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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 Wexford Model Railway Club's Easter Exhibition 2019 is shaping up to be the best yet with the following exhibits booked to date: 32 Layouts (17 new to show) Ballyclare OO Irish SDMRC DART in N/OO Irish Eoin Murray Tramway layout OO M.R.S.I Grunburg OO9 German John Gough Ulster MRC Alpine Memories HO/Hon Austrian Herbert Alexander Somme Sidings OO9 France Bobby Beegan Die Schneeweissbahn N German David Wynne Bog-road Level Crossing OO Irish Eamonn Redmond WMRC Past-Avenue OO Irish Enda Byrne/Siobhan McCann WMRC Modern-Image UK N Wayne Thomas WMRC N gauge layout Bobby-Joe O’Toole Llanuwchllyn N Gerry Byrne WMRC Five WMRC Competition layouts Little Siddington O UK WMRC Joseph’s Bridge OO Irish Tommy Nolan WMRC Ballygannon OO Irish Patrick Nolan Bushville HO USA WMRC Scully’s Dock OO UK WMRC Wexford OO Vincent O’Leary WMRC Wheal Rinn OO UK Peter Renouf-Shermer WMRC Ardshane Freight Depot OO UK Shane Furlong Sandown Valley O/16.5 ELMRG Taylor’s Yard O/16.5 ELMRG Three N gauge layouts Brendan Buckley Garrison MC Two Hornby Interactive layouts WMRC 7 Other Stands: RNLI stand Florence Jenkins Maritime Museum Rosslare Brian Boyce St Joseph’s Warhammer Club Martin Doyle Live Steam Models Ollie Finn Circus and die-cast display John O'Toole Second-hand stall WMRC WMRC Membership Desk and Raffle at public seating/video display area 15 Traders: Murphy Models Paddy Murphy N gauge models Seán Ryan American Model Railroads Phillip McHugh Marks Models Mark Cuffe Weir Park Books Diarmuid Byrne (Monday) Walter Oberle Models PW Models Paul Walsh Brian Collins Diecast Model Rail Accessories Edward White Gmodelscene Gabor Evenich Pre-loved Models Martin O’Hanlon Customised Stobart Lorries Barry Moule Top Choice Embroidery Margaret Byrne Irish Railway Models Fran Burke (TBC) Provincial Wagons Anthony McDonald and of course the ever popular: Station Café!
  2. Super layout - can it be shown at exhibitions?
  3. The final details have been added and Diesel Depot is now complete and ready for exhibiting! I will post pictures of the layout in CIE, IR and IE mode over time.
  4. A couple of pics showing additional work completed on building the scenery base around the tracks:
  5. Get well real soon Noel. Hopefully see you at Easter Exhibition if not before.
  6. I have a separate thread regarding the development of the Diesel Depot layout (see: The layout is almost complete apart from some trees at the backscene. This new thread is to demonstrate the layout in its UK British Rail "blue" incarnation. A few photos of the layout with BR stock caught by some Spring sunshine this pm (including large logo Class 37 and a Class 08 on oil wagon shunting duties):
  7. The advantage of hot glue's rapid setting is that the top board is forced to take up and hold the flat surface of the computer precision cut of the supporting boards. The fibre-glass webbing and PVA provide back-up for the longer term but are not subject to too much strain.
  8. Don't fence me in! Diesel Depot gets a modern fence fitted with some more greenery (need to keep those grafitti artists out):
  9. A hot glue gun fixes the boards together in seconds.
  10. Its a form of builders expanded polystyrene (I must check the brand) that is very robust, doesn't crumble, yet is easily cut with a saw or a hot-wire tool. Plasterers cement is then used on top to form the landscape. The result is a rock-hard sub-stratum that is also very light! Finally, an emulsion paint will form the basis for the static-grassing stage.
  11. Much progress as we approach Easter with all ballasting now complete, main bus-bars complete and the fiddle-yard fully functioning. The outlines for all scenery is in place with fascia and back-boards fitted and plastering commenced:
  12. Hi, this is the configuration I drew up for my Shunters Yard layout (4 feet by 9 ins) with the 3-way point acting as a space saver (I have since included a fiddle-yard 2-foot long at one end to left of mirror): For my Diesel Depot layout I configured the track as follows with a double-slip as space saver with two other L/H points giving 6 sections to shunt locos/oil wagons around (again a 2-foot 2-road fiddle-yard has been added. This layout is 4.5 feet by 1 foot). Note that the mirror makes it look like I have two layouts back to back: Both layouts incorporate DCC sound, extensive lighting, Kadee uncoupling magnets buried under ballast and Z21 DCC controlled points on Diesel Depot.
  13. Many congratulations to MRSI prize winners at the Model Rail Scotland Glasgow Exhibition 2019 with their O gauge Irish outline lay-out "Ardmore". Well done lads! A few pics of the winning lay-out: Finally, members from Wexford MRC and South Dublin MRC were on-hand to celebrate:
  14. Photos, descriptions and prices for each item would be useful...
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