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Rosses Point - 1950s Sligo in 7mm

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Just starting my layout thread! Baseboards are inbound and my hand built pointwork has arrived. So time to post something I thought....

 

Like all right minded people I have long loved the SLNCR and its environs. My mother went to school on it, my grandfather sent his freshly caught fish to Dublin on it, and my cousins to this day farm beside the trackbed. So my layout is a might have been SLNC/MGWR joint branch from Sligo to Rosses Point. The line was built just as Atock’s rebuilt 2-2-2 tanks were falling into redundancy and one found a home - where it still is. The terminus ante quem for the layout is of course 30 Sep 1957....and the history of various Irish lines has been blended together to produce the end result. So expect bits and pieces from Timoleague, Tramore et al. CIE provide the stock but the odd SLNC train may appear...,

Some philosophy and poetry before the first photos though ...some lines from Louis MacNeice.....

Why do we like being Irish? Partly because
It gives us a hold on the sentimental English
As members of a world that never was,
Baptised with fairy water;
And partly because Ireland is small enough
To be still thought of with a family feeling,
And because the waves are rough
That split her from a more commercial culture;
And because one feels that here at least one can
Do local work which is not at the world's mercy
And that on this tiny stage with luck a man
Might see the end of one particular action.

This extract sums up two things about the layout. First of all it’s nostalgic. This is Dev and Costello’s Ireland with all the bad bits taken out. The sun is shining and steam reigns supreme. Baptised with fairy water indeed.

 

Secondly, the layout will be tiny - 6’ by 2’. Hence the reference to a ‘tiny stage’ that ‘might see the end of one particular action’. In other words I might finish it! 

Trial run tonight of the new crossover which will be at the heart of the station -built to 36.75mm gauge. You may also glimpse an MGWR carriage chassis..

Early days yet but putting a marker down so I will be posting from time to time! 

 

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Took the plunge last night and built the baseboards. The camera is sited where the traverser or similar will be. Only track I have right now is the crossover - which is placed roughly where it will eventually go. The coach is standing on the loco release headshunt whilst the van is resting at the prospective goods store. There will hopefully be a stock stabling siding in between - for all the excursion traffic which never appeared...

In 7mm terms this is not a big layout. But look at http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9636&forum_id=21&highlight=luxted to see what’s possible in such a space. 

 

Won’t be much progress for a while I suspect due to a variety of other things going on but I want to get this moving now..

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36.75mm gauge! What's not to like? These modern, laser cut baseboards have a lot going for them too.

 By the by, a question posed by Richard Chown back in MRJ several years ago was ' how many locos were called Galtee More?'

 I can think of two - the WLW 2-4-0 and an S class 4-4-0. Am guessing folk here will know of others...

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4 hours ago, David Holman said:

 

 By the by, a question posed by Richard Chown back in MRJ several years ago was ' how many locos were called Galtee More?'

 I can think of two - the WLW 2-4-0 and an S class 4-4-0. Am guessing folk here will know of others...

Does this one count? 

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19 hours ago, David Holman said:

36.75mm gauge! What's not to like? These modern, laser cut baseboards have a lot going for them too.

 By the by, a question posed by Richard Chown back in MRJ several years ago was ' how many locos were called Galtee More?'

 I can think of two - the WLW 2-4-0 and an S class 4-4-0. Am guessing folk here will know of others...

 

The LNER Galtee More was named after a racehorse, which in turn was named after the mountain.

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On 3/19/2019 at 9:06 PM, Galteemore said:

.........Like all right minded people I have long loved the SLNCR and its environs........

I love this!

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Thought I’d better do an update. Baseboards finally painted. And I’ve built a tracklaying jig - almost ready for work. Not exactly Bretland’s system but hey?! 

First mock-up looks ok I think....

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Looks so authentic, keep going it looks promising. I spent last weekend at Rosses Point, it is so typically Irish.

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Some basic steps in station building...usual modus operandi - Alphagraphix kit as the inspiration. This time using single storey Florencecourt card kit as a source for two storey Dromahair .... you’ll notice the back wall is completely featureless. That’s because it will be invisible on the layout - a John Ahern idea I think..no point modelling it if you can’t see it ;)

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 I have the same structure to build in 2mm scale so I'm looking forward to watching progress.

Was the Florencecourt station building a similar footprint?

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Thanks Angus - you’ll hopefully learn from my mistakes! From what I can see, Florencecourt and Dromahair were initially identical buildings in layout. Dromahair had a second floor added at some point. The courtyard area at the end seems to have gone through various iterations and was mostly demolished by 1957. The likeness between the buildings is not overly obvious at first as Florencecourt was largely rendered whilst Dromahair kept the bare stone at ground floor level. The canopies are also slightly different. For my purposes, Dromahair is a more useful prototype hence this effort.Not to mention that Dromahair was my family railhead !

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Back to the A3, for a moment. You are dead right, Mr Holman, an A3 with Witte deflectors is really the job!

Now, to the other David's comment on not bothering with what no-one will see (Mr Ahearn's famous layout is at Pendon, less than ten miles from where I am). I always thought that  you could save a lot of effort with wagons for the same reason - you only ever see one side on most layouts.

It does mean that if you're building a wagon from a kit and one side's better than the other - turn it round (or by numbering the other side differently - two wagons for the price of one!!!!)

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I used to paint CIE coaches black and tan on one side and green on the other to span two eras, gone back to painting both sides the same these days.

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