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  1. This question comes up now and again and the answer as BosKonay says there are not enough people interested in Irish N gauge to make RTR a profitable concern, hence the concentration on conversions and scratch building. Taking the membership of this form as an example, there are probably only about 5 people with a declared interest in Irish N gauge a very tiny percentage, under half of 1%, of the total membership of 1289.
  2. Eoin That is disappointing but I suppose that is the vagaries of printing even on a professional level. Some time ago I got electragraphix sides for MK2 coaches where the "orange" had the same hue as the OO gauge coach in your photo but a got the same sides earlier this year and the "orange" was not too far off the shade on your Friday prints. MikeO
  3. Have not used velcro as I thought it would make the backscene sit too far out from the baseboard creating an unseemly gap. Magnets would be a better choice as they can be recessed into the baseboard and just require 2 thin pieces of metal (washers) glued to the backscene to make a good join. I have attached 3 photos to illustrate the concept. The first shows the 2 magnets in place, the second one of the washers, it can be partly covered, and the third shows how little gap there is. This is not my idea but a friend used on his T Trak module. Hope this is helpful MikeO
  4. Mayner The One Track Minds layout looks very realistic a credit to the modellers skills. Your N gauge layout looks very well even though not fully complete. A lot can be put into a small width space where the length compensates for the lack of depth. I have a German layout in the loft which is being revamped but comprises, for much of its length, a width of around 34cm. While part of the track does run along the edge I have various amounts of track and scenery leading back from the edge towards the wall giving depth and hopefully a good degree of realism when finished. Attached are a couple of photos to show what I mean. Other parts of the layout are around 53cm in order to fit in the curves and the town area. MikeO
  5. Divecontroller, wacky but I thought they were very well done with a good number of modules providing ideas that could be tweaked for European layouts. Mayner, realism is a challenge in N Gauge. Many small items are nearly impossible to make or buy and in the end may not even look right. ONe being a bigger scale makes it a little easier to get things to look right. the modules in the video are impressive and provide ideas that could be used in N gauge. I think also the longer sized modules helps to create a sense of space which adds considerably to the realism of the scenes being depicted. There appears to be no convention requiring the track to be a specific distance in from the front of the module as in T Trak. A number of the ONe modules have a good deal of space at the front which allows for making more realistic scenes. Each module therefore needs to be free standing which is more feasible with the longer lengths of the modules. MikeO
  6. In order to answer David Holman's comment in my T Trak thread I thought I would start a new topic. While the issue is T Trak modules none are Irish themed so I did not want to mix it up with Irish themes. The Peco module is very good and shows how a module can be developed in ways different to the more traditional style in my layout. The Kato contest was held in July and attracted a wide variety of styles of module themes; most were naturally Japanese orientated. As it was a contest the result was that each was a mini stand alone style diorama where the contestants gave free rein to their creative side. That said the detail was superb with lots of inspiration . For those interested this is the link to I think the results page. Lots of pictures and minimum text. https://www.t-trak.jp/blank?lightbox=dataItem-k0ywxduh7me MikeO
  7. Tony Thanks for the comments. I do remember that incident. Did not know that was you. N gauge has a lot of possibilities and lots of RTR but not for Irish but I think the effort is rewarding MikeO
  8. Eoin Good news. Would there be any chance of seeing a sample at Blackrock next month. MikeO
  9. Galteemore/Irishrailwayman It is Glenfarne as is the goods shed. The signal cabin is a generic GNR type. All 3 are scaled down Alphagraphix kits. They are used together in this way to give the feel of a rural type station. Modelling specific locations does not fit in with my overall theme of an impression of Ireland and many would be difficult to replicate on T trak modules. MikeO
