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  1. Coming from the engineering perspective, I much prefer If it aint broke, it doesn't have enough features!
  2. A little more progress on the layout. Think I have the point rodding sorted - albeit after a few "doh" moments; angle cranks the wrong way around! Short siding catch point picked up. All connections brought back to the signal box. Added a few rods and cranks for the points on the North end of the station which adds a little interest. Detail of the rodding back to the platform ope where the signal box will be including the completed platform bridge. Made a start on signal wheels at the signal box end. May leave the signal end until I get some signals installed. Next up will be platforms & then ballasting, Starting to take shape! More later. Ken
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    So, Corrected the problem with stopping short with the rods, they now run to the end. A floor added and back section connected. The DSER bridges have an interesting support which runs clear of the underside and then turn up at an angle to the top rail. Adds a nice touch. Trial positioning with some timber blocks for now. I haven't detailed the back cut - a few lines on the backscene will probably suffice. Back scene for this area will be prototype photos (hopefully). Got to work on the footbridge at the other end. This is the same structure as the platform bridge, so I'm not going to go through the construction details. A quick shot with 495 and a few wagons to set the scene!!
  4. Hello John, I work quite a bit in brass & bought the RP Toolz Photo Etch Bending Tool - see link. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RP-Toolz-18cm-long-Photo-etch-bender-tool-RPT18/192932372777?hash=item2cebaa6129:g:HUcAAOSwNndctxPi For working with etch kits they really are essential - it is possible to do with a vice and steel rules etc, but that can get tedious and not always so accurate. They are pricey but do provide the crisp edges you are looking for, and make the difference in kit building. Hope that helps. Ken
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    As mentioned in the layout section for Wicklow South, I intend to use the two footbridges to enclose the scene. The main footbridge over the platforms and a smaller one spanning the single line further south from the station. DSER constructed very similar footbridges along their network and for quite a few they were integrated with the signal box - meant only one stairs rather than two, so a certain element of fiscal efficiency. Prototype take recently. Rather that make the sides by soldering individual pieces together, I decided to draw up a plan for the base side in CAD & use the mill to cut out. It also made it easier to drill the uprights for the horizontal rods which will be much more accurate using CNC than by hand. The sides were cleaned up and t-section added top and bottom which soldered joints on the inside. Front side was kept clean with some rivets added. The uprights were a little fiddlier as threading through 6 no. 0.5mm brass rods took a some time being sure not to deform the uprights. It was worth the effort, as when uprights were soldered into position top & bottom, we ended up with this, which is starting to look good. Alas, I stopped too short with the rods as I was thinking the last section tucks into the signal box - it doesn't, so I'll have to amend that bit before ti gets to the model. More as time permits. Ken
  6. Transport box suggests movement. Could we see Barrow St. displayed somewhere in the not too distant future??? Ken
  7. I really like that asbestos roof - looks excellent! 👍 Ken
  8. Ah - jaysus, and then I look at my lining attempts. Well done Eoin - pure quality. Note to self: must try harder!!! Ken
  9. I decided it would be good to have a small shunting layout for testing purposes and also the possibility of bringing it to exhibitions. I started out to build an Inklenook sidings type layout without context, but decided it would be nicer if it could represent a station (or part of) in Ireland. The purpose of the layout is to sit over my work desk to be used as a test track as well as being transportable. Dimensions are 1235mm x 230mm which is really a glorified shelf layout. After looking at quite a number of stations to find something that would fit (ish) in the small space i had in mind, if found that the southern section of Wicklow Passenger station may fit the bill. So the plan is to model the South (West?) end of the station from the foot bridge over the platform to the pedestrian bridge over the railway further down the line which should frame the layout. Understandably, the layout is truncated to fit in the space available. So - layout developed in templot and CAD to get some track plans to start track work. Wiring done - DC with isolated sections to allow multiple loco operation if required. Track & points built, all fine tuned and running well. Well...........almost. Turns out the points (A5) were too tight to allow the larger locos through. The 0-4-0ST (495) worked through without problem, and 2-4-0T (423) just about made it, however the 4-4-2T (458), & the 6 wheelers would not and were continuously de-railing. Back to the drawing board (Templot & CAD) to create A6 points, tweaked to fit in much the same space. Old points removed & new trackwork constructed and fit. The advantage of building track is the ability to tighten up track work rather than use set track. By pulling the RH point back into the exit of LH point helped shorten the overall length. The point blades for the RH point are rather close to the crossing vee of the LH point which with a bit of fettling works well. The only issues to over come were ensuring isolation between the crossing vee and the straight track of the new point to avoid shorts; the second being the kink in the track at the blade tip for the curving rail. There was very little track before this kink which took some time to get right. All tested and up and running. All locos, coach and wagons now get through the points, albeit at slower speeds for larger locos. All good. Points are controlled manually by a rod under the board with a pin coming up through the stretcher bar between the blades. Electrickery for the crossing vee and wing rails is controlled by powered pins & a side branch on the point rod. I'll take a photo as it's rather difficult to explain! So track & sleepers painted ready for ballasting. I decided to model the prototype and add point rodding using the Wills kit (base kit & extension); main point and catch points picked up closest to the viewer which will pass under the track at the signal box. The short siding catch point will be picked up on that side back to the signal box. I also have signal wheels to model the signal cabling which is yet to be done. Signals to be built including ground signal for the siding which will be of the lattice type. Signal box, partial platforms, DSER style bridges, ballasting and scenics to be completed, so only really getting started at this point. What I have learned is that the trackwork on the other layout (Port Cumtha) will need to be re-done as this experience has shown that the locos & 6-wheelers will not get through the points, but that's for another day. More as time permits. Ken
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    Yes indeed - early days but it does look good. It's the Wills point rodding kit plus extension pack. I'll post more details in the layout section. Ken
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    Class 495 Build

    495 is finally at a stage where painting can begin. 495 was one of the few locos in Ireland that did not get the overall coat of grey, and remained in its original makers colours of olive green lined in yellow & black. Painting the body at the moment - will get to the chassis later. Lining is proving to be interesting - I'm using a Rotring draughting pen with yellow ink with technical drawing templates to help get squares & curves. Keeping it simple for the moment & building up slowly. The intention will be to weather this very heavily as the original never got a coat of paint so fine detail will not be critical. Getting there! Ken
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    Been a while - the real job is getting in the way!! Painting and weathering of the newer wagons underway at the moment. A story of a few step forward followed by a few steps back, however I'm getting there. Amazing what a bit of weathering can cover up!! Painting of 495 is ongoing at the moment also, and that will need quite a bit of work. I'll fill in the details in the 495 post in Irish Models. Brake van, gas wagon, vehicle wagon (already done) open wagon and the DSER covered wagon coming along nicely. Gas wagon may be a little light in colour? Brake van needs more work as running boards and buffers to be painted, glazing to be added and roof needs a lot more work. Open wagon took a bit of a battering during painting losing the brake levers brackets & one brake shoe. Brass to white metal connections are rather fragile - I'll use superglue at this stage to effect repairs. Coming along rather nicely. More as time permits. Ken
  13. The DSER appeared to favour the lattice post signals on the line. This one being from the up platform with the shunting signal for the headshunt. They had some very interesting rotating shunting signals, both ground and post mounted. The signal on the post is the same type as below. The post and ground signals are preserved on the down platform. Ken
  14. Now that looks good - Well done.
  15. Now you're talkin' That looks good!
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