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  1. I have been very impressed with this layout since I first saw it at Wexford on its first outing. Progress since has been continual and always worth more study. I noted from the start that you used cork as a base under the rails so with this and the 6mm plywood base a lot of “baseboard” noise might be expected. I don’t recall any so I am wondering what adhesive you used for both the cork and the rails? The work on the scenery contours looks very neat and I think justifies your use of the XP300 foam as explained earlier. I have also noted in the recent photos that you seem to have pain
  2. Thanks for all your replies on the cattle wagon. Does anyone know when the cattle wagons were converted to vacuum brake? Were they all converted before cattle traffic ceased in 1975? I originally thought the picture below was of a grain wagon but now I’m not so sure. To the left of centre just below the solebar there is a connection for a 3inch? air hose. There also seem to be air pipe connections to the bottom of the hoppers presumably to fluidising pads. So was this a grain wagon or an early bulk cement wagon. Does anyone know?
  3. Of course, too busy looking for a lever. Also I thought vac brakes had a ‘string’ to pull but I don’t see one.
  4. This picture of a cattle wagon with vacuum brake clearly has no manual brake lever. Were these vac braked wagons all conversions from hand braked or were some built with vac brakes. Was the manual lever always removed on conversions. Also I notice that the vac brakes meant four brake shoes per side compared to one ( I think) per side on the hand braked wagons. The axle box and springing detail is also very clear in the photo. Your photo of the grain hopper wagon is an ex Northern wagon with N suffix that is different to most of the other types we see. A fabulous amount of detail in this thread
  5. This is the image that does it for me. Such fabulous blending of layout and back scene and then blending of ballast into the embankment. I only came across this layout yesterday and have read back over the whole thread. I am interested to know what size and brand of ballast you used and how it was applied and also how you did you do the hard standing? You have achieved so much in a small area and no space wasted. Looking forward to seeing the large layout.
  6. This is an interesting project. What sound file are you planning for the v5 and have you any plan to change the speaker? Have you considered an opto-isolator or is the relay easier to install? Looking forward to seeing how this progresses and I must open up a 201 to see what ‘s involved.
  7. That looks a superb 1st prototype apart from the roof which looks good at the sides but either a little short or not sitting correctly at the ends. It has kept pretty true to your initial CAD impressions. I will definitely put my name on a couple.
  8. This looks fabulous, lots of fine detail. Are you planning torpedo style roof vents as shown on the prototype earlier in this topic?
  9. As Mayner has suggested I recall seeing a very rusty Fordson? Tractor in the yard at Polloxfens during 1970/80s. I don’t recall the year but I’m sure it was used for shunting. Also most likely the loops were used for inwards traffic on one leg and outbound on the other.
  10. In the notes of someone very familiar with grain operations in Limerick I have just come across the following: as there were no rail sidings at the docks, grain wagons were unloaded into open bulk grain lorries near Limerick station - by virtue of cutting a hole in the road bridge at Carey’s Road and discharging the wagons into the lorries underneath.
  11. The best of the decorated models to date.
  12. This is a fabulous development and I look forward to placing orders for both types of wagon. In relation to the grain wagons: 1. Do you know how many of these wagons existed and were they all built at the same time or were they built in a number of lots? 2. Ranks Ireland had flour mills at North City Mills, Phibsboro; Clara, Co Offaly; Limerick and Cork. I presume these wagons were used to bring imported wheat from either Limerick or Cork docks to the other mills for milling into flour. Do you know if all these locations were rail served? 3. Were the grain wagons loaded anywher
  13. That’s a fabulous video. Both types of keg cages are in evidence. The three high on the 42’ wagon and two high being loaded onto the artic trailer. Plenty of both are on the ground.
  14. You have an interesting mix of weathering on your cement bubbles. Have you described how you did this elsewhere and if not could you give a description.
  15. Thanks. I did not know that the triangulation included the narrowing of the chassis at the bogie connection point. The feature is very obvious in the O’Dea photo that you pointed to showing parcel van 2554.
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