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About Robert Shrives

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  • Birthday 24/02/1962


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    UK rail employee working in Darkest Birmingham , on the steel rails since 1982- does not make me necessarily any good but just doing it for a long time...


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    Birmingham UK


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    Ffestiniog Railway and modelling across many scales and gauges, walks and food survival grade only


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    Controller for Train operating company - Intercity sector

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  1. Looking good - always good to see historic modelling ! A great shame the real ones now out of service. The mods do look quite extensive . Check out Shawplan glazing items he has a range of MK3 lazercut tinted glazing to suit. Robert
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/northernblue109/albums/72157636435273666 Interesting take on your favourite locos and liveries, had to share but possibly some seen before . Robert
  3. Hopefully wiring up will be successful and a spot of the old ballasting and you will be more than well on your way. Thanks for sharing progress.
  4. John, What took me to the 45t version was the end ladder arrangement. But I can make out from the stills is that one wagon, like the landed tank has a conical end the others look more domed but all have the twin fire tubes and top vent. An interesting wagon . A pic of a bitumen ISO tank would be good to see. Thanks for the potted history of the freight flow, better than I could put it Robert
  5. Great changes and I guess the selection buttons can easily be resised to take Railcars ? ... thanks and I guess a lot of back room geeky stuff we can only imagine about but worthy of a suitable after hours beverage..
  6. Hi The sleepering looks to be ever so slighty wider on the mainlines at the back which is what you have picked upon. For me the neat baseboard join is very well executed, it does not shout "fault line." So well done to the builders.
  7. Talcum powder used in 3mm for loose platform surfaces so would have thought it would do for Gort. - and possibly make it smell nice !! Chinchila dust in 2mm makes for a fine ballast finish. Also Das modelling clay laid into a pva coat can work for a natural surface with just a little texture to suggest it is not tarmac. Coming on well and thanks for the update. Robert
  8. Sligo (Cold Chon )- upto 2002 when it closed. Was a main point but pictures do show individual wagons on other lines - County road repair depots . Cannot find a pic straight away in books to hand internet trawling might gain something.
  9. https://www.oliviastrains.com/trains/mt/bachmann-wagons/bachmann-tank-wagons/bachmann-37-560-45- This looks about right but not yet at market Robert
  10. Leslie, Indeed and the hobby would be poorer without your kits. "Spoils of war" are great wagons and the double beets were great to produce. With a bit of cross fertilisation of SSM, MIR and IRM bits and your 20 foot flat or skeletal does give lots of choice. The coal container could be a quick win with 3D printing - unless you are the designer and printer of course ! The Bitumen wagon that got mentioned needs four suppliers and your skeletal. This is indeed the fun of modelling - get bits together and assembling. But not for everybody so rtr has its place. But the hobby is a plac
  11. All very likely as I have sweated over a hot cutting mat making all/ working on all of these... Like my luck on the lottery really, time will tell of course.
  12. It will be good to see what comes after the A class - C/MV would be logical at some point. Having got kits of the spoils and the Railbus part done I am confident these should be ok. But P47 and P20 ideas abound - Beets would seem logical given froth they cause. Cement pallets with 4 in build and bogie tanks and bogie cements offer use of existing bogies and as I have some of these in the build heap it would be a good guess that these will be rtr before I finish mine. Really the 80 class and ICR would be fun of course, but would be investment rich so perhaps not yet but good for dreams
  13. Good looking work all round and the couplings will be an improvement. Hopefully they will have a role in the future development projects like CIE MK4s and the Enterprise stock. might even enhance the class 80 and 450 railcar projects. Having cut your teeth on these for the UK market hopefully the skills learnt will speed up the CIE/ NIR projects ! I`ll get my coat ... Robert
  14. Yes deburring rail and ensuring web is clear of debris/burr is key. I found the tiniest drop of lube oil worked wonders as well. Good to know your first point was "straight-forward." But it is a learning to swim - I had built some 3mm points and the next was a 2 foot gauge 3way stub point- ably helped by a school gang! Layout follows a tradition of cricular 2mmfs layouts. Mine is an N model of Powderham - but currently stored in Wales having wiring refurbished, but I am not in wales ! Happy track building . Robert
  15. Athy is a good choice for traffic and diversions along with the useful bit that back in the last century the Railway Modeller ran an occasional Irish stations article and Athy was done with drawings and trackplan. Just dug out article . June 1989 page 274 - 276. Robert
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