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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
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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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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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  5. 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 annou
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  6. 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
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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 step
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  10. A few photos of murphy models 121 B134 on barrow street and the holy trinity regards warb
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  11. 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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  12. 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 numb
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  13. The first photo shows a finished model, the second has yet to have rust applied.
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  14. 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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  15. 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
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  16. Getting closer and closer... Look out for more pics in the coming days... Cheers! Fran
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  17. IRISH RAIL WEED SPRAYING COACH I have been working on a BR MK1 coach to convert it into a weed spraying coach to go with my IRM weed spraying wagons. I worked with Allen at Worsley Works to get some brass etches made to apply to the coach. A lot of work was needed to modify the coach body by removing some things and adding new details. Here are some pictures of the process.
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  18. Drowes River Bridge basic painting now completed.
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  19. just got this from facebook if its genuine which i believe its going to be great for us Great news from Paddy Murphy !! 201 Class locomotives There will be short production runs of the 201 Class locomotive in three different liveries. These will be the most recent Enterprise livery, the interim Black & Silver 'Raccoon' livery and the Intercity green/silver livery with the current IE logo. Exact schedule is not available at present but it is hoped late 2021/first half 2022. Because of the small quantities involved, these will be allocated to model shops on a
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  20. 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.
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  21. 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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  22. Having completed the major scenic work and cleaned up the layout area it's a good time for a video showing how the layout fits into the available space. Our condo is split level, the stairs in the video comes down from the upper floor which is at ground level. This area has no windows, being a partial basement and the temperature remains constant throughout the year making it a perfect environment for a model railway. The area was originally intended as a storage room but the original owner had the builder omit the door and wall, finish the space, installed numerous electrical outlets and cabl
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  23. Some photos for us fellow modellers to drool over! With the kind permission of, and on behalf of Sean Hogan who commissioned it, this is his recently completed gauge O, 7mm working scale model of the GSR's flagship 800 class steam locomotive 'Maedb'. It was built by Brendan Kelly from a kit, which I believe was produced, many moons ago, by the Model Railway Shop in Monck Place in Phibsboro, Dublin. Eoin Murray then completed the valve gear, painted, lined and detailed the model. The photographs do not do it justice - it is a magnificent model in every respect, and massive credit is due to the
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  24. Ahead of the main delivery of B134 models, one complete loco has made its way to us in advance. The model looks absolutely stunning and is well worth all the effort and patience to get to this stage. Paddy Murphy of Murphy models is also understandably proud of this latest arrival. These models are selling fast and less than one hundred are left. The main batch of models are due to follow imminently and once they clear customs etc they will make their way to the IRM distribution centre for delivery to customers. Once they are gone that's it there will be no more.
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  25. a few more days work
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  26. Hi all just sent in a few pics of my small boxfile layout . it will run a few different types of rolling stock inc gypsum and fertiliser and poss cement hope you like it . work still in progress .
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  27. Hello everyone, so I've been tempted over by those makers of the green boxes (IRM/ACC) and thought I would say hi and post up a couple of photos of one of the train sets that I exhibit. So first up is Thorne Yard. Its a wagon repair depot in the the 1980s. The layout is DCC with all locos being sound fitted and all rolling stock is detailed, renumbered (if there is more than one) and weathered. If you have any questions then please ask. More photos to come Thanks Simon
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  28. Happy Monday everyone! More A Class progress. As you can see the main body printing is now complete. Detail part painting is now underway and then it's the final assembly of body to chassis, then testing and packing in the coming weeks! We had to a large amount of work correcting the initial artwork on these when we first got decorated samples, but the hard work paid off. Order yours right here: https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/a-class-locomotive Cheers! Fran
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  29. While I do not pretend to be an expert I submit my own attempt for your viewing
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  30. Finally got around to doing some work on this layout. Many other projects, including 305mm scale have kept me busy. Got some paint onto the mineral wagons, which still need to be weathered. A little bit of gardening and weatering on the model has helped to tone it down & plant it in the secene. Still some more to do, but it's all part of the process. It should be on display in Bray on Sunday for those who can get about. Ken
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  31. Hi everyone, Now that Chinese New Year is over, work continues on our A Class models. As you can see above, the injection moulding is complete, and painting is now underway. Then it will be assembly, testing, packing and shipping to Dublin! We will have further updates in the coming weeks, but at the time of writing we are still on course for a delivery of late May. Cheers! Fran
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  32. More done and ready for final varnishing and glazing
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  33. Work in progress
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  34. We received the decorated sample of the van in the CIE Flying Snail scheme today, so could not resist doing an update this evening! Working with an Auckland based pad printing business & SSM to produce the graphic design was the final piece in the jigsaw to produce the Brake Van as a rtr model as opposed to a kit. We have finalised the 3D CAD work for the model including a re-designed roof and removable NEM coupler pockets to allow modellers to fit their personal choice of couplers. The van will be supplied in OO with either Markits or NorthYard NMRA 110 profile
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  35. Taken lunchtime today! No words needed!
