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  1. JB is being very coy about his super book, so here is the cover front and back The Syndicate - which has been raising funds for Irish railway preservation for the last fifty years - is selling this long-awaited book in the UK (only) for £16.95 post paid. If interested, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I'll provide bank details. Profits from sales of this book through us will go to the Connemara Railway Project. I look forward to hearing from you. Leslie
  2. No, NOT about Riley cars, but DICK RILEY a famous English photographer whose photographs have adorned many books in the past. In this new volume, Michael has selected about 80 photographs (published one per page) taken by Dick Riley during a single, busy, week-long visit to Ireland in May 1950. It was the only visit Riley made to Ireland and he made very good use of his time. The photographs are from the Transport Library collection and are well reproduced in this small hardback landscape book. Riley journied from Belfast (BCDR, NCC and GNR) through Dundalk, touching the DN&GR, the three main sheds in Dublin, Bray, the Cavan and Leitrim, Clones, Enniskillen, Sligo, Strabane, Co Donegal, the Swilly, the NCC lines from Derry and finished in Ballycastle with a couple of nice photos taken six months before the end of that narrow gauge line. Michael has provided an informative, readable caption for every photograph, full of technical, historical detail with a fair sprinkling of anecdotes. Only available directly from the publisher - https://totempublishing.co.uk/product/riley-in-ireland-by-michael-mcmahon/ Highly recommended. Leslie
  3. Thanks for posting this, Kieran - my fault, I'd forgotten that Aidan had a Thread running here too! To give you the full post - It is with great regret that I have to pass on the news of our friend Glover passing “to his reward”. Behind the pseudonym was a quiet, much-loved family man – Aidan Dunne. I received a letter from his wife Barbara yesterday, telling me that he had passed away in early August. I had been in touch with her, after Aidan expressed a desire to see his work retained in some way. I made some progress with that back on August. I last met Aidan exactly a year ago, at Blackrock, when he bought the CIE Cattle kits which you can see, superbly built and finished, in an earlier post on the Glover’s Workbench thread. Take a look at that thread and the Pettigo Co Donegal thread to see some very fine scratch-building – what we modellers of an earlier era have to do. He showed great ingenuity and skill to produce just the coaches and other rolling stock which he wanted. Please join me in passing on condolences to Aidan’s wife Barbara, daughter Paula and the rest of the family circle. May he Rest In Peace. Leslie
  4. Ah, Kieran, your layout is a working advert for my wagons. Glad to see the first Provincial Wagons Fairs Special, complete with the nice antique GSWR brake van. Exactly my reason for doing the CIE cattle wagons and from the number of five packs (should that be six-packs?) I've sold, others have got the message. You win the prize for the first completed train. By a coincidence, I included coverage of the last Fairs Special on the Tullow Branch in a talk I gave here in London last week - 22 of those modern CIE cattle wagons, but a 20 ton brake, two Laminates for IRRS members and a six wheel sleeping car for the staff. Well done - as ever a delight to see "Your Line". Leslie
  5. Kieran Wow, great work in two weeks - I admire your dedication to the job! Thanks for sharing this, which will help the other 10/20 people who have 5/10 each to build! Leslie PS Loved the S Class - I have one in action upstairs and another two getting the specialist treatment to get twenty year old engines to run well. That said, God bless Daniel Wu of Hong Kong who did a super job building them in the first place. And Eamonn / Terry for the brilliant kit in the first place!
  6. Not quite, Spud, there were a few Rivers among them! A story was that as it was necessary to inform The Palace that the NCC wished to name a loco after a Royal Personage and that Malcolm Spier was after an Honour! Trivial Pursuit Question - the name of No.97 gets a mention in which US TV series? Useless fact of the day - PORTRUSH got mentioned in Die Welt yesterday. Interesting member of the class to model, Alan - was Thomas a relative? See you at Scaleforum. Leslie
  7. Not quite, Spud, there were a few Rivers among them! A story was that as it was necessary to inform The Palace that the NCC wished to name a loco after a Royal Personage and that Malcolm Spier was after an Honour! Trivial Pursuit Question - the name of No.97 gets a mention in which US TV series? Useless fact of the day - PORTRUSH got mentioned in Die Welt yesterday. Interesting member of the class to model, Alan - was Thomas a relative? See you at Scaleforum. Leslie
  8. I received the prototype today and took it outside to photograph it. This shot clearly shows the PLANKED roof on these wagons. Pity the poor cattle if it rained!
  9. Stephen (and other friends) We took a decision to go with the unfitted version as it was the more common one. Likewise, we opted for the 1950 one, as it can be very easily adopted to look like the earlier versions (less diagonal strapping and a few little pieces of Plasticard would do the trick!). Three variants should be easy to do from our basic kit. We'll make some suggestions with the instructions when the kit is released. Thanks for the interest Leslie
  10. Hot out of the mould! First photo of a built prototype. I think it looks great, but then i'm biased? Now, where can I find extra small Flying Snails? Rhetorical question! I think I can find some. Interestingly, I have more photos of them with "Broken Wheels" - which shows just how long they lasted.
  11. Great stuff, Colm (and team). I was squinting inside the Coleraine cabin to see if Russell was helping out? If there's room for gents with golf clubs, there must be room for the historian of the NCC?
  12. Great stuff, Steve. You're certainly progressing quickly. I'm still at the "cover the board with track" stage - it's time I laid the sidings at Portadown Goods so that I could take my goods wagons out of boxes! I agree that Mr Lima's railcars are very fine. I can never thank you enough for putting me in touch, even if you denounced this "steam man" to his mates! My BUT has been digitised and roars round rather well, despite being deposited on the loft floor in a moment of carelessness. You know where to come to for GNR goods stock - I haven't sold my two hundredth GN brake van yet! Leslie
  13. Well, that's a relief. I thought that the Iranians had hijacked Ireland and the BBC weren't telling us!
  14. OK, Jon, I'll get onto it (after the cattle). Update on the live meat transport - We had a choice of three different CIE designs (at least), and have decided to do the unfitted 1950 version (the two nearest to the camera). A conversion to the 1949 one - the further one in this photo, should not be too difficult if you have a yen to have one or two. Watch this space!
  15. Jon Just tell me how many you want! Thanks, Gentlemen for the feedback to date. Leslie
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