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  1. Hi JHB, Have had a long chat with Jim Egar on this subject. The 'bubbles' were introduced in 1964 and were for 'bulk' cement. You are right, bagged cement would have still gone north in the 'cement' vans. However by 1964 the ex-GNR 'cement' vans would have been in CIE livery, not GNR. So rather than desecrate the excellent finish provided by Provincial Wagons, I have already sold them. I will purchase second hand Dapol models that the PW van was based on and paint them up in CIE livery myself. LM
  2. Yes Pat, I see your point, but every now and then my OCD kicks in! Did for example any of the ex-GNR cement vans as opposed to the 'bubbles' make their way north after 1958? Surely post 1965 CIE would not have been moving cement to Belfast in ex-GNR vans when they had the 'bubbles' in service? You my friend are being VERY optimistic! There are ten wagons in question (all limited edition and no longer in production), all in their original boxes with the information sheets. etc. Hardly used. I think it highly unlikely they will ever be "free to a good home", do you?!? LOL
  3. Having emptied the ALL the rolling stock out of their storage drawers and while there is much to do with the passenger stock, I have paused to reflect on the goods rolling stock. Nearly all (except the excellent models sourced by Provincial Wagons ) were repainted prior to the house move. In the 1960's goods trains through Lisburn were in two distinct periods of operation. Pre-1965 all were UTA steam hauled. Wagons were a mix of CIE and UTA (mainly ex-GNR but some ex-NCC wagons were seen. The UTA wagons were in a generally disreputably state and 'new' paint having peeled away to show the origi
  4. Hi Kirley, your request has been duely noted. While the number of storage sidings has been reduced from the previous 11 to the current 9, it appears this new yard will be capable of storing all my current rolling stock. Now, on with the electrics!
  5. Excellent work Colm. Thanks for posting the video.
  6. Thank you Hunslet. Firstly, the front scenic section is far off at this time. When I said 'through' roads, I should have mentioned that all the roads/sidings have insulting fishplates fitted approximately at the half way mark. So roads 2 and 8 can hold TWO long trains each on either side of the insulating break. Fitting the insulators doubles the train capacity for each siding. Hope this makes sense. LM (Above) Overall view of the layout end at the rear of the garage.
  7. May well have been JHB. It appears there is a national shortage of track underlay. PECO don't make it anymore, Gaugemaster appears to be unavailable and neither Hattons or Rails have any in stock. I got the last available roll of that 'Woodland' (made in the USA) stuff from my local model shop yesterday. I used it to finish off two 'roads' of the Hidden Sidings, the last being done with cork sheet. (Above) View of the Hidden Sidings from the back of the garage. (Above) View of the Hidden Sidings from the front of the garage. The sol
  8. I've never seen any JHB. There was a circa 1900 postcard published by Mr. Ferris in one of his books, but that shows the 'Mills' building we are familiar with. Moria apart, remember the original GVS was an Ulster Railway building. Balmoral, Dunmurry, Lambeg, Lurgan and Porteedown were all GNR built. As Moria served a "village" and as passenger traffic developed towards Belfast rather than in the 'up' direction, the GNR probably never saw a need to provide a more modern building on the 'up' platform.
  9. Your attention to detail is stunning. From the circle around the car number, to the "entrance only" on the doors. Superb effort. Like Kirley I can't wait to see your next project.
  10. Do you do commissions?
  11. That's correct Hunslet. The first picture shows the point in position under the bridge. The next two pictures illustrate the problem. In the first the Peco Setrack curves are shown in the position they would need to be placed for three tracks to be accommodated. However, if the loop (third) line was added, the two main line tracks would need to go straight for at least 8". The next picture shows where the curves would end up if this course was followed. Okay, so move the bridge back 8". The distance between to the brid
  12. I take this back. I have looked at a Jonathan Allen photo taken from the north end of the 'up' platform (so taken further back from where the one I posted earlier was taken), showing an 'A' class hauling a cement train through the bridge. The gap between the train and the bridge abutment is actually considerably wide. Given the space available on the other side, I would say they could have got three tracks through the gap.
  13. I have decided on a slight compromise. The 'heel' of the loop point will be just visible, but no loop will be incorporated.
  14. Yes Jon, you were right. Have since found this 1965 picture -
  15. Hi Jon, I attach a copy of a map that I have no memory of where it came from or what the date of it is. You will see that the turntable seen in pat141's map is now a capstan turntable at the rear of the goods shed. The actual engine turntable is shown but not the crossovers to the east of the bridge. Also shown as I now see is the pathway through the smaller arch and the 'Lodge House' at the entrance to Wallace Park.
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