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  1. David, Saw this and thought of you! The Unbuilt Engineering of the Transatlantic Steamship and Railway Route via Belmullet, Co Mayo 1820-1920 On Monday 10th February 2020 at 6:30 PM in Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4 In this presentation Richard Butler, Lecturer in the Historic Built Environment at the University of Leicester, will focus on the unbuilt engineering of a railway from Dublin to Belmullet and the development of that town as a transatlantic steamship harbour. In the early days of railways and steamships, many western Irish ports were suggested as suitable for making a faster and safer route between the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ worlds – connecting Britain and North America via what would now be called an Irish ‘land-bridge’. Though Belmullet never achieved this status, it was the focus of sustained attention from engineers, hydrographers, and government commissions from the 1830s until the coming of Irish independence. Regards, Ken
  2. Seriously impressive stuff David. Really love those railings in the second last photo. The buffer stop and loco shed just hit a new level of realism....
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    My understanding is that the flat wagon was to carry repair tools and materials to fix any sabotage on the line. As to the upstands, they are quite unusual & I dont know the answer; perhaps they are to provide some means of stopping material falling off whilst providing repair crews quick access during repairs?
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    Been quiet for the last while, but got some work done. The loco body was sanded and leveled to sit better on the chassis, side steps andded and coupling rods fixed in place. Gearbox and motor housing are also installed ready for pickups. Cover on the safety valves needs to be bigger so that will need to be re-done with brass tube. Smoke stack and steam dome were turned down and tidied up with the lathe, Moved on to the flat wagon and sketched up a kit to cut on the mill. While I was at it, I included some brake shoes for the loco, as I forgot to include them in the loco cut. This will allow me to proceed with the loco build later. This cut is for the two wagons as it made sense to cut the two at the same time. This was a tricky little wagon, as it's not quite flat. There are raised & curved upstands located in the centre of the wagon, so I allowed a cut-out in the sides to take these upstands, which were flared at the top, turned in and corners shaped with solder. From what I can see from the few photos I have seen is that they are only on the sides, turn in slightly, but do not cross the floor of the wagon. Kinda hard to explain, but this grainy photo may help... So, have got to the rolling chassis stage with brakes, axle boxes, springs & hook to be added. Bit of tidy up of the solder to be done & add the white metal parts to finish. Then rinse & repeat for the second one! I'll make up some odd work tools & parts as a load to finish them out later. View of the loco, wagon & the box van stepping in as a sub for the troop wagon to get a feel for how it is coming together. More as time permits! Ken
  5. Alas, no. Modern Health & Safety has all but eliminated natural selection!
  6. Superb work John. I particularly like the Firebox jig as a means of holding that section solid whilst applying the wrapper - very clever. Ken
  7. This may help? Regards, Ken
  8. Superb work Eoin. I am particuarly impressed with the expasion link construction as I konw how difficult it is to solder up small parts. Excellent build & looking forward to seeing more. Ken
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    Aint that the truth!!!
  10. I don't like that Global Shipping Scheme. I have had a few items damaged in transit - no matter how well the seller wraps the item, the global shipping centre re-pack it to reduce weight. When I got in touch with the seller and showed the photos, they were quite annoyed as they had packed properly & had to get in touch with the GSS. Got it sorted, but the seller must of had a hell of a battle with the GSS
  11. I have found that using de-soldering braid similar to this works rather well: https://www.circuitspecialists.eu/mg-chemicals/solder-wire-wick-and-flux/?mgproducttype=77 By placing the braid over the solder blob, touch the iron to the braid & swipe away. Some people recommend using flux, but I have found it operates fine without the flux. It leaves a very fine layer of solder similar to tinning, but much finer. A quick rub down with a brass brush smoothes everything out. Obviously the braid needs to be fresh each time as it quickly soaks up the solder, so you just cut away to a fresh section each time you use it. No files used, just the braid & brush. Worth a try. Ken
  12. Now that is proper quality.......well done.
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    As noted in my last post the chassis was a bit tight for the pony and trailing bogies, so a revised chassis was designed and cut. I felt the trailing bogie was too far back, so this was also adjusted to accommodate - adding a little to the rear & taking a bit from the front to balance. A combined 1mm set was introduced into the chassis (0.5mm per side) to allow the bogies move a little more - the grooves aiding the set points. While I was at it, I decided to add some detail such as cylinder head details, which is lost on the model, but hey, what the hell... The set is just visible which is good, as I didn't want it to be too obvious. Chassis runs through points & curves much better now and with washers on the main axles keeps the chassis straight & should reduce any sparks!! Footplate was built up with angle, buffer beams added, and some nice Slaters GWR sprung buffers which are nicely tapered and a good match for the original. Body fixing points need a little fettling to get get the body to sit down properly. Chimney is just siting on and a bit wonky, but that will be sorted. Cylinder detail is just barely visible, but does look good I think. Couple of quick shots with the covered wagon which it ran with to set the scene! I think the body needs some stiffining as there are some wavy lines which I'm not entirely hapy with. I think the 0.35mm is a bit light - the other loco bodies I have built have been 0.5mm and sit that bit straighter. I'm open to comments from others here who have more experience in the 0.35mm to give some insight. Some more work on the chassis needed; add the crankpins & con rods, motor, gearbox and pickups needed to get it running. Brakes & steps needed to finish it off, but getting there. Ken
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    Progress on the Chassis. Con rods were cut out and sweated together. Top complete - bottom needs tidying up. Chassis was assembled using con rods to set bearing distances. Pony & Trailing truck assembled, axles cut and wheels on. Compensated beam for front axles, while traling truck is stablised by some 0.5mm PB wire. Chassis on track and seems to perform well. However. there is very little space for movement by the trucks and I'm thinking there may be shorts where the leading & trailing wheels touch the chassis. A small set in the chassis may provide a little more clearance. I'll monitor this when I put on the pickups. Quick shot with the body on get to a feel for the overall look. Starting to come together. Ken
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    Time to come back to the workbench after some work on the layout. Our good friends Shepherd & Beesley also had a rather nice photo in their book of the DSER armoured train from 1923. The loco was based on thier 2-4-2T, a wagon for troops front & rear, based on the 13"6" Covered wagon, and a flat wagon again front and rear. Image courtesy of Shepherd & Beesley There is some really good info on the Railway protection repair and maintenance corps which goes through the history of measures taken to protect the network here which has some really good photos on the armoured trains, including this one. Anyway - to the Model: I had a drawing for the 2-4-2T, and so by using the chassis and dveloping a bodyshell, I was able to create a cut file for the CNC. Body is in 0.35, which I feel is probably a little light and needs stiffening. The cut files included tabs to provide some stiffening and eases soldering, however I'm not convinced it's enough. I started with the cab area. Grooves on the tabs were a little too deep, so some broke away cleanly and others cut all the way through, but held at each end ( I can already see Eoin shaking his head slowly & sighing 😉) I'll get that sorted for the next cutting project! I didn't take may photos as I was building, as I tend to get focused on what I'm doing and forget. So photos of the nearly completed body. A chimney and piece of brass pipe for the safety valves is all that's needed to complete the body. It's rather simple construction, and given the simple slab sided body, riveting detail is really needed to provide some level of visual interest. Chasssi was cut out from 0.5mm and is in the process of tidying up ready for assembly. All for now. More as time permits. Ken
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