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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. Is the CVR coach Worsley Works or did Andrew Mullins produce a 3mm scale version of the Branchlines CVR coaches I am tempted to build a CVR 0-4-2T & a 4w Passenger Brake in 4mm myself to go with a pair of Branchlines Coaches & a Horsebox I bought/built about 30 years ago.
  2. More Angus & Galtemore's territory Dromahair on the SLNCR is another station where trains crossed using a siding as there was never a passing loop. The layout was very simple with a running line two sidings and 3 points. The SLNCR made up for the simple track layout with an unusual two armed signal at the Enniskillen end of the station to facilitate trains crossing. The upper arm acted as an Outer Home signal to allow trains to approach from the Enniskillen direction while another train was at the platform. The lower arm which had an X on the sighting bar acted as an Advanced Starting signal permitting a train to enter the Dromahair-Manorhamilton section, the lower arm also acted as a 'Shunt Back Signal" to allow east bound goods trains to reverse back into the yard for shunting or to cross trains. Although small the station appears to have been fairly busy with goods traffic with two goods stores, one of the stores was destroyed by fire in the early 1950s but quickly rebuilt. Florencecourt 5 miles from Enniskillen was simpler still a goods shed and loading bank served bay a single siding connected to the running line by a crossover in the middle, single storey station building, level crossing, signal box and up and down running signals. Although more or less in the middle of the countryside the station served a Fermanagh County Council depot and received bitumen in 45gal barrels until the line closed. Glenfarne along with being a Free State and Republic of Ireland customs post appears to have handled Leitrim County Council bitumen traffic the loading bank is covered in tar barrels in most 1950s photos. I guess tar barrels are a must for a 1920s to 60s Irish layout before Councils started receiving tar and bitumen in bulk road and rail tankers.
  3. Holyhead Yard late 1980s & 2002/3
  4. Dunsandle had a minimal layout in its final (post 1971) years a siding serving a goods shed and loading bank connected to the running line by a single point at the Loughrea end of the station. Curiously beet trains continued to operate on the branch for a number of weeks after the line closed to regular traffic in November 1975, there is a Walther McGrath video on the IRRS channel of a beet train shunting beet wagons at Dunsandle before continuing to Loughrea to run-round. http://eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway Stations D/Dunsandle/IrishRailwayStations.html#Dunsandle_20100118_002_CC_JA.jpg Prior to 1971 the layout was more extensive with three points the goods shed and loading bank was served by a goods loop off the running line with a short siding off the loop at the Attymon end of the station, in MGWR days the siding apparently extended across a road into a ballast (gravel) pit. One of the oddities at Dunsandle was that locos and passenger stock were not allowed to pass the goods shed as the shed was built too close to the edge of the loading bank, an interesting rule to add to a shunting puzzle
  5. The most significant "take away" from the Irish Times article is that the Dublin Port Company no longer want trains running into the port. Talk of a potential road transfer from East Wall Yard is a significant reversal in policy since the Port Company paid for the spur to the Ocean Pier and proposed extending the Alexandra Road Tramway into the Ro Ro Terminal. The article indicates that the Port Company even suggested that "cargo for the West could instead be shipped through Waterford, which also has a direct port link to Ballina". In a way keeping trains out of the Port helps the Government justify having spent €750m on a toll free HGV Port Tunnel.
  6. The New Zealand GST (goods and sales tax) is a more accurate description of VAT as a sales and purchase tax. The recent international changes in how VAT/GST is collected is partially as a result of political pressure from retailers and locally based traders about business lost because of people importing small and large stuff from overseas without paying duty or GST. The former owner of the local equivalent of Mark's Models was literally fit to be tied because local railway modellers were increasingly buying their locos and stock from the United States and the UK. The move to international on-line platforms and electronic payments makes it easier & cost effective for governments to levy VAT/GST/Import sales tax on small purchases, than Customs Checks at the point of import. Basically before governments forced businesses like E-bay to collect VAT/GST on imports it was costing Customs services more to collect VAT on small purchases (<$100NZ) than it was earning in revenue despite various levies and charges.
  7. Looks like a brake van at each end to simplify reversing a Drogheda-Cabra or possibly Cork bulk cement train at the Boston Yard. Bulk Cement trains ran to the Boston Yard to change direction on weekends & public holidays when Church Rd cabin and the North Wall Yards were closed. CIE unions quickly agreed to guards riding on the loco on Liner Trains, it would not have been too pleasant being bumped around at 50mph in a 4w van in a cloud of cement dust. The 30T vans were all steel construction without insulation or sound deadening, the older 20T vans would have been quieter and better insulated with timber internal lining.
