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  1. That has to be 'Derry - Belfast'.
  2. I would suggest that the railcar directly behind the AEC is the rear end of railcar C1. Looking at the window arrangement, the railcar to the right looks like either railcar F or G.
  3. I think you are outnumbered on that one JHB. Hexagon789 has a picture in a book of a four coach set with the Micro Buffet in it, and there is a picture of a five coach set with the Micro Buffet arriving in Derry in the book '35 Years of NIR'.
  4. In the early 1980s after the Hunslets had been displaced from Belfast - Dublin services, Mk 2 coaches with Hunslet haulage were trialled on Derry/Londonderry services, but this was short lived, 80 Class sets becoming the norm. The Mk 2 push/pull set used was comprised of five coaches, including 548, the mini buffet.
  5. Some coaches were renumbered over time following various conversions. Old numbers are in brackets. Some coaches were converted for use as 80 Class trailers. The information below is as printed in various publications. NUMBER NEW Ex BR TYPE COACH TYPE BR No. REMARKS 546 1982 Mk 2F Grill/Bar/Dining Car 5970 Air Conditioned 547 1969 Mk 2B Grill/Bar/Dining Car 548 (821) 1969 Mk 2B Buffet Standard Push/Pull Fitted 811 1969 Mk 2B Driving Brake Standard Conv to 80 Class 1988 824 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 826 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 827 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 828 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 901 (801) 1969 Mk 2B Open First Push/Pull Fitted 902 1981 Mk 2B Corridor First 13509 903 1983 Mk 2C Open First 3166 904 1988 Mk 2F Open First 3367 Air Conditioned 911 1981 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14104 Open Plan Seats 1988 912 1981 Mk 2B Brake First Gen Van 14108 Open Plan Seats 1989 913 1981 Mk 2B Brake Exec Gen Van 14111 Executive Veh 1989 914 1983 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14110 Open Plan Seats 1988 915 1983 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14106 Open Plan Seats 1989 916 (812) Mk 2B Driving Brake Standard Push/Pull Fitted 917 (813) 1969 Mk 2C Driving Brake First Push/Pull Fitted 921** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13490 Ex BR Corridor First 922** 1981 Mk 2B Corridor Standard 13495 Ex BR Corridor First 923** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13496 Ex BR Corridor First 924** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13508 Ex BR Corridor First 925 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13503 Ex BR Corridor First 926 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13498 Ex BR Corridor First 927 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13506 Ex BR Corridor First 928 1981 Mk 2B Corridor Standard 13510 Ex BR Corridor First 930 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5573 931 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5531 932 (825) 1969 Mk 2C Open Standard Push/Pull Fitted 933 (929) 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5577 934 (822) 1969 Mk 2B Standard Push/Pull Fitted 935 (823) 1969 Mk 2B Standard Push/Pull Fitted * Converted to open plan seating 1988-89. ** Push/Pull Fitted.
  6. NIR did not have any pure Brake coaches. Any Brake coaches would either be Brake Generator coaches or Driving Trailers. Easy to identify each type. Brake Generators had only three large windows on each side, whereas the Driving Trailers had four. If you can see the roof, the Brake Generators had exhaust silencers above the generator compartment, the Driving Trailers had nothing above the Brake compartment. Driving Trailers were only used with the Hunslet locos, although they did occasionally appear on 111 Class hauled trains, but not as Driving Trailers as the 111 Class were not push/pull fitted. There were three of them originally, but one was converted to an 80 Class Driving Trailer after the 111 Class took over the Enterprise services. Brake Generators were not required on Hunslet powered push/pull trains as the Hunslets were fitted with generators for train heating and lighting. The 111 Class were not fitted with generators, hence the need for generator coaches for train heating and lighting. NIR had three catering vehicles. Two were full catering vehicles which would have been used on Enterprise services, and the third was a Miniature Buffet with one compartment converted for that purpose. I will dig out a list of all NIR Mk 2 loco hauled stock and post it, unless someone else does it first.
  7. Robert, the new doors were made from 1.5mm plasticard cut to size to fit the hole left when the old doors were cut out. Lengths of 1.5mm X 0.5mm microstrip were then stuck on, suitably spaced to give the 'ribs'. A strip of 0.75mm X 0.25mm microstrip was stuck on to the middle rib to cover the 'joint' between the top and bottom doors. A piece of 2mm X 0.5mm microstrip was stuck vertically at each end to hide the joint between the new doors and the ends of the body. Below is a diagram of how the chains should fit. On the prototype the top and bottom doors are linked together via the medium sized pulley. When the large pulley is turned, the medium pulley at each end moves the door chains which pull the top door up and lower the bottom door. The weight of the doors counterbalances each other. The chain operating the large pulley is pulled by hand, and is secured near the buffer on that side when not in use, just like a roller shutter door in a warehouse or workshop.
