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Mayner last won the day on September 16

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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. I think Neil Ramsey's C&L 4-4-0 is an old Archangel model. John Campbell batch built several classes of live steam Irish Narrow Gauge Locos some of which appear on Neil Ramsey's railway. I had set my heart on a John Campbell T&D 2-6-0T, but he was not prepared to export outside of the UK or Europe.
  2. Last weekend was something of a milestone: I had been planning to replace the worksurface of the outdoor work bench/large scale loco maintenance area with a sheet of ply for some time but was delayed when our 25 year old Honda CRV was written off in a crash, getting a replacement vehicle sorting out a roof rack and 2 week Covid lockdown in Aug. I bit the bullet and bought a sheet of ply to protect the garden railway before the tree surgeons arrived to remove a dead tree, trimmed it down and installed the new worktop on Saturday. Its said the larger the scale the nearer it comes to operating and maintaining a full size railway and 1:20.3 scale for modelling 3' narrow gauge on 45mm (Gauge 1) track becomes pretty close with track and trackbed requiring regular maintenance and replacement as parts wear out or decay. I had to replace the ties (American for sleepers) on half of the main circuit and yards after 6-7 years use as a result of UV damage to the original plastic sleepers and a recent inspection indicates that the remainder of the main circuit is due for renewal after 10-11 years use although the original section installed 12 years ago is still good. Fortunately the rails are probably good for another 10-15 years. More pressing the ties and crossing timbers on the turntable/loco yard turnout at the main yard on the outdoor section are becoming over-due for renewal. The turnout was handlaid using yellow cedar timbers as an economy measure compared to buying ready assembled switches, the timbers were milled to match the Accucraft Narrow Gauge track used on the main line which did not match available ready made 1:20.3 switches. This was my first hand laid 1:20.3 switch was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain as the timbers were no longer holding the spikes due to splitting and some of the timbers had started to rot. Replacement timbers laid out beside existing switch I had decided to replace the cedar timbers with Sunset Valley plastic timbers several years ago but had not gotten round to it, being a service track speeds are low and heavy locos usually re-rail themselves without too much fuss. Replacement timbers appear to be a mixture of Sunset Valley Gauge 1 and Narrow Gauge! Replacing timbers between crossing & switch components. Rather than completely dismantling the turnout in order to maintain gauge and the relationship between the switch and crossing components. I drilled out the holes for the spikes with a 1.2mm drill, punched home with a hammer and nail punch. Existing cedar timbers removed in switch and toe area, new headblock timbers fitted. The turnout is resting on packers to allow the spikes to be pushed home as they project through the timbers. The next stage of the assembly is to turn the turnout over bend/clinch the projecting ends of the spikes against the bottom edge of the timber, not the easiest thing to do with blackened steel spikes. I left out the timbers under the switch rails as I need to fabricate and solder new slide chairs/plates in position before installing the timbers. Mock up with crossing and switch timbers fitted. Approx. two afternoon's work to get to this stage a new Narrow Gauge No 4 Switch would cost approx. $100us plus shipping. I usually use No 6 switches for running lines with No 4 switches for secondary trackage or tight spots were a No 6 will not fit
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    Customs & VAT

    "We could not deliver your post. We will try to return it to sender." actually means we got an error message when we attempted to input the electronic customs declaration received from the Royal Mail into the An Post system. "We will try to return to sender" basically means we will return the item (from the Athlone Mail Centre) when we have a truck load of parcels ready to return to the UK. I am planning to follow up with a formal complaint to An Post and follow up with the regulator if we do not get a satisfactory response. I would recommend contacting the Royal Mail rather than An Post if you want to take the matter further. Ask the Royal Mail to investigate the incident asking for an explanation asking why An Post were unable to deliver and request details of the specific issues identified with the electronic customs declaration.
