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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 ESSO Teo Bitumen tank wagons appear to have been re-gauged from ESSO 22T Bitumen wagons built in the late 1950s rather than the 45GLW type like the Bachmann model which would have been too heavy to run in Ireland There is a good selection of photos on ESSO 22T Bitumen Tank Wagons in their original condition in https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/essobitumenvb. Many of the UK tanks were re-built with revised running gear and tank mounting. Railborne bitumen traffic to Cold Chon Sligo was a short lived 90s revival, IE discontinued bitumen traffic by individual wagon load
  2. Just to confirm that the JM Design CIE 20T goods brake will be produced as a rtr model starting with the 1950s-early 60s flying snail version our printer has successfully re-located his business to a new premises. There are a number of traditional loose coupled wagons in the pipeline based on the Standard IRCH 9'6" steel underframe which will be announced once we have completed the CAD work or a pre-production sample.
  3. A glimpse of our next traditional Irish goods wagon. Pre-production renderings of the GSR Bulk Grain wagon. We expect to have a pre-production sample ready by March 2021. These wagons were quite an advanced design by the standards of the 1930s. Our 20T Brake Van has been a test of what could practically be achieved in terms of detail and standard of finish with 3D printing and we are taking this a step further with the ladder and modelling the discharge gear. The company and private owner versions of the grain wagons operated from the mid 1930s until CIE phased
  4. I did not realise that IE used the "Tar Wagons" during the 1990s as tar traffic was transported in ISO tank containers after CIE went over to Liner Train operation during the late 70s. There is a photo feature on private sidings in the February 2019 Journal which includes photos of operations at a number of sidings which handles tar traffic including Sligo Quay, Cahir Abbey Siding, Webbs Mill (Mallow) & Lixnaw. The "Jumbo" Tar wagons look suspiciously like an insulated version of the re-gauged Charles Roberts tank wagons imported by ESSO Teo from the UK during the late 60s. There
  5. The Nenagh Line was treated a Main Line with through Dublin-Limerick passenger and goods trains routed by Nenagh until the line was downgraded to branch line status and all through trains routed by Limerick Junction during the early 80s
  6. The Kibri gantry is not unlike those used by CIE in larger years like Heuston Goods and the North Wall during the 70s The gantries appear to have been a modular design that could be set up for specific sites varying from single to multiple sidings. The forklift is similar in size to those used for container handling at yards like Ballinasloe, Galway and Tralee where gantries were not provided.
  7. Just to prove that an ex-T&D 2-6-0T will run round the curves on the tramway section. 6T with a short goods. The loco was the last of the "Kerrymen" to be transferred to the C&L arriving in 1957 to assist with the final upsurge in coal traffic, the loco is again based on a photo in "Irish Railways in Colour" black with patched side tanks and hand painted number on the buffer beam. One of two T&D Hunslets assembled from Branchlines kits during the late 90s and identical mechanically 6T has always been noisier and less free running than her sister 3T but is
  8. I staged a shot once with a line up of photographers at the bridge, but they fell over in shock when the train swept around the curve. I'll have to add a Bently at some stage, fuchsia hedging on the roadside section & cattle wagons to go with the T&D engines for a Dingle fair special. The next job is to adjust the couplers on the stock, return 2L to service before sorting out the scenics.
  9. It actually works! Interestingly 8L has swapped a C&L brake composite for a pair of exT&D coaches on the return working. Its possible Pat Whitehouse, Ivo Peters, Robin Clements & P J Flannigan have been chasing trains on the roadside section
  10. Quite a sense of deja vu about this post! Despite the re-lay the curved section between the loco shed and roadside section continued to give trouble, the C&L 4-4-0T locos would not operate reliably around the curve, while the Tillig points in the fiddle yard were a regular source of de-railments. I used Bemo (Shinohara) track and points on most of the layout with Tillig points and plain track in the fiddle yard as I was unable to source enough Bemo track to complete the layout. The Bemo flexible track is quite fragile and a problem recently developed with 4w wagons dropping dow
  11. Your potentially looking at a minimum main line radius of between 2'6"-3' if you adapt EM standards. I built a 2'6" radius 21mm circular test track in the MRSI clubroom about 20 years ago, the main issue was that you could get dizzy watching the trains run round the circle. I don't think the EM Gauge Society produce anything specific for 21mm gauge, I simply blow up the Society track templates to 21mm gauge for my own use. The black dots on plasticard stretcher bars are 10BA brass bolts, I bolted the side frames to the stretchers as I was not sure a superglued glued joint would
  12. My Ruston is especially noisey with a high revving Tenshodo motor and brass gears that don't mesh too well! I am sorely tempted by those Hornby industrials for a British outline industrial line Hronby appears to have done a good job with the Peckett steam locos and Sentinel diesel.
  13. OO vs EM/S4 running clearances. The main advantage in adapting OO based running clearances is that it: 1. Allows NMRA 110 profile wheels fitted to the majority of rtr stock to be re-used. 2. Permits smaller radius curves than recommended for EM or S4 due to the additional built in running clearance with 19mm Vs 19.3-5mm B-B using EMF standards. 3. The wider NMRA 110 wheel tyres provide some additional leeway for less than perfect tracklaying. Cons: 1.The need to reduce the width of the gauge or increase the width of the model (beyond scale) to achieve sufficient
  14. A small industrial like a Ruston DS88 should be capable of running reliably on its own without a match truck, hopefully the new generation of Hornby industrial locos are designed to run within a realistic speed range approx 0-15mph for a loco like an 88DS. A bit noisy my 20 odd year old Ruston runs on 21mm gauge and has a Tenshodo motor a 2 stage gear train improvised using gears from two different suppliers. A number of modellers appear to have converted the Hornby Sentinel shunters to EM or S4 either by fitting replacement wheel sets or by fitting longer axles.
  15. Attempting Limerick Junction would be a massive undertaking for an individual particularly in 21mm gauge where it is necessary to hand lay track and re-gauge rolling stock. I am not aware of a published standard or spec sheet for 21mm gauge though some work may have been carried out by members of the S4 Society. Its simple enough to work out critical dimensions such as back to back gauge, flangeway width and check gauge using information in standards published by the EM and Double O Gauge Association http://www.doubleogauge.com/standards/ An ambitious layout like Limerick Junct
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