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    Modelling the UTA in the 50s and 60s, as well as the GSWR line to Stranraer.

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  1. That looks like the "N" gauge version of the twin control MPC-3 which was produced by a small firm called "All Components". It is lower power rated than the standard model. probably dates from about 1998 (ish) Later (about 2000) an uprated version MPC-3 PRO was introduced, similar to the MPC 3 (which had 16vac and 20vac outlets also); this had a good 2 amps power output, and the last versions had a switch for 2 hand controllers - mine only has one. I considered this a very good replacement for my H&M Powermaster, I like the single knob controlling both direction and speed system, rather than the now ubiquitous slide switch of direction. Mine has lasted into the 2020s without fault. Hope it carries on. (PS The Powermaster still works too....) Colm Flanagan
  2. This is the closest to the real thing that I've seen, especially the cab ends - the turbostars class 170 etc., which most repaints use, have a squatter more curved profile - NIR took full advantage of the wider taller irish loading gauge! Well done.
  3. A newcomer on test on the Ballycrochan line, No 99 in NCC maroon. I think they look well in this livery; transfers by railtec and lining HMRS. Name/numberplates Guilplates; dome by Alan Gibson, and top feed by 247 Developments.... Tablet snatchers by Highland Railway Society; they are a little different from the Lochgorm ones I used before, but require no soldering together of tiny bits...! Quite a "cast list" It's mostly new "bits" on the cut down Hornby 4P chassis, with a Bachmann/Mainline LMS tender shortened. I use the orignal smokebox and front end, and the cab roof. The train is 5 Bachmann LMS panelled 57' coaches; someday i may renumber them, they look well, though not actually correct for NCC.
  4. That's a fine model. I've a set of those sides awaiting in my project box to do these two in the later years of their lives. Colm
  5. A fine looking train, and hopefully I'll get a chance to see it in action sometime. Colm
  6. Just trying out my "new" camera took this video of a tour around the layout - a sort of "drones eye view". Colm
  7. It's looking very well, Tony. Now, the 'Golfer's saloon' would be a great new challenge! Colm
  8. One of the most pleasurable aspects of our hobby, is spending an hour (or three!) on taking a little corner of the layout which has been quickly set in place when building, but not properly "finished". Though there's always something more to tweak...the "bus station" was one such, but I've recently spent a few hours on two other areas, before beginning work on a loco conversion,which I keep putting off for some reason! At Ardglass (to feature in Railway Modeller sometime in the next year DV) there was a row of cottages which sit half over the controller. I built them from plastic card nearly twenty years ago. At long last i fixed them in place and added gardens etc; I think they still look quite appropriate. And before anyone asks, no there are no chimney pots, in the village I grew up in there was were some very old cottages and they didn't have them! Gardens are a bit cramped, of course, but the back windows have nice views of the trains, unless blocked by carriages left on the narrow Gauge siding! The end cottage has a wee bit more garden with room for a shed and a tree! The other area is a narrow gauge halt near the Stranraer motive power depot. It was also on a previous layout, though facilities have been improved, there's an ex-bus shelter now. There's even someone waiting for a train! The"Ballylumford" station name board, I had lying about for years from a friends 009 layout. The two 6 wheel coaches come from the same source, No1 on the narrow gauge is a little Roco continental H0e 0-6-0 - I've made it look a bit more irish/british (I think) and it's nickname on the line is "Tiny".....after all it's not much bigger than the Wickham trolley in the background. The final pic is just a crop of one above but I think captures the atmosphere of a narrow gauge railway, stepping back in time. I think mine adds a lot to my pleasure ! The man standing on the platform is a little metal one from an unknown manufacturer -possibly pre war Hornby Dublo - he's wearing "Plus 4" trousers, once beloved of golfers.
  9. yes, but I can't remember the formula! I think it was paint supplied by Jim Poots, and some extra duck egg blue from my own stock. Colm
  10. I've been a bit busy recently, though not with teh railway! Still, I've been doing little jobs around the line. Some semaphore signals have arrived (from the boxes of stuff from the old layout, and what's great is that they still work. Of course, t here's some scenic work to finish off. This Dapol upper quadrant is the "distant" for the Stranraer branch. In the background are some others! Stranraer outer home, on the "direct lien" from Ardglass; the finial makes quite a difference amd gives it quite an "NCC" look, even if it's not a somersault. However, this type was used in earlier eras of the BNCR. Also,a piece of "waste ground behind Platform 2 has been changed into a small bus depot in a generally UTA style, it's really a garage but with a couple of "stands" outside; I've a nice little collection of UTA and other irish buses - it's good to see them emerge from their boxes! Eagled eyes people will notice a very diverse lot of destinations not normally served from Coleraine depot. I plead guilty! the No 18 and 36 both came from my Newcastle junction layout c 2004, and the No. 9 happens to be the service from Belfast, which passes through Ballywalter via Carrowdore so it's not too far from home in Bangor. Some folk may recognize the poster from it's days hanging in the old Stranraer ferry terminal. The ship model is to the left of the picture. The Royal Mail van is a vintage Dublo Dinky.
  11. A very impressive terrace, and so typical of the whole Adelaide area - the view from the railway was mostly of people's back yards, not the most inspiring on a wet day! A suggestion - i recall pigeon lofts at some of them - worth having a go at a few of those? That'd really shout "Belfast" to me! Colm
  12. Some recent pictures of the layout, with some more detailing complete. As the electrics of the layout are not yet complete and await my next visit to Ken "sometime after lockdown(s) in 2021", any locos seen are "posed" rather than operational. I look forward to seeing it again myself! Station buildings in place, and signals, pw hut have been added also. Hopefully there are no cattle in the wagons as it will be a while before they get shipped out! The pub is a "wet" one so it's closed for now; two people outside are waiting patiently..... Looking towards Ballymena, a WT "Jeep" waits for the signal ... Cheerio for now. Hoepfully the next post on this may bea video of somethign running. Colm
  13. One snippet about the "Castle" class - in view of the fulsome references to passenger safety and comfort from the advanced heating system. Alas, the latter was the bane of a friend's existence, he travelled regularly from Glynn to work in Belfast. He described thee trains as "the mobile fridges", as the heating was very poor. It seems as though there wasn't enough juice to really warm it up, possibly because it was designed for all electric vehicles, which shared the same bodywork. Eventually a solution was found.
  14. The Fenaghy Junction station building has now found it's way to Antrim and Ken has installed it on the layout, which is now nearly complete scenically. An "aerial view" . There are a few tidying jobs -for example, we still have to wire up signals, including the Hornby Dublo one, which needs access to the connections before we "bed it in" on the platform. The Braid riverside quay is in the foreground. In actual fact the Braid river isn't close to the railway but we've only got about 10 feet to get it all in! Getting signals operational won't happen until i can get up there to work on it, and that'll depend on Covid, which has so far shown that forward planning is for now is a thing of the past... And there's the matter of finishing wiring all the points (including the three way one!), as well as fixing/finishing our control panel. No 51 outside the engine shed View over the station buildings, looking North West, the main line to Cullybackey on right, Portglenone branch on left. However, it is,we think, looking well. a view of the goods yard
  15. Looks like a very attractive and well detailed little layout, hope it gives you lots of pleasure in days to come! Colm
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