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  1. Appears to be an ex-GSWR horse box - Number on the solebar ?663G. Ken
  2. Congrats Eoin, Looks like you got the 10.000th post in this section!! 😉 Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Cheers Eoin, Well, that conversation about the DSER third brakes got me thinking!!! A bit more research coming up........ Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    DSER Goods Brake So following some research & the receipt of a photo, I have developed up a model of the 15 Ton DSER goods brake built in 1902. As mentioned in another post the DSER used passenger brake vans or third brakes on all trains, including goods, until 1875. After this they commenced building dedicated brake vans for goods traffic, which mainly worked the cattle trains and not unexpectedly became known as cattle brakes. The brake van here was part of the final group of dedicated brake vans built in Grand Canal Works for the DSER. Starting with panels grooved and cut on the mill. Roof rolled to the curve for installation later. As the sides were grooved to simulate panels, we need to add the panelling details. In this case 1mm strip from brass & nickle silver. Yes - these were six wheel vans. Having no information on the vans themselves I had to search around for more information on dimensions of a six wheel brake van. The GNR built 25 ton 6 wheelers in 1914, which I think may have been influenced by the DSER van. The length of the GNR van was 20 ft over the frames, which I took as a reasonable length for this van and the proportions seem to work. The chassis has been set up using compensated W-irons from SSM, with the centre axle supported via 0.5mm PB wire to allow the centre axle float (thanks to @murrayec for the advice on this layout). This works well as the chassis rolls very well without binding. It definitely seems to run much better than the Cleminson chassis on the GSWR coach - I may change the coach to this arrangement. With all sides added to the chassis & roof sitting on for the moment, we get to here. A brake ban is only useful if it has brakes - in this instance all 6 wheels are braked, with outside brake rods. For this I used 1mm Nickle silver strip, while looking good, appears to be too low, and perhaps too wide. So another solution was devised using 0.5mm square wire. The revised 0.5mm square does appear to look a little lighter & more prototypical; moving the rodding it in closer to the W-irons improves the look. Still a little more work needed around the hoops down from the chassis to represent the crank arrangement. Springs and axle boxes were also added to get the brake rodding to the right position - this all needs to be cleaned up with files & white spirit to remove the flux. So - I give you a DSER 15 Ton 6-wheel goods brake. Ok, steps and a little more detail on the roof is required to finish, but all in all I'm very happy with how it has turned out. A quick shot with the other wagons to put the size in perspective. More soon, Ken
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    Pop, That's an excellent model with some nice ideas on the interior. May do something similar for the interior of my 6 Wheeler. Paint colour looks excellent. I tried the Humbrol RC 403 (Crimson Lake) on the fish van, however it has come out more purple than crimson so may have to re-think this. Your route with the crimson & black may be the way to go - do you have the code of the Humbrol paint you used? Edit - just re-read the post .......Humbrol 20! .......... need to pay more attention 🙄 Ken
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    Started into the weathering. Covered wagon is coming along quite well. Not sure about the rust on the road vehicle wagon, may need to tone it back a little. An overall misting of dust form the air brush may help to tone everything down. That Austin really needs a wash!!!
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Got some painting done on two of the wagons. Interesting that every time you go to paint you discover some last little item that needed to be finished before the painting can start. Two that were ready were the Flat Vehicle wagon and the Convertible. Paint on, coat of gloss varnish to apply the lettering (stencil & hand). I now need to add a final coat of matt varnish & begin the weathering stage; same applies to 423 as well. With the profusion of grey, the goods trains must have looked rather dreary making their way through a damp countryside. I can see why the pre-amalgamation companies wanted a bit of colour on their fleet. More as time permits Ken
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    DSER Brake Van

    Jonathan, Thanks for the input. From my research it appears the DSER used third passenger brakes on all trains up to c. 1900 around which time they did commission / build their own goods brakes to run mainly with the cattle traffic which was then expanded to all goods traffic. I get 10 or 11 dedicated goods brakes, so a model would be good. @Mayner gratefully provided a photo which with a bit of work may help me develop a drawing and hopefully a model. Watch this space........ Ken.
  9. All, By any chance, would anyone have images, sketches, or ideally drawings of a DSER Goods Brake Van? I have GNR, & MGWR, but nothing from the DSER. Many thanks in advance. Ken
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    Popeye's Workbench

    Very nice indeed. Well done.
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Little Diorama displayed at the Bray Show yesterday. 600mm x 130mm with small backdrop. Still needs a little more detailing on the vegetation etc, but good for display purposes nonetheless. 458 (Still incomplete) ex MGWR Fish van, ex DSER Covered Wagon, ex SLNC Vehicle wagon & ex GSWR covered wagon. Good reception and thanks to all who commented. Ken
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    Class 495 Build

    Some progress on 495. Chassis insert into the body is sorted which allows fixing of the cab interior in place. This then allowed addition of handrails, cab back and roof. Buffers, hooks, and sandbox operating rods were also added. I will need to add some weight as it is a little low on tractive effort. When pulling the 5 wagon rake, which in fairness is quite heavy, it does struggle on occasion. Some weight between the frames, front and rear should help. It does run well and looks well hauling the rake of wagons. Some more detailing needed before heading to the paintshop as it is looking rather scruffy at this stage. Quick shot of 495 on the siding with 423 on the main track. More as time permits. Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Got some work done on the covered wagon. Quite a lot of work went into this one, as all parts needed to be added to the base wagon shown above. Still waiting for a delivery of corrugated iron for the roof to complete, but all other physical work is complete. All uprights and cross members are 1 x 1mm brass. Corner posts are tri folded 0.3mm brass cut & groved on the mill. Hinges and corner straps are 0,5mm brass riveted to suit. It has come together rather well and just needs a roof and a good cleanup for painting. Some shots of the wagon with others which give an indication of how short it is. Wagons behind 495 which also has had some work done today - see Class 495 post in Irish models for more details. More later. Ken
  14. Hello John, Ditto to Brian's comments above. Very nice parcel arrived this morning with the Postman, and also no duties requested. You were very good to roll the boiler, fire box and tender edges, which will greatly speed up work. Looking forward to starting on this one once I get some wheels. Kind Regards Ken
  15. That 101 is looking seriously good. Well done on the lining!
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