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  1. GSI345, You may be aware the buses you have modelled had two identification plates on their fronts and one on the bonnet. Corcoran and Managhan, CIE BUSES 1945-1987 has excellent photographs of these and many other classes. A small metal plate with a white background and black Lettering and number AR1, DR1, etc would be attached to a bus of these classes. This plate was was normally positioned above the headlight of the driver's front window and positioned in line with the Eau-de-nil lining on the side of the bus. An identical plate was also affixed to the side of the bonnet at headlig
  2. Gosh! Lovely models. My memory has been revived by these two model buses. I well remember these two classes of Bus. Generally the ARs ran on the 23 to Ballybough, and the DRs on the 72 to Oxmantown Road. Periodically each class ran on other routes, the AR on 9 or 10 to Donnybrook, the DR on 77?, but in general, they were assigned to the two routes mentioned. My recollection of the Daimler Radiator - colour was Brass. AR1 was follow by a further ten Regent IIIs (AR2-11) placed in service in 1947. I would love to have models of these buses but, my lack of skills would ensure I made
  3. This mornings post delivered my Christmas Card from Irish Railway Models. How very thoughtful, and what a considerate touch from the owners of this business to send their customers a card wishing them "Merry Christmas &Happy New Year". Through this Forum, may I too wish them Seasons Greetings, and to every member and reader Happy Christmas and best wishes to you too. Please stay safe in this most difficult of time for us all. David White Old Blarney.
  4. Murder in Eden is a 1961 British mystery film directed by Max Varnel and starring Ray McAnally, Catherine Feller and Yvonne Buckingham.[1] The screenplay involves the murder of an art critic and subsequent hunt for the killer. Railway connection. There is a brief scene with a Brand New Class 121. How appropriate. Loads of shots of Dublin, Irish vehicle registrations, and believe it or not, the film is supposed to be about Scotland Yard and London. Lots of Irish interest and Actors and Actresses. Enjoy.
  5. Old Blarney. I recently had the pleasure of having Old Blarney filmed by Studio Scotland Ltd, an award winning film & video Production Company. They have produced:- Building a Model Railway - From Start to Finish (Part 1). Director Stewart Menelaws gets the opportunity to turn one of the studio offices into a railway room. Building a Model Railway - Detail & Technology (Part 2). Takes the viewer into greater detailing and technologies. Building a Model Railway – The World of Modelling (Part 3). Filming around the country; with interviews from le
  6. The Film - I see a Dark Stranger -includes the following clip of a train arriving at Kingsbridge. Would I be correct in believing the locomotive to be one of our 800 Class? Comments are welcome - One for Mt Beaumont's collection? Please keep safe and enjoy. White.
  7. What about the LNWR carriages running as Dundalk Newry and Greenore stock? Well, I'm going for the LNWR. Their coaches were used on both the GNR(I) and LMS if my memory serves me correctly! Two foot rule, and, It's my Railway. Perhaps, it may also be possible to purchase the correct transfers for this situation? LMS too! Where? - NCC Lines and my imaginary line between Londonderry - Manorhamilton and Sligo (LMS). A joint line shared by three railway companies to prevent the LMS from their proposed outright purchase of the Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties from the Receiver. CIE, GNR and
  8. Gang, I too have been experimenting this evening with the functions on the "Murphy Models 121 Sound Decoder" The information printed on/in the Decoder Packaging is somewhat misleading. It does not cover any of the additional functions to be found on this Decoder. I use Digitrax equipment to control; my model railways - Using the additional function switches 13 to 19 and 20Plus will allow you access to many more features embedded in this decoder. For example F14 will allow you to control the increase in throttle revs, whilst F15 controls the reduction in throttle revs. There are ot
  9. Airfix, Oh! Silly me. Motto:- Check and recheck before one posts! My apologies for having posted inaccurate information.
  10. John, My apologies for the confusion I have created. I cut and pasted from this information on Wikipedia - see below** Another Cut and Paste job - History of Donegal --https://historyofdonegal.com/2012/03/06/lough-swilly-steamboat-company-3-2/ John McFarland was the business brain behind the operation but he ran into difficulties in the early 1900s. First, the occupation of Lough Swilly by the British fleet seriously disrupted trade and destroyed his dream of building up the Buncrana pier to rival Greencastle. Second, a long drawn out High Court case over a relatively smal
  11. Today's Irish Times -14/09/20 For those who have an interest in the longevity of our Transport Companies. McFARLAND, Sir John Talbot Bt; 11th September 2020, peacefully, at his home Glenburn Cottage Ballougry Road, Londonderry. Chairman of Mulhollands, drapers, and owner of the Lough Swilly Steamship Company.
