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  1. Looking forward very much to its publication. In the meantime I am accumulating a few other books to keep me occupied
  2. For broad gauge lines, maybe a long route is believable as they potentially had all the time in the world from the early 1830s to gradually extend. The earliest narrow gauge lines in Ireland were probably 30-40 years too late to envisage anything very long, except in comparatively remote areas like Donegal where few or no railways already existed and public money of one kind or another could guarantee their construction and economic survival. A scheme like the Ulster & Connaught just doesn't tick any of those boxes at all! Mind you, we ridicule the idea of long NG lines, but South Afr
  3. At this stage I have no hard views on where the model should be located. I kind of like the concept of a short, independent line simply to allow me to model a few oddities as well as the normal stuff that so many people already run. Short trains and small locomotives also allow for a smaller layout. The 3 short lines I mentioned do seem to have a bit in common - built by Dargan and quite possibly with very similar rolling stock in the early years. I have thought of a number of scenarios. Here is just one, as an example. Newry is a kind of 'Cinderella' patch of Ireland (in railway ter
  4. Many thanks for the positive and interesting responses. I was on a 50 km walk yesterday and am only slowly recovering my faculties. I shall respond to everyone in due course.
  5. Since my previous topic in the layouts area ended up being hijacked as a general track discussion (fine by me) I decided to start afresh. As a reminder of what I envisaged, here's the original photo that inspired me... ...something that fits nicely into a corner of a room and has loads of atmosphere. OK, Penzance isn't exactly Ireland, but most Irish termini are well spread out, even on branch lines to nowhere. This could be made into a convincing Irish layout with a little imagination. The idea could have quite a small footprint in 4mm scale, assuming a lot is left 'off-stage'...
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    Why GM?

    BRCW had built the B101 class. In the early 1960s they were building the BR Class 27 and 33. These were generally good machines, apart from long term body rot issues. Sulzer engines too, which would have maintained some degree of continuity. BRCW were really struggling to build the BR orders on time though - and effectively went bust in the process. An Irish equivalent of the Class 33 might have been a good bet for CIE - a class 47 equivalent would probably have been too big and in any case was developed by a different company, Brush.
  7. RichL

    Why GM?

    Another question would be why didn't CIE continue development of the tried and trusted B101 class, which performed pretty well and was built by one of the better British diesel manufacturers. Even 1100/1101 could have been a basis for development (apart from their brakes).
  8. RichL

    Why GM?

    It would be wrong to suggest that GM/EMD was always the perfect choice though. They had a very conservative outlook in relation to engine output. This worked fine in the early 1950s when railroads were happy to put any number of units in front of a train. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the turbocharged, big power era by big customers like Santa Fe who bought EMD but substantially rebuilt them to get what they really wanted. Once the railroad proved that it would work reliably for GM then GM brought out its own designs. There were also issues with EMD two-stroke engines
  9. Problems with an upgrade. For updates see https://www.facebook.com/RMweb-Server-Updates-205398459548735/
  10. RichL

    Why GM?

    GM/EMD also had a very slick marketing operation. They came from nowhere to dominate the US market for locos using every marketing trick in the book - mainly learnt through selling automobiles. Once demand for locos in the USA started to flatten out they looked more seriously at overseas markets. They had previously not been very interested in manufacturing for foreign markets, as the 'home' market in the USA, Mexico and Canada kept them very busy. They had allowed foreign manufacturers to build adapted designs under licence, like in Germany and Australia but these only had limited success. Ir
  11. Yeah, if I were starting from scratch I might do things differently, but I couldn't bring myself to destroy much of the existing diamond crossing just for a bit more operating potential on what is after all just a test track
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    Rich's Workbench

    I've managed a revised drawing taking account of the steam chest and also the firebox. The main difference from the original drawing now is that mine is still stretched a bit towards the rear I think only a mock-up is going to improve things from here - something in 3D to compare directly with the photo. Here's another excellent prototype - original Cork Blackrock & Passage Rly from before the line was converted to narrow gauge - very tempting too, but not for now!
  13. I found this online a while ago. Shows a map of the old Penrose Quay station and the Youghal line above it. https://www.horgansquay.com/building-on-tradition/
  14. Just to show the finished test track. It occurred to me that the straight track wasn't going to test the ability of stock on curves. I extended the 'spare' ends of the diamond to form an S bend. This involved a slight widening of the board at one end. The curves are fractionally sub-4ft due to using an OO Tracksetta to set the inside of the curves. That's fine as I don't really want to go below 4ft radius on any layout I build in the future - at least not for 21mm main line stock. I shall install a DPDT switch to switch the polarity of the diamond crossing, depending on which route
  15. RichL

    Rich's Workbench

    Sorry for the long delay in responding but I have been away for a few days and didn't have access to my notes. You raise a very good point, Mayner! I was mainly going on the photo and drawings of other locos of the same period. The steam chest was full width between the frames in all drawings I looked at. Translating that to the photo , the front of the far front wheel would have to project slightly beyond the front of the steam chest to appear thus in the photo.... On reflection, the steam chest, or at least the lower part of it, is quite narrow. You can see this from the faint out
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