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  1. 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_
  2. 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 G
  3. 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
  4. 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 bet
  5. 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 livin
  6. 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 di
  7. 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, b
  8. 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.
  9. 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 th
  10. 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 le
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    KMCE's Workbench

    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 an
  12. 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
  13. Mayner

    KMCE's Workbench

    We have successfully printed wagons chassis suitable for OO & 21mm gauge, though a rigid brass or compensated chassis with metal detail castings is likely to be a better option using S4 or EMF wheel standards. A brass chassis is likely to be freer running and more dimensionally stable than a 3D printed chassis. The main risk in printing a chassis is part breakage as many of the SLA resins are very brittle, particularly in cold weather. We originally considered resin casting for production version of the CIE Brake Van but settled on 3D printing as we were unable to find a business
  14. There is an article on the 1914 Donemana Derailment in the June 21 IRRS Journal. Class 5 2-6-4T Letterkenny de-railed and rolled over on the points as it entered the station with a passenger train from Foyle Road at speed. While speed appears to have been a factor the large outside frame 2-6-4Ts may have been less steady that the smaller inside frame 4-6-0Ts that were the mainstay of Donegal motive power up to the introduction of larger locos in the early 1900s. In the authors words "The passing loops at Donemana was subsequently removed and later those at Raphoe and Inver on the Str
  15. Coca Cola uses rail primarily to reduce its costs under the European Carbon Trading Scheme as there was little difference in cost between using the IWT liner and road. Perhaps some of the traffic may be diverted through Waterford Port with the recently reinstated Ballina-Belview Liner An additional 25 trucks a day between Ballina and Dublin Port is fairly insignificant in terms of overall road usage or Ireland's carbon emissions..
  16. In New Zealand the timber processing industry is basically rationing timber supplies to construction, basically because the same companies cut "surplus" capacity during the 10 years following GFC and focused on exporting logs to China. The timber supply situation and the shortage of trades people is not exactly helping a housing availability and affordability crisis which is not dissimilar to Ireland's
  17. The Back to Back fertiliser "wagons" were de-mountable containers introduced in the late 1960s early 70s that were mounted on existing flat wagons as opposed to special purpose fertiliser wagons. The Back to Backs appear to have been used to transport fertiliser in both fixed formation (20 wagon) Unit Trains and individual wagons loads and reached destinations that were closed under Railplan 80 such as Newcastle West & Listowel. 25970 was part of the 25436-25982 series of 20T flat wagons introduced in 1966. The wagons were basically introduced on spec to carry demountable "Lancashire
  18. Looks like Simon de Souza's model of Dromad. Simon produces a range of high quality C&L wagon kits which are sold under the Foxrock Models label. I have a number of Foxrock C&L cattle wagons and opens to assemble, whenever I make the time.
  19. I downsized from OO to N in my late teens as it was a better option for building a realistic layout in a restricted space than OO and built a U shaped end to end layout in my bedroom which was approx. 11X11. I had struggled to fit a similar OO gauge layout into an 8X6 box room and was not happy with the crammed in effect with 2' radius curves and short train lengths, 18" radius in N is the equivalent of 3' in OO , it was easier to fit station layouts without major compression into the available space and I could run longer trains. Originally I focused on modelling Irish buildings and str
  20. My understanding is that the "Tara Mines wagons" are owned by the mine (Locomotives and Rolling Stock of CIE & NIR Editions 1-3 Oliver Doyle a reliable source). I am uncertain about the situation with the NET Ammonia tank wagons and LHB bogie cement wagons. The Ammonia tank wagons were originally leased from Storage and Transportation Systems with the railway responsible for maintaining the wagons & NET the tank/pressure vessel. ESSO Teo owned the tank wagons used on the North Wall-Claremorris & Sligo oil trains, the wagons were re-gauged ESSO Class A & B from the Bri
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    Sounds familiar a group of volunteer friends from the WHR "64 Company" used to visit Ireland in the early 90s regularly visiting Westrails operations including riding on the train and chasing the train from Athenry to Tuam. They came back after one of the later visits with news that the Limerick-Claremorris section was due to re-open with a daily Liner train carrying coal, oil, container and steel traffic. Some of the group were professional railwaymen who at the time held Irish Rail in high regard as things were tough for BR staff in the run up to privatisation. The news of a d
  22. Irish Wagon Range: We began June on a high note with the arrival of the test prints of a new model the GSR version of the IRCH 10T Standard Open wagon and an updated version of the GSR bulk grain wagon. We ran multiple test prints to identifty potential weaknesses in the CAD work under repetitive manufacturing conditions as we ran into problems with the grain wagon discharge gear and had to make a number of amendments to the brake van despite a number of successful test prints. The opens have turned out well but it looks like we missed out the
  23. The gable end of the Tram Shed appears to be visible in the right background. According to the diagram the station building and platform are behind the trees in the right distance. The "platform" visible in the photo is the goods/cattle loading bank. Excellent not quite minimal space station shades of Bishops Castle with the station at right angles to the running line
  24. I am quiet happy with the way the 'Grey Engine" turned out as the original builder "gave up" on the loco after running into difficulties assembling a working chassis. The builder ran into similar difficulties assembling a number of locos to S4 standards and I picked up the J15 together with 4 other part built TMD loco kits at a UK exhibition. The J15 is a good example of how metal kits are nearly always salvagable as a lot of parts were missing and the chassis was nearly a write off, although the original Protofour wheels were not usable I used the motor and gearbox to re-build a C&L
  25. Cannot criticise the support group too much for their lack of reality. There is only one way to gain experience in restoring and running a railway, though talking and considering the advice of other preservation groups helps. The big questions are whether there is a written agreement in place between the Council and the Support Group to restore the railway and whether there is anything in the 2021 or 2022 Budget to finance or underwrite the restoration otherwise nothing happens. In a way the Tralee steam railway is in a similar position to the Welsh Highland Railway during the 1960s
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