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  1. I’m sure the answer to this query must be on the site somewhere but I can’t find it. Is there a consensus on which, if any, Halfords rattle can best represents the early CIE coach green (and the later shade too for that matter)?

    Thanks for any help


  2. Pretty much finished now. I still have the cab interior to build - any clues as to what was in there anyone? We got a few little things wrong but I'm very pleased with the result. Many thanks to my good friend Brian Page for all his help. Now to get on with the rest of the layout!





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  3. Well if the colour is wrong the person to blame is none other than JHB! I recall him posting that the 00 Works J15 was spot in. It so happened that my great grandson and I were painting one of his model tanks using Tamiya German tank grey when I noticed that this matched the J15 almost perfectly. That is the colour used on no. 12. Obviously there is some serious weathering to come.

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  4. I've been tinkering with my station name board as discussed on Dr Gerbil-Fritters Castle Kerry thread. For the most part I used the Bunchló font but for the "B"s I used Gael. I need to add a few dots and tidy it up a bit but here is my effort so far:

    image.png.d47b5952d91e41edae42e99929935a10.png           image.jpeg.9056677fb1fb7c9a0dabc7d2d319c009.jpeg

    Any comments welcome



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  5. It was good to meet you on Sunday David. A face put to another name. It was the first time I had seen Fintonagh in the flesh and it’s very impressive. Having seen the clip of an engine using the turntable at Arigna I don’t think you should be too concerned about the odd bump coming off yours!

  6. On 1/1/2020 at 9:53 AM, Mayner said:

    There is a  black and white photo of a recently repainted 12L under overhaul at Ballinamore in 1956 and 6T appears to have been re-painted in black at Inchacore before transfer to the C&L for the final coal rush in 1957-8


    It’s very difficult to guess the colour from that photo but what it does show is how the number on the front beam was applied at that time rather than the heavily shaded version seen in many earlier photos. I have assumed 6T was painted black in 1957 and that will be my token clean engine!

  7. On 1/1/2020 at 2:27 PM, PorkyP said:

    I was hoping that she could get some nice pics straight on like you were surveying it for measurements & scale, most pics online are from oblique angles...luckily its in pretty good condition and you can walk right up to it from some angles, tho as i recall not entirely from the field at the back that used to be where the track was..

    A good source of drawings of buildings that still exist without a site visit can be from planning applications. Check the local council planning site and if any alterations have been made over the years there may well be dimensioned “as existing” drawings. One warning though, as an engineer I learned many years ago to treat architect’s drawings with a pinch of salt!

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  8. 9 hours ago, Mayner said:

    Excellent looking model, the high standard of detailing really lifts the model to another level almost 7mm or gauge 1 standard of realism.

    You could always do an ex-works version, there is a nice photo of what looks like a freshly repainted 12L under repair in Ballinamore erecting shop in 1956 in the Pan paper back version of P J Flanagan's C&L book.


    Thank you all for your kind comments. My next big problem will be building the rest of the layout to the same standard!

    I already have one ex-worksish engine in the form of 6T which arrived from Inchicore in the summer of 1957 and I think two would rather give the wrong impression of the state the railway was in! Mind you I’d have been a bit miffed if I’d spent time painting up 12L only for it to be in the state it was a year later.

    It does however beg the question “would 12L have been painted black in 1956?” JHB?

  9. 10 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

    Absolute beauty!

    Will it be in lined CBPR livery?

    Afraid not, it will be heavily weathered grey and rust!

    3 hours ago, David Holman said:

    As it is 12L, suggest not, JB. A fine looking model, with some very neat soldering too.

    I’m also afraid that I can’t claim that all the neat soldering is my own work. I have my good friend Brian Page to thank for much of the recent detailing. 

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  10. As some relief from the micro-soldering on my 2-4-2 tank I decided to make a start on something simpler and build a passenger brake van or two. Simpler? Like everything connected with the C&L, once you start looking into things they get more and more complicated. Never mind all the other differences, let's start with the livery. Pictures of 14L in Smoke Amidst the Drumlins (p38) and The Last Decade (p54) show it to be in "pristine" condition (That's what they call it now, is it not?). The first of those is dated September 1957 - spot-on for my model - and I suggest that it must have been very recently repainted to remain in that condition. In 1955 CIE introduced a new lighter shade of green than that used previously so, unless supplies of the new paint had not yet reached Ballinamore, I would have expected 14L to be in the lighter shade. The photos suggest that to be the case but does anyone have any knowledge or views?



  11. I found another, presumably taken just before the others at Galway and the last frame on my colour film at the time. B129 must be placing the stock for the train in the station?


    And where is this? Dad's Hillman Super Minx on the left! As I recall the photos were taken on a Kodak Brownie camera, hence the lack of quality.




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  12. I took these photographs as a teenager on a family holiday to Ireland in the mid-sixties but I have no idea where I took them as we B&B hopped our way around.

    Can anyone identify the location and maybe fill in any other details?







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  13. On 1/28/2019 at 10:33 PM, leslie10646 said:

    Get on with it, Phil!

    Even a bit of the roadside tramway to Arigna will get you started and allow us to see Alan's Tralee tank!

    You've got quite a team there, so no excuses! Alan has sorted out the running of several of my locos.

    Good luck.

    Hi Leslie

    6T made a couple of trips up to the Arigna mines at Ally Pally today and a couple of photos are attached - old mobile phone I'm afraid so not great quality.





    On 3/23/2019 at 7:20 PM, merlinxlili said:

    So it looks as though the radial trucks have an etched box containing the axles which can move horizontally as well as bearing the end of the common suspension spring to control vertical movement.

    The thicker wire running centrally between the frames controls the horizonal movement of the truck, the cranked wire against the frame is the suspension wire. It all seems to work ok so far!


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  14. The radial trucks are based on the London Road Models ones for their LNWR radial tanks and the gearbox started out as a High Level Slimliner but now has been on a serious diet and got new sideframes. The springing does bear on the trucks as you can see in this photo.


    And this is where we stand now



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