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  1. Some updates from the club last night, somehow it has been almost a year.

    Lots of tree planting still to come. Signals to be positioned. Fine tuning of track. Back scenes and lighting to be added. And plenty of rolling stock.

    Oh, the camera crew, and Mr.Wayne and Ms. O'Hara.

    Overview of the whole layout from end:


    Overview of the whole layout front:


    Station Building, not yet fixed in place.


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  2. Bit more work done yesterday on the SSM wagons.

    I am awaiting some bogies for the Barrier wagon, but the Ammonia is moving.

    Also, added to the scene is a part built SSM 42' flat, of which I have 3 or 4 to build.


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  3. Well guys, I'm back!!!!

    Sort of anyways. House move has been completed, but the decorating list is ever growing.

    Railway room and work space (20'x14') will have to wait until later this year or next year, so for the time being, I will be endeavoring to complete some projects and build up my rolling stock.


    In this vein, I got some time to sit last week and begin the build of some wagons.

    Firstly, SSM Ammonia, followed by a resin barrier wagon acquired from Georgeconna.

    Bogies, detailing and paint to be added, but its getting there.


    I'm hoping in the summer months, this workbench will spring into life again, getting through a few of the half done projects and with many more updates, so stay tuned!!

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  4. Definitely on my list.

    Have been thin king of doing a set myself, this will save time and add to the collection faster.

    Appreciations to all involved from me :banana:, not so much from my other half.....:confused:, more trains!

  5. Hi All,


    A little update on a few projects in the melting pot at the moment:

    1. Enterprise Generating Van

    2. Desiro 350 conversion

    **Taras and No.4 have not been forgotten about. Transfers to be ordered and painting to be completed**


    1. BR Mk3 with brass sides for Irish Rail conversion and painted to new Enterprise colours.

    Enterprise Gen Van.jpg

    Enterprise Gen Van_1.jpg


    2. Desiro 350 Conversion to 8601 DART

    Original Model

    Desiro 350.jpg

    Desiro 350_1.jpg

    Desiro 350_2.jpg


    Doors removed to recess them as per on 8600 DART

    Desiro 350_3.jpg

    Desiro 350_4.jpg


    Doors reinserted and gap above filled to align door windows more central of the body



    New cab created to replace original - Still a lot of work on this part to be completed



  6. Hi All,


    This thread has been quiet for a while with work and family taking precedence over the hobby.

    Unfortunately, it is going to go cold for a while more, as the shed and layout have to come down for a house move.

    With not enough space in the new location, with the in-laws, the layout will be in storage for the next while.

    Only solution to make it possible to save for the deposit to buy our own home.


    Once our house is bought in next 12-18 months, I have been promised the space to resurrect the layout and get it fully operational again, in a permanent home.

    So until then, my modelling will be limited to kits and modifications to rolling stock, which can be seen on my workbench from time to time.


    So for now, Wallacetown will bid you adieu!

  7. Little more work done on a few bits and pieces in the last few weeks.

    Have been spending a lot of time installing point motors, 28 in all, building and programming Accessory decoders, 7 of these, and designing layout on Hornby eLink.

    So far 3 points are working and all track is live, controlled from a centrally installed touch screen monitor.


    In the spare few minutes away from under the layout, the Jeep is progressing.

    A repaint, transfers, number plate and crew will make it I think.

    No4 Body shell.jpg

    No4 Body shell 2.jpg

    No4 Body chassis.jpg

  8. He is trying to be heard over the rest of us.....



    I have completed one before, same version if there is a permanent link to the tender, it was 10+ years ago, so below is from memory.

    The conversion needs to be carried out in the tender, easiest done with a chip with a wiring loom attached, how i did it.

    In the tender, feeds from loco end goes to black/red on chip, then orange/grey to the motor in the tender.

    Remove the capacitor between the motor contacts if there is one still there.

    Test run to ensure forward is forward, if not reverse wires going to motor.


    That should be the job done.

    Hope it helps.

  9. Looking good George.

    Must pick up a ploughvan myself at some stage.


    One question, what did you do to get the couplings on the flats?

    I have 3 at home and cannot figure out a nice way to couple them with enough space for Kadees.

  10. Now that Concorde has been delivered to its hanger for display, I could get back to the tasks at hand.


    One that has been on the list for a while is my Tara Mines, so long in fact the glue on the boxes has given way.

    Couple of hours have produced the early stages of 7 Tara Mines wagons from 6 Dapol IOAs.

    Whilst detail, painting and transfers are still required, I found it to be fairly straight forward conversion so far.


    Hope you enjoy!