  8. Fifteen months later, and after much research, end detail has been added to the curtain sided wagons, including scratch built renditions of the restraining mechanism on one end. Handwheels are from Studio Scale Models, except for one of the curtain siders which utilises the four spoke handles from a drop sider kit. The drop sided wagons suffer the same lack of end detail as the curtain sided ones, although they do come with a few whitemetal bits representing the restraining mechanism. I decided to ditch the bits supplied as they were not very good, and to fit my own scratch built version to match the curtain sided wagons. It was when I had assembled the drop sided wagons that I made the horrifying discovery that they were much too tall compared to the curtain siders and, in my opinion, looked ridiculous when both types were marshalled together. Consultation of photos of the real thing confirmed my suspicions that both types should be the same height. What to do? I decided I would have to cut down the height. According to a drawing, the supplied stanchions carrying the pulleys were the correct height, so they were carefully removed from the assembled wagons and set aside. Luckily, my scratch built restraining mechanism had been installed at the same height as the curtain siders, and I was able to leave that in situ. The top of the wagon body was carefully cut off and cleaned up for reuse. Vertical angled cuts were made at each corner and the sides carefully removed without damaging the ends or the underframe. The ends were then reduced in height so that with the addition of the top, the overall height would be correct. The top was then glued to the top of the ends. New sides were made up using plasticard and microstrip and then fitted. Due to the thickness of the resin ends, it was easier to make an angled join rather than butt joining the new sides with the ends. The pulley stanchions were then refitted, and new end detail added at the plain end of the wagon. The end with the restraining mechanism only required minor repairs to one or two vertical struts. Representative operating mechanisms for the restraint system were fabricated from bits and pieces, and fitted to each wagon. Difference in height between curtain sider and unmodified drop sider. Roof and sides removed. Modified drop sider with new sides, next to curtain sider. Modified drop sider next to unmodified drop sider. Completed modified drop siders. Pulley chains to be added after painting. I have just discovered that I have run out of Halfords grey primer, so painting is on hold for now until grey primer can be obtained.
  9. Here is a link to a video clip of a nine car set at speed at Killagan.
  10. For some time I have been looking for a suitable chassis to use for an Irish Rail 20ft flat wagon. Despite having already collected a few, I had decided not to use the ubiquitous Airfix/Dapol Prestwin Cement Wagon chassis for a number of reasons, the main one being that it is too short. I came across a Wrenn Hopper Wagon chassis, which, despite turning out to be too long at 86mm, fitted the bill. The wheelbase was spot on and the brake gear acceptable. The fact that it was die-cast metal meant there would be no need for extra weight. The down side is that the chassis is not open frame, and would always require a container, or some sort of floor to conceal this fact. Basic unfettled casting. The first task was to reduce the length of the chassis. This entailed removing metal from each end to give a new chassis length of 78mm. Once the ends had been tidied up, and the Wrenn coupling mounts removed, new buffer beams made from 1mm plasticard were glued on. This made up the length to the correct 80mm. Buffers were made up using turned down Hornby DMU buffer heads and fitted with a sleeve 1.5mm long X 2.75mm in diameter. Insulation from domestic household lighting cable proved ideal. Buffer shanks were made from 3.15mm diameter plastic tube. Wrenn plastic pinpoint axle bearings are obtainable to purchase, but I decided to make my own using 1.5mm plastic strip, and Romford shoulderless brass bearings. A 2mm hole was drilled through the plastic strip and the bearing pushed in until it was flush with the surface. The strip was then turned over, and the excess brass sticking out of the back was filed off. The strip was then inserted into the bearing slot, it should be an interference fit, and, and with wheels fitted, adjusted for height. Once all is satisfactory, the bearing strips can be secured with a small drop of superglue. To complete, NEM coupling pockets were glued in place. Completed chassis ready for painting. A coat of Halfords red primer to finish off for now. I have done six chassis so far, and all in all, I am very pleased with the end result, extremely free runners. I may have to get some more.
  11. MIR, Ian MacNally, currently only sells on eBay under the handle of sylvimcnall-0 If you have a look at what he is currently selling, you could send him a message about what else he has got.
  12. I had a similar problem with a lifting section on a display layout in a local museum. The layout was already built and wired (crudely) by the time I got involved. Unfortunately there had been a couple of incidents where trains had been running when the access hatch had been opened, with the expected results, even though there was carpet on the floor. The layout has three tracks with seven trains running, only three at any one time. They run automatically for three to four minutes after a punter presses the start button. Because this was an 'add on' feature, and it would take too long to try to explain the complications of the electrics, I decided that the easiest way to stop trains was to interrupt the supply from each controller to each track, which meant that all trains would stop where they were on the layout, regardless of which direction they were travelling. To do this, three microswitches were fitted, one for each track, with the feed to that track connected to it. When the hatch is opened, the switches cut the supplies and the trains stop. Simples, 100% reliable, and because the switches are recessed, nothing to get damaged. .
  13. Since starting this thread, I have acquired a couple of MIR’s Drop Side Cement wagon kits. I am pleased to say that pre construction repairs required for these wagons are minimal, and nowhere near the number required for the curtain sided kits. However, as the instructions are a bit vague regarding how the end detail is supposed to be laid out, I did some online research, and not only found the answer to my question, but also discovered that both the drop side and particularly the curtain side wagon kits are severely lacking in end details. I also came across a number of variations in what I thought were relatively standard wagons. Different length chassis, curved roofs, and end bracing not unlike the double beet wagons. Unfortunately photographs online are fairly uncommon, apart from the standard drop sided versions. The curtain sided wagon construction has now taken a back seat, while the drop side build is proceeding with existing end detail being improved, and new detail being added where necessary. Pictures to follow.
  14. I don't think it is necessary to extend the MIR chassis. During my hunt for end details for both the curtain sided and the drop sided wagons, I noticed that some wagons of both types have a longer underframe at one end, and others do not. There is a clip of a rake of bagged cement wagons being shunted on the video 'Rail Freight Today, Ireland', about 15.00, which shows both versions of the chassis. There do seem to be other variations as well. The pictures my link above refers to, shows a curtain sided wagon with a curved roof, not flat as the majority seem to be. I am sure someone with better knowledge of the subject than me will be able to put us straight on that.
  15. I too am in the process of building some MIR kits. These have been put on ice for the time being due to lack of detail available for the ends. However, I have just found some pictures on Ernie's Railway Archive which are a great help. https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/5768567030/in/album-72157626825629406/
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