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  1. And covid!!! Layouts like these with scenery with that detail take a lot of time to build. Also its hard to work on one layout day in day out, it needs an artistic eye and time to plan the next stage. Kevin that worked for me did wonders with ths layout.
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  3. Such a lovely layout, the scenery is fantastic and you blended it in very well with the backscene boards. Great work
  4. Hi Bill. I sent you a PM
  5. It was supposed to be late steam early diesel, I got a bit carried away buying kits and locos from all eras! I am thinking late 60's
  6. After using my small N gauge layout at shows I have always wanted a large HO layout. So taking so much needed time out I started to build one. It's 5mtr x 1.5mtr or 16' 5" x 5' Its not based on anywhere, has lots of shunting potential. It will have a saw mill on one end with a paper mill in the middle and a loco maintenance depot at the other end.
  7. Excellent! This is what I use. I use the small 9g servo all controlled by the megapoints system.
  8. Truly shocked and saddened to hear of Anthony's passing. Such a nice guy. He will be greatly missed.
  9. Well it's moved on considerably since August. It is now on site and the track is down and now I have to sort out the computer control. The build has now been split between 2 companies to speed it up. We are doing the boards, track, point and computer control. It should be open to the public for Christmas.
  10. Here's a few sneeky shots I took today. The scenery is still at a basic level as we have to add lots of weeds and bushes.
  11. Also remember with curves on gradient, the tighter the curve is, it will have an affect on the gradient.
  12. Very nice Jason! Very like the one in Tullamore
  13. Hi Brian, Dawson Hall in Belfast do custom made laser cut card buildings. Eddie is the guy and his email address is dawsonhallsales@jecdesign.com
  14. Hi John, Open frame boards don't have a top on them. They need more bracing on the frame to add strength. The advantage of open frame is you can have the track work raised as the landscape rises and falls around it.
  15. We have been appointed to build the new layout for the Fry model railway museum. The new museum is not far off finished in the old casino building in Malahide. The new layout is 11mtr long x 4mtr wide and will be OO gauge. The reasons for OO was space as O gauge in that size would look like a train set and budget. Replacing O gauge Irish rolling stock was also an issue. The cost in replacing a loco being in excess of 2 grand they quickly realised OO was the way to go. The Cyril Fry original collection is currently off for conservation and will be on display in the museum. The museum itself is lovely, above the layout will be a suspended O gauge track where models from the layot in Malahide will run through the day. The new layout is under way, I have attached a few pics. The baseboards are birch ply open frame the upper structure is MDF. The open frame allows for realistic landscape. The layout will be divided into 4 scenic areas, Dublin at one end with Butt bridge and the liffey, Malahide on one long side, then part of Bray head at the other end with Mallow station on the other side. The pics show the Mallow side with the curve for Bray head at the end. I'll keep the thread updated as the build progresses.
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