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As stated, only one was used by CIE but for such a short time (as they were busy turning out "tin vans") that it was never painted in CIE livery. Only a couple became UTA green - I have the details somewhere. The ones in UTA ownership were little used after the Warrenpoint & Derry Road lines closed. Those that made it to NIR ownership may well have been on the books still, but rarely if ever used; certainly, none gained NIR maroon like NCC "brown vans" did.

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Bogie Cement Wagon

Had a go at another of one of Ian McNally's  (MIR) models, this is my 6th and final one.





Ready for a primer coat.

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Painted and decals added.  




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GNRI S Class 4-4-0 Locomotive.

Although I had decided not to build any more brass kits I was given one and I could not just let it lie in its box.

It’s a TMD bass kit dating back to the mid 80’s with typewritten instructions and most of the parts are included.

I got spacers and wheels from Markits and built the loco chassis.







One thing that really annoys me with some kits is instructions like,

“using scrap N/S fit sub-splasher tops and file these flush inside”


This means cutting pieces off the Nickel Silver fret and fitting them between the main and sub-splashers.  For me that was a couple of hours work.










Luckily it seems to have worked out for me.

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I hope this is of help in avoiding some of the pitfalls having attempted to build two of these locos.


Both are in need of some TLC and a repaint.


Personally I usually form splasher tops from kit sprue as its less fiddly, there is more metal to work with than an etched part.  


Its probably easier to either use an over width piece of sprue and file away the excess inside the splasher, than try and cut the part to the exact width with a piercing saw or tin snips.


I generally use the piercing saw for cutting out intricate parts and use a tin snips & files for straight cuts.


If you have not already I would check bogie swing/wheel clearance on curves, its extremely difficult to design a 4-4-0 chassis that suitable for both universal OO and  S4 standards. 


I tapered the frames at the front end on one of my locos to avoid wheels shorting on the frames on 3' radius curves.


I fabricated the frame spacers and bogie pivot on this loco from brass



132 retains the original machined brass spacers. This loco was assembled as a Q so I fitted a dummy motion bracket not sure where it came from



I modified the loco and bogie pivot plates into a swing link that pivots from the frame spacer just ahead of the leading driver. There may be adequate swing/sideplay to fix the pivot plate to the bogie which would improve tracking, 


I am not sure if shorting between the bogie wheels and main frames is an issue on this loco as it only has run on a short test track.


132s bogie wheels are secured in position with a U shaped strip of 0.45 handrail wire, that loops over the bogie frame spacer.



I replaced the engine-tender coupler with a piece of plasticard that bolts to the rear frame spacer. The tender is set up with the leading axles floating which transfers weight from the tender to the drawbar to improve traction




174 is well run in and a smooth runner, 132 needs work to iron out some bugs, neither loco has run in over 10 years.



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Many thanks for this John, it is very helpful especially dealing with the pony truck.

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