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  1. There is a piece on the CIE hopper containers in a late 1960s IRRS paper on CIEs containerisation programme. They were used for grain/malt traffic during the 1970s, there are several photos of cuts of wagons with hopper containers in Tralee North Kerry Yard. It likely that road transfer was used at each end of the journey. The paper indicates that CIE would have preferred to use a standard bulk container with end tipping discharge (by truck) but the hopper container was developed because of height restrictions in the customers premises.
  2. There was a similar issue with the non-availability of Markits driving wheels approx. 12 months ago. The change in the hobby from manufacturing a small range of generic Romford Wheels to the current larger prototypical range has probably contributed to the current problems with supply and availability. Interestingly I am experiencing similar problems with the supply of wheels from a non-UK manufacture, who have been unable to source nickel silver tyres from their usual manufacture during the past 3 months because of Covid 19 restrictions.
  3. The 4-4-2T is one of a class of 4 two cylinder compound tanks originally built for the Belfast-Bangor line in the 1890s. Originally built as 2-4-2T the locos were re-built with bogies during the 1890s and re-built a simple expansion locos in the early 1900s, the class appear to have been withdrawn shortly after the end of WW1. (OS Nock Irish Steam). Its possible that the saddle tank is an ex Belfast Holywood & Bangor loco.
  4. I am currently looking at the viability at producing a ready to run OO gauge brass steam loco in conjunction with a Far Eastern OEM manufacturer of high quality brass locos and rolling stock for the American, European and British markets. I am considering the Midland "Cattle Engine" as a first batched produced model of an Irish steam locomotive as it fits in with my own personal interests and its a good example of a large modern (1920s) mixed traffic design in contrast to the smaller Midland and GSWR "standard" goods types. The model would be produced as a limited edition with each
  5. Several Luggage vans were sometimes marshalled together with a Post Office van and Heating and Luggage van in mail trains. In the mid-late 1970 rake of Parcel vans lost their gangways and were re-painted in an all-over "Tan" livery (similar to the newly introduced Van Hools buses) for use on Connolly-Dunlaoire parcel trains. I don't know the numbers the vans were lettered to "Run between Connolly & Dunlaoire-Pier" "max speed 35mph". SSM produced decals for the Silver, Green & Black & Tan liveries for the original batch of kits, though the "1.5t evenly dis
  6. 2128N is an ex-GNR(I) bulk cement wagon built for Boyne Road (Drogheda) to Tegral Athy bulk cement traffic. One of the ex GNR bulk cement wagons 2134N survived into preservation and may even survive at Dunsandle. The van was sent to Mullingar for scrapping but CIE staff were unable to scrap the wagon with ordinary cutting gear as cement had solidified inside the hopper. Guards would not travel within a 4w Luggage van unless there was nothing else available, CIE guards were really impressed when the BR vans arrived in the early 1970s complete with decent seating.
  7. The model is a prototype, we are are currently revising the design to address the issues identified during assembly including the appearance of the roof. Extending the roof at each end in addition to reducing the edge thickness should help.
  8. I just completed the assembly of the prototype build and everything fitted together thanks to the good work of our designer Ben on his first model railway project. The assembly was a bit of a rush job to make sure that everything fits, I haven't fitted grab irons or couplings (Bachmann tension lock in NEM pocket mount). Chassis is designed for OO or 21mm gauge It was touch and go on whether our printers Clone 3D https://www.clone3d.co.nz/ could get the prototype SLA prints for the model out this week under the Covid restrictions, but did a very good job considering the n
  9. I built a number of EM gauge locos using DJH kits about 20 years ago with rigid chassis retaining the original wheels, frames, valve and brake gear. The underframes are fairly basic by todays standards but excellent layout locos bomb proof mechanically with heavy brass frames Romford/Markits wheels, Mashima can motors and 2 stage Branchlines gearboxes.
  10. Fairly convincing. The V8 would not look out of place in a small GM or B201, the straight 6 in a B101 Sulzer
  11. Preview of the latest version of the CAD work for the brake van. Its planned to supply the van with NorthYard NMRA RP25 Code 110 plated brass wheels with acetal centres on blackened brass axles set to OO gauge and Bachmann tension lock couplers with NEM pocket. The next stage is to produce a SLA printed pre-production prototype to check fit and durability of parts before progressing to the production version.
  12. Approaching another milestone in the design process as we finalise the CAD work before we produce the prototype for the production model. There are a few final tweaks to be made to the CAD work including trimming the stove pipe to fit within the roof and adjustments to the buffers and brake gear and fitting the side lamps. All going well we expect to have a pre-production sample ready in approx two to three weeks. Photo of our initial SLA test prototype, to check durability, fit and component shrinkage before progressing with the detailed design.
  13. Does anyone know if Markits are currently processing orders or experienced problems in contacting Mark by e-mail? Mark is generally good at responding to e-mails, but has not responded to a number of e-mails in connection with a recent quote.
  14. To provide clarification I am planning to update the Heating & Luggage and Luggage Van kits with an additional set of sides to allow a different variation of the model to be assembled in a similar manner to the Post Office/"Heuston Van" Kit. The kits are etched brass with whitemetal and resin detail castings and include OO Gauge NMRA RP110 wheels on 28mm pin point axles to simplify conversion to 21mm Gauge. Heating & Luggage Luggage Post Office Van. At this stage the estimate price of the kits is $150 excluding local sales
  15. MTK appears to have produced the 001 or A Class Co Co for Model Irish Railways (MIR) as a body line kit during the late 80s early 90s. I built a 21mm gauge 001 Class about 30 years ago using the MIR/MTK body kit in combination with a scratch built brass chassis with Athearn SD9 mechanism. The design of the kit, fit and quality of the castings was similar to other MTK diesels. The finished loco just about passed the 2' rule, but the combination of whitemetal body and Athearn mechanism 019 had good haulage capability and operated smoothly and reliably at s
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