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  1. Oh Eamonn, you've made my lovely brake van dirty - almost as dirty as they seemed to get latterly! I have one photo where the blessed thing was BENT at one point - must look for it! Terrific. God bless Andy C who first made me think of that particular van. Thanks for posting it - a work of art!
  2. The next meeting is on Thursday 14 November 2019 in the Calthorpe Arms, Grays Inn Road, London (near KingsCross). Hope to see a few of my "English" friends there. Leslie “Downpatrick and County Down Railway” by Robert Gardiner 19.00 – 21.45 in the Function Room of the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road LONDON WC1X 8JR. (The room is accessible by stairs only.) DCDR Chairman, Robert Gardiner, reviews the railway’s history and updates us on recent developments. From inception in 1985 with just a ‘field’, the DCDR has grown to become the only full-sized operational Irish mainline heritage railway Initially a new station building and workshop were constructed, and a line built to Inch Abbey including reinstatement of a river bridge. More recently, a new Visitor’s Gallery has been constructed to view the workshop, the former Bundoran Junction Cabin re-erected on the railway and an 80 Class railcar acquired. BUSES TO THE CALTHORPE ARMS Due to restructuring of the central London bus network, two bus routes passing by or close to the Calthorpe Arms have been changed and are no longer auseful means of getting to our meetings. Route 45 (King’s Cross – Clapham Park) no longer serves Gray’s Inn Road. It has been curtailed to operate between the Elephant & Castle and Clapham Park only. Route 341 (Waterloo – Angel Road) used to pass through the junction between Gray’s Inn Road and Theobald’s Road. It has now been diverted away from that location (to a more direct route). Other routes in the vicinity remain unchanged. For further information, please check : www.tfl.gov.uk
  3. As usual, no notice and NOT in Ireland! I'm speaking to the Fleet U3A transport group on Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, 64 Basingbourne Road, Church Crookham, GU52 6TH. If any of you are retired and living in Hampshire, then you might find it entertaining! See my new thread on the IRRS London meetings too, please! Leslie
  4. Come on, Colin, it's your railway - no need to be so pure! If I have As, Bs and Cs on my supposedly steam GNR(I) 1950s layout .......... You have to support these good men who are moving the goalposts in Irish Railway models?
  5. Did ‘Truro’ manage the first 100mph? Does “Mallard’’s record really stand scrutiny? And now, did ‘Sir Henry’ manage 60? Neither Truro nor Flying Scotsman for that matter was the first steam loco to 100mph. That was 2750 Papyrus which did 108mph on trials pre-"SIlver Jubilee". There is no doubt that the GW engine did a very high speed that crazy night on the Bullion train, almost certainly just into the nineties; "Scotsman" only did 99mph according to CJ Allen, later amended by the LNER to 100mph. As for the "Duck" - three very brave men equalled the existing World Record of 124.5mph. That's what the LNER claimed at the time. The record was two years old and held by the German streamlined 4-6-4 05.001 - it was only during the War (Emergency) that the British claimed the World Record based on the dynamometer car roll of 126mph - for 108ft!!!! As one very wise man said recently, there were dozens of very fast runs which went unrecorded by we omniscient timers - the Lord knows, but the real speed record might be over 130mph! And the "Ton" done years earlier that the 1930s. It gives us all something to tlak about on cold winter nights, while enjoying a beer! PS Angus - the JInty is coming on nicely!
  6. JHB, my lack of believe is based on 55 years of timing trains and a certain cynicism about Irish railway "tales"!
  7. Coming along very nicely, Eamonn, the effort will be well worth the result - a delightfully antique and long-lived brake van! Thanks for sharing the "work in progress". Plenty more, where they came from for those of you who haven't got one yet!
  8. Now, who has got twelve of our double beets? Ah, Mr R - and bought two years ago at Blackrock - nice work - it is gratifying to see the wagons in use - THANKS!! Like Noel, I loved the overall scene. Leslie
  9. Of course, today, people use a GPS which HELPS, but isn't always accurate - they don't like wooded areas and can give false readings over a short distance - which is why I still have my electronic stopwatch out (allowing pretty accurate times for every quarter mile) and then I compare notes before deciding just what speed we're doing. Going back to the original story, I don't think I'd have been that keen riding on a SLNCR 0-6-4T even at 50mph. My fastest speed with the preserved No.27 is one the THIRTIES!
  10. Well, as a "timer" of trains, I thought this was not accurate and I even compared notes with another specialist. It IS wishful thinking. In steam days, most of us timed using a stopwatch between the quarter mileposts. Thus, we took a speed every other quarter and if a milepost was out (remember they were placed according to twenty lengths of a chain and if a bridge got in the way, it was often placed nearby!). Errors weren't always obvious using this method of timing and one could be deluded into believing what seemed fast, wasn't quite so fast. One pal of mine is still convinced that we did eighty MPH in South Africa, when we were actually doing 75. Fifty, I could believe .......
  11. Broithe I'm sure that if you can count the number of IRM wagons you have in your collection and it equals what their computer thinks they've sold you - you'll get the job! Good luck (BY the way, I got chucked out of Uni for failing Pure Maths) Leslie
  12. John

    Saw what? The AEC?

    Yes, not very detailed, but a quick win for a second set?


    PS I'll let you know how I get on with it

    1. jhb171achill


      At the stand.... I meant I saw the "tin van" in PW yellow.

    2. leslie10646


      Ah, yes, didn't ring my bell either!

