions) Fully sprung metal buffers Extra fine factory-fitted pipework Extra fine factory-fitted plastic and etched steel detail parts Two styles of windscreens depending on era modelled/livery Both Original Crossley and rebuilt GM locos catered for Minimum Radius 438mm (2nd Radius Set-track) Length over Buffers 203mm Both the original Crossley and rebuilt GM powered locomotives will be modelled in appropriate liveries, featuring detail differences around the roof, windscreen and headlights. The finished models will be offered in a plethora of liveries, including a very limited edition special edition of class leader A1 in as delivered silver with sandboxes in a special presentation box with certificate, to Green lined, plain green, black, black with yellow panel, black and tan, supertrain, supertrain with IR logos and full IR livery, with the more popular liveries to receive multiple running numbers to allow modellers build an authentic roster of locomotives. We are working on digital sound records for both power plants, and sound chips will be sold separately closer to release. Price of each locomotive will be €189.95 per loco, with €219.95 for A1 special edition and delivery of finished models is expected Q4 2019. Orders can be placed direct on our website here and at our stand at the Raheny show this weekend. You can either pay in full today or select ‘Bank Transfer’ and pay a €50 per loco to secure your order, with the balance paid before delivery in lump or installments. Deposits can also be taken at the stand at Raheny. 2019 promises to be ‘A’ very special year, with the 42ft project delivered and A classes to come, as well as some other announcements in the new year. Keep an eye out for further updates in 2019!
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  30. Hi everyone, It’s absolutely fantastic to see these wagons in action and on such great layouts. Thank you for posting them and keep them coming. However, we are aware that there has been a couple of issues too. We have been in touch with the factory to discuss our unhappiness about the tightness of wheels on the bogies (a characteristic none of the Tara’s or 42 samples had at all, and the flats have exactly the same bogie, same tooling etc.) and the droopy buffer issue with these wagons. With a bit of oiling and some running in, the tightness of the wheels is cured, but we are instructing the factory to ensure that this is not necessary on any further 42ft wagons going forward and that they perform as they should. This affects some, but not all wagons, but once sorted they perform as you would expect. We have also asked the factory to ensure that the buffer beam fitting is corrected too and that the ferts, spoils, Guinness kegs and weedspray do not have these issues. If anyone is having issues and cannot resolve them then please contact us via email support@irishrailwaymodels.com and we will help you out. We know this is not ideal and shouldn’t be necessary but we are determined to solve the issue for you should you have one. Cheers, Fran (on behalf of the IRM crew)
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  31. Omagh Goods Yard is complete
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  32. Hi everyone, Well after months of research, CAD, checking, corrections, amendments to corrections and tooling, the first sample of our massive 'project 42' has arrived, sporting a first sample view of our weed spray tanks! The fully diecast underframe provides a lovely weight with excellent detail and fidelity in plastic and wire fittings. It also comes on our excellent Y33 bogies as first seen on the Tara Mines wagons, so rotating axle hubs are included! We have some corrections to make, but overall it looks excellent! Here are some images to whet the appetite! (Please note that this is a pre-production sample, and details like the headboards will not be on the weedspray wagons. It is just to demonstrate parts, fit and finish!)
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  33. A few pics of the first pre production 121’s on their way to Ireland for testing enjoy
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  34. Bit of news on the Fry Model Railway. Model Rail Baseboards have been commissioned to build the new layout for the Cyril Fry Model Railway Museum. The new layout will be 11mtr long x 4mtr wide in OO gauge.
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  35. Ye gods, but it is hot! Not exactly modelling weather... Had a week in Northumberland, which the weather did its best to spoil, but in the end it was ok. Beamish museum is rather splendid and though the trams wren't running, the early double decker buses were, as was their replica Puffing Billy. Meanwhile a boat trip around the Farne Islands added a few ticks to my annual bird watching list. Sort of feathered train spotting I guess! Once we got back home, it was a case of trying to finish the F6. Probably went at it too hard with the rest of the transfers as ended up with a migraine, so very much lesson to self to take it easy on these intense bits of work. However, it is done, along with a bit of gentle weathering and coal in the bunker.
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  36. Today the last of the remaining B134 locomotives sold out. A huge thank you to all those who have supported the RPSI in this venture. This project has brought in vital income at a time when all our normal operations have come to a halt along with the associated income. This project would not have been possible without the generous assistance from Paddy Murphy of Murphy Models with the production and supply of the models. Also the team at IRM who volunteered their assistance with the hosting of sales, dealing with orders and dispatching the models to customers. We also had a number of Mk2 coach packs made available and these sold out in record time through the IRM site. a very small number of individual coaches remain. The success of these models along with the previously released Cravens gives plenty to consider regarding possible future releases. A number of options are under consideration and hopefully it wont be too long before we can announce the next project. The income raised from the sale of the models ensures that work can continue on the restoration of the real B134 in Inchicore Works along with other things like insurance etc which still have to be paid. On behalf of the RPSI- thank you. Gerry
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  37. The first photo shows a finished model, the second has yet to have rust applied.
