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  1. 17 points
    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
  2. 14 points
    While working on harmony court sod law I discovered that i ran out of materials. So to keep going in the lock down work commence on scratch building class 8100 Dart units.
  3. 12 points
    Couple of pictures of current stage of construction of layout. Hard standing all provisionally in place, drains, cable trunking, relay boxes, point motors and pathways in place. Oil tank scratch built from 35mm pvc waste pipe with ends from a Dapol prestwin wagon fitted walls constructed from Wills cement render and block plasticard. Track rust painted. All fixtures and fitting are by no means finished and require further detailing. Shed also having side windows fitted. TDR
  4. 11 points
    First trial run of class 8100 dart units on barrow street
  5. 11 points
    Buffer beam painting on the Walker;- I first set up paper templates for cutting out the glazing, the templates have holes in- taken from the holes in the window frames for the horn & exhaust brackets, this is done because the glass will go in last after the completed body and parts are fixed n lacquered, the glass needs to fit over the ends of the brackets for flush glazing. Body masked up for painting the beams. White on. Red on with satin black brushed on the ladder and coupler bracket. Unmasked and needed a little clean up on the front running board- I forgot to remove the etch cusp along the edge and the white base colour seeped under the masking and along the cusp! Out with the swab n spirit and slowly removed the white line- remove the cusp next time! Getting ready to fit the detail parts- handrails, door handles, exhausts, badges, vac pipes, lights, and decals. The chassis will also be assembled, pick-ups installed and wired up for test running on the track!!...... Eoin
  6. 11 points
    Mullingar is one of the more unusual stations in Ireland, and offers plenty of modelling opportunity, a junction station at the heart of the MGWR, with a large cattle bank, goods shed, engine shed, a large gantry, the list is long to say the least. My focus is on the Athlone side, although both sides of the station have a lot to offer, the engine shed, goods shed and cattle sidings were all on the Athlone side of the station. Progress has been slow, but it's finally starting to have a vague resemblance. Maedbh makes a visit to Mullingar en route to Galway. The Civil Engineer was on holiday at the time apparently. WIP of the station building on the Dublin side of the station Engine shed and railway terrace under construction, slate roof is dry fitted. Far from finished clearly!
  7. 11 points
    Another elusive wagon that can be see from time to time on the Irish rail network is the bogie carrying 42' wagon, I first saw the real wagon parked on a siding in Ballina having been included in the consist of a liner train from North wall, the wagon would have originated from the wagon works in Limerick. The reason for the wagon being in Ballina was that a few days previous a bogie timber wagon developed a fault with two of its bogies while en route to Ballina from Waterford and needed replacement bogies, the work was done in Ballina freight yard by jacking up one end of the timber wagon and removing then replacing the bogies at both ends, As I have some surplus MIR bogie wagons I decided to construct the frame and to fit it to the wagon, I loaded four spare ''new'' bogies and the wagon was worked to the MPD by locomotive 083, I recently found a photograph I had taken of the wagon which I have included for comparison purposes,
  8. 10 points
    Its Autumn 1971 on the South Waterford Line. A newly re-engined A class leading a short pickup goods train passes loaded beet wagons at Keilys cross.
  9. 10 points
    Some more scenic work done on the layout today. Later 080 shunts a pair of container flats before 192 and 143 arrive in the loop with a bulk cement train.
  10. 10 points
    I would imagine around the €200 mark can’t be far off nowadays. Look at the prices of Uk and North American models, these markets are massive compared to the Irish one yet the prices have been rising well above inflation for the last few years. We can’t expect Paddy to be produce models at 2014 prices. I for one will buy what I can afford and support this fantastic effort by a one man band.
  11. 8 points
    I told him not to paint it, but he did sort out the valve gear.
  12. 8 points
    Anyone fancy a pint of Guinness? Locomotive 187 is seen here coupled to the liner which is made up of two MX 20' wagons with 270 barrels of Guinness on board and some two axle bulk cement wagons, The bulk cement wagons will be dropped off at Tullamore while the Guinness wagons will be left in Athlone with 187 returning light engine to the MPD.
