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    Brake vans

    Lovely model David, what did you base the plans on if you don't mind me asking? Is this another Alphagraphix card base converted into plastic or do you have the source drawing?
  2. Thanks Galteemore, I've just been searching for the volume in question, it might be heresy but I've always been put off by locomotive preformance writing. O.S Nock seems to drone on in most of his books in quite a turgid manner on this. I'll give Ahrons a try having discovered him the author of the phrase "better a dead mackerel on the North Western than a first class passenger on the Brighton line" his narrative should be more entertaining!
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    Hi Georgeconna, Thanks for your interest. The control car is a BE2 as used in the original SS class dirigibles in 1916. The control car is a white metal kit adapted to represent control car modifications. The remainder is scratch built. The layout has been documented over on RMweb: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/109742-rnas-glencruitten-relocating-lenabo/
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    Hi Andy, I feel your pain (or will do when I start the sanding process). I have bought a couple of things from Shapeways so knew what to expect. As there is no etched brass kit for the MGWR carriages and the shape of the brake 3rd is relatively complex I reasoned starting with the 3D print would be quicker than scratch building.
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    Thanks Galteemore, It'll be a slow growth, I want to finish the carriages first. In between times I will be cutting components to add the the box, tanks sides, cabs etc. That way when I start in anger it should come together quickly, always assuming I've cut the parts the right size to start with (not always gauranteed!)
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    Thanks Murrayec, I know you should not model of a model but I can only assume SSM had some provenance for those tanks when designing the kit. I was going to use the LNWR design for their 30" 1' 6 wheelers as there is some nice detailed plans in the LNWR society's book on the carriages. These plans show a pair of tanks 9' long and 13" diameter mounted over the centre axle, so clearly would have been wrong for the GS&WR.
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    Its getting on for two weeks since I posted anything and things have been progressing slowly. I bought some springs and axle boxes that duly arrived and were fitted. The handrails on the body are slow getting installed with just the door grabs, handle and lower hinges to fit. I also need to build a jig to hold the lower footboards and the solebar in line whilst I solder in the supports, I did have a go free hand but the failure was inevitable! I'm sure I've got a stock of gas light tops somewhere, but they are evading me at present. As Etched Pixels is shut for the lockdown I ordered a 100 from their Shapeways shop. These should keep me in stock for a while, in fairness I do have a stash of British pre-grouping carriages in the gloat box to build so can find a home for them. With these lamp tops installed the replacement roof is nearly finished. I just need to add the gas pipes in some 0.1mm wire once the roof is fitted. As I was placing an order with Shapeways I also took the plunge and bought the MGWR brake 3rd carraige that has been the subject of some discussion in another topic on this site. Buying it lessened the pain of Shapeways postage costs. As it arrived:- In this form the plastic is quite soft and there is still some of the support wax present. Following advice of others (I had done this before) I scrubbed the surface with a toothbrush and washing up liquid before dunking the body in a bath of white spirit for an hour. Left overnight the body turns white. It is now quite hard and easier to sand. You can also see the surface clearly to work on. The body appears dimensionally correct and captures the lines of the carriage well the buffers seem a bit over scale (a scale 18" across the face) but easily replaced with some turned ones from N-Brass. As I feared though the surface striation is quite bad. Without care I'll be losing a lot of the side detail. The doors will need re-scribing at the very least. Please bare in mind this is 2mm scale, in larger scale the striation will appear less worse. I had planned just to use the body and fit this to a Worsley Works brass chassis (as provided for the GSWR 6 wheelers) with the wheelbase lengthened to replicate the MGWR's 10' wheelbase. Now I've got the print I think rigid axles in the front and rear with a lightly sprung middle axle with some sideways float will be simple to install and work. In other news I've started the Lurganboy box. I always set up a box for long builds that I can add components to as I purchase them and store parts as they are made. Wheels, motor, gears (1:38 although I might replace these with 1:30 on account of the small wheels), buffers, brakes, handrail nobs all in box so far. I've also cut the chassis blanks (0.7mm phosphor bronze), the buffer beams, boiler and smokebox ring, as metal has been cut I suppose I have, in all reality, started the build.
