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  1. Hello Everyone, I attach some pictures of a brass coach built by the late Tom Tighe (known as Railway Tom). The coach was in Inchicore and I was asked if I could identify what it is. I am not very familiar with coaches and would appreciate any help please. I do not know the history of the model other than it is the work of Tom Tighe. It may have been built for training apprentices or as an example of the work that can be done at Inchicore. It may be that the model has no actual pedigree! The bogies are and the buffers are sprung and the whole model appears to be riveted or crimped (n
  2. As far as I am aware the first mechanical equipment used by Permanent Way on CIÉ were Massey Ferguson Tractors fitted with bolted on rail wheels. They could travel to site by road and be mounted on the track when the track was in possession of the Engineering Staff. They could also travel along the formation when the track was removed. They were used to lift (timber) sleepers (4 at a time) in or our of the line with a simple crane device which could swing to the side. They were also used to drag a simple harrow over the formation to break up the compacted surface prior to
  3. The yellow buffer stops at the north and south ends of Fairview Depot are not hydraulic. They are Henry Boot buffers retrospectively fitted with standard buffers to their buffer beams in order to prevent damage to the scharfenberg couplers. Close inspection of these buffers will reveal that these buffers have fishplates fitted behind them and the buffers are are highly torqued. They were originally designed asslidig or friction buffers. However subsequent tests and trials on this design of sliding buffer revealed that they not behave as was predicted by the manufacturer. The buffers were remov
  4. Thank you Colin R and Mayner. I am hoping to produce an Irish version of model standards dimensions andclearances for 4 mm scale as I am planning to start constructing a model railway shortly. I am using RTR models on 16.5 mm track. Do you think thereis merit in makng the information available to / publishing it on this site for everyone. Thank you, Eugene
  5. Apologies if my question has caused confusion. For information I attach an extract from a now out of print Graham Farish Handbook (scale OO gauge) and the 2008 August issue of Model Rail which illustrates the British version of what I was trying to find relative to Irish practice. I am researching the topic and will share my work if anyone is interested but what I am trying to establish is if the work has already been done by others.
  6. Thank you all for taking the time to respond and for the information supplied. The reason for my enquiry was to try to establish if there was a similar schedule of dimensions set out for Ireland as the BRMSB set out for standard gauge railways for Platforms, Buildings and Bridges. If you watched the model railway challenge programme on Channel 5 on Friday evening you would have seen that one of the teams had to realign a section of curved track as coaches on concentric curves collided with each other due to inadequate clearances being provided. American and European standards se
  7. Please advise if there exists anywhere a schedule of clearances for scale 4mm = 1 Foot ( Ratio I:76.2) setting out lateral and headroom clearances to structures based on Irish Railways practice. I am aware of American and European modelling standards for HO scale (Ratio1: 87.1) and also the BRMSB standards for Platforms, Buildings and Bridges. In the USA double stacking of containers on rail bogies is commonplace as is double decker trains in Europe. As neither of the above could operate in Ireland the adoption or reconfiguration of American and European modelling standards wo
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