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    Cheap Trees

    I picked up these in Dealz today, they might be handy as decorative trees in an urban layout setting with a bit of flock applied.
  2. The pictures so far show what a stunning model this is. Have to say A46 in dark green is my favourite so far and I'm glad I've ordered one, but A30 is looking very tempting too - was someone a little heavy handed with the front handrail on A46?
  3. Delighted to see the new announcement with the never previously released blue Tara's. I missed out on them before but they only thing is now I have to decide between them and another A class I was just about to click checkout on..
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    071 class

    In terms of a brand new 141/181, I think the existing model more than holds it's own when put beside the new 121. It just shows what a great model they were - and still are - when released. In my opinion, the only thing that really stands out in terms of aesthetic detail would be the windscreen wipers being a little more clunky than the 121 but that's something that's easily fixed. It may not have a speaker fitted but, as brilliant as it is, not everyone wants DCC sound fitted to their models. As said above, a rerun of the Bachmann/MM model would be very welcome, however unlikely in the short term!
  5. I'm not sure if the builder of this layout is on the forum but it's an excellent piece of work and nice to see it being covered in the media also. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=959309198171753 Hopefully the link works I couldn't find the article on the Journal itself.
  6. https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/ireland/end-of-the-line-for-ireland-s-luxury-sleeper-train-1.4488644 Sounds like Covid is the main reason.
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    Barl

  8. There's an interesting article on the opening and closure of the WCR if anyone hasn't seen it; https://www.echolive.ie/nostalgia/arid-40253438.html
  9. I was on it as Barl also - wish I'd picked a better name now!
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    new murphys products

    I'm pretty sure the Facebook post is from Marks Models page and not Murphy Models. I imagine the retailers were the first ones to be told and it was Marks who released the news on Facebook, where it can be seen instantly by anyone who follows their page. As far as I know PM is a one-man band so I'm sure he will update the website when he gets a chance.
  11. Similar to others who have posted, steam was well before my time but personally I still think there is something different and nostalgic about steam models - this is coming from someone who thinks 2600 'Arrow' railcars are nostalgic! The video Accurascale have on their website - with Hornby Magazine - is a very good watch and shows the level of work requred to produce a steam model! It also shows the draw of steam models with the Manor class emerging from a cloud of it's own smoke making for a beautiful sight As much as I'd love an 800 class, realistically I wouldn't see myself buying more than one in preserved livery for an RPSI special. On the other hand, I would probably buy more than one J15 for example as they crossed such a long period of time and have appeared in so many variations, even fictitious ones for filming (I think?) and as preserved. Maybe IRM could reintroduce the smoke effects on steam models like they used to have years ago!
  12. My wife's aunt has a nice photo of this actually, I took a quick pic of it a while ago. Always thought it would make an interesting scene to model! A bit more modern but I think the scrapped MK3 coaches at Punchestown(?) feature in the Barry Keoghan movie 'Calm with Horses'. I also remember seeing a random music video featuring an 071 but can't remember the name of it...
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    Class 121

    I got a chance to take my 121's out of their boxes and it looks like I've been one of the lucky ones with the only damage I can see being a slightly bent, but not broken, vacuum pipe on 124. 3 of these are from IRM and 2 were collected from Marks. I haven't run any of them yet but hopefully they will be ok!
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    Class 121

    I purchased 134 in IE and 131 in B&T on Wednesday in Marks. Have to say both of these liveries make them look even more stunning than the yellow and grey, can't wait to be able to run them. Out of curiosity, does anyone have a head on (cab face) picture of 125 or 131? I'm not sure if the printing is slightly skewed on mine or my eyes are gone wonky from the lack of sleep a 2-week old baby brings with it!
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    shop

    I never knew there was a model shop in Kildare town, and I'm from Kildare! Does anyone know if the Model Shop in Capel Street in Dublin is still open? I know they mostly focused on RC but they did stock railway items too.
  16. This is an interesting topic as it can be very confusing for people to transition to DCC. In my experience DCC isn't complicated and, as the lads have said above once all the track is connected to as wire 'bus' then insulfrog points shouldn't be an issue. All of my points are insulfrog. One point that I don't think is mentioned is that it's worth having a short section of track isolated -either in a fiddle yard or siding - that can be used as a programming track for loco's etc., rather than having to connect to a separate piece of track each time.
  17. Thanks for the helpful replies. Would you know if the Bachmann BSK is the only one that is the correct length or would the Mainline version be an option also? Is the Hornby version a re-released Lima model?
  18. Rather than hijacking the thread on the release of the weedsprayer wagons, I said I'd ask the question here. What is the best option for modelling the Mk1 Weedsprayer Coach? I know about the Silverfox model and I'm assuming Glendergs overlays are no longer available? Are the Mousa overlays a good option? If so is the Bachmann Mk1 the best option to convert? I have used this method previously for a GSV but there doesn't seem to be many available on eBay or elsewhere at the moment.
  19. There's an Irish Times article on it incase anyone hasn't seen it. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/railway-revival-steam-trains-set-to-return-to-connemara-almost-a-century-on-1.4311951?mode=amp
  20. Thanks for the above links, with a quick search I was able to find a photo of my grandfather working one of the cabins in Sallins (not sure which one). http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305635/MooviewerImg?mobileImage=vtls000305635_001 The Tullow branch ran right behind my Dad's home in Sallins and he has fond memories of playing on the stored open wagons after the line had closed!
  21. Some info on 224 in this article. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/iarnród-éireann-and-raiu-investigating-fault-found-in-passenger-train-1.4306073
  22. They look stunning! I'm glad I have A46 and 054 ordered now
  23. I'm not sure if this was mentioned already but there was a section on Irish railways and model railways on Nationwide on Monday night if anyone is interested. https://www.rte.ie/player/series/nationwide/SI0000001172?epguid=IH000367922
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    Vote for IRM!

    Job done. Good luck to IRM!
  25. Absolutely fantastic model with excellent examples of detail visible everywhere you look! It really captures the atmosphere perfectly.
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