  8. Its something people will have to learn to live with as the "e-bay" tax is driven by pressure from Governments internationally to plug "tax leakage" through international and domestic on-line sales. On line platforms like e-bay make it a lot more cost effective to collect vat and duty at the point of sale than Customs intercepting a package at the Border. The logical extension is for Governments to levy a sales tax on all financial or barter transactions between individuals within the state, cashless transactions make this a lot easier. In the good "old days" around 1975 while living in Dublin I had to pay duty and tax on a order of Irish railway books from the IRRS London Area. More recently I have had to pay duty and sales tax on second hand large scale locos and rolling stock bought from private individuals in the UK and United States. Buying locally was not an option and would have been a lot more expensive than paying the tax and duty(Electric trains are liable for duty in my part of the World)
  9. The purpose of this post and survey is to establish the potential level of demand for each 'era"/style. The responses to the survey and this post indicate that there is a similar level of interest in the 1950s & 1970s version of the model (neck & neck) with the 1960s version trailing slightly (2 lengths) behind. Its possible that demand is fairly evenly split between "collector's" who want one of each type and between steam/transition era modellers who may have a OO Works J15 or ordered a Crossley A Class and post 1970s modellers who may have black and tan and Supertrain diesels. Thanks for your feedback and support.
  10. American outline is probably a better option than British if you start modelling in N very large range of relatively inexpensive locos, stock and buildings from a large number of manufacturers including Atlas, Kato, Walthers, Intermountain and Micro trains, most DC locos are supplied DCC ready if you want to convert to DCC at a later stage. The scale gauge ratio is correct and perhaps most importantly the majority of American N Gauge locos and stock are fitted with knuckle couplers suitable for magnetic uncoupling. I found that I could get an American layout up and running very quickly, building 12" wide shelf modules based on the One Trak system which started as a self contained switching layout that was later incorporated into the main yard on an attic layout.
  11. We achieved a milestone today with the first batch of Brake Vans primed and ready for painting and final assembly. Its planned to release the vans in 3 livery variations and we welcome feedback on prospective customer preferences. Link to our survey on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7596LJW 1. 23543 Dark Grey snail logo stencil lettering 1950s onwards 2. 23580 CIE wheel logo post 1963 light grey with warning stripes 3. 23583 CIE wheel logo post 1970? red oxide with warning stripes. The colours are approximate.
  12. Most likely problems on the ground within the Port slower turn-round of container through the port as a result of a combination of Covid and Customs examination of freight arriving from the UK. Loading and unloading a 36 TEU train takes time and a lot of space, while trucks can queue outside the deport and depart immediately they are loaded. Its possible that the decision to temporary suspend the IWT service was in response to pressure from the Health and Safety Authority, there were problems with 'congestion" in Alexandra Basin in the early 2000s separating cruise ship passengers from the ports freight operations and the HSA had to intervene. The rapid partial re-instatement of the service indicates that Coca Cola/IWT put considerable pressure on the Dublin Port Company perhaps diverting their traffic through another port. It will be interesting to see if Coca Cola and other companies divert more of their traffic through Waterford Port to achieve a quicker container turn-round than at Dublin Port. Re-locating the ports container operations into the most congested section of the port seems odd (rather than developing the rail served facility developed in the 1990s) especially when it was necessary to re-locate the Tara and Oil Jetties and the dredging of contaminated sludge to allow larger ships to use the basin.
  13. The bearing tube and compensating beam arrangement was used in the locos built by Guy Williams for the Pendon Dartmoor and Vale of the White Horse layouts and is detailed in his book "The 4mm Engine". The Pendon locos appear to have been mainly built using hand tools cutting out the frames with a piercing saw and turning the tubular axle ends in a lathe before forming the axle slots with a needle file (tricky). Fitting compensation in a small loco is certainly worth while because of improved power pick up with all 6 wheels in contact with the rails at all times as opposed to the 3 legged stool effect with a rigid chassis.
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    The shortie (13-14') Cleaning up removing un-cured resin and the supporting structure is very labour intensive and a significant cost in SLA printing. The business that I use for prototyping was very reluctant to take on volume production due to the risk of a slender part being knocked over during the "build" and loosing a nights production. Both my suppliers use isopropyl for clean up, one uses a converted car painters mixing room with mechanical ventilation and intrinsically safe electrics for the clean up process. Some models are printed vertically or at an angle to improve strength and improve finish by reducing the layering effect and the cleaning up to one face. The wagon chassis were designed for 21mm gauge wheelsets, the brakevan steps were printed integral with the chassis to reinforce the w iron axlebox spring assembly, while we increased the thickness of the W irons on the IRCH wagon chassis. We learned a lot about the capabilities and limitations of the 3D printing process during the design of the Brake Van originally designed as a pattern for resin casting with a lot of individual parts, it went through several iterations before we arrived at the final design once it was established that resin casting was not a practical proposition, by contrast apart from missing some of the rivet detail we got it right first time with the IRCH open wagon.
  15. We have examined the options for exporting DDTP to Ireland and the UK mainly to remove the uncertainty around price for high value orders. The main issues are that the DDTP shipping rates for small parcels are considerably higher than ordinary air parcel or international courier services and only one company operating an affordable DDTP service from NZ to the UK. There may not be much difference in total price in ordering duty unpaid and paying the vat and associated charges on arrival as ordering an item DDTP as the charges and fees are built into the DDTP shipping rate. From a practical point of view there is no additional labelling on a package to indicate that its sent DDTP, packages are kept separate from other mail and parcels sent in a separate DDTP mail bag from the customers premises to a internal airport and distributed from a "fulfilment center' in the country of arrival rather than being scanned by customs. The E-Bay Global Shipping Services and some Chinese shippers operate on the same principal, high value package arrives from the States or China with a local postmark and no customs declaration on the box.
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