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  1. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one would be very interested in any results of your inquiry Jon......
  2. I would entirely agree about the year being 1950. The photo was taken in the Diesel Shop at Dundalk Works as evidenced by Railcar 'C 1' and one of the triplet type behind it. Below is a Kelland Collection photograph dated May 1950 of No. 601 with no number on the front. It has been lifted from the revised Patterson GNR(I) book. Bear in mind that No. 601 was the second one delivered. JHB's photo may well be the first, No. 600. They were delivered with numbers on them. The following is from Rails Around Belfast. There is a Patterson p
  3. In April 1970 St. Malachy's College in Belfast played in the All-Ireland schools final at Croke Park (We lost). The school organised a special train from Belfast to Dublin for pupils to attend the game. The train was a hired in set of 11 CIE coaches and a couple of '141's. However the train guard was Alec 'Spitfire' Young, an NIR Guard. On the return journey I spent about 15 minutes with him in the 4-wheeled 'tin' van at the back of the train. The noise, the riding and the vibration once we got up speed after Howth Junction was absolutely incredible. Hence the reason I only spent 1
  4. Thanks for that Kirley. Yes, several "oh, I forgot I even had that" items surfaced. Took a break from electrics and scenery to get some rolling stock ready pending the arrival of the MM '121' baby GM. I want five carriages for it to haul as an early 1960's CIE 'Enterprise'. They will of course be in the CIE light green livery. First up a CIE composite hacked from an Airfix LMS 60' compo. A CIE 2nd class carriage. Another is due from the Works tomorrow. Not sure if these had a side corridor or an open seating layout. Hacked from t
  5. Many thanks for that 'Cypherman'. Mystery solved.
  6. I am undertaking the conversion of a Hornby 'Schools' class locomotive to that of an Irish profile. I separated the body from the chassis and when I made to test the altered body against the chassis, a small green 'fitting' appeared on my work mat. I am not sure it fell from the body or the chassis. Can anyone identify the following part and where it fits on the locomotive. Many thanks in anticipation of assistance.
  7. Thanks for that Colm. Now the track is all down and cleaned, paused from installing the electrics to unpack some rolling stock. In the kick back sidings a 60 year old Triang 3F that has just returned from overhaul at Scalespeed. Wheels re-profiled and motor serviced. Nice quiet runner that may yet become a GNR 'UG'. Two mint Hornby Fowler 2-6-4T's awaiting a 'Flanagan' conversion to Jeeps. Then the Bachman CIE 'Woolwich' which you may surprised to know was the first engine preserved by the RPSI (which was actually founded in 1961!). I have acquired a proper smokeb
  8. Success.... First trial train running. Unfortunately the moving footage from my camera will not upload to this site, but believe me, it is running... The Wrenn 2-6-4T masquerading as a 'high bunk' Jeep has recently been through to shops with Scalespeed and runs like a dream considering it is over 40 years old. Scalespeed's (he advertises in the Railway Modeller) service is highly recommended for anyone with a 'tired' locomotive.
  9. Just had a conversation with a local enthusiast who had read the above and asked "Where is it?" and "What sort of trains ran on it?" He was under the impression this project was all historical. However for him and anyone else unfamiliar with the location being modelled, the following may be of some assistance. The section is on the Belfast-Dublin main line and is still operating today. Sketch map of the area around the section being modelled. In the period I am trying to recreate, 1960 to 1970, the railways of Northern Ireland were operated
  10. Thank you for that Patrick. A very productive day. ALL track laid and pinned. Some adjustments to track previously photographed. Left hand side of the hidden sidings laid. Seeing there was space when I finished connecting the ends of the hidden sidings, I decided to include three more 'kick back' sidings in this corner. Aside from storing light engines, it occurred to me that both sets of 'kick back' sidings could be used to drop wagons from the goods trains formations, providing a bit of variety during running. Hidden sidings
  11. Sorry, no pictures yesterday or today as I still need to finish track laying. The local model shop is clean out of Peco track underlay, with no prospect of re-stocking. Using Gaugemaster underlay made no sense given the price. So, three of the hidden sidings were lifted to replace the Peco underlay with strips of cork sheet. The underlay is required to finish of the points and track to the left of the hidden sidings. Hope to finish track laying today, then it is the electrics which will be a lot simpler than those for "Lisburn North"..... Might have something running tomorrow.... (famous last
  12. Kieran / 'Pat 141' - Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, a lot of thought went into this one before I tore up "Lisburn North". One of the advantages of "Lisburn North" was that the pointwork and signals north of Lisburn did not change in the period of 1960 to 1970, thus allowing a decent range of models, none of which would look out of place time wise. One reason I baulked at doing the Donegall Road bridge to the Tates Avenue bridge section was that the pointwork and signals changed TWICE between 1960 and 1970. So if I choose to model that entire period, then some form of compro
  13. Welcome to this new thread which continues the saga of the "Lisburn North" thread. For reasons stated in the original thread, "Lisburn North" was abandoned and dismantled a few weeks back. Baseboards were rebuilt and secured properly to the garage walls, giving much greater rigidity. Baseboards in place A lifting section has been incorporated at the front of the layout. It was constructed to be angular. This allows it to slide back to a "wedge point" where it can not move once locked. The lift out section
  14. Awesome! Great video Kirley.
  15. "Lisburn North" is no more and my input to this thread ends. The basic problem was trying to operate an 'oval' layout from the outside of the 'oval'. The original idea was that it would be viewed and operated from the front, with the hidden sidings at the back. This was found to involve frequent 'ducking under' to reach the hidden sidings. At my age and with my back, 'ducking under' was found to be a sometimes painful exercise. An attempt to fit a lifting section at the front revealed the inadequacies of the my original carpentry skills (zero!). After two weeks of messing around tr
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