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  1. I can't speak for Limerick or Galway, but Sligo had no run round loops at the station:- The two centre roads (now only one) were used for carriage and rolling stock storage and regularly full to capacity. There doesn't appear to be any run round facility without blocking both main lines so presumably a station pilot was used here. If my scaling is correct then the whole station from the back of the engine shed to the end of the station building would fit in 9' x 2' in 2mm scale...........hmmm.........
  2. So onward with the brakes. The etch includes fully detailed parts for the 8 shoe brakes, this is first for me in 2mm, I find them a faff even in 7mm! Once the shoes were mounted on one end necessitating the remove of a buffer, the locating pin needed trimming as it interfered with the brake shoe locating slot on one side, The brake stretchers and adjusters were assembled. After a couple of attempts I managed to get the whole lot fitted and the wheels spinning. Tomorrow should see the other side brakes completed, then it's final detailing time.
  3. Hi Midland Man, John very kindly made some minor alterations to his 4mm art work to enable it to be shot down to 2mm. The etch is 8 thou brass, being half that of the 4mm version the fold lines stay true so the main elements do not need to be changed. For this to work in 7mm it would need 30 thou brass, very heavy and difficult to work and solder (and expensive). There is more information about John's products under "JM Designs" in the Manufacture's section of this web site. Regards Angus
  4. Thanks Galteemore. I've just measured off the drawing in Ernie Shepherd's MGWR Illustrated history. They scale off the drawing at around 1' 10" the ones I've used , whilst the right shape, are 3mm so 1' 6". I'm 4" short (just under 1mm). A quick look shows nothing suitable to buy, so I'll either have to turn my own or live with the compromise. At this point it'll be the latter.
  5. More progress today, solebars are on after a bit of a battle as is the sliding vent panrl. The W irons are now mounted although I've used a piece of brass rod for the tie bar rather then the etch provided which looks too thick. I'll use the facing piece for the W irons though. I've not been as thorough cleaning this side, I'll do better tomorrow. I'm not sure about the buffers, I think the spindles need to be longer.
  6. I didn't make much progress yesterday, a couple of glasses of wine with tea and then a large gin and tonic didn't bode well for messing around with such fine etches. I just prepped the wheels adding the Mansell wheel inserts and soldering the bearings into the W irons. Today was more productive. I finished off the etch overlays and constructed the box of the van. That was after a short interlude where I managed to lose one of the overlays on my workbench, as it hadn't been tidied in years I took the opportunity to do just that (and find the offending overlay). Here is the van sat one it's wheels, although these are not yet attached, with the obligatory 5p piece for scale (sorry I'm out of cents at the moment).
  7. For straight cuts this brass can be scored with a knife (two or three heavy passes with a sharp knife or ofla cutter) then flex the joint until it snaps. It can also be cut with scissors or metal sheers, however for complex shapes is best to use a piercing saw with some very fine toothed blades. It takes a bit of practise but with a bit of patience some nice consistent shape can be fretted out with a saw. Hope that helps. Angus
  8. With the current lockdown it's no surprise that the June 2mm Scale Association Jubilee event has been postponed. This means less of a panic to finish Dromahair as I have another year. I am debating whether to move straight onto a full model of the station and abandon the entry though. One task I have been looking forward to was building one of Mayner's MGWR horseboxes. He reduced the etches down to 2mm scale for me a few months ago and I've been itching to get started ever since receiving them. I just hope I can justify his work! I promised it would be my Easter holiday build as I have the next week off. So the etch was cut for the first time this evening and an hour or so was spent soldering on the overlays on the ends and one side. Only the second side to complete.
  9. I don't normally go for railwayana much, I find it expensive and ultimately takes up valuable modelling room! However, I spotted this on Ebay a wee while ago and as it was not much more than a few quid bought it:- Dated January 1957 it was written in the last year of the Railway's operation, the steam operated workings are a matter of record in the timetable and elsewhere. What I thought was unusual was the reference to passengers being permitted to travel in the guards van on goods workings. I would have thought that counter to Board of Trade rules prior to independence and enforce once across the border into Fermanagh? I thought it was a nice document to sit with my copy of the 1936 service timetable.
  10. Unfortunately I'm hoping to get him to use a shrink ray...... Both his G2s and the D17 impostor could happily be found a place.
  11. There has been little progress at Dromahair as I've been focusing my modelling time on getting my other layout ready for the Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition in mid March. These have just arrived in the post and are tempting me to drop everything and dig out the soldering iron:- The are the etches for JM Design's (Mayner on this forum) MGWR horse box and refrigerator van kits reduced to 2mm. John hasn't merely reduced the size by 50% but also re-worked the W irons to work with standard 2mm scale association components. I'm looking forward to getting started on these but I must contain my enthusiasm until the end of March!
  12. The book has arrived today and is indeed very comprehensive, definitely a worthwhile purchase. My spreadsheet refers out to relevant photos so not a complete waste of time thankfully!
  13. I'm slowly build a spreadsheet record of what cabs and boilers where fitted and when from photographs I've found in various books for the G2s, J18/19s and the D16s. I've found a reasonably priced copy of Locos of the GSR which hopefully will add some more information. It should arrive in the next few days. Cab types, boilers, splashed cut outs are real minefield in the GSR days. It looks like almost every combination existed at some point. It's just a case of working out on which loco and when.
