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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. The MM locos are delivered DCC-ready with a blanking unit in to allow running on DC only. Could you have confused this blanking unit for a DCC chip I wonder? Checking each loco's number on the Programming Track in advance of running is good practice - if you can't read the loco number then the DCC system is not happy that all is well and vice versa. If it is not happy on the PT then don't run it on the DCC Main Track until the problem is sorted.
  2. Good progress on Little Siddington since the lockdown was eased with more scenery and a servo-operated level-crossing added:
  3. For interest here is a photo of B123 presumably just out of the factory in the USA!
  4. No doubt but for the price I would expect the model to work straight from the box.
  5. The speaker unit - I swapped the soundchip between each model.
  6. Unfortunately, I know of a number of people (at least 3 so far) where the sound was muffled/distorted when the 121 MM soundchip was activated. Thankfully others including mine arrived with sound functioning well from the off.
  7. Working at present to repaint "Shunters Yard" OO gauge buildings/fencing in GWR colours borrowed from my recent work on "Buffers Lock" O gauge buildings. First up I have repaired/repainted/detailed a signal box gifted by a friend to replace that on the layout at present:
  8. How will you work the uncoupling for shunting purposes? PS chipboard is prone to damage from damp.
  9. Nice pic NIRClass80. Yes the 141/181 was the first of the post-MIR locos to be released RTR and stands up well over the 10 years or more that it was released.
  10. Just for fun I took some photos of my older (2008) 121 model made from Model Irish Railways resin kit (hand painted) and put it beside Murphy Models fine new RTR model. MIR's version is fractionally longer, taller and the bonnet is less slender/detailed than MM's. However, I seem to have caught the grey colour fairly well. The MIR transfers included a border in black around the logo and numbers which is absent on the MM model? I used a DCC-ready US SW1500 chassis but never managed to find one which incorporated sound although I did use the twin directional headlamps to good effect. A
  11. I like the C with the yellow panel - is that a Silver Fox model?
  12. No Noel, I plan to operate the points and signals on "Buffers Lock" using my Z21 set up as I have done successfully with "Diesel Depot"!
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