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1 hour ago, David Holman said:

On my Arigna Town layout, I got told off for having Freisian cows, as they weren't seen in the 1950s. Guess by dieselisation they would be alright?

I would say they would have been a rarity until Ireland had joined the then EEC and farmers got Brussels money to improve their farms and acquire fancy new breeds.

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Improved trading relations with the UK culminating in the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Agreement brought prosperity to rural Ireland in the 60s.

My parents were surprised by the wealth of our "country cousins' when invited to weddings in County Galway during the 60s, wads of money was being splashed around like snuff at a wake, the women were dressed in the best Dublin & London fashion and the men driving new cars usually Mercedes, my mother and father felt like the poor city cousins instead!

Most had shifted from mixed farming to dry stock which needed very little looking after, those with smaller farms usually had a part time job often driving for the local builders or agricultural merchant, most families were building a new modern streamlined bungalow to replace the old farmhouse.

You can't go wrong with small black or brown Dexter cattle bred on farms in the West and shipped eastwards by rail for fattening in Meath or Kildare. Pilot loco from Galway working a short special to Athenry to connect with a main line goods from the smaller fairs or several A Class hauled specials with empty stock from Mullingar on the evening before the fair working the specials through to the North Wall for the bigger cattle fairs. 

 

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2 hours ago, Galteemore said:

Nice Noel, are you going to add a bit of ballast etc between the door and the cess to simulate a pathway?

Don't think so, have left a decent pair of wellington boots inside the shed instead :) . . . and ski poles :) 

 

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On 12/7/2021 at 7:40 PM, Georgeconna said:

Nice one, the Little end bit from the Airfix Engine Shed repurposed!

 

Well spotted George, replaced by the sheer embarrassment of being exposed :) :) I originally  built that airfix kit back around 1972. Always useful to repurpose models, but Gort deserved its own as all the other buildings were scratch built. This little guy was made from bits of plastic card in my plasticard scape box (ie off cuts from past projects).

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On 15/7/2021 at 1:02 PM, Noel said:

Decorated and weathered line side hut now in situ.

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14:50 inbound working from Athenry

IMG_1850.JPGMaybe it is the lighting, but the second photo has a real damp look about it, like just after a heavy shower. VERY atmospheric!

 

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Now time to get started on the Limerick/Ennis board end. The temporary Tri-Ang shelter will have to go and be replaced with a scratch built version from photos

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Copyright acknowledged to unknown source below. This is what the real shelter looked like. Note the gas lamps on the platform. Will have to mimic the single rail fence between the two stone wall sections. Lots of foliage and trees needed at the Ennis end of this board and some more work on the yard and boundary to the neighbouring merchants yard.

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My thanks to Jonathan Beaumont and Barry carse for the inspiration for this layout from the photos in their book.

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4 hours ago, murphaph said:

I love the backscenes. Where are they from?

Have you considered putting stone walls/hedges directly along the interface between horizontal and vertical to create the illusion of looking over the wall/hedge into the distance?

Good idea, Yes I had but unfortunately there is a colour change on the back scene  just above wall height and I like the fields disappearing to infinity, rather than closed in. If I lowered the back scene 1" it might work. Backscnese from ID.

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Late evening scene. Gort: Just the yard fencing and gates left and then trees and signals. Summer will slow things down a bit. Some lamp posts and then add back people and livestock. Could not be bothered doing much this past week in the heat. But got the cobalts secured with screws and hot glued all the double sided cable keeps under the base board as in the heat many double sided tapes had failed.

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One final building to be scratch built. The southern platform shelter. The Triang is a mere place holder but has to go, its too toy town and at odds with the adjacent buildings.

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