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  38. I have not been able to spend time on the layout following foot surgery which unfortunately did not go as planned. Following my new podiatrists orders I am spending my days on the sofa with my foot elevated. A bright spot today was the arrival of a couple of 121's. I couldn't resist posing one on the layout and taking a few photos.
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  39. A brief preview of the CAD work for the prototype of our first 4mm OO Gauge traditional Irish goods wagon a CIE 20T goods brake. The prototype is to verify that certain elements of the model are of adequate strength and to check the re-production of finer detail such before we progress to the production CAD work, including full rivet detail, buffers, brake gear, marker lamps, foot steps and the guards stove and bench seats. At this stage we are looking at the option of producing the model using 3D SLA technology with an abs material or vacuum casting using an abs resin material. We are looking at the option of producing the brake van as a rtr model or a CKD kit similar to the Trix Private Owner wagons of the 1970s. All going well we expect to have a preview of the prototype within the next two weeks.
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  40. Some progress on dart units for barrow street
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  41. Detail slowly being added to barrow street.
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  42. Another update on two buildings of rostrevor court for barrow street which have been a pain to do. Main buildings complete now for paths and exterior landscaping to do.
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  43. I was talking to an elderly gent today from Wexford St. He told me to show nobody, but you know me, A few minor issues have arisen which may knock delivery back by 4 -6 weeks but we should have them by mid summer at the latest Enjoy.
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  44. Getting closer and closer... Look out for more pics in the coming days... Cheers! Fran
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  45. Few more pics. Got the guttering and down pipes done. Used a ratio guttering kit. Now just need a fews sacks of produce and a few wooden barrels outside. No pallets in this era, no fork lift trucks. This was before modern era, bogies and containers. All manually loaded produce in the CIE golden era. The ratio guttering accessory kit was handy, saved me forming realistic gutters from heated plastic strips. A bit of fiddling here to figuratively ensure water would flow downhill from the overhang into the main roof down pipe. Will have to put drain traps on the ground below these. Overall pleased to have a unique scale model of a real building as it was back around 1970. The basic structure of this building still exists but its all boarded up now.
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  46. Hi all. It has been quite some time since I've been on here. (This has been down to some general fatigue and aches and pains, along with a hectic family life, new job and just not having much time) . Any way, I felt less and less like going to the attic, so I took the decision to run down the attic layout and work on a simple micro layout that could be stowed away easily. My mind was made up when my father in law gave me a stock of wood off cuts including a number of ply boards cut to about 8" by 3ft , and some more a little shorter. As soon as I saw them I started thinking "layout, layout". I'm recycling most railway items from previous efforts to keep the cost down. Here's a few snaps of work so far:
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  47. These Black'n'Tan livery MM 121s are just gorgeous. B125 got a very light dusting in the sheep dip. Just enough to get the plastic shine off it.
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  48. Well lads I hope everyone enjoyed the good old Warley war!! Battling through the crowd. I have got to say I really enjoyed the whole event on Saturday. Met up with Wrenneire aka Dave and John Hamilton at Ardmore. I hope your colleague was ok after his fall. Also meeting up with Patrick and Fran on the IRM/Accurascale stand and taking the time to have a chat and see the new products due soon, great stuff. But just as I left the show and entered the Starbucks queue I happen to say hello to Paddy Murphy. This is a man I have only seen once before in my life. So he said to wait a couple of minutes and he would be back. Sure enough as I was collecting my coffee he came back and for the next hour we chatted. He gave an amazing insight into the problem child the 121 had been and the various difficulties he had faced and at the same time keeping the price as sensible as possible. He then unwrapped some samples and showed the various options covered and the enormous moulding challenges. It was the highlight of the show for me. Thanks Paddy for taking the time to talk but also the fantastic models produced over the years. And if anyone wants to complain about the 121’s being late take time to consider how blessed we have been for such a small market. Gareth
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  49. IRM Ballast Plough VAN. Here are a couple of pictures of the IRM Plough van, before and after weathering.
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  50. Hi everyone, Here is sneak peek at the design for the internals of the the A. Here you can see the heavy chassis block, large central can motor with twin fly wheels and circuit board. This work has been approved and tooling of the chassis components is well under way! Exciting times I'm sure you will agree! Cheers! Fran
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