  13. 8 points
    The Hornby footbridge at Glen More finally got lowered to an acceptable height and got repainted. It needs a little weathering.
  14. 8 points
    Forty five years ago, the sun went down on a chapter in Irish railway history, when the last rural branch line with traditional mixed trains closed. And as the winter sun went down on a bitterly cold but bright afternoon, two days before the closure, I took these. So now the sun must go down on me posting daily pictures, as I need to get more scanned..... 1. Arrival at Loughrea, behind a “C”. A big disappointment that day - sure you can get an oul “C” class to Bray ANY day. I had hoped for a “G” - but it had been removed - for ever at this point - and sent to Tuam to shunt the sugar factory sidings during the winter’s beet “campaign”. (Where did they get that odd terminology for a beet harvest?). By the time the beet was finished a few months later, the “G” would now be homeless.... 2. The sun sets on the last train of the day, on the last branchline, with just two days to go. This is actually a mixed train but there happened to be no goods that day. 3. A goods van in the siding at Dunsandle, en route. Hope you’ve enjoyed the photos, folks.
  15. 7 points
    GSWR 10 ton brake After many months of layout building - scenics, electrics, buildings, back scenes and the like - I finally decided to turn my hand to some rolling stock. In an ideal world, I should be making some signals, but parts are not available at the moment. However, in the world of model railways, there is always something else to do. It must be months since I last made any broad gauge rolling stock, so a brake van seemed a good place to start. Having spent so long doing other stuff, perhaps unsurprisingly the hardest bit was knowing where to start. A simple box van would have been easier - a floor, two sides, two ends and some strapping - but the GSWR 10 ton brake also has a veranda each end, so working out how to incorporate these led to a fair bit of head scratching. Salvation came in the posts covering Leslie's 4mm scale resin kits and I largely followed the way the parts are arranged. Construction was fairly conventional: a base of 80thou Plastikard, with sides of 40 thou sheet, scribed for 7" planks Strapping is all 80thou square strip W irons are white metal castings, but with the springs filed away and replaced with longer plastic ones - though they are still probably a bit too short. Buffers also white metal, while brakes are Slater's plastic blocks on nickel silver wire. Roof is 20thou plastic sheet The model was initially sprayed in Halford's grey primer, then hand lettered in white ink using a fine nibbed dipping pen. Once this was dry, the GSWR lettering was scrubbed away with a fibreglass brush. After weathering was applied, first with a dilute wash of Humbrol gunmetal, matt black and bauxite, followed by judicious use of weathering powders. Wheels and brakes got an undiluted weathering mix, while the roof is 'roof dirt' from Precision. Guess the whole project has taken about 15 - 20 hours over the last week. Have included pics of a GSWR 12 ton van from Castle Rackrent for comparison.
  16. 7 points
    There were over 14,000 2 axle goods wagon at the peak of CIE goods traffic on Irelands rail network. These loose coupled largely unbaraked wagons, rapidly disappeared from the mid 1970s when replaced by containerisation, pallet loads, uniform bulk loads such as cement, gypsum, fertiliser, beet, etc. The golden era of mixed wagon formations carrying goods to every major town in Ireland has fabulous model layout operating potential, marshalling, shunting, etc. Some stills at the beginning of the clip of recent workbench projects.
  17. 7 points
    Hi All, Killing time in lock down. Some items made up of scrap bits to represent a lathe, drill press and a work surface storage cupboard for the loco shed interior. Other items changed to represent NIR vans and skips for the shed area. A bit crude but look the part from a distance. TDR
  18. 7 points
    My Canon got a dump in the River last week after a buddy capsized the indian Canoe with two kids on it, Dried out now and working thankfully! Weathering has started now with the base down, gonna be a lot of learning with how to do something on this size and have it looking good hoepfully like the real deal picture below and the lights were fitted yesterday.
