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    Wexford, Ireland

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    I returned railway modelling in 2002 by joining the Wexford MRC. I have made a large collection of Irish rolling stock eventually developing Ballybeg an Irish outline home/exhibition layout in OO. This has been exhibited at 10 exhibitions winning Best Scenic and Best in Show prizes in Wexford. I developed Llangollen in N gauge a UK outline "restored" railway based on the prototype in NE Wales which has been shown 9 times (including at Bala, N Wales) winning a Best Scenic Award in Wexford. Shunters Yard is a OO GWR compact layout and has been shown three times. Cynwyd in N is based on another Llangollen line prototype station. It has been shown three times winning prizes Best N Gauge in Wexford and Best Layout Scenery at SDMRC. My latest layout is Llanuwchllyn in N (another Llangollen line prototype station) which made its exhibition debut at Bala, Wales and Belfast in 2018. I have started another compact OO gauge layout Diesel Depot which can show Irish or BR outline locomotives. Plans are also afoot to develop a small O Gauge exhibition layout in time!

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    Irish railways (1960 to 2000) and UK (1960 to 1980) outline railway modelling

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  1. A couple of prototype photos from this forum some time ago:
  2. All coming together really well now Noel!
  3. I have converted some Bachmann "ESSO" oil tankers to Irish liveries: Class A with silver/red livery to "Irish Shell" and "Irish Shell and BP Ltd" alternating on each side. Similarly, I have converted 14 ton Class B oil "ESSO" black/white livery to "Irish Shell" and "CIE Fuel Oil" liveries as above. I used Studio Scale Models decals and weathered the wagons on completion. I understand that these and the ESSO versions all ran on Irish rails in the 60s/70s but am open to correction.
  4. Turf has very low calorific value and it would have taken a lot of it to power a loco so the trials were not a success. BTW I loved Lego as a kid and now am in to railway modelling big time since 2002! Well done on your modelling with Lego.
  5. I got mine from Studio Scale Models also for Ballybeg...
  6. It's probably just my computer but I don't see any video on my screen?
  7. Thanks! I have "Ballybeg" taken apart at the moment to upgrade each board with new SSM lamps, working level-crossing gates and signals (5 in total), renewed track in part, viaduct upgrades, railway building lighting and a new Peco motor for the turn-table. Perhaps some day I will exhibit "Ballybeg" again having shown her at 10 exhibitions in the past!
  8. Thank, not sure if the video uploaded here (I am using a rather old camera) but I posted videos of the working gates and signals on Facebook.
  9. Fitted SSM Irish Station Lamps to platform at "Ballybeg" along with Peco SmartSwitch servo system to operate the SSM Irish level-crossing gates and Home and Starter signals all with working lamps! DSCF4007.AVI DSCF4008.AVI DSCF4008.AVI DSCF4009.AVI
  10. Presumably therefore the grey/yellow model should have no other buffer beam detail than the vacuum pipe, the black/tan would only have additional hoses added later and Supertrain would have the full array?
  11. Presumably this depends on what the prototype had fitted?
  12. Other upgrades to "Ballybeg" include rebuilding the two signal cabins in plastic sheeting and quoins (corner blocks) to replace the printed card which was becoming faded: A new alternate engine shed was developed from a Ratio kit complete with lamps from Studio Scale Models: Studio Scale Models wooden pole lampposts were also added to the Goods Platform, Cattle Dock and Coal Stages: Finally, SSM steel lampposts are prepared to replace the existing UK-style gas lamps on the station platforms:
  13. Thank you all. This is just a Metcalfe kit but it fits together well and looks the part. The inspiration from an Irish railway perspective is that it echoes the viaducts at Kilmacthomas (which also inspired my Ballybeg village where the house roofs just reach the rail level) and Borris.
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