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Mike 84C

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  1. Thank you all very much for your replies. John M's drawings and minister for hardship's postings gave me just what I needed. Its the Ratio wagons that i have got.
  2. Thanks for the replies, I did know about the modern wagons for forestry products. But Galteemore that is good news I shall check my books on the MGWR.
  3. Did CIE or any of its standard gauge constituents run any 4 wheel bolster wagons for carrying timber tree trunks etc? The sort of thing that used to run in permanately coupled pairs on even threes for long loads. i ask because I just got hold of some nice built up models of that type of wagon and cannot recall seeing photos of them in Ireland. Maybe rule 1 applies here!
  4. Thanks for posting Jim, looks like I missed a good show. Johns buildings really look the part but your camera is so cruel, the baseboard joins are dreadful! must give them some thought before next year.
  5. Hey John, Mrs 84 C says top job! fabulous. But the goods shed looks better than I remember!!!!! Your building skills would grace any exhibition layout in the country,well done.
  6. For Kaydee's I use Caister Loco, Pete is usually competative and is local, to me!! For magnets I have just bought from Magnet Expert who are in Tuxford Notts a pack of 10; 50x19x5mm Ferrite magnts with a pull of 1.5kg for £4.64+ Vat and a pack of 2mm dia x 1mm thick Neodymium Magnets 0.11kg pull ,pack of 50 for £4.12 plus vat total invoice £10.51. Really helpful people and have a huge website and range. www.First4Magnets.com. No connection just a happy customer. Mick
  7. The backscene on the left is remarkable, for a couple of moments I thought it was a model. Still I'll keep my baseboard high up, get a stiff neck looking down with all this hellicoptor vision.
  8. Having lots of experience of the fertilizer traffic on this side of the Irish Sea, the polythene cover would be shrink wrapping which was applied to (A) keep the bags clean, also weather proof for outside storage and (B) hold the bags in stacks on the pallets. Because when the bags were being moved on belts, rollers and auto palletizers in the factories they got sprayed with a silicon lubricant. This meant that when the pallets of bags were moved any distance they promptly fell off the pallets. dont ask how I know but I have hauled 1000's of tons of fertilizer. In later years the bags were also glued together but thats another story! I cannot remember the bulk bags having any kind of shrink wrapping, the product was contained by an inner liner that the outer, think big builders bag, contained which took all the lifting strains. Here endeth!!!!!!!!!!
  9. I am going to stick my head above the parapet. Rule one its your railway, call it what you like and Blacksod Bay for me, is more evocative,punchy,interesting, makes me want to go and look than Belmullet. I thought a mullett was a fish or maybe a haircut from way back. I hate all this pc thing and I live in a county where the natives are collectively known as Yellow Bellies. No offence there .Tell your modelling friends to get real. 😡 Look forward to seeing Arigna Town reincarnated. 😎 Mick
  10. What sound file have you guys used in your saturated boiler J15's? All my steam locos with sound are quite "chuffy" with a sharp blast and I remember reading that the saturated boiler J15 had quite a soft blast. Be nice for a bit of variety.
  11. Just be wary if you buy an English one as lots are sold with the later Maunsell tender with the turned in top as fitted to the Schools class. Not much use for an Irish loco.
  12. Use the damaged one as a template to make a new one from brass or nickle silver. Use wire to solder in the pegs. Or make a plastic replacement and laminate a strengthening piece on top and bottom. Or contact Bachmann and see if its available as a spare part. FOC , that model is worth a lot of effort, that was a jammy sort of gift! Mick
  13. Leslie how right you are, I, cannot understand how Net Work Rail cant finish the GWR electrification as it was planned,no money ?, obviating the need for the weird electrics that carry their own power station. But HS 2 ploughs ahead with a rumoured final cost of 100 Billion which we can afford? And where is all that electricity going to come from? I see only power stations being closed or farmers being paid for growing electricity covering acres of land with solar panels or growing crops for biomas plants. I'm to old for all this but 2+2 does not seem too make 44 anymore. Rant over 😖
  14. Thanks for sharing Jim, I wanted to go but my lovely wife shared her vile cold which I have still got. Hope I can get to Doncaster. You got some excellent photos, the live steam is ace!
  15. That looks tragic. HEY! Whizz does this look like a project for P&G! Fresh fields and all that. Mick
  16. Richie, little that I could add to all the previous comments. Its just good to see progress with your layout and its a shame that it has to go on the back burner till next winter. Maybe thank the physio from all of us for getting you started again.
  17. Thanks for the heads up Fran. regards Mike
  18. Are others having a problem logging on to RM web? My machine cannot find the server even from the Google search list. I hope its not just me!
  19. Had to buy that issue! just to compare his plan with ours and I rather like Paul Lunns plan! He has used a bit of selective compression to advantage and it would make a more scenic layout than ours. Also not on the magazine header, their review of the oo works J15/101 which to my mind gets a good write up. MIke 84C
  20. Top job murrayec, your tutorial explaines it all. Please keep posting ;my SSM Bandon tank always gives me pleasure.
  21. Hi Irishrail, the van is sort of set in concrete around the frame area and without wishing to get down and dirty! I thought there was dry rot in the parts of the frame I could see but there is every chance that the timbers are there. The door on the inside has been sawn off on the upper side to make it fit the building the van is part of. I wondered if it is a S&S van and it would be a shame if it just disappeared after survivig this long.
  22. Cheers JIm, will keep that in mind but I cannot see the big layout going over within 18 months and who knows what the cost will be? and if club funds would stand it.
  23. Thanks for all your comments guys and I really think it was worth taking a small selection of our Bantry models to Bantry and a return trip with an operating layout would be the icing on the cake. For me, the worst part of the journey was Irish ferry's land you in Dublin just in time for the 5pm rush hour so its gone 11pm by the time your west of Bandon. On the return 8.55 pm from Dublin is 0.55 into Holyhead drive to Lincolnshire home at 5.0 am, eyes like the p------ in the snow but kept sucking the barley sugars! 😫 In fairness my trip was to see old friends and the model show was a bonus. I did get out and about taking photos of remains of the West Cork, surprising what is still there. The first three are at Clonakilty , then the station building at Drimoleague, then Bantry across the harbour, the water tank , lattice bridge and crane are at Skibereen, whats left of Bantry shed, a narrow gauge van at Drimoleague and the water column at Dunmanway. Sorry that the photos are not always clear as at Dunmanway but cutting down the local vets bamboo for the photo was just not on! His offices are the old station building, getting a good shot was not possible. Hope you enjoy the photos. Mick
  24. A picture of what I took to Bantry, please ignore the person behind the small display.
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