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  1. Work continues on Mullingar with the green and cream paint scheme making an appearance. Some scenery done just ahead of the platforms, a large frame is not prototypical. Some progress has been done on the Galway platforms, and a comparison with the real thing Columns still need to be added to the Galway platforms and the signalbox has yet to advance from a mockup Real picture is from Tom Ferris Second Glance At the other end of the platform the water tower and fencing has been added Looking across the platform reveals a hanging pi
  2. Bit of work re scenics done at the mouth of the road bridge out to what is now the industrial estate but what was then a field, the road running along the wall back to the railway terraces. Rough shape cut out Walls plus grass added This bridge, fraudulent in nature is nearly a mock up, but I am happy with the overall look. The wall next to the hut's rickety appearance exposes the surely relatable problem of running out of glue. To be finished tomorrow.
  3. Pretty much, unless there was some kind of buy back scheme and cost effective conversion services for locos and rolling stock, it's not really worth it. Path dependency has to be taken into account.
  4. Bit more work has been done over the Christmas break,mainly around station frontage along with small bits of hidden scenery here and there. One may notice the yard is somewhat compressed. This is mainly down to the space available. Maedbh starts a train towards Galway. She won't be going very far, as the bridge hasn't been started! In reality the line curves slightly before reaching the yard. Mullingar was awash with water towers, two on the Galway and Dublin platform and one at the sheds. A mock up of the latter can be seen. There was also a signal box just
  5. G2 has seen a good bit more work, overall easy to assemble, clear instructions and an enjoyable build, credit to JM. Everything else to be done when the likes of wheels actually arrive! While I think the grey is overall a tad too dark, the grey was rarely clean anyway and dulled to an almost black, perhaps with the assistance of the odd oily rag. Seems to be several shades of grey due to the lighting... The darker colour is a bit clearer next to the J15.
  6. And now for something a bit different. the G2 class were a regular at Mullingar and indeed some members of the class lingered on until the end of steam. The G2 class have returned it seems, mass produced from New Zealand! Having made landfall yesterday, I set to work. Chassis is a straightforward job, fold up and make sure it's square. Some prefabrication greatly speeded up the construction of the body! Dry fitting shows what needs to be tidied and squared!
  7. We've a selection of chocolate digestives and Maryland cookies to choose between.. Signal box has been started, with a mockup dry fitted to see what she'll look like and if anything else needs to be done. Plenty of card around, might as well use it! The planking for the signal box is guaranteed to be an interesting ordeal..
  8. I recently came across a photo of King Tutankhamen sitting just outside the refreshment room...had drawn somewhat of a crowd too! A biscuit to anyone who knows why a pharaoh was so far from Egypt...
  9. Throughout the construction of the layout I've faced two major issues. The down side of the stations rear facade is completely overgrown, and there's no photographs to my knowledge of it that are of use. The other is the roadside facade of the railway terrace, which while more visible, is in many ways a mess of windows, porches and lots of swearing regarding said windows and porches. The answer therefore is simple, basically flip the layout so that both of these troubling facades are facing a wall and out of view. This also opens up more room both for the station and the yard, and so I ha
  10. Few more pics today, some more progress on the station building too. Obviously there's still much to be done, the last picture shows that quite clearly! The curved roof of the station is proving to be an...interesting...task and the rear facade for the Galway side building is non existent as I've no idea what it'd have looked like! Quite the conundrum.. What else is to be done, finishing up the engine shed and railway terrace, at least two of the three signal boxes, water tank, water tower....
  11. As dusk approaches, one of the J15s, no.162, brings goods from the Galway direction through the station towards Dublin.
  12. The station is within 5k of myself so easy access. The Sligo side won't be modeled, don't have the space for it. G2 will hopefully arrive from NZ once international shipping is back on the regular, the idea is generally realistic running, moguls, J15s, cattle engines, G2s along with some of the D's but 800 and 402 weren't built to not be run! I'm well aware of the murder of Thomas Anketell, and the reasons behind it.. No plan on the track layer Currently have two boards 10x2 foot, nothing is set in stone yet but overall idea is a somewhat simplified track plan for the
  13. Mullingar is one of the more unusual stations in Ireland, and offers plenty of modelling opportunity, a junction station at the heart of the MGWR, with a large cattle bank, goods shed, engine shed, a large gantry, the list is long to say the least. My focus is on the Athlone side, although both sides of the station have a lot to offer, the engine shed, goods shed and cattle sidings were all on the Athlone side of the station. Progress has been slow, but it's finally starting to have a vague resemblance. Maedbh makes a visit to Mullingar en route to Galway. The Civil Engineer
  14. Seconded re resin here. There's a company currently trying to make a game for Titanic, Titanic Honour & Glory with a completely accurate interior and exterior 3D model for said game. I've followed with much interest, and they've released model 3D printed liners in 1/1000. They are currently using the more conventional version, but are now experimenting with resin printing, and well the results speak for themselves.
  15. Does anyone have any pictures of Dunlavin pre closure? Some excellent photos on Eiretrains of the present day buildings, but I'm looking for it in its "heyday" although it seemingly never had much regular traffic. Any help greatly appreciated
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