  13. Every day on the way to food and stuff I passed Ardmore, by the MRSI chaps, I'd snap a look and then run off! Today I got to spend some time there chatting with Brendan, George & Harry and took a few photos of their amazing creations;- Hear, Hear, Eoin - I thought the rolling stock on the layout was terrific - mind you I missed the "Big Brothers" of my cattle wagons. I will confess to a particular liking for the GNR(I) T Class tanks - super model of a lovely prototype. Thank you, indeed, SDMRC for another great exhibition. And to those who dropped into Room B and made the trip very worthwhile for me. I might also say, it's a nice compliment to my master modeller, Michael, that his latest creation sold out! In the end, I succumbed and bought a couple of Tara Mines sets, as the wagon is very well executed. Photos of the quartet behind a GNR(I) 0-6-0 in due course! The A Class is awaited with pleasure. Dave, before you arrived yesterday, I sneaked around to "yer Shop" and bought an AEC set (in blue and cream of course) from Chris. I'd tell you how nicely it runs, but I have to get it "chipped" first! Richard and I are back in Saint Patrick's Other Island after a smooth overnight journey via the Big Boat and happily pretty empty roads! I've come back to an inbox with more orders! Happy Days! Well done SDMRC and thanks for having me! Now, what date's Warley ...........
  14. Hi Noel, Thanks for not interrupting JHB in flight, as he was signing me a nice cheque! But sorry not to have had the chance to say hallo! I've sold out of the cattle wagon! Well, the order which I asked Michael to fulfil by the Show (which he did with honours). Patrick had the last five! Mind you, I'd bought a couple of Taras and the packs of Ferts with the numbers of my favourite Merchant Navies! Never fear, there'll be another batch waiting for me in "Pettigo Fair" when I return on Wednesday - I'll fulfil any requirements at Show prices post free. Plenty of other kits of CIE wagons in stock to whet your appetitie -corrugated opens, H Vans, double beets and, of course the GSWR brake van! Come and see my ex-GNR(I) Class Y5 passenger van! Great to see so many of your guys again - hope to see a few more tomorrow! Leslie
  15. Now you know why I spent two hours looking at it the first time I saw it in England. Worth coming to see, without a doubt, but lots of other fine layouts on show, so come along. Congratulations to Steve, Mick and Laurence who carried off the modelling prize this evening. I emphasised to them that they were in very select company and last year's recipient was the incomparable Michael Delaney of MRSI.
  16. Having battled through the Dublin traffic (how do you guys manage it every day?), actually Richard, God bless him, was driving; you'll find us in: Room B on Stand 11 As well as my kits - I have quite a few Ready to Run wagons newly built from my kits, including CIE sundries container on a 20ft skeleton; some second hand ready to run wagons made from my kits; early Dapol wagons of mine; a Bargain box of second hand weathered Dapols - mine and Mark's - just €6 each; some storage solutions for your rolling stock I look forward to seeing some of you over the next few days - I don't want to carry the stuff back to Surrey! Leslie PS Richard will be talking about / demo'ing brass modelling beside me!
  17. Well, I've made it across the Irish Sea this time! If any of you who have ordered from me will be at IRRS tonight, say "Hi" and you can take your goodies home - we need space i the car which is full to the roof! Leslie
  18. I certainly agree, Keith. I've watched some of my customers buy my earlier Dapol-oriented wagons and then sell them at double, or even treble the price. But two HUNDRED? I think that's about a hundred-fold hike?
  19. Hi Paddy I do a kit (five parts - soon to be replaced by a single cast) of the 1970s CIE container. Comes with transfers to decorate it with Broken Wheels, correct number range, TIR etc. I'll have some at Blackrock on Saturday. €13 each. I'll also have a few built containers, complete with 20ft skeleton flat. Stand 11. Hope to see you (and others!). Leslie
  20. To quote my website, re the corrugated open - "The illustration is of the prototype wagon which clearly shows the unusual triangulated chassis, patented by Oliver Bulleid and his chief draughtsman at the Southern Railway - Lionel Lynes. " I notice from your link that the application was made in Oliver's name only and note the date! The day BEFORE nationalisation of the Railways. Oliver wasn't in favour - was his application that day a last blast of the trumpet for the old Southern? I wonder what Lionel thought of his boss doing this? Much the same as "George B" attaching his name to the Howden-Meredith wheel, when, I understand, it was Mr M who thought up the idea!
  21. Faithfully represented on the Provincial Wagons kit of this wagon. And the 1953 van ("H" van) and our Ballast flat ..... Oh, and maybe our PalVan. Thanks to the four of you who got in touch! Come along at the weekend and buy one! You'll love how Michael has fashioned that delicate brake gear!
  22. I second that. Ballyconnell Road is in another league. I first saw it at Guildford about 5/6 years ago; I'd parked on a two hour slot and after spending the two hours just walking round and round it, taking in its utter Great Northern-ness, I had to move the car to a "proper car park", tell the other half that she could spend longer in town ...... Welcome Steve, Mick and Co. to Blackrock! Great to have over at last! Leslie PS DON'T MISS IT!
  23. Thanks, Flange for the explanation - I suspect you're right! And Yes, NIR, I was aware of the triangular chassis, which put the van on my radar (as three of my kits feature that chassis). The question remains - HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BUY THEM (and an idea of how many)! PLEASE! Michael is even older than me and I want to put his skills to good use! If I have time, I'll put out a sheet out at Blackrock and you can tell me what you'd like to see - if it was built after 1970, tell the IRM lads! Back to packing orders! Thanks for those of you who told me what you want for the weekend! Leslie
  24. Hi Flange (sorry, I don't know your real name!) Those are super models and if a Parkside kit does the trick, it suggests to me not to bother? just how much hard work did you have to put in to produce these excellent representations of the "Real Thing"? Thanks. Leslie
  25. Fields? JHB, reminds of the famous photo of The Lads against a hedgerow when out surveying.
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