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Hi Guys,

When I decided to pack up my traps and leave the Fermoy Branch I made a BIG boob. Loughrea seemed ideal, right place, right traffic, right time, BUT someone else (MRSI) got there before me and modelled it far better than I can hope to do. My freelance Loughrea couldn't be a patch on the REAL thing and I'd forever feel guilty about trying to steal their thunder everytime I used the name.:((

 

So, I'm having another go:banana: and, this time hopefully it will be third time lucky ;)

 

This time I'm trying Ta-ra "The Ballybeg Branch". I think I'm on safer ground here, as there seem to be lots of Ballybegs in the Emerald Isle and I'm pretty sure none were served by rail.

 

But better to be safe than sorry, If anyone knows a reason why The Ballybeg Branch can't be modelled as a freelance/CIE line, please, speak now ~ before I put my foot in it =D

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Cheers,

FrankS.

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Frank

 

I would'nt get too bogged down in picking an actual place or wondering if anyone has modelled it.

 

Basically anything is plausibe the way that the railways turned out and some towns have prospered and others declined is a matter of history, at one stage or other there were rival plans to link basically every town and city in the country

 

Rather than a branch or secondary line it might be worth looking at a traffic base similar to main lines like Tralee, Westport or Sligo, typically 2-3 Intercity passenger trains each way, Overnight Mail or Newspaper train, Overnight Liner to from the North Wall and cement, fertiliser, oil etc as required.

 

The 1950-early 70s era is probably better if you are planning to use a way bill system as CIE basically eliminated shunting and went over to fixed formation freight train operation in the late 70s.

 

Although a lot of specialised wagons were introduced these either ran in dedicated Company Trains or blocks of wagons attached to the scheduled overnight Liner (container) Trains.

 

CIE basically operated a traditional steam era railway with diesel locos up to the early 1970s complete with mechanical signalling, turntables and loose formation passsenger trains.

 

While turntables and locos sheds were retained at many depots, during the late 70s CIE tended to take out surplus trackage in goods yards most yards were reduced to one or two sidings or loops in some cases loading was carried out on the running line.

 

John

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Well, I did it again. Forgot about Gerry Byrnes Ballybeg,

so it's back to the drawing board. Think I might move back to Fermoy :mad:

 

Don't worry about it! Ballybeg is a pun on the Irish translation - An Baile Beag - the small town (especially at 4mm/foot). Feel free to model a Ballybeg Branch layout if you so wish.

Best of luck, Gerry B

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Don't worry about it! Ballybeg is a pun on the Irish translation - An Baile Beag - the small town (especially at 4mm/foot). Feel free to model a Ballybeg Branch layout if you so wish.

Best of luck, Gerry B

 

Welcome to the site Gerry.I am trying to think of a name

for the section of Ballybeg that I have.There was a Ballybeg

station up north somewhere.

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