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    Born Dublin, lived most of my life in Dublin and the UK. One time builder, moved to New Zealand several years ago. One time WHHR Volunteer Portmadoc, track ganger, diesel loco driver and bulldozer driver, plant operator, now an Armchair


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  1. The thread originated around the feasibility of a Silver Fox style locomotive kit on a rtr donor chassis rather than a rtr steam engine. The main challenge facing a would be kit or rtr manufacturer of an Irish steam loco is the absence of readily available suitable generic rtr chassis like the old Tri-ang 0-6-0, L1 and B12 Chassis. It will be interesting to see whether OO Works will produce further Irish locos. While the OO Works J15 at £290 appears expensive compared to prices paid for similar Bachmann and Hornby models OO Works batch production costs are a lot higher and sales v
  2. The GSR 820 Class 4-6-2T proposal with its medium power output larger bunker capacity seems ideal for the RPSIs profitable short haul work, otherwise a second WT would be a no-brainer. Going back to the original question the contemporary absence of a readily available rtr chassis like the Triang/Triang 0-6-0, 4-4-0 and B12 4-6-0 chassis is probably the greatest barrier to producing a OO gauge body-line kit for an Irish Steam loco. Most of the whitemetal steam locomotive kits produced by Bec, Gem and Wills were originally designed to fit contemporary Triang and Hornby classis. GEM a
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    I suppose I am the most distant from Ireland in Hamilton, New Zealand another rail center with approx. 30 freight trains daily the junction between The Auckland-Wellington North Island Main Trunk Line & the East Coast Main Trunk to Tauranga and Kawerau. We live in Claudelands a 1920s suburb on the opposite side of the Waikato River to the CBD Trains are a bit shorter than the States at 30-40 bogie wagons and several level crossings in the suburbs/industrial areas.
  5. As JHB indicated Worsley Works has produced scratchbuilders parts for Irish Coaches for the best part of 20 years, SSM have produced complete kits for GSWR, GSR & GNR coaches for a lot longer! The main advantage of the Worsley Works scratchbuilders parts is that its possible to blow the artwork up to a large scale or shrink the artwork to a smaller scale with minimal tooling cost compared to re-sizing a complete kit. I think the main reason that there are few photos or articles in this newsgroup on building coaches using Worsley Works parts is because of a perception among group
  6. According to Clements & McMahon (The Bible) the Bandon tanks had 3' bogie wheels 5'2" drivers. bogie wheelbase 6'+6'9"+6'3"+6'3". The B12 chassis looks reasonably close in terms of coupled wheelbase the main issue is the motor and driving wheel size and it would be simple enough to make a new bogie swing link from metal or 3D printing. It might be worth checking whether an X04 motor or a modern modern replacement will fit your chassis https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/130573-alternative-motor-to-triang-x04/ These motors were originally fitted to the B12 and
  7. CIE did not run "mixed" trains as such on the Sligo line, but non-passenger coaching stock and "fitted" wagons was a regularly attached to Midland section passenger trains during the 1950s. There are a number of photos of Dublin-Sligo passenger trains in Anthony Burges book "Chasing the Flying Snail" (Colourpoint 2005) There is a Mar 1953 photo of a steam hauled 9:25 am Westland Row-Sligo at Longford and Dromod the train is hauled by 550 and ex MGWR "Celtic "Class 4-4-0 the train consist appears to be a post 1900 MGWR 6w main line Full Brake, an ex-MGWR Side Corridor Coach, two ex-G
  8. Two years later I finally found time to do some more work on these locos having almost completed the 52 Class test builds and 3 MGWR 2-4-0s. The first challenging was finding all the bits and found that I had used 193s motor and gearbox in a re-build of 2L and I had used the motors for the 2 new J15s in other projects. I thought it simplest to focus on 193 as I had most of the necessary bits to assemble the loco.
  9. I thought it best to provide an update on our current projects in a single post. OO Gauge CIE 20T Goods Brake. The first batch production vans arrived from the printers and are currently working their way through the paint shop before going to the printers decals and lettering. This batch of bans will be produced in the as introduced late 1940s dark grey with snail and stencil lettering and is basically to test whether its viable to produce rtr wagons using 3D printing technology with finishing and assembly in house. We expect to set a price point and release the first batc
  10. Jonathan I picked up my ears at your 3'6" gauge interests. What gauge scale and gauge are you using for your SAR Models? New Zealand modellers tend to use S Scale on 16.5mm gauge (OO/HO) or 9mm on O Gauge for 3'6" gauge models, while Australian 3'6" modellers have been unable to agree a common gauge and scale with each state going its own way S on 16.5, OO & HO on 12mm used in different states. OO is closer to scale for Cape Gauge, than British standard gauge or Irish Broad Gauge.
  11. After a gap of 20 years commuter trains are again running between Hamilton (similar populations to Cork City) and Auckland (similar pop to Dublin). The commercially operated Waikato Connection was discontinued in 2001 as a result of poor patronage and attempts to revive the service failed in 2008 as a result of political opposition to funding a passenger service, the region receiving $1 Billion to build a motorway instead. The main challenge facing the service is the lack of direct access to stations in central Auckland with passengers having to change trains at Papakura and use Auck
  12. The majority of the viewing public would not notice the difference between an ICR and a a C&L train of 1900. When I worked as guard on a UK heritage line a lot of our bread and butter non-enthusiasts could not tell the difference between a steam and a diesel loco, they both made smoke and a lot of noise. They enjoyed the ritual of travelling on an old style train at a leisurely speed looking at the scenery or just chatting, an escape from the hassle of every day commuting whether by car or public transport.
  13. There is a photo of part of the Boat Train including the dining car 353 arriving in Cork from Cobh on p 11 of Irish Broad Gauge Carriages by Desmond Cookham. The train is in the new GSR Brown and Cream Livery most likely a Cobh-Kingsbridge "American Mail" with three through coaches for Rosslare Harbour. There is a diagram of the Dining car and other Rosslare express stock in Transport Associates GSWR carriage diagram book, I can scan a copy if you want. The J Mc Cartney Roberts and R N Clements albums in the IRRS flickr collection contain a lot of photos of pre-amalgamation stock, it
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    N gauge

    Tony What locos are you using? Steam locos or diesels with pick up on all wheels is the only way you will achieve reliable running in N or any track power system for that matter. My track cleaning car https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/cmx-products-n-cmxn-clean-machine-track-cleaning-car-brass-includes-pad/ has a tank that I fill with isopropyl alcohol which I would run round the layout once or twice a month. Expensive but worth while on a layout with 10' main line 30 plus locos and over 100 freight cars
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    N gauge

    I have worked on and off in N Gauge for over 40 years both exhibition and private layouts and never experienced problems with poor running as a result of dirt an grime once I replaced my Lima locos with Minitrix, Graham Farish and Atlas in the early 1980s. I switched to American outline in the late 80s because of the superior detailing and running of the Kato and Atlas diesels and the much more realistic and reliable Microtrains knuckle couplers and never really looked back. Its possible that conditions in the room (temperature or humidity) may be a factor in the amount of dust and g
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