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Rosses Point - 7mm scale,36.75mm gauge

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Ah! indeed we have. I asked you the same question over there! At least I'm consistent.

I'm about to dig the drawing board out and draw the building up.

I'm too tight to buy the Alphagraphix kit (it's the wrong scale anyway) I already have their signal box and goods shed kits to crib from.

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14 minutes ago, Argos said:

Ah! indeed we have. I asked you the same question over there! At least I'm consistent.

I'm about to dig the drawing board out and draw the building up.

I'm too tight to buy the Alphagraphix kit (it's the wrong scale anyway) I already have their signal box and goods shed kits to crib from.

Great - that will give you the quoin shapes etc anyway..,

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Frantic progress at Rosses Point today. Track laid including the harbour branch.

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Track wired after many short-finding sessions. Trains are running!! Can’t upload video but here’s a few stills....test ran chassis of new loco too

 

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Slow progress at Rosses Point but beginning to replicate SLNC ash ballast style. Quay line has clearly seen no traffic for some time....

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You'll have to change this at some stage to an 'EI' number plate (EI not as in Ireland, but as in the Sligo county code for car registrations).

 

JEI 390 would be around the late 1960s, so you'd need to work back from there perhaps.

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Thanks Damo. It’s on the list to do but for now the van is an English -or Ulster -trader visiting his Irish supplier!  For nostalgic reasons it may get an IT plate - which I remember most from visiting my Leitrim family in the 70s...

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Yes, the Leitrim registrations were always a great source of amusement, especially if they began with "G" or "T".......! You also had BIT, SIT, FIT, HIT, KIT, LIT, NIT, ZIT, PIT, WIT......

 

Love the weeds on the track in front of the shed.....

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21 hours ago, jhb171achil said:

Yes, the Leitrim registrations were always a great source of amusement, especially if they began with "G" or "T".......! You also had BIT, SIT, FIT, HIT, KIT, LIT, NIT, ZIT, PIT, WIT......

 

Love the weeds on the track in front of the shed.....

Cheers JHB - I also liked the rear red plates of the 70s which looked more exotic than UK yellow! Probably my bad photography but the line actually ends, not at a shed but at a gate, the purported boundary of the Rosses Point Harbour Tramway - long abandoned by 1950! The stub of the harbour line, in significant need of maintenance, serves the station as siding space..second pic shows the gate before I painted the walls.89C31E44-CDAB-4FCC-8962-17807181EDB8.jpeg.6a94088a0a40392c42ca78a044da6dc6.jpeg

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Really nice job, how you’ve done the texturing of the ground cover, most convincing.

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Thank you! It’s a combination of Nevard and Gravett methods with a twist of my own. DAS clay over everything including track up to sleeper level. Then paint selectively with ‘lava paint’ from Winsor and Newton (other brands exist). Paint everything with grey/brown emulsion from tester pots. Whilst that’s drying, liberally sprinkle with white pepper. Add static grass to taste (mine was a homage to the SLNC track at Manorhamilton). It’s not quick and entombing track in clay challenges one’s resolve, especially when a bespoke Marcway  turnout is involved. But it seems to have worked...

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It’s a Gordon Gravett trick which he advises for use on gloss enamel to give road textures etc. It was new to me too! My initial effort at DAS ballasting looked too smooth. Looking at pictures of the SLNC track revealed a subtle texture which was a kind of gritty mud - neither smooth nor gravel. The lava paint I spotted in a craft store gives some grit whilst the pepper adds a subtle mottled effect. These J G Dewing pics from Tom Ferris’s ‘Irish Railways in Colour’ show what I mean better than I can explain it!

 

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Rosses Point began exactly a year ago today when I decided to sell my English layout. Cue a pretentious pic to show progress thus far....

 

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Looks really good, some resemblance to Craggy Island in that picture?

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It looks just like it was when you look at old photographs in books, especially the B & W pic's.

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Cheers Pat!! I do like playing with the colour filters.,,,

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Not my era, nor my area of interest, but just has that "something" about it that I really like...  Cracking work...

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Slow progress continues on erecting the 2-4-2T. Much flexing of brass to get the curvaceous Inchicore running plate just right.....the soldering isn’t quite as bad as it looks but the front corner of the tank needed a fillet of NS wire to fill a gap. Once filed it’ll look ok - I think! The crude brass square on the tank replicates the equally crude steel square that CIE imposed as a numberplate on the real No 42

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