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  1. Turntables survived at Fenit and Listowel until the mid to late sixties so why not Dugort Harbour?
  2. The pal vans also had 2 different door types. The photos I have seen suggest that those in the original gray livery had more visible bracing while those repainted into reddish brown had a more solid appearance. I wonder if the doors were reinforced by adding a panel to the outside before being repainted?
  3. Hi Leslie, put me down for 5. I would also take 5 or 6 pal vans should you choose to do them.
  4. There has not been much progress on the layout over the summer months but the wagon works has seen some activity. This GSR goods van was built on a Dapol meat van underframe. The doors are extras which came with the Parkside 12 ton van kit and the buffers are surplus from Leslie's Bulleid open kits on which I fitted heavier ones similar to many of the prototypes. Decals are still required. Here is a link to the photo which inspired the model. https://flickr.com/photos/holycorner/6934140866/in/photostream/ I have more underframes and doors on hand and may attempt a couple more which hopefully I can improve on, but this time in gray with the flying snail emblem.
  5. Stunning model! What type of DCC decoder will be required? I'm sure many of us will want to have decoders on hand when the models arrive on our doorsteps.
  6. Great looking wagon Leslie, put me down for 6. Is there any chance that you could include the "vac brake" lettering on the transfer sheet for those of us who would like to modify the kit to model that version? Has anyone any ideas about where a suitable brake wheel can be sourced?
  7. Here is photo ofof the Wexford to Waterford loose coupled goods train with two bogie ferts on the head end so that is an option as well as running unit trains.
  8. Operating sessions are generally set during daylight hours so only a portion of the daily trains are run. Some trains have their locomotives moved by hand to the other end of their train at the end of the run so they can run back as a new train during an operating session. We do not have an oil and mag train yet so it is presumed to run at night! I'm hoping that IRM will get around to producing a modern CIE 20 foot oil wagon soon making my job modelling that train easier!
  9. I just recently added two Park Royals and a laminate brake from Irish Freight Model to the roster. Previous to that the entire passenger stock consisted of six MM Cravens, a Dutch van and a Mk1 steam heating van, both from Silver Fox While all era appropriate they made a poor job of representing a typical CIE secondary line passenger train of the early seventies which seldom had two vehicles alike. I am very pleased with the IFM models. They do have some shortcomings but they look the part. Assembling and painting coach kits is not a skill that I enjoy or am good at and would be hard pressed to achieve the finish of the IFM models and the saving in time effort and agitation is well worth their cost, at least to me. At present two rakes are on the layout as shown in the photos. Also here are a few additional photos since I had the camera out.
  10. The raven is a Halloween decoration which found a permanent home above the layout!
  11. With all the new rolling stock acquired in the last few years and more on the way storage space for surplus rolling stock was needed. Of the eight fiddle yard tracks one was permanently used for storage which limited the operation of the layout. To remedy this two six foot long shelves were installed over the Waterford fiddle yard' The shelves are made from furniture grade 3/4 inch plywood, an off cut which I acquired from a local cabinet shop. I had them rip it into four narrow strips which were glued and screwed to form an L girder. I had them cut two grooves on two of the pieces set apart to give a 16.5mm inset track. This saved having to buy track and it is easier to rail stock on it. A strip of thick black card was then glued to the edge providing a low fence for fall protection and to give a nice finish. The Cork fiddle yard also got a spruced up.
  12. A 1976 photo in Michael Bakers "Irish Railways Past and Present" shows a Bell liner composed of 20 foot flats hauled by a B&T GM with a 30 ton brake van on the rear, a perfect train for the South Waterford line.
  13. Current project is a SSM brake van kit which has been sitting in a drawer for the past few years. There is still some work to do on it including a new plasticard roof (to replace the current temporary card one) and transfers but I could not resist putting a coupling on it and giving it a run. Also a pic of the other end of the train.
  14. I'm not too sure that the passengers are pleased Robert since many of the Cravens have been replaced with older stock! A couple of MM 121's, one each in B&T and Supertrain livery will hopefully be running before the end of the year. Three IRM A class are also on order. These are great days for Irish railway modellers.
  15. With the delivery of two Park Royals and a laminate brake from Irish Freight Models we can now finally run a passenger train where no two vehicles are alike!
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