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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ha
  4. Looks like a very attractive and well detailed little layout, hope it gives you lots of pleasure in days to come! Colm
  5. LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS on the Ballycrochan Line Back at the beginning of the month I'd mentioned that I was re-connecting lights on some of the buildings. I got a bit of a bug about it and, among other routine servicing and planning some loco adaptations, re-connected nearly all the lights I had on the previous railway, and added some more. I’ve now got more lighting on this layout than in any other I’ve had. The Ballycrochan line night time illumination : Coleraine station in foreground. Ardglass is on the right but pictured separately -the lens can't give that wide a
  6. I did consider that but in the end decided not to, you need to be incredibly flexible to actually see the platform face, there's no access from the rear or side, so if it needed fiddling with or tweaking it would be very hard to see what you're doing. It doesn't really bother me anyway. Colm
  7. THE ARDGLASS RETARDER Maybe a word not commonly used by railway enthusiasts today, but (in this country at least) associated with “hump” marshalling yards of the 1950s on British railways. A retarder is a device for slowing/stopping moving wagons. They are still in use in many shunting yards worldwide, but I have found a use for one at my Ardglass station. I was working some trains through the station and recently useda rake of 3 of my “UTA” coaches, which happen to be pretty free running. Anyway, on stopping the train, then reversing it for the loco to uncouple a
  8. I recall one other use of the tin vans. In the early seventies I was at Trinity and watched a number of rugby matches at Lansdowne Road. Shuttle trains conveyed fans and some of these were comprised of tin vans - standing room only, everyone just piled in. The journey from Pearse was about five minutes and no one seemed to mind! The vans would reappear after the match for the return trip. I presume there was a shortage of "proper" passenger rolling stock on those occasions. Colm
  9. Hi All, It's quite a while since I posted any report of progress on the railway. I haven't been idle, as shown on the Fenaghy Junction topic. However, it's been little projects of one kind and another, and some stuff you can't actually see; on my previous layout most of the buildings were fitted with lights, but I had snipped off the cables (leaving a decent "tail"). I have now had a rolling programme of re-connecting the have now almost completed this task, along with the extra switches and power units to operate them. Pics are difficult of this sort of thing, but t
  10. Paint colours for models, always a tricky one. An early teenage memory I have is of Des Coakham (probably the best informed person on the BCDR telling me that he actually thought the BCDR engnes were black, but then realized they were revarnished from time to time and this darkened the colour. I also recall him saying that No30's colour was wrong. Desmond's final and definitive book on the BCDR has this picture on the front. Hmmm. I wonder what Desmond thought of it? Even allowing for the fact that it's a painting, has been photographed, scanned et
  11. Hi Tony, regarding my earlier reply, I'd not taken into account that your model is the rebuilt No6 and received a brighter green according to des coakham and others. So perhaps southern malachite green or BR(SR) green might work? Colm
  12. I've now finished the "Fenaghy Junction" station building; Like every model, you think of ways you might have done better but it should satisfy viewing at a few feet away and these are close ups to minimize background clutter (as well as some "photoshopping!" here and there.) The station viewed from the front; the fiddly ridge tiles and two little bay "things" came from cutting off the edge of some ratio platform canopy valances. The building has interior lighting, dim enough to save me having to fully furnish any rooms! The
  13. Hi Tony, that looks the part, I am in awe of this type of model engineering! As regards livery, on my 4mm BCDR models (see pic of my No 4 & 14, though like all such you need to see them in the flesh, so to speak!) I have used Precision Paints GNR dark green (tender lining. It's certainly a pretty dark green. I did try doing BNCR "invisible green"for No 62 by mixing black and brunswick green but on a small scale model i decided there wasn't the surface area to actually reproduce that colour as described in various books. Look forward to seeing this someday!
  14. And a challenge to any BCDR modellers (not a large group!) Can anyone think of a British loco anything like either of these? That's my usual starting point, as building from scratch isn't really on. An Adams 4/4/2 might be a start....
  15. It's been a while since we had any updates; with all going out "outside" the likelihood of Fenaghy Jctn being seen by the public in the next six months or so, is getting smaller. With out current regime we can't actually meet up at Ken's so work on the control panel, started a few weeks ago, has had to be postponed. However, I decided to make a start on the station building, It's a very scaled down Berkeley Deane Wise "Antrim" style - the directors approached him to design the junction buildings, and he obliged with this smaller version of Antrim main line station. Still under co
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