  19. 7 points
    Hi Lads, My packet if goodies came so the rigging is 90% done, just need to do the rat lines and source a suitable Cargo hook. Still need to have some 1mm cable or the winch to arrive and some black a white rigging thread and a few other bits n bobs to set it off. Leds going in tonight in the cabin area Heres the status at of Last Saturday,
  20. 7 points
    Track down - 4 lines down with 5 very long siding, some of which are between the third and fourth radius as I brought line out wider to create that space. Layout can have 9 full length trains now. Still room for more sidings and the possibility of a fifth line. Anyone offended by sectional track should look away now!
  21. 7 points
    Bit of Soldering done last night
  22. 6 points
    Glendalough Road looks like a fair sized village! I would be inclined to leave out most/some of the buildings on the viewing side of the layout, otherwise it will be difficult to see the Tram! The Mother in Law who is not very tall was disappointed with my narrow gauge layout because she is unable to see the train when it disappears from view in a cutting as it makes its way along the line. Like Galteemore I am a fan of curved backscenes. Engine shed acts as view blocker between station area and cutting section. I didn't have enough space for a building in front of mouse hole where train is supposed to run through backscene, perhaps some day.
  23. 6 points
    This turned up in an old “Cuisle” magazine. CIE built some of these for their furniture removal business in the 1940s / 50s. Usually the cab sections weren’t the usual green livery, with the goods-carrying section in wagon grey. These things were all green, the diagonal stripe being the light green as on carriage lining. The reversed “snail” on the driver’s side (same on that side of steam loco tenders and buses) will be noticed on the one side.
  24. 6 points
    Well, it's the right way up for a start... 🤣🤣🤣
  25. 6 points
    Is that picture recent Arran? Saw this picture of facebook the other day, 30ft Bell heading to the west of Ireland.. So there's is at least one around still in Bell Livery.. Fairly sure that I know who the operator is, next challenge is to get it onto the train, now THAT would be something!
  26. 5 points
    Some more photos of 143 arriving and pushing the Ferts into the yard for unloading.
  27. 5 points
    While starting to fit door handles n rails I realised I still needed to paint the running plate and the roof black! So out with tape and masked it up, this is easier to do before the rails go on. And done in satin black. A few small touch ups are required but I'll wait until the detail parts are fitted and do it all in the one go. Eoin
  28. 5 points
    I am gradually building up a road freight section to compliment the railway operations on Tara junction comprising of vehicles from the CIE,IR and IE period which span the best part of thirty years, I will start this thread off with a vehicle from the 1990s Irish rail era, Based out of Ballina freight depot was this Ford rigid truck which served the Mayo area and was branded for Rail Link traffic, Rail Link was an overhaul and rebranding for the former uniload and transtrack department with Ballina as the railhead for the traffic. The Rail Link truck makes its way through afternoon traffic while returning to the Lakeview freight yard to reload with more supplies for the High street.
  29. 5 points
    There be painting going on. A bit of an orange parade. Parallel projects can mean overlap efficiencies. Provincial Wagons CIE 20ft container, Later generation Dutch GSV suitable for running with Mk2 coaches and a BR Mk3 respray to supertrain. For fun half thinking of doing one side of the mk3 in supertrain livery and the other side in IR intercity tippex. Vallejo mix of Yellow and Red 35:1 ratio. The mk3 is a little deeper, added a tweak more red.
  30. 5 points
    Although I dislike making negative comments, I have to concur. This particular manufacturer has many items listed that I would be most interested in. However, a couple of years ago I ordered some narrow gauge War Department Class D bogie wagons for an Ashover Light Railway layout project. The models when they arrived were terribly striated and the surface details were very poorly defined. Unfortunately, this supplier's models seem to only be available in one single type of material, which I've been informed isn't ideal for fine detail, and so I've made a conscious decision to not order from him again. Kind regards, Mark
  31. 5 points
    The Dark Side. Well those light went in lovely! Just stuck in the spot light post shots, I was not going to but what the heck. You wont see these in daylight to be honest so these are a luxury. Stern lamp, Nav Lamp, Cabin Lamp and foremast light all in.
