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  1. Looks like a very nice model and is a very welcome addition to the Oxford range. Nice to see a diecast model of an older Irish bus. One of these was restored by Ulsterbus some years ago and appears occasional at the Cultra rally. This model will sit very well with the forthcoming Sunrise Models resin kit of a GNR(I) Gardner and Jim Poots UTA models. Lough Swilly also used some ex NIRTB examples so there is the potential to convert this into a Swilly example. It would be a fairly easy repaint. The model is very easily dismantled for painting. All that is then needed are some of George Heaneys "Lough Swilly" transfers and a roof rack and ladder added. Incidently it is a bit misleading to refer to this model as a "Belfast" bus. They operated throughout Northern Ireland , mostly on rural routes. Belfast services were provided by Belfast Corporation buses most of which would have been much more comfortable than these utility examples. After a long quiet period we are doing quite well for diecast buses at the moment. As well as the forthcoming City Imp and the Corgi Bus Eireann model, Oxford appear to have an Ulsterbus Irizar PB on the cards, at least according to britishmodelbuses.com
  2. More details of Sunrise Models GNR Gardner kit attached.
  3. George Heaney of Sunrise models and transfers has announced that he in intends to produce a resin kit of a GNR Gardner bus. It will be based on the earliest version from 1938 many of these lasted well into the 1950's. This will be quite a departure for George as all of his kits to date have been based on buses popular with Scottish operators. If he gets enough advance orders he aims to get the kit released this year, around October if possible, so that it can be on sale at the South Dublin model railway exhibition on the bank holiday weekend. Georges models are produced to a very high standard, they are all mastered by Jim Poots master maker so quality is assured. George can be contacted at 12 Morton Gardens, Pollokshields, Glasgow, G41 4AF. Tel. number is 01414234328 or by email admin@sunrisetransfers.com Hopefully this will be a very successfull model appealing to both bus and the large number of GNR(I) railway modellers. A small number of these buses passed to other small operators after service with the GNR. The Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties railway had some, one of which ended up with Erne bus service in Co Leitrim. I have been told that OS Coaches had one but maybe someone else can confirm this. If this model sells well we may be able to persuade George to build the other main varients of the Gardner, most of which survived to see CIE service and carried a variety of liveries, even the CIE Tours primrose yellow and grey. Danny
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