  10. A short selection of T trak photos at the Erne show on 21 September. Fist up a general overview. This was a smaller size layout, around 3.6m (12ft) The DART passes a rural station A 121 in charge of a goods train comprised mostly of GNR stock The 121 and DART passing in the fiddleyard A 181 with an intercity rake with the Class 2600 series rail car in the background Lastly the class 400 with a mixed livery set of 6 wheelers and a J15 at the head of the goods train I did get to see Gerry's diesel depot which is superb but little else. MikeO
  11. Hi David Your question would require a very long answer to be comprehensive. In brief about 98% of the stock is RTR either repainted or adapted in some way. A few wagons and coaches have scratch built bodies and occasional chassis. The majority of the steam locos are from Union Mills for example T9s(S class and PPs class), 3f(J15), 2p( U2 class) etc anything that looked like it could be easily converted to a reasonable likeness of the prototype. There are also some Farish, 4mt(WT class jeeps), Royal Scot rebuilt ( 800 class) and Southern N class(K1a) and a couple of Dapols. The diesels are mainly Farish with some from Dapol and Hobbytrain. The Farish ones include class 158s as Comuter and Arrows liveried DMUs, class 350 as a DART. The Dapol class 22 became the C class and a class 31 the A class while the various class 201s were originally class 66s. the class 181 is a Hobbytrain Vissloth BB 2000(1;160 scale) because it was about the right length, had 2 cabs, walkway rails and the correct wheel arrangement. In terms of coaching stock they are mainly Farish although the new MK3s are Dapol HST coaches. A small number of coaches are either scratch built or scaled down OO gauge alphagraphix card kits. If a coach could not be repainted then the sides were computer generated and scaled from IRSS drawings for GSR and GNR coaches. I bought a series of books from Richard at one of the Dublin shows a few years back.. The wagons are nearly all Farish with a sprinkling of Lima although I did have to resort to scratch building the cement wagons and bubbles as well as the bogie parcels van. The container wagons are all scratch built bodies and chassis; the bogies are RTR. The mechanisms and cuplings are those that came with the donor stock. My approach to this has been that the look is more important than 100% accuracy but I endeavour to include as much detail as possible to give the right look. MikeO
  12. A few photos of the T Trak layout at the Ulster Model Railway Show last weekend. For this show the total running length was around 12m (about 40ft) The first 2 photos feature a rake of MK1s with a 121 and A class in charge respectively. There were seven coaches in the rake and given the length of the layout the train did not look like it was chasing its tail. Next is an SG3 with a UTA rake of about coaches. In the next photo the SG3 is passing a GNR PPs class with a goods train. This time an S class with an LMS NCC rake is passing the 121 class with its MK1 rake At the back of the layout a variety of trains await their turn. Here we have a Southern N Class in its original grey livery double heading with a K1A class which was converted from a green version of the N Class Although not ready in time for this show I have included some photos of the MK3 coaches recently completed. The first two photos show the rake being pulled by a 201 and then with the DVT at the front. The photos show the coaches in a sort of yellow colour but the are in fact orange as can be seen in the next set of photos. The rake comprises 4 open standards, a restaurant car and the DVT. Despite the advice elsewhere on the forum I used an intercity restaurant car as the donor. Removing the roof vents put holes in the roof so I had to do some repairs which did not turn out too well. The DVT was converted from an open standard and the others were open standards repainted. I did heed the advice and got the HST versions. Some came with buffers but most did not. MikeO
  13. Galteemore This is a shot I took just after the conversion This shot gives an idea of the some of the conversion work required as the T9 is a little different from the S Class MikeO
  14. Galteemore Thanks. Yes it is a GNR S Class converted from a Union Mills T9 MikeO
  15. A few photos of the T Trak layout from the 1st Bangor show held on Friday and Saturday(24 and 25 May). These are not in any particular order First up is a Double headed Class 121 train followed by one with 2 jeeps. The jeeps were on the move hence the poor quality of this photo. The first jeep is a conversion from a BR 4MT and the Second from a Fairbairn. Next is a Class 800 with a motley collection of Green liveried CIE Coaches. This is followed by a K1a Class on the same train but with an added "tin" van. Two diesels, an A Class and coaches and then a C Class with a short container rake. Finally a J15 with a variety of 6 Wheel coaches, a jeep with UTA coaches and brown vans and an NCC U2 class with various LMS NCC coaches Mikeo
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