  32. 5 points
    As dusk approaches, one of the J15s, no.162, brings goods from the Galway direction through the station towards Dublin.
  33. 5 points
    Managed to slide away Sunday with a very slight Cider hangover and decided to tackle to fiddle yard, I only had 3 cobalts left and can get anymore for the time being so only one point is operational and I have yet to do the left side. My Baseboard planning was not that great as I have lost about a 10inches on the right side due to the curve starting mid board on the 'live' side and a brace underneath had to be removed to get the motors in. Lots of cussing. Next time i will do this aspect a wee bit better. When done I should get 6 Medium size trains in there, Most trains will be of 3 coaches this being a Secondary route. I can get 6 coaches where the 4-CEP is sitting. Hard ol work this railway Modelling lark is.
  34. 5 points
    Enjoyed doodling with this kit bashed tri-ang. Have 3 chassis for it, this one, another with running step rails, the third chassis has a plough. A very light bit of weathering on this provincial wagons CIE ex-GSWR 10 ton kit. The little man fell out so bostick to the rescue.
  35. 5 points
    Here's a threo Left to right: Provincial Wagons kit CIE ex-GSWR 10 ton, IFM RTR 3D CIE 30 ton modern'ish era brake van, kit bashed tri-ang into a sort of CIE flying snail era ex-GSWR brake van. I have three chassis for the final wagon, the one in the pic, one with step boards, and one with a plough. I'm a fan of brake vans and the era they were employed. A goods train without a punctuating brake van at the end seems like a sentence without a full stop at the end, or a broken pencil - pointless. Fun doodling with these during CV-19
  36. 5 points
    New to the Docklands today is the iconic Fitzgeralds pub.. with direct lines straight from the Guiness brewery next door you wont find a pint of plain fresher then that.. 🍺 "Assumpta" is looking forward to being open the bars doors once again once the lockdowns allows..🤣 This is a alphagrahix kit I bought in 1997 in the old Dun Laoghaire toy & train fair as a wee modeller 👶
  37. 5 points
    Some GSWR 12T brake van continued in service mainly on branch line duties into the 1970s, the older dark grey and GS(GSWR) lettering bled through on some wagons as the CIE grey weathered away. The majority of Midland goods brakes were of the drovers caboose type with raised cupola up to the introduction of more modern 20T brakes in the early 1920s. The 1874 type (complete with wooden brake blocks) appears to have remained in service up to the late 1930s, there is also an 1890 type similar in general styling to the horsebox and fish/meat van with the framing hidden by exterior planking and cover slips I am not aware of a drawing of photo of this type in the public domain. There was a later 1912 6w 20T type with the drovers compartment sandwitched between a guards compartment at each end. I don't know too much about Dublin & Meath rolling stock, its possible some of the locos and stock were sold to the Ennis & Athenry when the Midland took over working of the Meath Line, or Richard may simply have liked the look of the van. A Cork Macroom Direct Railway wagon operated on Castlerackrent although that railway operated in splendid isolation from the Irish railway network for most of its existence. The availability of original builders drawings from UK museums and libraries seems to have influenced Richard Chown's decision to model the WLWR rather than the Midland, despite a lot of prompting from Padraic O'Cuimin. The Ennis and Athenry was a bit like a more successful Bishops Castle Railway, forced to work its own line with second hand equipment after negotiations with the Midland fell through, then taking on the operation of the Athenry and Tuam line ultimately to be rescued by the Waterford & Limerick with Great Western support.
