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    Retired now, after 40 years working in IT. My nearest boyhood station was Tandragee on the GNRI and I spent many happy hours there as a schoolboy. The GNRI was always my main interest, but after living in Belfast for 40 years (for work convenience), we have now moved to Larne for peace and quiet. I have never had any available space, or time, to model, but now have a small area, 6ft x 2ft, and after long consideration of a location I have now settled on Larne Harbour, as I have found that I can get a realistically scaled model into the space available. I am aiming for as realistic a model as possible, 1970's era.


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  1. Super running, as usual. Just love to see those long rakes of coaches, and super timetabling, but looks as though the railway companies may have lost money on the day! A lot of those specials look fairly empty, especially that 08:00 ex Westport, those cravens look empty!
  2. Excellent work Galteemore. You have captured the 19th century 3' gauge look perfectly. I agree, I love the natural looking flowing curves. The final two panoramic photos are the first time we've seen the overall context, and it looks terrific. I'm sure it will be a big hit at the show. Just as a matter of interest, what width is the layout?
  3. Very impressive Doc. I like the detail, particularly the ballast around the yard, coal, oil, soot, dirt, typical yard. I see that boy with the yellow hat is STILL on the phone after all this time. Must be a serious problem (or a woman)!
  4. Is that the inside of your Railway Room? @murphaph. Very impressive collection, and probably only some of it! I like the way you've stacked three cabinets, one on top of each other. Good use of space. Can I ask what make is the individual cabinet? Is it IKEA or German make? Thanks.
  5. The 4th run has now been installed, right down to the bridge (or the fridge, in this case) ....... and connected to the lever frame. The 4th, 5th and 6th runs will have to be installed one at a time as the curve makes it difficult to install more than one run at a time and keep the alignment correct. Each outer run becomes slightly longer than the previous run, so a little insert has to be deployed to keep the alignment correct. This caused a right rumpus when the P W Inspector turned up unexpectedly to see how the gang were getting on! The Gang Foreman got a right telling off. I caught this conversation between two of the older and more experienced men in the gang. They were relating what they had overheard, with some amusement, I might add! "Yer man maun be doon frae Bellamaina hey, hes a bit o ane strang brogue, yer man says 'onie eejit kens thon ootside o a bend be a wee bit langer nor thon inside, sae yis shud hae stairted on thon ootside rin an shoartened thon rins as yis moved in ........ noo yis hae tae lengthen iverie rin as yis move oot, bot sure a sappose yis is doin a good jab o it' ". Translated into English that reads "The man must be down from Ballymena [a town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, many of it's population having a strong Ulster- Scots accent], he has a strong accent, he says 'any idiot knows the outside of a curve is a bit longer than the inside, so you should have started on the outside run and shortened the runs as you moved in ......... now you have to lengthen every run as you move out, but I suppose you are making a good job of it' ". So there it is, we all learn as we go along, and the Gang Foreman will know better next time! Hope to get the 5th and 6th runs completed soon and then have a look at signal pulleys! [and yes, for those who guessed, I did get the dialect idea from @jhb171achill. I love the way Jonathan has introduced the backwater country Irish railway craic on Dugort Harbour. I hope to introduce a few County Antrim Ulster Scots scenarios at Larne Harbour as the project develops!]. As a wee taster, Barney, tha porter, wus doin the crossword in the local rag on a wee break between landins an leavins when the oul fella frae tha geng cum danderin alang tha platform. "gie me ane clue" tha oul fella says. "14 across, 4 letters, Drunk with Whisky" says Barney. "FULL ......Bloody Full" says tha oul fella. (obviously, SODA was the correct answer, so God knows how the other clues ended up) I don't want to give the impression that this was typical of the Larne Harbour Station that I'm modelling in 1969. All the staff, including these two boyoos, took their jobs very seriously and were proud to work for the railway and most spoke with a perfectly understandable Norn Ireland accent!!! Like everywhere else there were the exceptions, the well known characters, and it is these characters that we will meet from time to time during our visits to the harbour.
  6. I agree @JasonB, the Driving Trailer 811, in Blue/Grey is absolutely fantastic.
  7. Absolutely stunning! So good to see NIR coaches at last. I have a Hunslet and was in the process of making a Driving Trailer from a Bachmann Mk2c, and now here we have the Driving Trailer in perfection from IRM. Can't really believe it! Thanks guys.
  8. Looks very realistic. Could easily be mistaken for real photograph taken from bridge.
  9. For a first layout, as you say, this is absolutely A*. Terrific detail, terrific scenery. I especially like the nighttime shots! Looking forward to more.
  10. Last Birds Eye View was October 2020, so I thought it was time for an update. 6' x 2' board (to fit into 6' x 2' alcove). Olderfleet Road bridge bottom left corner, rough stone wall along siding along Harbour Road. Harbour Road and walls of Aluminum Works top left, house shown in many photos bottom right, and possibly Lobitos Storage Tank! Eventually, I hope to paint backscenes on three sides to give perspective. Long way to go, but enjoying it so much................