  14. I really like those Stirling style cabs, not classic MGWR in outline but very attractive non the less. Looking forward to seeing you finish this one.
  15. Thanks Mayner, As discussed via PM I am aware of the pitfalls of using shot down etches but happy to take the risk. Thanks for taking the trouble to reply.
  16. April 1976 and August 1978 Model railways have arrived. Apart from the Irish articles there is lots of good reading, I had forgotten how good Model Railways magazine was, albeit I didn't buy my first copy until the early eighties. The D16 drawing is a side elevation of the loco and tender with a front view of the engine which the author admits to be being conjecture worked up from photographs. I am glad to hear he is still around, he sounds a true gent. The MGWR coaches are the same as, and actually better detailed in Mayner's posting of two broadstone drawings on this site. But then I guess Mr Cramer didn't have access to the internet in 1976! Mayner's posting here and here
  17. Thanks John, That list is most useful, I'll track down the copies of interest, I already have no 5 of the Irish Miscellany and nos 2 & 10 are winging their way to me as I type. That just leaves no 9 to find which is the January 1978 edition. Angus
  18. Thanks both, I read Jonathan Beaumont's Rails to Achill over Christmas along with a couple of MGWR books my wife bought me. As a result the Achill bogies are creeping up my "to do list" also. I think I'll gradually collect the Model Railways magazines and post up the list here.
  19. I've come across a series of articles than ran in the Model Railways Magazine from around 1975 to 1977 under the title of "Irish Miscellany". I've bought one back number (October 1976) that has nice side, front and back elevation drawings of an MGWR E Class (GSR J26) . I've also ordered another couple of back numbers where the description inferred drawings of an Achill Bogie (GSR D16) and a MNWQ 6w compo carriage. Most of the other articles have a none descriptive title, or no information at all. Does anyone have a list of these articles or access to them, they look like a potentially great resource?
  20. Hi Mayner, I would be interested in these (and perhaps some of your loco etches?) but model in 2mm scale. Would it be possible to get the etches shot down to 2mm scale? I'm more than happy to source/turn my own casting and parts. Thanks Angus
  21. Having just invested in a ratio signal box interior the question has to be asked, how many levers at the Dromahair box? Counting the signals on the Enniskillen side we have four signals visible in this photo from Ernie's Railway archive The signal on the horizon having two arms (as seen in the photo below from the John J Smith collection held by the Bluebell Railway) http://www.bluebell-railway-museum.co.uk/archive/photos/jjs/b06/6-92-8.htm The strangely painted lower arm provided the signal to the driver that the crossing has been set for the goods yard when a train was to be set back into the yard to clear the mainline for another train. At the Sligo end there are two signals as seen in another photo from the JJS collection http://www.bluebell-railway-museum.co.uk/archive/photos/jjs/b06/6-93-6.htm So that's six levers so far. The crossover for the entry into the goods yard appears to be worked from a single run of point rodding so would account for another lever (the crank is behind the annoying placed gentleman in the above photo from Ernie's). I also think there two runs of rodding running east so I'm guessing a facing point lock operated by a separate lever (or did the SL&NCR use economical FPLs?). So we are now up to eight levers. There is another run of rodding running west just visible in this photo from the transport of delight website In truth I am not sure what this is for, it seems to run to the level crossing gates. As there was a crossing keeper at Dromahair responsible for the gates I am presuming these weren't operated from the box. So I am presuming this is a locking lever for the gates? Finally the JJS collection gives a view of a distant signal at Dromahair, presumably there would be one of these in each direction? http://www.bluebell-railway-museum.co.uk/archive/photos/jjs/b01/1-57-3.htm This brings the tally of levers to eleven, so say twelve with one spare. Finally I am presuming that the lever colours would follow standard UK practice (although I suspect anything is possible with the SL&NCR) of red for a stop signal, yellow for a distance signal, blue for a facing point lock, brown for the crossing gates lock and black for points?
  22. A bit more progress at Dromahair. The yard has ballast down although I do need to add some static grass which should add a dash of much needed colour, and Mrs Hamilton's chickens are obligatory! Thge sleepers have all been painted a light tan/grey colour to represent aged wood although I think a couple of washes with some dark grey is needed to tone down the effect. I've also got the signal box stonework done. No masochistic scribing this time just Ration embossed sheets. I still need to add the quoin stones, this will completed using thin plastic.
  23. I can't make London but I've signed up for the Manchester event in February. Which is a shame as it looks a great agenda!
  24. It was good to see your rolling stock in the latest issue of New Irish Lines when my copy arrived yesterday. Mention of J I C Boyd reminds me, I got a nice surprise last year when my second hand copy of Neil Sprinks's Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway arrived. Stamped inside the cover is:- J.I.C. Boyd Rinneen Mathon Road Colwell Malvern, Worcs 23 APR 1970 There is also an typed half page precis of the book on green paper with a handwritten note "cheque sent 10/6 3-3-1970". All in all a bit of a surprise and nice link to an author of several books I own.
  25. Hi David, It's an interesting point you raise. I'm not a big fan of brick paper. It looks great in photos but always looks too flat when viewed with naked eye. That said, having used embossed plastic in the past , this doesn't give a good representation either. In future I'm intending to switch to brick paper as it allows more variety of coursing. For stonework the texture is more important. For well dress stone brick paper would suffice, for any other stone then I feel the texture is more important than absolute scale courses. As with all things it comes down to personal preference and balance.
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