  38. 4 points
    Well there is no Australian section so decided to post this here;- This is a Eureka Models with DCC sound of an Australian AD60 in the workshop for some repairs. It's a nicely detailed model and has a bit of factory weathering but has been badly handled...... Valve gear on the front unit is missing, sanding boxes missing, handrails badly re-fitted, a few bits on the buffer beams bank n front are missing and it doesn't run! The plan is to replace the missing gear using the surviving gear as patterns for cutting the new stuff, the remaining sand boxes will be removed to make moulds for plastic casting up replacements and then we'll have a go at getting it running. First step was the valve gear, the existing gear for patterns were removed and scanned to set up a drawing to CNC cut replacements from .3mm nickel silver. This is the result- needing a clean up, laminate soldering and fitting. Those holes in the rod ends are .2mm! Eoin
  39. 4 points
    I liked the last shot so much I did a remake with a C class with a yellow warning panel.
  40. 4 points
    She's back this morning with a laden Fert.
  41. 4 points
    Made a start with a platform and received some points to start figuring out exactly how to do the trackwork for the harbour. I might have to look into printing myself some semaphore signals, the only lower quadrant ones I can find in N gauge are by Dapol, and they don't appear available yet... I'm going to keep track of progress on my site: https://frozenchaos.net/ Already had it and has been sitting idly, so why not use it as a place to track this stuff. Anyway, my start at a platform:
  42. 4 points
    One from the 2000's-the Road liner era when some private owner trucks were branded for Iarnrod Eireann freight use, primarily for containers and Guinness traffic, Here we see a Volvo tractor unit and trailer on Guinness Keg duties at the Lakeview freight yard before being moved to allow locomotive 187 shunt the two axle MX wagons onto the bulk cement-see Tara junction thread for a video.
  43. 4 points
    220 leaving the loop with two keg wagons and some bubble cement wagons.
  44. 4 points
    3D printing is a kind of chicken and egg situation Shapeways attracts a large number of amateur designers but their printing technology is not really suitable for small scale model railways. Rapid prototyping companies have more suitable technology for our purposes https://www.3dpeople.uk/sla-3d-printing but you need to either develop the skills to produce the CAD work yourself, find a friendly designer or pay for professional cad work.
  45. 4 points
    Yawn Afternoon all. I have been working on exams over the past week which has halted most work. While all of this I got a small bit of work done for the model and that being a shop/private house. It's still a skeleton but it's square witch is the only thing I want right now. There is good news I will be off school (proberly) tomorrow so Glendelogh road will begin to take shape hopefully in about a month. The goal is to get it 50% done in about 14 weeks so a lot of work has to be done in a short period. Bad news is that my stock is getting shorte by the minute. I have zero plaster card. 2 Bords of styrofoam. A bit a bobs from wills. I plan to get a SSM kit made so I can improve sodering for building steam engines but for rail cars it plaster card all the way. So then here is what I did today. I have other building I want to make but are in the works right at this moment. Thsi building will be a pub because pubs are everywhere and are a classics Irish thing so............. Hope you all like stay safe MM
  46. 4 points
    Link to latest video uploaded Limerick Junction to Waterford behind 163 June 2001 https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/49918027733/in/dateposted-public/ More photos have been added including some Cavan & Leitrim negs and also these 2 views of Mullingar in 1956 G2's 659 & 667
  47. 4 points
    They are not a brake coach per say, they are for train heating and train electricity, the older ones nicknamed GSV (Generating Steam Van), modern ones that ran with mk2, mk3 stock were called EGV (electricity generating van). Cravens could just as easily run with the shorter Dutch GSV or the longer ex-BR Mk1 GSV. Pics below. Often on some rural branch services there was a single craven and one heating van. Silverfox models do kits and RTR of both types of GSV, or for an ex-BR Mk1 GSV you could kit bash a Hornby, Lima or Bachman BSK brake van into a CIE GSV with some plastic cutting, and shutting, filing and filling. ex-BR Mk1 GSV Early Dutch GSV
  48. 4 points
    No more purchases from IRM until they stop putting how much I've spent on the front of the parcel!... I've just been sent this photo. Dead man walking.
  49. 4 points
    Some limited ageing applied
  50. 4 points
    More doodling with kit bashed brake vans, perhaps a plough, perhaps a brake van, perhaps a wifi cafe
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