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  1. 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!
    13 points
  2. 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
  3. Big GM 084 departs with the fertiliser working which will soon be in the hands of the A class!!
    9 points
  4. Some Friday evening action from Ballyercall. It’s great to be running again after the summer break.
    9 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Hi everyone, We have uploaded production sample images to the website so you can see each pack in the plastic! Some tasters below too. Just hit 50% pre-sold, so don't hang around for long if you want some! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/tara-mines Cheers! Fran
    7 points
  8. Hi all, There is a new book on irish railways about to be published by my good friend Jim Edgar, It is the first in a series of books on Irish railways covering the period from the early 1970s to the mid 2000s, The cost is £11.50 with £4.00 P&P and can be purchased directly from his website at www.markle.co.uk, Also the RPSI have some for sale on their website, I would highly recommend the book as a valuable resource for modellers of that iconic period,with some rare photos of long gone locations,locomotives and traffic.
    7 points
  9. I fitted the brake levers and vacuum cylinders to the wagons but gave up on the brake hangers, shoes and linkages as they were a bit too fiddly for my eyesight and fingers to assemble. Chassis superglued to bodies, I even mislaid a couple of vac cylinders which might turn up some day. Cut of cattle wagons in grey etched primer. I first sprayed the wagons with an "Adhesion Promoter" (automotive wax and grease remover) before spraying with primer, this minimises the risk of paint flaking off both the brass and resin substrate. 3/4 view of cattle wagon, I still have to fit the axlebox covers! Standard small C&L open wagon, this wagon appears to be base on the original Metropolitan 40--5Ton wagons introduced for the opening of the line in 1887, the C&L appear to have added an additional 18 wagons---6T wagons before the large scale introduction of 'foreign' open wagons by the GSR & CIE to cater for the increasing coal traffic from the mid 1930s to the late 1950s. 6Ts re-assembly, cylinder covers replaced, coupler mounting plates fitted to the chassis fore and aft and chipped/damaged paintwork treated with Carrs Metal Surface Conditioner and Metal Black, the loco body needs to be washed to remove dirt and chemical residue. I am un-decided whether to simply touch up the chipped worn areas or try a light coat of my new weathered black mix which I use for wagon roofs. Colour photos indicate that 6T was painted black before she arrived on the C&L in the Spring 1957 and appears to have remained in reasonable condition while working in the railway.
    7 points
  10. JW Armstrong views today from the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust. Dublin Heuston and Inchicore shed ca 1950
    6 points
  11. Under test in Germany so presumably due here soon.. it’s a Kirow Multitasker 500
    6 points
  12. Hi everyone, Just to confirm the Taras are now on the high seas and heading our way. They're due to dock at the end of October, with orders being dispatched into early November. Grab some before they all go! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/tara-mines Cheers! Fran
    6 points
  13. Never thought I'd say this but it's highly likely that Mayo will win the Sam Maguire before the IRM As arrive on these shores.
    6 points
  14. Little positive news to report this month as a result of a combination of Covid restriction here in New Zealand and continuing difficulty obtaining components and parts from suppliers in Europe and the Far East. RTR Wagons Brake Vans: I am currently focusing on completing current orders of 23580 Light Grey and 23544 Brown 20 T Goods Brake vans for potential delivery late 2021. We were unable to progress the models as planned following our August update as all our local suppliers were closed as a result of Covid restrictions. Other existing and planned wagon projects: We are currently unable to progress other existing and planned projects as our preferred 3D print suppliers and print bureau are closed as a result of on-going Covid restrictions in Auckland 52 Class Locomotive kits: The majority of kits have now been delivered to customers with some very positive feedback. CIE 4w Van kits: I am unable to provide an estimated dispatch date at this stage for these kits as I am currently awaiting components and parts to arrive from suppliers.
    5 points
  15. Good luck with the launch on Saturday, hope all goes well and you all enjoy the day.
    5 points
  16. Went to see this awesome 7 and a quarter inch live steam model last Sunday. Simply stunning!
    5 points
  17. We're looking at circa another 10 days folks. The train relies on lots of connections. Think the boat is simpler and almost as fast for future reference!