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  36. Back to the 1900s Recent work on the GSWR Brake 3rd, plus new wheels for WL&WR 0-6-0 Shannon have all been about moving Belmullet backwards about 50 years to the early 1900s. A few liberties are being taken, because my 101 0-6-0, being a later Coey engine, wasn't built until 1903, while the WL&WR had already been taken over/absorbed by the GSWR by then. However, it always took time for locos and stock to be repainted, so hopefully what I'm doing isn't too outrageous, although a railway to Belmullet never existed anyway of course. Anyway, Shannon now has its new wheels and t
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  37. Hi everyone, Many thanks for the pictures and stories. We really get a great buzz about seeing IRM on layouts, weathered up, catalogued and collected and overall enjoyed. We set out as hobbyists to fulfil a gap in our hobby on the back of an outcry on the forum. @BosKonaybrought us together and the rest they say is history! We're proud of what we have achieved and very lucky to take it to full time status. However, personally, I am blown away by @Edo's story. It's brilliant that a hobby can make a difference for us and take us in a new, better direction. 2020 will go down as one of t
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  38. Recent posts have touched on all sorts of matters related to the much-awaited grey 121s appearing, plus the rest of them; what train consists are realistic, tin vans, livery mixtures, what ran with what, good stock, and the big issue of the sheer variety of what was to be seen on the railway in the 1960-70 period, or - to put it another way - into what environment did grey 121s appear. This applies, of course, equally to the forthcoming silver, green, black, and black'n'tan "A" class - and for those who have the likes of their Silverfox cousins, B101, "G" and "C" classes. The first t
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  39. Update regarding barrow street now for the process of slating the church roof with the valley and gutters fitted
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  40. Work is continuing in the shed, making tunnel entrances and fitting on the layout and on some rolling stock, a few pictures, short videos and a few drone views of the progress of the layout. TDR 1a.mp4 2a.mp4 3a.mp4 4a.mp4 5a.mp4 6a.mp4 7a.mp4
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  41. Whilst not exactly RTR, with some 3D modelling (should read a lot of modelling) and 3D printing, it is possible to develop a basic 45' straight, and a B6 point. Developed to P4 standards with the 1:20 incline inwards using code 75 bullhead rail results in this: Points proved to be a tricker prospect. Ensuring gauge widening, check rails, crossng vee and closure rails was a little more difficult. Easy to print a continuous line through the vee, but more challenging to get the vee in place, soldered without damaging the sleepers below. The compromise was to prin
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  42. Here are the two passenger consists currently running on the South Waterford Line made up of Silver Fox, IFM coaches and van's and a single MM Craven. One reason I chose to model a secondary line was the short passenger consists which dont overpower the layout. Future plans are to acquire a few green liveries coaches and a silver tin van in order to run a mid sixties operating session, blame it in the gray MM 121 which was irresistible! Meanwhile if anyone has a few surplus IFM laminates I would be very interested.
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  43. Feel free to froth men, but I will throw a few logs on the fire... 1. We are working on several new tool projects at the moment, but we wont do one big announcement like project 42. Instead we will announce one at a time. 2. We will only announce when we have a tooling sample to display. We are doing the same for Accurascale. 3. We should have news on re-issues of other projects dotted throughout the year too, but this will be based on receiving samples too to show off. We will have one or two small re-issue announcements in the next couple of weeks, but I think (dont quo
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  44. Couldn't resist picking up another one of these absolute beauties. 127 has now joined 130.
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  45. B135 has lost her fisher price pristine look and gained some age. These are just exquisite models, the best yet from Murphy Models IMHO, and they drive as well as they look.
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  46. The beet special drops off an empty and picks up a load at Grange. It then proceeds to Glen More where it meets the Cork goods which waits in the loop after finishing its work there.
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  47. slow progress on the school
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  48. The vans have now been through both the paint shop and the weathering process. First step was a spray of Halford's grey primer. Next came the lettering and numbering, using a dipping pen and white acrylic ink. Rather than just use weathering powders, I wanted to give the vans a more detailed treatment, taking my cue from Martyn Welch's bible on the subject. Many of these vans were long lived, so I wanted to give them a well worn and slightly battered appearance. The key stages were as follows: First add some rust to the [many] metal plates and strapping. When you think about it, rust c
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  49. So the wait is finally over B 121 & B135 landed safely in D5 this afternoon, living close to the Airport has its advantages B121 B135 Comparison of Box sizes
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  50. I thought I'd take a shpin this morning in my time machine, and I ended up at Bray Head in 1955 (got a train out from Harcourt St). I was hoping to see a DSER tank engine on a local, but I hear this strange rumbling sound, and this thing comes into view. I think it's one of the new diesels. Can't see them catching on, though.
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