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  1. Five years ago today, we announced to the Irish market that we would be producing a two-axle ballast hopper. Things rapidly got out of hand...

    1. AY Mod

      AY Mod

      Out of hand? That's an understatement. ;)

    2. Patrick


      You know us, Andy... we like to be understated. :D

    3. Porcy Mane

      Porcy Mane

      ...   and it would seem quite a few people have used their hand whilst enthusing about your  about your products.

  2. Just in case anyone is intersted, I unearthed some more images: The first is another 1950s shot, found on the 'Ship Nostalgia' website: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44476/title/mallaig-1950s/cat/522 The rest are from Flickr... 1964: 1965: Undated, but possibly 1970-ish? Looks like a box van on the pier at the extreme left of the photo... 1973 - the line appears to have been lifted or paved over at this point, presumably done prior to the introduction of the car ferry service the previous year.
  3. Thanks for taking the time to reply, @Bon Accord. That information is very useful.
  4. Thanks for taking the time to reply, Wickham and Jim. I hadn't considered bunkering coal when pondering the presence of the 16-tonner - good shout. As you say, that requirement was long gone by the 1970s. So it would seem the pier line was purely for the loading of fish, then? Cheers!
  5. Hi all, The current restrictions on movement are giving me some time to think about layout ideas. One of the more practical* ideas is inspired by stations such as Mallaig, Stranraer Town, Oban, and (inevitably?) Kyle of Lochalsh as they were in the early-mid 1970s (although that timeline will have some elasticity!). With regards to the Mallaig element, I'd like to incorporate a line running from the station to a pier. A brief investigation has resulted in the following: "Extensions to the wharf began almost immediately, with the construction of a fish platform on t
  6. Piers, is that you? Well, rumour has it that @Irish_R_M has transcended his organic existence to become one with his CAD workstation. Now we just have to figure out how to email a pint of Guinness to him. We have the technology, but as we all know, it doesn't travel well...
    1. Allegheny1600


      It's shocking that "he" has been in service for 41 years!

    2. Patrick


      Hard to believe because the design still looks cutting edge. 

  7. You can really notice the extra daylight in the evenings now...

    1. Donw


      Well the earliest sunsets were between the 8th and the 16th of December so you would notice. The latest sunrises will not be until the 28th Dec to 3rd Jan


  8. I concur. At its height, the BnM system had a combined route mileage in excess of CIÉ/Irish Rail's!
  9. Is deis é seo labhairt as Gaeilge... I don't think there's a direct translation for "Deltic", although "Inneall Deilte" might suffice. Of course, one locomotive has a name derived from the Irish language: 'Ballymoss'. If I'm not mistaken (and there's a good chance I am), it should translate as 'Baile Uí Maolmóna'. 'St Paddy' can also be translated: 'Naomh Pádraig'.
  10. 768g, Andy! It was great catching up with you guys for a chat and to play trains today. Roll on Warley!
  11. One of my favourite layouts on the exhibition circuit at present.
  12. Thank Crunchie it's...

    1. Porcy Mane

      Porcy Mane

      Just think. You can now go home and have all weekend to relax & think about: Conflat "L's".   :swoon:

    2. Patrick


      I'd rather spend the weekend sketching layout ideas based on Wirksworth or Cambois while sipping on some Redbreast 12... :) 

    3. Porcy Mane

      Porcy Mane

      Wirksworth. Now there's a layout that'll be needing a shed load of Conflat L's. Smashing idea! For me, long gone is the time of spending idling away all weekends dreaming about redbreasts but next model railway show I'll see how it compares to a good Tormore.

  13. Patrick


    Just wanted to add my voice to the list of admirers here; truly inspirational stuff! It's given me some ideas for a project I'm slowly formulating. I love the use of the level crossing/lifted section to 'book-end' the layout as opposed to a more traditional branch line terminus or goods yard. It really adds to the rundown nature of the scene, too. I really hope I get to see this on the exhibition circuit at some point!
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