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CIE 35 Ton Crane


Back in 2012 I came across a photograph of a CIE Breakdown Crane.  Further research showed BR sold two Cowan Cranes to CIE in 1973.  They were originally painted orange and later the PW ‘yellow’.  The Cranes were numbered 641A & 645A and were eventually scrapped in 2009.


I had a Hornby Breakdown Crane set and the seed was planted to model one of these cranes.




This month I eventually got round to it but a quick look showed only the crane part would be of any use. I decided to make two new supporting wagons.


The first wagon I made out of a lengthened Dapol C34 chassis and made the body out of plasticard including a jib rest which had to swivel to allow the jib movement on bends.






The second wagon was made from a Hornby Goods Wagon chassis which hold the ‘weight’ for the crane.


The most striking difference for the crane section was the canopy which covered the lifting mechanised parts of the winches.  It had to be able to move with the raising and lowering of the jib so I pivoted one end.






Some pieces of plasticard added to the outside to add a bit of depth to the illusion.




Primer coat added.


Painted to represent it coming to the end of its working life.












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That is a most resourceful and fabulous conversion of what was a plastic toy  into a really decent looking model. And the shade of yellow looks fabulous, PW, yet nicely weathered and tamed down, unlike typical day-glo yellow plough van models that can look more like fisher price tonka tank toys. A nice PW vehicle one doesn't blind one without sunglasses. Really tasty job Kieran, well done.

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WT Class locomotive [Jeep]


Re-designed part has arrived from Allen Doherty.





Trying to think of a secure way of fixing the front plate to the body without success so am considering attaching it to the front of the Hornby chassis instead.



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WT Class locomotive [Jeep]


Front plate connected to the chassis with 2 BA screws.








Added the white-metal bits, pipe and hand rails.






After a coat of Etched Primer a coat of satin black.




Time for the dreaded linings, Foxes 0.35 mm.




UTA roundels from Railtec and etched numbers from Guilplates.




Crew painted and new Zemo decoder hard wired in. 




Cab glazed, connecting pipes added.






Smoke-box door, steps added.






Finally the roof in place and time for testing on the track.



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GNR(I) Y5 Parcel/Bread Van


Picked up one of Provincial Wagons new kits for the Y Van at the North Down Model Railway Exhibition.









I also met Ian McNally from MIR and ended up with two kits from him, it's a dangerous place especially for someone who is endeavoring to stop kit building.

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Excellent model Kieran, well done.


When introduced in 1912, they were built as Bread vans and each of the ten built had a set roster working from Belfast to a provincial centre. By 1924 they were no longer specifically in use as Bread vans. Your model No. 769 (No. 468 until 1924) was originally rostered for Belfast-Castlewellan bread traffic and it was withdrawn in 1953. Some others of the same type were later rebuilt and lasted until the late 1960's/early 1970's.

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 CIE Flat Wagon 14' wb Series 27768-27791.


Had a go at one of Ian McNally's  (MIR) models, resin & white-metal construction.  A straightforward build after a bit of reaming to get wheel clearance and then a quick paint job.






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You're very welcome Kieran. The rebuilt type (vertical matchwood bodies) would be more appropriate for the period I am modelling than this model. That said, the other day I saw a photograph of an un-rebuilt Y 5 (like your model) at Amiens Street in 1961, in full CIE 'green' livery!  

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Nice work Kirley on that GNR van. I hadn't realised that Leslie had introduced this.


I'm also interested in Lambeg Man's comment that some lasted until the early 1970s. Indeed, that one was repainted into CIE green. Any thoughts on what might be suitable to run through Pettigo on my imagined life extension , to 1963, of the Bundoran branch, operated as a joint CIE/UTA line?




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Sorry, duff info re. the van in CIE livery. On closer inspection the picture I referred to features Y 10 van c744N (Colour Rail ref: FIE03875), not a Y 5.


In fact in October 1958 all four surviving (un-rebuilt) Y 5 vans went to the UTA, becoming their numbers: (withdrawal dates in brackets)

n645 (3/1971), n646 (2/1967), n647 (8/1963) & n648 (?/1961).


So at least one lasted into NIR ownership. It should also be noted that at some stage prior to 1953, the configuration of n646 (as GNR no. 766) was altered whereby the large sliding doors were moved inside the van body. See Lance King's photo on page 31 of Irish Railways in Pictures No.1 - The Great Northern (IRRS London publication).


Similar vans (at least one Y 4) that also passed to the UTA got the overall UTA 'green' livery, being classed as Other Coaching Vehicles. So it is perfectly feasible that the Y 5 vans were so treated (though not to the yellow waistband!). However in the case of n645, by 1970 this would have been very faded, allowing the old GNR brown to come through.  



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