  12. Interesting, informative, history. I read this topic with a great deal of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives for us. Furthermore, as an Irishman and a former pupil of St Andrews College, Dublin I am extremely proud of John Hemingway and his connection with Andrews. My Uncle, Jack (Ginger) Powell, flew, and trained pilots during the war whilst serving in The Canadian Air Force. He was also a well respected Vet from Nenagh, who, at the age of 95 was still in practice. Long may we remember those who have served on our behalf.
  13. McAllister, Is that you Back-seat driving yet again? Do I hear an indicator clicking incessantly? You really do need to keep your eye on the road! No masks in that Film! Our Nicola won't allow anything up here. Rumor has it, she will announce Farting is to be banned as of Tuesday? Look after yourself and those railway assets you hold too. Fearful registration on that truck - EU - Are those numbers relevant to the year we shall finally leave this institution? Joke Lads - no offence intended to those opposing BREXIT. White.
  14. If you like, you can afford it, you buy it. It is your railway. I have written this in the past - It is your railway and thus, you run that which you you wish to run on it. I have two Irish Layouts. I have LMS Locomotives and Rolling Stock - In my World these are not London Midland and Scottish - they are - Londonderry Manorhamilton and Sligo (LMS) on my railway. South Eastern and Chatham stock - on my railway - Sligo Enniskillen and Colloney or anything else one can think of! Happy modelling. Old Blarney.
  15. Today, 12/09/20, two days after my 78th Birthday, our Postman delivered a wee parcel. To my delight it is my 121 from The Paddy Murphy Stable. This delivery made me thing a wee bit. I thought of my age, my model railway, the locomotives I am running; as I prepare for a professional Filming Session of Old Blarney this Thursday. Most importantly, my thoughts turned to the man who made it possible for me to have models of Irish Locomotives, and rolling stock, Paddy Murphy. His production of accurate models of the 141 and 181 Locomotives as used on our Railway System, and each of the
  16. Become a member of this site- It allows you access to their Library and - You can explode the images too.
  17. Lobitos -Larne - Holmes Mullin and Dunn Ltd. Excellent aerial photographs on this site - Drag this image down. https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/XAW040442
  18. The Distributor for "Lobitos" Petroleum Product in Ireland was Holmes Mullin and Dunn Ltd. Flicker Image below - I'm afraid my searches thus far have produced this image only. I can assist with MEX, Maxol, McMullan Bros and through them I may be able to discover whether or not HMD also used rail for the transportation and direct access to Depots.
  19. I wholly agree with Noels remarks. I look forward to hearing of your making a full recovery and viewing the alterations to your inspiring railway. My best wishes to you. Old Blarney.
  20. Ah, now, don't be pouring Oil on that!
  21. McA, Good to know you are alive. Any comment on the "Silver Princess"?
  22. Strange Coaches - "Silver Princess" By accident - I found this image in The Father Brown Collection. Have I found a photograph of The Budd Car in use with CIÉ? This unusual coach (by UK standards) was built in 1947 by the Budd Company of America, and took to the rails in Britian, and for a time Ireland, to demonstrate constructional features new to British practice. Named "Silver Princess", it was 63ft long. 9ft 2ins wide and weighed 29 tons, was of all-steel construction and distinguished by corrugated side and roof panels. The outer skin was of stainless steel and the
  23. Noel, "Such a shame, John Wayne may have travelled in one of those" - The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. Are you having a Senior moment or perhaps come off at a Water Jump? My daughter had an horrific accident years ago at a Water Jump and even now, cannot remember having competed on that day. Wishing you well. David.
  24. I note the text accompanying this article " Goods Traffic on CIE" states these coaches were in GSR livery. This would have been the case prior to January, 1st, 1945. I doubt CIÉ would have passed a paint brush over these coaches when they were using them! I do remember the huge piles of Turf stockpiled in the Phoenix Park and, somewhere at the very back of my mind the road vehicles carrying Turf to Dublin. Many of these Lorries were former US Army vehicles. The Railway Coaches, I cannot be certain, but, faded, very fades maroon is my recollection. The boarded-up windows and doors! I do not
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