  8. Interesting to see that after a decade and a half the GS&WR pass book still hasn't been emptied!
  9. Hi Galteemore, That would tie in as the tanks were 7'6" across. Thanks. Thanks jhb171achill, I was aware of that particular trap, unfortunately information from the early thirties is not so readily available as later periods (which makes the period the more interesting). If there is any direct evidence available then I will be guided by that, if not I'll default to the early standard which I think was the red (I'll check the books this evening).
  10. The build of the GS&WR six wheeled composite is progress nicely (documented over on my Dromahair topic) so I must turn my thoughts to the first of the locos to be built. Rolling stock alone is not much use! I had always intended this first build to be one of the SLNCR small tanks and for some reason "Lurganboy" appealed. There are a couple of nice pictures of her over on the transportsofdelight website It is not clear when the SLNCR removed the lettering from the tank sides. The photo of the wreak of sister engine Hazelwood , derailed during the civil war, shows the lettering in use during the early to mid-twenties. Unfortunately the photos above are undated. The is another photo in Neil Sprinks's illustrated history of the SLNCR of sister engine Fermanagh moving across the facing crossover at Ballysodare, a movement it would only have done after the rationalisation of the track layout at Carrignagat Junction that enabled the removal of the signal box in September 1930. In this photo Fermanagh still has the lettering on her tanks, so edging into the time period I am modelling. I'm still undecided on the lettering but have plenty of time to make my mind up! I do have a question, I have a GA drawing from the Beyer Peacock archive that I am converting into 2mm scale dimensions to start cutting components in advance of starting the build in earnest. The drawing has side elevation and top section only which provides most of the key dimensions. However, I don't have a dimension for the cab width and cannot find a clear photo showing the relationship of the cab edge and the tanks to estimate the distance. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!
  11. Thanks Galteemore, that removes the temptation to buy a Farish version which would then probably drive me mad trying to finescale it and move all the valve gear and the cylinders to match the wider gauge.
  12. Thanks Irishswissernie, that completes the list.
  13. Hi Jhb171achill, I suspect you are correct, the J10s didn't appear to stray too far from Dublin being used for freight transfers to North Wall. My guess is the Limerick based ex WLWR 4-4-0s would have been used on the Waterford - Limerick section leaving the ex GSWR D14/17/19s working north to Sligo amongst other duties. Another surprise for me is the two moguls based at Limerick (one GSWR, one MGWR (if you can call the Woolwich moguls MGWR engines)). I wonder if these would have worked to Sligo? I don't recall seeing a photo of a mogul at Sligo from either Dublin or Limerick. There is a Limerick allocated loco I've not been able identified from the number which is 251. I suspect this is a J15 but the number is skipped in Locomotives of the GSR.
  14. Expanding out a bit I've put the number of the different locomotive typed based at Sligo, Mullingar, Broadstone and Limerick into a spreadsheet. This is summary of the locos that are likely to have been seen at Sligo, obviously most of the Limerick locomotives wouldn't have worked north. It doesn't include the SLNCR engines. This is based on the 1938 shed allocation in "Locomotives of the GSR" Posting it here in the hope it may be of interest.
  15. Hi John, You are of course correct. In selecting a J5 as the first representative of any goods loco on the Midland line I am not modelling the mundane reality, I'm also giving myself a challenge with that raised running plate! Those J6s do look quite brutish, I hadn't considered them before and I do like the extended smokebox arising from the fitting of the superheater. In general the considered opinion in 2mm scale circles is to fit the motor in the tender as the small body without any side tanks makes the motor difficult to hide and enables the boiler to be heavily weighted for better traction (always a problem in 2mm). The relative low sided Midland tenders will create an issue in hiding the motor but they've got around that in the photo above by piling coal over it!
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