    5 points
  18. I hate TV advertising and invariably hit the 'mute' button as soon as they commence, these days adverts seem to be on for more time than the actual programme, notwithstanding that the programmes arn't worth watching any way. Even the dog agrees with me!
    5 points
  19. A view of Limerick on 14 May 1988 with in the distance 184 on a Special. There are close up views of the loco also added to Flickr today.
    4 points
  20. They are superb men. The Tara's really are a fantastic model, they just look right. Rich,
    4 points
  21. GNRI Derry shed today. HC Casserley views on 19 April 1948. 25 and 140 coaling.
    4 points
  22. All Ireland final day 2021 produced extra activity at Tara junction with special trains from Mayo and one from Belfast , 124+134 work the 07:00 Westport-Dublin Connolly special consisting of 10 Mk2 a/b coaches. NIR 208 working 08:30 Belfast-Dublin Connolly 7 piece Mk2 set 132+152 working the 07:15 Ballina-Dublin Connolly 10 piece Mk2d set 190+184 working the 08:00 Westport-Dublin Connolly with 9 Cravens and 2 BR GSVs, 201 arrives at the platform with the regular 08:05 Dublin Heuston-Westport 8 Mk3 set, 6101+130 leads a push pull Mk3 set forming a Claremorris-Dublin Connolly special. 085 has charge of the 5 piece Mk3 Executive train which had the Mayo team on board. 127+133 were the standby locomotives and were ticking over on the turntable road.
    4 points
  23. Hi guys. Was unable to amend my previous post [above]. What I meant to say is "It's highly likely that the IRM As will arrive on these shores before Mayo win the Sam Maguire".
    4 points
  24. I’m sure Tara Junction is choked with specials from Westport, Ballina, Castlebar and Claremorris today!
    4 points
  25. Any idea what year this photo is? Early 50s? Also what type of passenger coaches are being pulled? Last seems to be a Tin Van. https://www.ebay.ie/itm/133868601666?hash=item1f2b30c142:g:Jn0AAOSwpmFhNLsc
    3 points
  26. And there was me thinking that "Abtus Voidneter" was a nasty character out of a Harry Potter novel........
    3 points
  27. Unfortunately due to real world commitments I am suspending services temporarily. It is my hope that it will be just that, temporarily. I apologise for any inconvenience if you were planning to avail of the service. On this note as I will be uncontactable and not in a position to reply please do not think I am being rude or ignoring any DMs sent to me or that I am not grateful that you wish me to carry out ay work. For those who have used the service to date, thank you and I am grateful you trusted me with your models. Happy modelling and kind regards Chris
    3 points
  28. Service is reopened. Apologies for any inconvenience.
    3 points
  29. Just a few more days guys - can you believe it? - after a 40 year journey from those early efforts by Lima to something world class… and who would have thought the A class could be found on the Trans-Siberian railway?
    3 points
  30. From a good friend who worked on Mk3 coaches back in the day-and knew them inside and out… Re colour of bogie springs on MK 3 carriages. The springs on delivery on the first batch were failing in service, BREL admitted some were faulty but not all . The new batch were coloured yellow on carriages and blue on the heavier bogie on the generating Van's. So on carriages in service some were yellow and black.
    3 points
  31. Here is a comparison in size between a Provincial Wagons H van, a Parkside Palvan conversion, and a Parkside 12 ton van. To my eye the palvan looks undersized. Maybe too narrow? Has a anyone got the dimensions of the CIE version?
    3 points
  32. We will trust your recommendation, Irishrailwayman........... (I'm going anyway...!) Was just looking at the train service - it's perfectly feasible, actually. Methinks I will take the train rather than propelling my infernal combustion vehicle in that direction. Always liked travelling on the Dublin & South Eastern Railway. Might get one of the big 4.4.0s.
    3 points
  33. @Eagles - That's a great idea regarding new anouncements. If the guys at IRM Towers say that they are going to do that then hardline Dubs, like me, might consider travelling outside our comfort zone and go to the Wexford show.