    Fresh out of the box:

    Tara 1st.jpg

    Bogies and underside detail removed:

    Tara 2nd.jpg

    First cut to shorten:

    Tara 3rd.jpg

    2nd cut to shorten:

    Tara 4th.jpg

    2 end sections remaining:

    Tara 5th.jpg

    Comparison in length of original and shortened:

    Tara 6th.jpg

    6 of the 7 being glued:

    Tara 7th.jpg


    The 7th wagon is made up of the 6 centre offcuts with some plastic card ends made up.

    A freebie really.

    Will post more progress of this project in the next 2 weeks as I get back out to the shed (after the rugby of course)

  11. Absolutely excellent paintwork and conversions!


    Small hint (in helpful sense)... Maybe paint the red con rods on the "D" to black?


    Like the early 450 red and cream, an unusual livery on layouts. Looked very well indeed in real life when new.


    Hi JHB,


    Looking back at the D Class, it is something that would benefit with black con rods.

    Will have to add it to the ever growing list of jobs to get round to.

  12. Hi All,


    A couple of weeks break from the trains to build a gift for my dad.

    An 1:144 Revell Concorde kit, assembled, painted and decals all to add to his ever growing collection of model planes.


    This was a nice change to build and went together quite well with very little filing.

    Lining transfers were a bit of bother, having to be broken up into numerous pieces to make it manageable, even then would not stay put. :mad:


    Concorde 5th.jpg

    Concorde 1st.jpg

    Concorde 2nd.jpg

    Concorde 3rd.jpg

    Concorde 4th.jpg

  13. Welcome back after the new year guys!


    There appears to be quite a bit of modelling going on in the last few weeks, so i thought I would put in my 2 cents worth.

    Currently on the bench are 2 ongoing conversions from Warley purchases.

    Hornby LMS 4MT for RPSI No.4 - (inspired by previous conversions seen on here)

    LMS 4MT.jpg


    and Hornby S&DJR 2P for RPSI S Class "Slieve Guillon" - (something different)

    s&djr 2P Hornby.jpg


    Progress pictures will follow in a few days once I get the camera back out.

    There is more on the bench awaiting completion, delayed due to lack of paint supplies etc.


    Here's to another year of good modelling and many more announcements.

  14. Hi to all,

    Hope everyone has their Christmas lists sent off, and have been good to deserve them (but a sack of coal could come in handy for the steam engines)


    I have been away from the layout for a bit now, work commitments taking over.

    However, over the Christmas period, I have 30 point motors(SEEP) and 5 Accessory Decoders(MERG) to install to enable the eLink to run all from my PC.

    Once this lot is in, I will be doing up a proper running video(I haven't been happy with others so far).


    Best wishes to all for the coming season!

  15. Hi All,


    I have a couple of older tanker models at home that have seen better days.

    In an effort to try resurrect them, I got an idea to use them for part of the Weed Spray train.

    Their chassis are too far gone to save, but tanks could be put on donor flat to make up part of the consist.


    What I am wondering is, what is the diameter, in full or scale size, of the tanks on the Weed Spray?


    Many thanks for your help in advance.

  16. Hi All,


    More updates from the workbench.

    As promised:

    NIR 3K, D301 & Restaurant. Extra to that is CIE MK1 and Mk3 DVT.


    Still a lot more to come in the next few weeks.

    Working on a running video also, so keep the eyes peeled.


    NIR 3K.jpg

    NIR 3K_2.jpg




    CIE Mk 1.jpg

  17. Shed of the Year on Tv last night.

    Dream City in last 4 of the NORMAL category.


    Beaten to the post by a floating shed.

    Hard Luck Roy, was still amazing to see your work.

    You had mine and my girlfriends votes.

  18. I just thought a capacitor might be a good idea as the Lima 201 has such poor pickup you might get some flickering, especially over pointwork.

    Another issue is that I installed tail lights on a brake van which I controlled with a Hornby decoder. The lights were linked to F0 but every time there was a break in the pickup the lights would go out rather than flicker and you would have to turn them back on with F0. Apparently, some decoders "remember" function settings after a power interuption but some don't.

    I got around the problem by wiring the Leds to the motor outputs on the decoder instead and using the throttle to turn them on and off!


    Yes, I can see where the capacitor would come in handy for that.

    I have all live frog points and am not relying on the blades for contact.


    A bit of dirt on the contacts now could cause me trouble but i have always kept the Lima contacts as clean as possible.

    If I notice a decline in the future, I have the option to add the capacitor in any case.

  19. I am doing something similar.


    I am fitting a LIMA 201 with DCC directional lights.

    Having ripped the motor and gears out, it will be towed/pushed on the end of my Push/Pull rake with motorised MK4 DVT.

    The newer motor in the DVT, from a Bachmann Voyager, has no problem moving 6 coaches and the dummy 201.


    It does look quite nice on the end of a rake.

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