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I’ll post bits and pieces here from time to time about “what’s on”.

Bit late for many, but if anyone is about tomorrow evening (Thursday) the museum will host a modellers’ “get-together” between 17:00 & 20:00, in which demonstrations of the layout and its highly complex DCC control system will be shown and described. Model maintenance and repair experts will be on hand too, and you are free to view the entire Irish collection of Cyril Fry’s models.

At 8 pm or so, an informal few may adjourn to a local hostelry for pints. See ye there. 
 

The museum asks me to mention that the €10 entry fee (which includes the whole museum) should be booked online in advance as they’ll have no facility to accept payments after 4.30pm, the normal “last orders” time.

 


 

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3 hours ago, Rush and Lusk said:

I'm really disappointed that I didn't spot this - sounds like an excellent evening Jonathan (Gibney's or Duffy's 😀). Might this be repeated at a later date ?.

Regards,

George 

Duffy’s it was; just home. Great oul night and great to meet several more of us IRM website folks. Tim-O, Ironroad and several others whose “handles” I forget; hope to see yiz all again. 

A perfect example this evening of the camaraderie which keeps model folks in touch - excellent night.

You’ve put an idea in my head, George. Some sort of gathering where it’s the museum first, then a bar with food and  pints…. I’ll mull over that idea.

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A very interesting and enjoyable evening at the museum, many thanks to yourself and your friends there for putting it on. A pity I wasn't able to join ye in Duffy's afterwards unfortunately an early start this morning precluded that (work, the curse of the drinking classes).

Your idea about future gatherings sounds like like a good one...

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On 20/1/2023 at 1:38 PM, Signal Post said:

A very interesting and enjoyable evening at the museum, many thanks to yourself and your friends there for putting it on. A pity I wasn't able to join ye in Duffy's afterwards unfortunately an early start this morning precluded that (work, the curse of the drinking classes).

Your idea about future gatherings sounds like like a good one...

Thank you, Signal Post, I’ll pass this on to Tara (the lady issuing tickets at the door). She deserves the credit as it was her idea!

She and I are currently discussing other possibilities. As always, funding is an issue!

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3 hours ago, Newtoncork said:

Great to see these Jonathan. Be great for the kids at the weekend! Actually more for the dads........

Certainly is! I'm hoping Fingal Council will fund some more display cabinets, as Fry's British models (mostly LNWR & LMS) still remain in storage.....

4 hours ago, Rush and Lusk said:

Outstanding pictures Jonathan - reminds me to revisit the Museum, and of the tremendous contribution you make to it's success and the enrichment of this forum.

Well done,

George  

Very much appreciated, thanks - and you'd be welcome any time, as would all here.

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On 16/2/2024 at 9:54 AM, jhb171achill said:

And the 1990s have returned in Malahide today. 

But the driver of the Enterprise took a wrong turning and ended up heading for Wexford….

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Surely that’s the signalman’s fault, setting the incorrect road? Ah, now I understand how in old photos various stock got so far from home territory except none really got to West Cork (sorry, Jonathan, working on my accent still) 😂 

On 16/2/2024 at 2:29 PM, Newtoncork said:

Great to see these Jonathan. Be great for the kids at the weekend! Actually more for the dads........

Wouldn’t be a bad idea for kids to see these running, recent posts showing concern for the permanent loss of interest in earlier eras with the passing of time and modellers

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1 hour ago, DiveController said:

Surely that’s the signalman fault, setting the incorrect road? Ah, now I understand how in old photos various stock got so far from home territory except none really got to West Cork (sorry, Jonathan, working in my accent still) 

Could be heading to Landsdown Road for an International before running ECS to Dunlaoire for stabling.

Before the DART the Enterprise and match specials were often stabled in up yard at Dunlaoire, up to the Mid-70s match specials were stabled in the RDS sidings

Traffic from Belfast to the Internationals seems to have been heavy once watched staff at Belfast Central in the early 2000s cheerfully directing a long line of equally cheerful passengers into the last carriage of the mid-morning Enterprise.

Don't know about CAFs but 80 Class sets operated Curragh Race specials off the NIR system, saw a 6 car 80 Class set waiting to work a return race special at Kildare in the late 90s. I visited Kildare in the expectation of seeing one of the new IE 2700 railcar sets, IE had recently timetabled a Sunday afternoon Ballina-Waterford passenger most likely intended to cater for returning  Waterford Institute of Technology Students but at the appointed time saw an NIR 80 Class set instead!

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Fingal Council is currently discussing ways of increasing the broad appeal of the museum to not just the public at large, but interest groups as well - in particular those interested in railway models.

I have been asked to seek suggestions from modellers and modellers’ groups.

I am thus interested in suggestions of any sort in terms of basic content, special events or on-site facilities.

Since this is the “go-to” place for those interested in Irish railway modelling, I would be pleased to hear any suggestions either by PM to be here, or to jhb171@gmail.com.

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With the new timetables coming in, Midleton 26’s are now extended to Donabate, and a Mk 4 set is on the Rosslare…..

An Executive special passes through Mallow today, conveying politicians to Cork to announce the reopening of something as it’s election time….. en route, they decide over a pint what they’ll announce, and make a note of it for when Claire Byrne grills them….

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31 minutes ago, Rush and Lusk said:

Fabulous video clips from this most magnificent set of models - well done as always Jonathan 

Many thanks!

There can be up to half a dozen or more trains operating at one time. Also present today was a 121 with cement bubbles, and an "A" hauling Cravens. On the upper !O" gauge track, a durty silver "C" class had a late 1950s train of cattle wagons...... In storage, among other things, are 201s in various liveries, 071s likewise, Mk 2s and Taras. With the new IRM announcements, hopefully we'll have some 4-wheeled stuff out'n'about soon!

And, of course, eventually bring on the ICRs!

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21 minutes ago, Metrovik said:

Lovely videos jhb, I wonder would the public able to see this kind of variety on a regular day?

On a typical day, there will probably be about 4 or 5 trains running. Mallow station is on a separate circuit - today that had the Executive train with a zebra-liveried 201. The two-car 26 is often on that too. The main circuit today had the NIR train shown, the 2-car 26, a grey 121 + bubbles, an "A" with cravens and a Mk 4 set (as shown). So five sets today - that's fairly typical - plus the 0 gauge overhead.

There's a 29 class set now too, forgot to mention that one. I posted pics of it a while back. Nice repaint job.

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Got to visit The Casino Model Railway Museum today,  a very enjoyable two hours the Cottage is a good size and well fitted out lots of railway history and the story of C Fry and some of his amazing hand built railway collection on display.  There is also the large layout with Dublin City Centre  Bray Head, Mallow station Malahide with lots of running 71 hauling Tara's, 201 with Mk4 set, 2600 set, A Class with Cravens, 121 hauling Bubbles, well worth a visit

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As a general idea of what's typically running, today we had the following:

- 2-car 26 class railcar in silver & green

- 071 + Taras

- 121 + Cement bubbles

- 201 + Mk 3s including the two Executive carriages

- "A" + Cravens

- 141 + Mk 2s

- NIR 111 + 1990s "Enterprise"

- 201 + Mk 4 set

....and an old "C" with a cattle train on the upper "0" gauge track.

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