    3 points
  34. That will be a Wexford - Rosslare local, probably. The two carriages are green and the tin van filthy "silver", so it's 1958-62 or very close to that. You've a GSWR 1906-era third class coach and a comparatively modern (post-1956-ish) laminate. The loco is as grubby as one would expect..... The cars are (left) a comparatively new (1960?) Austin A35, and what I suspect may be a 1950/1/2 Ford Prefect (right, partly out of sight). A Ford "Thames" (or maybe VW?) van crosses the level crossing behind the train; with all these clues I'm going to say it's definitely 1961 or 1962.
    3 points
  35. There seems to be some confusion over the picture of railcar 16 at Strabane. Airfixfan is adamant it is railcar 18, Andy Cundick says it can’t be 18, as 18 has different front windows. Not being an expert on CDR railcars, I did a bit of research on the subject, and I found the following, but I am open to correction. Ironically, Airfixfan and Andy are both correct, in a roundabout sort of way. No 18, as built, was very similar to 16. However, following the fire in 1949, 18 was completely rebuilt with different front windows. The passenger compartment also received different windows. Both these differences made 18 easily recognizable. 18 ran in this condition until preservation. In 1996, in preservation, 18 was extensively restored to it’s original ‘as built’ condition, which makes it once again look similar to 16. Hence the confusion. Dating of photographs becomes essential for identification of the railcar. In the case of this photograph, since it was taken before closure of the CDR, it has to be No 16.
    3 points
  36. Friday night freight under the lights at Tara junction station. Locomotives 161+121 work a heavy laden bogie fertiliser through Tara junction. 127+133 wait a crew change while hauling the ammonia train from Shelton abbey to Marino point, 187 has arrived at the platform with the branch train.
    3 points
  37. I think the advertisement breaks are getting longer. I remember indulging in some "quality interaction" with the Mrs when the adverts would come on during a film and the action would be in full swing when the film restarted. Now any "quality interaction" during the advert break seems to be finished BEFORE the adverts come to an end. Yep, those advert breaks are definately getting longer.....
    3 points
  38. The bogies need to be painted brown if you want them entirely prototypical with those earlier containers however. If that bothers you.
    3 points
  39. Great news. I went a couple of times before and there were a wide variety of layouts. The cafe is very good and cheap. Very friendly atmosphere at the exhibition. I travelled to there from Cork.
    3 points
  40. NIR 111 & 112 at Dublin Connolly 16 May 1988
    3 points
  41. Smokebox;- All the parts removed from fret and cleaned up. Main structure folded and ready to solder the captive nut on- this is the body to chassis mounting nut. The structure is partly folded as a stretcher part slots in after the nut is soldered, the stretcher has tabs front n back hence 'partly folded'. Nut soldered and stretcher in I soldered the sides first, if one was to force the front & back closed to solder first the base bows and the smokebox will not sit level on the footplate- so sides first. Then front and back, ensuring they are perpendicular to the base. The reverse curves on the wrapper are bent over a 6mm rod to the rough shape. The wrapper was then curved over a 16mm rod and then bolted to the main structure with 10BA bolts- the bolts pull the wrapper in at the bottom, the shape can be assessed while doing this and adjustments can be made by removing the bolts- I like this idea. The base of the smokebox front needs a 2mm dia curve outwards which slots into a half etched recess in the running plate, this was a bit tricky getting things to line up- the curve starts just under the holes for the front grab rail. Just a test fit before I start soldering. The unit will be soldered on the inside through the holes front and back, the front cover will go on at the same time while soldering on the inside so the front has solder applied to the back face in readiness. Some pushing and clamping was required to get the return curves up tight to the structure, working on short sections at a time, moving to the other end alternately until the unit was soldered up- reward! = burnt fingers! Needs a bit of a cleanup and maybe a few soldering touch ups at front bottom sides! Joy rigged on the running plate to assess fit. A bit of fettling to the firebox junction with the cab is required and then I reckon the smokebox, boiler and firebox can be soldered into one unit!! Eoin
    3 points
  42. I have been building a brass Park Royal Coach from Worsley Works over the past year. The Bogies used are from Bachmann 36-008A so are the Buffers.Torpedo ventilators are from MJT 2940. The roof was made from plastic with a frame of curved ribbs covered with very thin plasticard. The seating was also made with plastic.
    3 points
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