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Popeye, believe it or not you've done exactly the job I was thinking about! (Great minds think alike?)..

Now, I am doing it for certain, and hoping it turns out half as good as yours! This era is currently very neglected despite being arguably the mos interesting and varied in Irish railway history.

If you take the bow-ended style, used commonly in Britain but ONLY by the WLWR here, and look at Ratio kits, if you take their brake third, keep the curved end, and splice on two compartments from a full passenger coach, you've a very nice WLWR brake third which lasted until - I think - about 1955. 

Somebody here joined two Hornby "Thomas" coaches a while back to make a vaguely GSWR vehicle. It looked amazing - I was thinking of that too.

I have a list somewhere of potentially Irish conversions of British wooden bodies stock - must look it up. But congratulations on that one - it looks amazing!

Final thought - given the window profile and panelling, with a slightly higher arc roof, you'd get a very good DSER coach. There were few, however, in traffic after 1950.

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It's probably worth posting a pile of details relating to the history and development of, at the very least, the sort of wooden stock built between 1880 and 1925, and still seen in traffic well into the 1960s, and some cases '70s.

I don't think I've too much to do today, so I'll put something together later if it's likely to be of interest.

The last six wheeled vehicles in use were last used in 1963, though not technically withdrawn until a year later. The last gas lit and / or non-corridor stock in use was withdrawn in 1974; coincidentally by both NIR and CIE in the same year - therefore, most if the VERY last old wooden beasts managed to overlap "Supertrains" by two years.

CIEs last were old GSWR veterans, some of former suburban origin, some main line. NIR's last were of GNR and NCC origin - mostly the latter.

NIR held onto a couple of elderly vehicles even longer, as they had no logo-hauled stock to speak of other than the Enterprise.

GNR brake third 114, now a rotting mush at Whitehead, was the last GNR coach in their iconic brown livery. It was never repainted green when it entered CIE ownership, being repainted directly into black'n'tan in 1967. Ex NCC third 526 and ex GNR K15 727 were the very last wooden carriages of any sort in passenger traffic - both surviving, miraculously, as railcar intermediates into the EIGHTIES!  526, in maroon and light grey, ended its days as an MED intermediate. What a contrast with the noisy, fume-filled tin cans either side of it, with deep wooden-framed red upholstery and a very comfortable ride! I last travelled in it, I think, in 1981.

727 ended its days in the modern maroon and blue as an intermediate in a 70 class set. It was taken to Whitehead for preservation, but along with sister GNR coach 595 (a brake standard withdrawn by NIR in 1974) a combination of north Antrim weather (the RPSI had NO carriage shed at all then!), poor quality wood (built in war years) and lack of cover, both rotted and fell to bits before the Society could do anything with them.

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Studio scale models 42 FT Flat wagon.

I had a go at building the 42 FT brass flat wagon and i soldered it to give it more strength.

There were a few modification made but just small things. I put in plastic blocks for the bogie screws to

go into so no nut would be needed. It is pained in a new condition but it will be lightly weathered.

So here are a few pictures to look at.













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J15 101 oo works upgrade.

I have made a few modifications to the oo works J15 model.

Weathered with black paint dry brushed on about 3 times.

I added a new coal load and water filler lid.

Some other bits were drilling the chimney hole down a bit lower, new front hook screw link from Hornby and a front brake pipe.

I made a little clip to connect the power from loco to tender which pulls off and this is better when trying to separate the two.

The main work was done in the driving area to add more detail with copper wire and brass wheels from Wizard Models.

bachmann loco crew repainted and arms moved down.

The first picture shows the cab side not weathered to show the difference to the rest of the loco.












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Hi Popeye,  I just read all 7 pages of your workbench posts so far. all your models are works of art, and you photos are great quality, your eye for detail is spot on.

Do you or anyone give modelling classes?  I for one would love to learn 1/100 of your skills.

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Here are some pictures from my GSR 6 wheel coach build.

It is from Worsley Works.




This is what you get.


The floor is thick brass which made soldering the side on very hard and needed a lot of heat.


W irons where too wide so broke them off and moved in to the right width.


Roof was the wrong size so i had to make my own from plastic.


I made the middle wheels slide from side to side and it works well on first radius curves.




The springs were made myself, first a master then a mould made and i can cast more with resin.


The seats and roof made as one and fits in well thank God.


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3 hours ago, popeye said:




The seats and roof made as one and fits in well thank God.


That's a wonderful piece of work. And a really innovative way of tackling the job(s). Must have needed a fair bit of fettling to get it to fit! 

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