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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Galteemore Thanks. Yes it is a GNR S Class converted from a Union Mills T9 MikeO
  5. 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
  6. A few photos of the T-Track layout taken at the North Down Show 13th and 14th April. This year there was a modernish and international theme both to the stock and the modules. In terms of stock the countries represented were Austria, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. The most modern stock was German where a variety of DMUs featured heavily. The first 2 photos show an overview of the front of the layout. The next set show the various trains in the 2 fiddleyards The blue and white coaches are Austrian and The Steam Train is Swedish. I did not get a photo of the more modern Swedish passenger train. Some of the more modern Irish stock are the ballast wagons and the Container wagons, the latter are all scratch built and both were inspired by those depicted in Popeye's workbench thread. The following 2 photos are of Intercity and Arrows liveried trains which will have been seen in photos previously posted in this thread. However they are seen passing the new WH Mills station module. The Signal cabin is a Saxeby and Farmer type, both are scaled down Alphagraix 00 gauge card kits. The last 2 photos show a McDonalds module and a German Freight Train. MikeO
  7. Hi WaYSidE From what I have read on this forum in the prototype, wagons are marshalled depending on where they are going and which need to be dropped off first. In model form the positioning is not an issue. MikeO
  8. MikeO

    N scale bridge

    Hi Fergus This is very much a personal decision and is just one of the many decisions to be made by modellers about what is the best option in a specific case. My personal view is that if you are not going to put in over head wiring then you will never need the pantographs to be up. On that basis use the Hack Brocken. I have a German layout which I am currently rebuilding and I am installing a Faller bridge. When I assembled the bridge, the instruction gave me the option not to include the 2 end pieces in the bridge roofing as by doing so I would not be able to have the pantographs up. I made the decision to put in the end pieces as I did not envisage putting in over head wiring. if I ever change my mind i will need a new bridge or maybe a new layout. MikeO
  9. I did not manage to get many photos of other layouts at Cultra on the 10th November. A few that i did get were Castlederg a truly impressive layout. Another one was of Obins street Some of the others have already been posted above by Irishrailwayman MikeO
  10. Attached are a few photos of scenes of my T-Trak layout taken at the Cultra Exhibition on 10th November. There was a very good attendance on the day and the people seemed to appreciate all of the layouts. The first is a general view of the front of the layout. The next is a view at the back showing trains awaiting their turn. Next there are 3 detail scenes showing respectively vehicle on the corner module, Class 800 with a variety of bogie coaches and a U2 class with some LMS NCC bogie coaches This next set of photos were taken at a small local show on the 14th November held at La Mon House First up is an overview of the front modules The show reflects farming interests so the next photo is a close up of the farming module developed for the day. The last 2 photos show an A Class with a rake of Black and Tan coaches and a C class at the head of a mixed freight train MikeO
  11. I posted the dates for the UMRC show apologies for the confusion. North Down is usually the week after Easter but that can change. MikeO
  12. Llanuwchllyn is an impressive layout. While the photos on the form show it off well, seeing at the show is a whole different experience, for the better. Seeing stock moving on the layout brings it to life. MikeO
  13. A few photos of the T Trak layout at the UMRC show in Belfast this weekend (25/26 August). The first 2 photos show the layout over view. The each side was 6m (20ft) The second 2 Show The Strand Hotel and Wooden Bridge modules with new backscenes. The Atlantic and Pacific Hotels are an approximation of how they may have looked deduced from The links members provided. The other houses are based mostly on existing houses on Upper Strand. Trains in the fiddleyard awaiting turn Some cameos from the Strand Hotel and the Village modules The final set show a number of train formations recorded during the weekend A Class 071 with cement train GNR PPS no. 18 with mixed Goods The Class 8500 series DART and the Mixed goods train passing Lastly WT Class 57 with the Enterprise MikeO
  14. I hope to get a chance to see the layout, if I can get away from the T-Trak. MikeO
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