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About Irishrailwayman

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  • Biography
    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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    Wexford, Ireland


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


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    Retired senior manager

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  1. We have selected a gritty industrial back-scene for the O gauge UK TMD:
  2. For my 7th layout I have been planning for some time to do a compact O gauge to run some of the GWR rolling stock I have collected to run on Wexford MRC's "Little Siddington". Previously I have done GWR OO "Shunters Yard", BR/GWR "Llangollen", "Cynwyd" and "Llanuwchllyn" all in N and more recently OO "Diesel Depot" (my first OO Irish layout "Ballybeg" is now over 10 years old!) - all are still on the exhibition circuit. This compact O gauge is to be jokingly titled "Buffers Lock" but hopefully that won't occur on the model itself! The plan is that the layout and stock would fit 1-2 cars obviating the need to hire vans etc for transport to exhibitions. The dimensions will be roughly 13.5 feet by 2.5 feet including the fiddle yard all breaking down into three sections. The baseboards will be made using techniques developed for "Little Siddington" and used for "Diesel Depot" and the O gauge BR TMD currently under development by Wexford MRC members. More details will be revealed as I ramble through this project over the next few months. To kick off and to help determine the size of the baseboards, I am assembling some of the buildings that I have selected to populate the layout. Firstly the station building I am using is a model of the GWR Camerton Station Building produced by Timber Tracks. This is a laser cut timber product which is very well presented. Each section of the kit is separately bagged making identification of the different bits easy. The instructions are clear and a fast setting timber glue supplied by TT helps the project advance quickly. I have assembled the main structure and am starting to add some detail. The interiour is beautifully detailed including flush toilets and even a desk for the ticket office. I plan to make the roof detachable so I can show the interiour to exhibition visitors. A couple of pictures:
  3. Second board has its wiring completed with some figuring out to do on the electrofrog double slip! Wiring on fiddle yard also completed at this point. Looking neat and easily tested/checked and repaired.
  4. Super job well done. Is this a never-leaves-home layout or could it be exhibited?
  5. Moving swiftly along, the wiring has been completed on the first board using the David McCabe dropper boards to form the DCC bus-bar. Each wire is colour-coded, labelled and numbered indicating which position on the bus-bar it occupies enabling fault finding to be expedited. No fishplates are used but each individual section of track has its own DCC feed. Cobalt slow-action digital point motors are being used for this project which also throw the polarity of the frogs.
  6. The board under the diesel shed tracks is cut to make up the inspection pits. Wood sides are glued in place beneath the board and these are lined with stiff card, finished with polyfilla and painted. The track was replaced and the outside sleepers pinned in place before cutting out the centre of the sleeper to form the pits. Additional details will be added including steps down and fall-plates.
  7. Best of luck to MRSI in Warley from all at Wexford MRC.
  8. Ernie Shepherd and Gerry Beesley published a book "Dublin and South Eastern Railway" in 1998 which mentions Palace East a few times and includes photos and a track plan. Published by Midland Publishing Ltd ISBN 1 85780 082 6. Worth a look.
  9. A couple of Alphagraphix card kits in 7mm built recently by John Walker of Wexford MRC and currently on display on the club's test tracks. Note the fully detailed interiours in the Signal Cabins:
  10. Great! Would you like to exhibit at the Wexford Model Railway Exhibition on 9th/10th May 2020?
  11. Fantastic project! Do you plan to exhibit this layout?
  12. Each section of track is independently powered with no fish-plates used (just as developed for Little Siddington). The droppers will be brought to (D McCabe's) design board as part of the bus-bar. I guess BR Blue is the UK equivalent of our black/tan or Supertrain era and is the livery of choice of Barry the owner of this layout. You may have seen his mighty diesels on LS which should in time grace this new layout also. I have fond memories of BR Blue from the 1980's when I travelled by Interail through the UK to Europe as a student.
  13. Progressing well with track laying with dropper wires soldered beneath the rails once their precise location is checked:
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