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Belfast Great Victoria Street Station and Adelaide-lookalike tribute


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Not much has been happening with the layout over the last month as I have been concentrating on my BUT railcars!

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of a 141 passing Adelaide with the new backscene in place and the temporary sleeper fence which ran the length of the entry behind the houses in Great Northern Street.

 

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19 hours ago, pat141 said:

Looks great.

I've just built one of those house kits and I'm glad I only had one to do.

Thanks Pat. I like the Metcalfe kits, very sturdy and these particular ones are very similar to the houses behind Adelaide. Most of those in the photo have been around for about 10 years!

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12 hours ago, kirley said:

Looking forward to some pics of the BUT build

Haha, thanks Kieran. Unfortunately my builds are the usual compromise and not fully accurate! I have started with the boiler cars using either adapted Worsley works sides or chopped up coaches. The boiler cars will also house the power chassis, sitting on top of Bachmann class 108 chassis’s, therefore the chassis detail will be incorrect, but at least I have a reliable power bogie and full interiors of the single and double enders can be achieved. I will try to get some pics soon 

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Here are a few pics of the boiler cars for the BUT railcars. There were 4 different types, which was typical of the variety in rolling stock inherited by the UTA and ultimately NIR!

 

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Plenty of work still to do and as I jump between building models, building the layout or doing no building at all, who knows when the next progress will be!

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The first bit of scenery has appeared on the layout! A factory, similar to the type when I first started working way back in 79,has been added to the right of the houses.Some unkempt grass added also, the dreaded ballasting, which I always put off, will need to be done at some point!

 

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Thanks Kieran, it wasn’t too bad, quite therapeutic just getting lost in a bit of scenery for a long time.

 The bushes though have forced NIR to send DH No.2 with the homemade  weedkiller train to get them under control! 
One of the search light signals introduced on the line in the early 60s has also been added 

 

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Well Pat, the ballast guys have finally made a start! 
The fence in the foreground is for the new Corporation bus depot, while some telegraph poles , bins and people have been added to the entry scene, although one of the people have fainted, probably at the sight of the ballast guys!

 

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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!

 

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On 28/01/2021 at 10:50, colmflanagan said:

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


Thanks Colm. Yes you are correct about the pigeon lofts, I actually have one that I picked up at a show (remember them) a while back. There were many pigeon fanciers/racers in that area and quite a few lofts. The GNR had a lot of pigeon traffic that was still around in UTA and early NIR days, usually hauled by railcars 

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On 29/01/2021 at 17:40, Hunslet 102 said:


Thanks Colm. Yes you are correct about the pigeon lofts, I actually have one that I picked up at a show (remember them) a while back. There were many pigeon fanciers/racers in that area and quite a few lofts. The GNR had a lot of pigeon traffic that was still around in UTA and early NIR days, usually hauled by railcars 

I remember Lisburn station CRAMMED with boxes of live pigeons in the 1960s, en route to gawd knows where..............

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22 hours ago, jhb171achil said:

I remember Lisburn station CRAMMED with boxes of live pigeons in the 1960s, en route to gawd knows where..............


Well they knew where they were going once released!

A couple more shots of some more scenery behind the Belfast bound platform representing the ‘bog meadows’ as it was known when growing up. A young train enthusiast has clambered unto the fence to watch the trains while a dog sniffs for a morsel in the bin!

A new station sign awaits painting and erecting on the platform!

 

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It's getting better and better Andy.  I know you did the houses a long time ago, I'm counting 11 or 12 card kits, I'm sure you glad you have that behind you, but they are just so that area of Belfast.

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I think the young fella on the fence might be me, one time Senior had me in tow when he was inspecting the track round there! Health & Safety & dayglo jackets me eye..... can you imagine a professional railway civil engineer bringing a six-year-old on a site visit nowadays!

 

At least I got to see some interesting places still with steam......

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