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Killybegs does Killybegs




My current project at the County Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is to upgrade the 5.5mm/foot model of Killybegs built by Neil Tee quite a few years ago and which forms part of the permanent model railway exhibition. Last year I built the engine shed which is a pretty modest affair, so for something more challenging I have made a start on the station building. This is a fairly substantial building for a branch line terminus on a narrow gauge railway and includes a train shed - the only one on the entire system. Unfortunately, it was demolished several years ago to facilitate a new pier and road realignment, the railway having closed 50 years ago. I have access to a lot of photographs but they tend to concentrate on the train shed (cos they are mostly pics of trains!) but, fortunately, the basic design is similar to Donegal Town Station which is still standing and is now shared by the Heritage Centre and Bus Eirann (our landlords!). With the information available I have therefore been able to prepare a set of drawings that I think are not a million miles away from a reasonable representation of the original. These were drawn up full size in autocad then a copy was reduced to the required scale.


Construction of the main building is mostly in plasticard, stonework will be scribed and carved Das inlaid between the quoins. The photographs below show progress to date on the front and platform elevations. The day after I completed the latter, I found a photograph showing a circular panel over the screen doors!







The photograph below shows the components that go into each sash window (plus the 2 pieces of plastiglaze of course!)





Further pics to follow as work progresses


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