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About leslie10646

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    Born Belfast 1946 and educated there until Queens University saw through me and threw me out - a lucky break as I became a computer programmer in London and somehow survived thirty years in computing before retiring early. After a couple of years in China, I returned to the UK and became a tour manager with Great Rail Journeys - I still work for them after 19 years.


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    Steam, steam and more steam! Blue engines with mahogany coaches are best. Modelling Portadown GNR(I)


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  1. Sorry to cause confusion - Mick does most of the rolling stock modelling for Ballyconnell Road and the easiest place to see his handiwork was the Thread I suggested. As you say, a remarkable piece of work.
  2. In case any of you missed seeing what Mick Rawlings produces on his kitchen table look at SDMRC's 2019 exhibition notes in What's On. See if you can tell 3mm Irish from 7mm Irish. Mick is a master craftsman.
  3. Beautiful model, Ken and thanks for letting us see it in native brass!
  4. A heads up for the narrow gauge men and lovers of the BCDR. See: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Narrow-Gauge-Railways-of-Ireland-H-Fayle/224098609297?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225113%26meid%3D2d887cf6f6784630abda9ead1509fcb3%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dsb%26sd%3D224098738895%26itm%3D224098609297%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 This is an original Fayle published 74 years ago, NOT the reprint done in the 1960s. Mac Arnold's writing is not everyone's cup of tea, but his book on the everyday Co. Down Railway was a good read and I learned a lot from it. See: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-County-Down-Irish-Steam-Scene-R-M-Arnold/224098738895?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225113%26meid%3D26cf76def1fd4fe6a8f79f9166c34517%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D233667443544%26itm%3D224098738895%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042 originally published by GALTEEMORE'S Dad to raise funds for the RPSI. Quite few good Irish Railway books on eBay at present - including the Sligo Leitrim book by Neil Sprinks. Leslie
  5. Murph, Old Boy, I'm in no position to comment on this, as my 21ft x 17ft is Peco's best Narrow Gauge! But, aspiring to 21mm is good. Why not a little on a modestly lengthed "practice board" to build up experience? At 74, I will have to leave it to those who are younger to acquire the skills and for me to enjoy looking at the result - like Andy's sublime layouts. I watched Galteemore's teenage son at a Scale Four track-building Master Class - the sooner you start picking up the techniques the better! Good luck.
  6. Hi Murph While I completely agree with you that the full 21mm looks great - Out of 400 plus follk on my customer database, there are 10-12 folk doing 21mm - I know that because I supply my kits to them without wheels! Happy to do the same for you! That said, the Scale Four Society does a number of components to help. Leslie (Provincial Wagons)
  7. THE DEADLY SIN OF SLIPPAGE FROM THE TRUE RELIGION (STEAM) NOEL, Perhaps Jonathan can cast the first stone regarding DMUs - Alas, not I, for I fell into the clutches of that Deadly Sin over twenty years ago! Lambeg Man of this Parish had shown me his superb AEC set in NIR-livery and such was my covetness (another Sin) that I got the address of the builder. By this time, I was working in Hong Kong after retirement and Mr Hughes, The Builder, finished my GNR-liveried set. That was followed by a four car BUT set and a dozen mahogany coaches for steam-haulage. My sins didn't end there - a CAF set from the estimable Seamus Graham, the Bachmann IR commuter set (a 65th birthday present from some kind IRRS pals) and recently I bought yet another AEC set from Chris Dyer and Mr Wrenn at Blackrock. Now well down the slippery slope with a silver A Class on order from The Boys and a grey B Class. Do I sin further and buy a RPSI preserved B Class?
  8. Noel says - Not so long ago I was RTR man, now finding doodling with kits addictive and therapeutic. ---------------------------- A loud Hooray, from all kit suppliers! Noel, thanks for your custom over the lockdown and the good use you've put the kits to. This one's terrific, too, like the others you've done. I think that the quote below refers? "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent". Luke 15:7, in case you had forgotten - Galteemore can tell you what the previous verses were all about - subject of a stunning painting by Rembrandt (now in the Winter Palace in Leningrad.
  9. I'm sure some of you know that Leslie McAlister of Provincial Wagons has named his home Pettigo Fair. Leslie, wagons will be delivered in time for the Fair! Hi Glover, Well, the tears are flowing down my cheeks, seeing "my" wagons arriving "at home" - and not just because of the frustration of my broken arm. I may have told the story behind the House Name...... When No.85 the GLOVER Compound was being trialled thirty years ago, I dragged my twelve year-old son, William, over to Belfast for the run to Dublin (we stayed in the North with Galteemore's Mum and Dad). Anyway, the IRRS Archive was open especially for the occasion and I took him up to The Holy of Holies where the bound sets of weekly notices are kept. We got down the 1946 volume, but nothing of interest was happening on the 10th June. I sent him to put the 1946 set back and to fetch the 1939 set, as his Mother was born on 20 July of that year. Against the day before was an instruction to send extra cattle wagons to Pettigo for the Fair. Now, we were just about to move into our new home and after that, there could only be one name! The other family connection was that my late father was a young constable at GARRISON on Lough Melvin and could have been at the Fair that day. Put your handkerchiefs away now! Lovely cattle special on a very fine railway - very well done. We must organise a photo-shoot with my steam locos - my AL or PP would look nice, or even the 00 Works U Class? Leslie
  10. The arm is very much in the DANGER position - whether it's upper, lower or somersault! As we Ulstermen say "ya cuddn't mak' it up". I certainly don't recommend it - but it is suitably humbling and reminds me of how blessed I am compared with others who have to deal which much worse handicaps
  11. Hi Kevin - DAPOL do 00 signals, motorised and lit. I have half a dozen of their GWR lower quadrant ones sitting un-installed in a box. They now do brackets as well (NOT CHEAP). I bought a Ratio signal kit to butcher and use as a non-working platform starter for Richhill - nothing will happen for months, of course, as my left arm is in plaster after a fall. Des's signals looked decent to me when he was demo-ing them at a Cultra event - wrong railway for me, of course! I think this is my one thousandth post - does my rating go up - or DOWN? WATCH OUT FOR POTHOLES WHEN WALKING IN ENGLAND - IRISH ROADS ARE MUCH BETTER MAINTAINED! Keep well everyone. Leslie
  12. John You'll never get this one right, as the variants seemed endless - one reason why michael and I opted for the older GSWR van! I've e-mailed you my files and phots. Looks great, by the way - obviously I'll take one for sure!
  13. leslie10646

    rpsi B134 loco

    Mr B This one might have been cleaned up especially, but it looks pretty clean in 1964? Copyright IRRS, Lance King Collection
  14. I completely agree. A fine piece of work.
  15. Great result, whichever was the grass length / applicator. I assume you use the applicator which looks like a tea strainer? It has done pretty well for me. Keep it up. I'm "resting" and video-ing diesels on freights - DON'T TELL THE STEAM MEN!
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