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I set out with all good intentions to do a bit more today, but its too hot and, as I hovered 50 feet above the babbling waters of the Drowes River drousing 192 appeared on a fertiliser extra. A dutiful son taking his 'addgagee' for a constitutional watched whilst his aged parent remembered something from his distant youth.

2021-07-02 Drowes River Bridge. 192 Fertiliser.JPG

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XXXXXXX !!! The schools break up a week on friday so no doubt modelling will go out of the window for 6 weeks so cracking on a bit over the next few days.

The Drowes River Mill received its coal via rail and rather than use the Mill siding the Mill had one of the rarer arrangements of being able to unload the coal via a shoot on the main line next to the old Warehouse. IT could then be barrowed or carted just a few yard to the Kilns and furnace. Back in the pre war days a  horse drawn tramway led from the covered shed where the shoot terminated direct to the furnaces etc but due to an oversight (or perhaps because I just thought of it) I didn't cut grooves for the rails. So it closed. No 5 is returning the empty wagon to Four Masters yard 

 

2021-07-05 Drowes River Bridges (1).JPG

2021-07-05 Drowes River Bridges (2).JPG

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Scenics at north end of the line at the Drowes River Bridge are now more or less finished. 127 + 192 posing for a few shots at 5 am this morning. 

Its getting to hot in the loft to do much for the next couple of months plus SWMBO is now on holiday for 6 weeks so not much will be happening although I am advised that a new locomotive is arriving today which will have to have its portrait taken. It is A ooops sorry a NER J27 one of my favourite locos! £94 from Oxford Rail.

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2021-07-17 Drowes River Bridge 127 + 192 take the Ballast Brakes back to Sligo.JPG

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I was looking at the J27 during our club meet last Wednesday. I doubt you will be disappointed, a very nice "nice to have".

How do you find the 00 Works Bandon tank? mine is a little "grumbly" still a nice model. And has yours got the large brass washers behind the wheels?

   Mick

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2 hours ago, Mike 84C said:

 

How do you find the 00 Works Bandon tank? mine is a little "grumbly" still a nice model. And has yours got the large brass washers behind the wheels?

   Mick

Mine works fine although its not done much running. It has the large washers behind the wheels, I don't know why the frames are set so close thus requiring the washer 'spacers'.

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Did some tidying up today and had a look at Glengarriff which has taken a bit of a back seat whilst working on Four Masters Bridge. I actually ran a train very gingerly as nothing has ran for several months and some of the track in the fiddle yard has been re-arranged to connect the new sections. Ran a gypsum as per the Kingscourt trips/speeds and took a video to check what needs sorting. The back drop needs a good sprucing up!

 

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Keeping busy in between blood tests , scans etc. I have fettled up the track on Glengarriff as it always moves a little during the summer and especially after the recent heat wave. Now its beginning to feel like Autumn (in more ways than one!) This a view looking west showing the cement storage siding with 2 x 121 having just reversed a set.

I also managed to reverse this set around the layout  as a check on the trackwork. A short video link to the flickr album with a few trains.

 

2021-08-10 Glengarriff cement siding.JPG

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Not much modelling done lately as I have been scanning negs and slides plus Mother in Law can't really be left on her own so I am stuck downstairs with only my computer and a fertile imagination to keep me sane. 

Many years ago I used to write a modelling column for Narrow Gauge World magazine and I used to work out possible layouts based on the prototype. Recently I have been thinking about possible layouts based on Irish locations but trying to restrict the compression of the prototype as much as possible thereby increasing the realism. 

If you want to model expresses, heavy goods banking/pilot engines etc and a main line well how about just doing the up end of Cork , Kent from the end of the overall roof to the tunnel. The scenic bit would be approx 4 feet x 2 ft with the tunnel at one end and the roof hiding the goods lines running round the back. The tracks would easily form a circuit.

Standard and narrow gauge ? well how about Ennis from the footbridge to the road bridge , scaled down about 6 feet from footbridge & Goods shed natural scenic break to the overbridge  and about 3 ft wide at the narrow gauge works etc bit. 3 points on the standard gauge and four on the narrow.

I once built a layout of Carlisle in the UK for a friend who lived in a bedsit but wanted a workable diorama to run his locos on. The scenic bit which covered the overall roof (pre 1959 one) to the road bridge measured 5 feet x 2Feet , had four platforms plus the middle roads and was to scale.

Ennis.

057 Ennis 18 & 1C ca1950

Cork from tunnel to overall roof, goods lines hidden by wall

CIE 1953-06-20 Cork, 401 on through Dublin- Belfast 'Enterprise 036

Carlisle, from the road known as Victoria Viaduct to the old roof which ended on the wall to the left.

2021-08-02 Carlisle 390151 +131

 

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1 hour ago, Irishswissernie said:

Cork from tunnel to overall roof, goods lines hidden by wall

CIE 1953-06-20 Cork, 401 on through Dublin- Belfast 'Enterprise 036

Fab photo of Cork. Wow look at the busy goods yard behind, is that GN markings or GW on the vans in the goods sidings?

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Feels like the Winter is here today so I have been in the loft, worked on the scenery and ran a train to test out a point installed for Four Masters Goods Yard. I have also constructed a sort of Oak tree from a plant stalk nicked from Annie's flower bed.

 

 

2021-10-03 Four Masters Bridge . Oak.JPG

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Great stuff Ernie. The blending of the suggestive backscene and the detailed foreground is well done. Recalls the Leitrim scenery I got to know as a child (pic is the river where my grandfather fished for salmon which then travelled by the SLNC - trackbed is a few hundred yards away).

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24 minutes ago, Galteemore said:

Don’t forget to take a break from running trains to keep posting prototype photos!

Oddly enough! Arriving tomorrow courtesy of Royal Mail is a Collection which I have agreed to catalogue in return for being allowed to use on flickr some 80 odd Irish which includes 10 SLNCR, also West Clare pre diesel, more Cavan & Leitrim etc.

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