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    KMCE's Workbench

    David I would not recommend using a resin printer within a living area can produce some nasty fumes. I have mine set up in a shed with an extract system, shed with insulated floor walls ceilings, electrical heating and humidity control. Setting up the first prints (support structure) and identifying a suitable resin especially for 3D wagons or coach chassis can be challenging. Although I have done some 3D CAD work I use a freelance designer for commercial work, the time taken and cost per model has dropped considerably as he gained railway experience and we both developed an understanding of the limitations if what can be achieved in terms of railway models. It might be worth while thinking of designing a 7mm or larger scale 3D coach or wagon with separate sides, ends, roof and underframe to assemble as opposed to a one piece model. simpler to design, a higher standard of finish, easier to support and clean up before assembly. One piece models tend to have one good or two good sides with sharp detail, the opposite sides with loss of detail due to lower resolution and removal of temporary supports. Ken. That passenger brake exudes character, great to see such distinctive models from such a neglected railway! That
  5. Excellent work! I tried to persuade Pete Parlin to produce a batch of Backwoods miniatures C&L wagon chassis etches to go with my resin cast wagon bodies without success. The thought of 4T etches and 3D printed C&L wagon bodies is very tempting, but its probably time to move up to a larger scale especially if the Accuracraft Live Steam Kathleen I ordered in 2019 ever materialises. https://www.accucraft.uk.com/products/kathleen-lady-edith-cavan-leitrim-4-4-0t/ I don't really have room for additional stock on my current Irish 3' layout and assembling small scale chassis is becoming a struggle with my clunky fingers, shaky hands and failing eyesight.
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    Customs & VAT

    I was recently in contact with Customs and received some useful feedback from An Post in response to problems we experienced shipping goods to Ireland Customs were very helpful and clearly explained the roles and responsibilities to the two organisations, in contrast getting an explanation for the delays from An Post was like pulling teeth. An Post initially providing stock answers that there was a problem with the declarations but failing to provide specific details when requested. Customs explained that An Post is responsible for entering customs data and collecting vat and duties due on behalf of the Revenue, but also responsible for contacting the sender or person receiving the package to make any necessary amendments if there is a problem with the electronic customs declaration transmitted by the sending postal authority to An Post. Customs only become involved when its necessary to open a parcel for examination, presumably when the Customs dogs sniff something suspicious or something on the declaration is flagged. Parcels are cleared by inputting the electronic customs declaration into the Irish Customs system rather than a person reading or a robot scanning the label on the box. Feedback from An Post indicates that the An Post/Irish Customs IT system is very sensitive and that An Post staff are unable/not allowed to correct or amend a defective declaration. Interestingly while there is an EU requirement to enter TARIC codes in a 10 digit format, 8 digit codes are displayed on the EU TARIC Information site. Going back to the DTDP and IOSS, it may be cheaper for an Irish customer to purchase from an overseas supplier that is not a member of the IOSS (under €150) or offer a DTDP (over €150) service and pay the VAT and An Post fee on delivery. As Dive Controller alluded to there are hidden costs to these schemes, an overseas retailer has to appoint an Irish or EU customs agent or intermediary as a middle man to send monthly returns to the Irish Customs despite being registered for Irish Vat and paying vat direct to the revenue the same as an Irish based business, there are considerable hidden costs providing a DTDP (Delivery Tax and Duty Paid) which make it only viable for large high value shipments to Ireland.
  7. For someone with the space a layout based on Clones in its original or "what if" form would make an excellent operating model with short relatively frequent trains arriving and departing in four different directions, a large loco depot and two goods yards. The GNR operated Clones-Cavan as an extension of the original Ulster Railway main line with four Belfast-Cavan trains made up of modern stock daily, the Irish North appears to have been more secondary main line in nature with a small number of Dundalk-Derry trains intermixed with through Belfast-Enniskillen via Clones & Omagh trains, Enniskillen-Omagh and Enniskillen-Bundoran trains. Diesel units would be a no-brainer for operating a fast Belfast-Cavan-Enniskillen service made up of AEC/BUT, MPD, 70, 80 or CAF units splitting and combining at Clones, with IE eventually replacing B141+2 Bredin/Park Royal/Craven+van with 2 Car 2600 sets for a once/twice daily Dundalk-Clones possibly Bundoran service. Again NIR could simply operate Enniskillen-Omagh as a feeder to the Derry Road with a captive 2 car railcar set or operate a Belfast-Derry-Enniskillen railcar service splitting at Omagh similar to the GNR during the final weeks of the Irish North line. Its just about possible that CIE/IE could have continued freight services to Clones as a railhead for Cavan and Monaghan into the 90s to serve the large meat and dairy processing plants in Counties Cavan and Monaghan, export meat and dairy products going out in ISO containers same as Claremorris, Mallow and Rathluric during the same era.
