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About Mayner

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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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    My family, solving problems, anything to do with railways, travel, blues, rock, jazz, stirring thing

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  1. The nearest thing in Ireland to a signalling system without signals was Tara Junction to Kingscourt which was operated on the one train on line system using a manual staff normally stored in a hut at the Junction, the only fixed signals on the Tara Junction-Kingscourt section was a working home signal(s) at the Junction to allow a train to enter or leave the branch at Tara Junction and fixed distant signals for the numerous hand operated level crossings, a fixed distant signal for Kingscourt yard and possibly a working level crossing signal at Kingscourt for trains arriving from Tara Junction.
  2. Received and spent most of Thursday morning reading the October edition of the Journal rather than getting on with my days work! Three articles in particular caught my attention: "The final years of the Castlederg and Victoria Bridge Tramway "Clements on the Midland' "The B&I Liner Trains" Ernie Shepherds Castlederg paper brings the final years of the line to life with the somethings difficult working relationship between GNR and local management when the GNR assisted the smaller company during its final years. The CVBT had been a fairly prosperous company by
  3. Screw couplings were generally fitted to locos and passenger coaching stock, Instanter Couplings to wagons including the majority of wagons introduced by CIE since the 1960s but were sometimes fitted to some older wagons including corrugated opens, H Vans and ex GNR bagged cement wagons. The center link of the instanter can be turned to reduce the coupling slack between wagons so that they can run at speed in a similar manner to a screw link coupler There is a U-tube video of a Shunter (human) adjusting the slack on instanter couplers on an IWT liner so the train can run round the c
  4. For the brave or the adventurous! Test etch assembled 8 years ago never got around to releasing a production version, a bit too modern for my personal tastes these days. There is also the original 20' version which reached a more developed stage.
  5. The great advantage of the classical American home complete with basement, the railway room becomes part of the living area rather than isolated away in an attic or garden shed.
  6. There is a tenuous family link with the area my father was born in Kiltimagh though the family left the area during the 1920s when my dad was in his early teens. I first saw the signal box when we drove over the level crossing on our way to a summer holiday in Enniscrone, it was one of those memorable holidays with my first sights of Lough Gill, the beautiful beaches on the Erris Peninsula and the wild & desolate North Mayo coastline and a Lone Star OOO gauge push along Union Pacific diesel and a circle of track from the Ballina Woolworths. I spent the best part of a day exploring the
  7. And now for something completely different. I have been planning to build a model based on Kiltimagh station since I first explored the Burma Road nearly 40 years ago, measured up the station house, signal cabin and shelter in 2003 and carried out a further survey during a holiday in Ireland and the UK two years ago. I thought the signal cabin was a good place to get to grips with a new medium laser cutting with Yorkmodelmaking producing the parts to my own artwork. The cabin structure was cut & engraved from 1mm MDF. The plastic parts from Rowmark a laser engravable
  8. I started the test assembly for the revised Heating and Luggage and Luggage Van kits this week, the revised kits include an additional set of sides to assemble an alternate or modified version of the van & rectifying a number of design faults in the originals to simplify assembly. Luggage Van with alternate sides to represent No 2713 as running late 1960s, the solder on the chassis is thinning for attaching the cast pewter axleboxes and springs. Heating and Luggage van in assembly jig. I finally got around to using a jig to hold the sides in position for s
  9. Passive protection is the simplest and most effective with minimal inspection and maintenance requirements. Kiwirail use square box section for bridge strike protection. Most of the bridge abutments are mass or reinforced concrete so its simple enough to widen the abutments to support the beams. https://nzrailphotos.co.nz/photos/miscellaneous-and-happenings?page=13#lg=1&slide=11
  10. CAD and etching/laser cutting certainly take the hard work out of scratchbuilding eliminating the marking out and cutting and finishing the parts stage regardless of the material or method. These days I would struggle to cut out and finish parts in 4mm with a piercing saw or other traditional techniques because of the effects of age my sight is not as sharp and the hands less steady than when I worked in N not that long ago. The downside is a considerable investment and time spent getting to grips with the software and the particular engraving process, CAD work for 3D modelling wheth
  11. Its great to see what can be quickly achieved using traditional scratchbuilding methods, I remember articles on scratchbuilding GWR coaches using similar methods in the Modeller in the early 1970s (E H Francis?). I tried the doilly method for some LSWR coaches around the same time but gave up and used microstrip. It seems to be a lot easier to scratchbuild in 7mm rather than 4mm scale especially as one starts to feel the effects of age! I am completing the interior to an SSM GSWR brake 3rd at the moment and may follow you example in forming the seats in plasticard as I mislaid s
  12. South African Railways operated 90 Class 25 4-8-4 condensing locomotives for use in arid regions such as the Karo the condensing apparatus and condensing tender was designed by Henschel and is likely to have been based on war time experience with the condensing Kreigslocks. The South Africans rebuilt the majority of the class as conventional locomotives (mainly to reduce maintenance costs) during the 1970s, the rebuilt tenders lost their condensing gear and were nicknamed Worshond Afrikaans for Daschund or literally sausage dog. Some steam can be seen escaping from the tender at 4:54
  13. Incorporating 21mm compatibility into the design would add considerably to the cost of an already very expensive model with little or no added value to the majority of prospective customers. The main object of the survey is to assess the potential level of demand for a rtr OO gauge brass steam loco to see if OEM manufacture is worth pursuing.
  14. There are a number of photos of SLNCR trains with CIE & GNR coaching stock in Neil Spink's SLNCR Irish photo album. In one of the photos large tank "Enniskillen" is hauling the 12:00 Enniskillen-Sligo train on 6th July 1957 made up of 3ex-MGWR 6 wheelers, a pair of H Vans and an SLNCR goods brake. The caption states that the steam train was a substitution for Railcar B because of the anticipated number of passengers. Presumably the CIE coaches would have been worked to Enniskillen on an earlier goods train. There are a couple of photos of Lough Erne working a "Garland Sunday" ex
  15. In steam days usually an 0-6-0 and an A Class following dieselisation. The actual Class or type of steam loco depended pretty much on the part of the country or "Section" as steam classes kept pretty much to their pre-1925 amalgamation boundaries the Woolwich Moguls were the main exception as they worked passenger and goods trains on both the "Southern" ex-GSWR and "Midland" MGWR lines. In the 19th Century both the GSWR & MGWR built fairly large classes of "Standard" 0-6-0 goods locos which became CIE J15 (ex-GSWR), J18 & J19 (ex-MGWR) Classes, both companies built smaller nu
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