  11. And now for something completely different, as they say. At the harbour I have recently been focusing my attention on ground signals. In 1969 there were eight ground signals still in place at the harbour. I will include five of these on my layout. Omitted is the signal linked to Lever 26 which controlled exit from the minor harbour sidings to the Down Main Harbour Siding line, which was connected to the Down Main Line, and I have lifted these ridings ie. no room for them. Also ommitted is the double stacked signal linked to Lever 16 which controlled entry to the Down Main Harbour Siding. This is omitted because although the Down Main Harbour Siding is still in place in 1969, it is about to be lifted (and I only have room for the start of this siding). For 4mm modelling there is very little available, mainly the Ratio 465 plastic kit and the MSE fret. The Ratio kit is decidedly GWR. The lamp and back blinder are totally wrong for the LMS! I have built up two Ratio signals and adapted them as much as possible, but very difficult in such a small scale! This is the signal controlled by Lever 17 which controls exit from the Down Harbour Road Siding, which runs behind the Signal Cabin, out unto the Down Running Line. This is the signal controlled by Lever 18 which controls exit from the Up Long Siding and eventually out unto the Up Running Line via the Upper Quadrant Shunting Signal controlled by Lever 20. Lever 18 controls two ground signals, this one, and another for the Up Short Siding with buffer stop. Two discs controlled by the one lever, so some more research to be carried out there! Perhaps half pull and full pull! We'll see. I have cut out and glued on the little triangular back blinder to make it look more LMS prototypical. To be honest, I am not really too happy with these. They're not up to the standard I like to attain, so I'll probably use this as a learning curve and start again using the MSE fret. This leaves the double stack ground signal almost in front of the Signal Cabin. This signal is controlled by Lever 22 and controls access to the two platform roads. The top disc controls access to the line on the left, ie. Platform 2, the former Narrow Gauge Platform and the bottom disc controls access to the line going straight on, ie. Platform 1, the main and long platform. I have decided to put a lot of effort into this one and build it as carefully as possible and provide for a future working disc signal. This causes an authenticity problem though. Larne Harbour was resignalled by the LMS in 1932/33, so the ground signals are most likely, and look like, the older type, but it's stated that the older type LMS Ground Signal dates from 1934! In order to have any chance of a working signal I have decided to use poetic licence and use the standard 1941 LMS ground signal as produced by MSE, and also this handy little fret produced by Palatine Models. The discs on this are particularly good. Any working stacked discs I've seen are made from the 1941 pattern. This is an extract from Michael H C Baker 's photo in Irish Railways Past and Present showing the double stacked disc signal controlled by Lever 22. The signal at the top left is the exit single from the minor harbour ridings omitted on my layout and the signal bottom right is the exit signal for the Long Up Harbour Siding, modelled above. This photo, courtesy of RMweb Permanent Way, Signalling and Infrastructure gives an enormous amount of clear detail on the 1934 LMS. So more a learning process here than actual progress. That's enough for ground signals for now! Some more point rodding has been delivered to the harbour, so it's back to that now. Something that looked very difficult a few months ago now seems very simple compared to working signals!
  12. Time for some more work on the canopy. As mentioned in a previous post, the photo in Ian McLarnon Sinclair's Along UTA Lines (courtesy Station UK 29829) has been used as the best available end-on view. I've made a sketch from that and then modeled using Plastikard and 1.5mm x 0.5mm Plastruct Styrene Strips. I've used 5mm, 6mm and 7mm strips to model the pattern as close as possible. The long platform section has 125 strips! This is the valence now added to the stantions and the rear corrugated roof added. I have not put in the roof on the front section yet, as I am hoping to include some translucent corrugated strips. This photograph is by Des Fitzgerald and is produced in Derek Young's The Ulster Transport Authority in Colour. As mentioned before, it has given me a lot of detail about the platform face and the state of the trackbed in the platform area and also helps a lot in proportioning a model in limited space. For example, a 46 foot Jeep will sit between the start of the platform ramp and the Swan Neck Lamp and then the distance between the Swan Neck Lamp and the Station Nameboard etc., so it allows me to realistically model the start and give some perception of a very long platform........ ........... and so this is my version, so far. Gaugemaster GM816/819 is an almost identical version of the Swan Neck Lamp, but very difficult to source at the moment. I have a rake of UTA carriages so all that is missing is the Jeeps. Just waiting on IRM!
  13. Absolutely brilliant Noel. So realistic and so inspirational for anyone working towards modelling an actual location. Just love your updates.
  14. Thanks to @Galteemore and @Georgeconna for advice. I have looked up Archimedes and think I will give that a go. Also thanks to @Si2020 for very useful info. Very helpful.
  15. Hi all, I am seeking advice on the most appropriate mini drill. I purchased a small hand drill, but failed miserably when I tried to drill a 0.5mm hole in a resin kit! The bit snapped immediately. I need something suitable for working with resin kits and also brass etch such as MSE Signal Kits where I would need to drill cast whitemetal posts. Any advice greatly appreciate.
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