  8. The Zinc ore wagons were 20T w wheel wagons, there is a photo in the NLI collection showing one of these wagons with a tarpaulin. http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000148612 The rotary tippler may have been re-located to the Limerick Cement factory for unloading the much larger Shale Wagons, the wagon release arrangement were similar.
  9. I remember herds of cattle being driven down the North Circular Road from the Cattle Market to the Docks during the late 60s early 70s. Although we lived on the Southside I knew the area fairly well as a child and as a teenager My mother's family was from Phibsboro, her sister's family lived in the Artisans Dwellings near the Market and a Great Aunt lived in Ballybough her landlady's husband was a cattle drover. My father had a story of a bull breaking loose and causing havoc near the Five Lamps during the early 60s. It looks like there was a serious proposal to re-locate the market to the North Wall during the early 1930s with the LMS offering to build a covered cattle market and lairage in the Holyhead Yard. The main motivation appears to be that the cattle would be exported in better condition by being fed and rested having been railed directly to the port, than driven from Cabra Bank or Liffey Junction to the Market then driven the two miles to the port. https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/seanad/1932-05-04/8/. The LMS would of course ship the cattle to Holyhead with the nice long rail journey on the other side!
  10. There were Zinc (Mogul) and Barytes mining operations at Silvermines that used different types of wagon. The train in the photo appears to be made up of Barytes wagons which were basically dropside wagons, Zinc was transported in open tippler wagons which were discharged through a rotary tippler at Foynes. There are photos of the both types of wagons at Foynes in the O'Dea collection http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000148612
  11. Internationally a number of freight companies are using rail to transport freight between major hubs. In Hamilton (pop. 165k) we currently have two rail served transport hubs serving logistics companies and a further two at development stage on the periphery of the city. While the smaller vans used on post and courier work)are likely to be replaced in the not to distant future by electric vehicles, HGVs will still be required for delivery and collections to and from larger supermarkets, retail parks and industrial sites. Most of the vans and trucks are owned or leased by 'owner drivers" on contract these companies. Although our population density is low compared to European or UK standards, rail has an advantage in New Zealand in terms of longer distances between major centers and an economy that based on producing and processing heavy bulky products as opposed to financial services and IT.
  12. I have used battery power for about 10 years Phoenix Sound systems http://www.phoenixsound.com/ DCC is a bit too namby pamby for large or 1:1 scale operations. In a way things are coming full circle from the 1920s and 30s with the development of battery locos in the United States and the Drumm Train train in Ireland. Short battery life and higher capital cost compared with diesel railcars killed off the Drumm Train, New Zealand railways fitted its battery electric shunting locos with Gensets when the batteries required replacement in the 1950s
  13. Its possible there is an IOSS logo on all Royal Mail international postal labels regardless of destination. It looks like the Royal Mail is treating IOSS as an opportunity to make money as opposed to a problem. https://www.royalmail.com/business/international/guide/delivered-duties-paid-ioss
  14. 329 was a member of the 321 or D2 Class the largest express passenger 4-4-0s used by CIE. The class were basically re-built as new locomotives in the 1920s with new frames, boilers and contemporary styling, the modern looking tender was originally built to run with the 342 or D4 Class mixed traffic 4-4-0 locos introduced during the late 1930s Inchacores last class of 4-4-0 locomotives. The van on the left looks like an ex MGWR "Butter Wagon", MGWR wagon and non-passenger stock wer3e fitted with distinctive knuckle hinges.
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