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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. I got mine from Studio Scale Models also for Ballybeg...
  2. It's probably just my computer but I don't see any video on my screen?
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. Presumably this depends on what the prototype had fitted?
  8. 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:
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks Noel, the viaduct will hinge from the right as you enter the door making it easier than "duck and dive" as before. Drop over again sometime when the restrictions are lifted.
  11. Ballybeg viaduct ready for installation of tracks and wiring. Note different scenes under each of the arches.
  12. Ballybeg is getting a refurbished (lifting) viaduct as part of an overall upgrade:
  13. During lockdown I am working on a variety of my (7!) layouts including Ballybeg. I am currently working on some Studio Scale Models kits (thanks Des) to increasingly ensure Irish features predominate. This includes the level-crossing gates which I intend to add working lamps and to operate using servo motors in time. Here they are loose-fitted to Ballybeg:
  14. 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.
  15. Good progress on Little Siddington since the lockdown was eased with more scenery and a servo-operated level-crossing added:
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