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Isle of Man; 

 'Caledonia', (left) is an Isle of Man interloper who came to visit the Emerald Isle - allegedly!  The 'Cale', a Branchlines kit, was built by Dübs & Co. in 1885 (2178) originally for the Manx Northern Railway.  It had a tractive effort of 11120lbs (Isle of Man Railway Vol.3, Boyd Oakwood 1996), (The Isle of Man Railway, McNab 1945 quotes same figure but at 85%).  (centre) coach and several wagons which will be placed on the site at some time.  The Isle of Man 'Foxdale' coach F39 was built in 1887 by the Bristol & South Wales Wagon Co., through agents Messrs. Andrew S. Nelson & Co. of Glasgow. The kit is made by Roxey Mouldings, who produce a kit of almost all the IOM coaches - Branchlines complete the set!  The kit required some changes and detailing, including the electric lighting cables on the roof and cutting out two windows (see between p206/207 plate 98  The Isle of Man Railway Vol 1 by JIC Boyd, Oakwood 1993) and is interestingly all in red rather than the cream and red of other stock - it is much easier, as I said earlier, to use photographic evidence! (right) brake coach F43 - a Branchlines kit

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Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway / Burtonport Extension Rly;   

two pictures of the magnificent 4-8-0 tender loco.  There were a pair of these, Nos. 11 & 12. Delivered in 1905 by Hudswell, Clark & Co. (746/747), they were the only tender engines on the Irish narrow gauge.  Their tractive effort was 17000lb at 85% (the, as yet unrestored, NG 15's owned by the WHR have a tractive effort of 19000lb at 85%, fractionally less than the Garratts), the tank versions No.s 5 & 6 were 17350lb.  Very popular, No.11 was withdrawn in 1933 and was thenceforth canibalised to keep her sister No.12 running.  Sadly neither these or their tank equivalents were preserved.  This a superb Backwoods Miniatures kit and runs beautifully.


County Donegal Railways;

The the stock is from the Branchlines Miniatures stable unless stated.  The top pictures show: Extreme left; 'Phoenix' - originally an Atkinson Walker Steam tractor of 1928 which was highly inefficient.  It ran on the Clogher Valley railway until 'Forbes' the GM of the CDR bought it (he happened to be on the board of the Clogher as well!). He 'found' a Gardner diesel engine and fitted it, selling the steam one to a local laundry and made a profit into the bargain, gaining a very useful shunter! Left;  CDR railcar No.14, built in 1935 carrying 41 passengers.  It had a Gardner 6L2 engine - standard for CDR railcars. Centre;  One of a pair of brake thirds (of 1893) probably unique in style to the CDR in that the brake compartment was in the middle of the two passenger sections!  This one No.28.  Centre right; To the left, one of several coaches with 5 compartments and matchboard sides, this one No.12. To the right  composite coach N0.16, built by Oldbury in 1893 as one of 17.  Right;  Three CDR variations of a wagon from the Parkside range (of two, they do the sliding door van as well) with mixed loads.  Again all taken from pictures I believe, but the stock is not mine, so I can't tell you where!

Each of the Donegal vans I have made is a model of a particular prototype, copying photographic evidence of its existence rather that documentary.  Above left; 13x ( 'x' meant it had no vacuum brake only a hand brake on one side)(p111 The Irish Narrow Gauge by Tom Ferris Vol 2)(a Backwoods Miniatures kit) and 83 (p58 The County Donegal Railway by Steve Flanders) (a Parkside kit).  Both are heavily modified - the Backwoods kits have 'inset' doors rather than flush with the framing which resulted in scratch building the doors - the Parkside is a rarity as it is one of the sliding door vans, presumably which got broken and 'normal' doors replaced them.  The entire middle section was cut out and replaced, again scratch built. Above right; 278 (p115 Irish Railways in Colour - a second glance by Tom Ferris) and 97 (p56 The County Donegal Railway by Steve Flanders)(both Backwoods kits with modified doors).  No. 278 was modelled because of its interesting roof pattern, I think No. 97 because of the number of replacement planks!

Below; I decided to try and improve the appearance of the Ninelines wagons by adding bigger bolt heads.  This has been reasonably successful.  Even better is the addition of the later Metropolitan chassis style for the later wagons.  I include an unmodified open for comparison.

Cavan & Leitrim;  

Left two;4-4-0 Loco No 2L, originally Kathleen.  This kit is a Backwoods Miniatures which has been modified including a scratchbuilt rear cab sheet as the one in the kit is completely wrong!  Otherwise the kit goes together well though the front pony (should it be Bissell) truck needs springing or extra weight to keep it on the track.  It seems a bit too shiny at present so some toning down will have to be done - I used a satin black rather than matt which in retrospect was a mistake! The original loco still exists at Cultra - see link on previous page.  Centre; Worsley works brake coach No. 5L.  This was modified from a 1st/3rd coach in the mid 1940's (6L was created in the early 1950's), the 1st class compartment at the far end becoming the guards area.  The coach has been converted back to its original form (see next picture) and is in the museum at Cultra, just south of Belfast.  Centre right; coach 1L.  This is a also a Worsley 'kit'.  Up to its conversion in the late 50's it was one of a couple that always carried GSR livery - also 7L, but that was modified in appearance - see Boyd's new book p179.  Right; milk van No 2L.  This had been scratch built on a modified Backwoods chassis.  The bolts are put on using Simon de Souza's method of cutting up 0.030 inch microstrip into cuboids pieces and sticking them on.  The original was one of a pair built in 1900/02.  They were fitted out as brake vans and had the same fall plates over the coupling as the coaches so that access could be gained to the main part of the train. Extreme right; Cork, Blackrock and Passage brake van.  This is a Foxrock (Simon de Souza) kit with a cast resin body and etched brass chassis.

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Above left; individual pictures of two of the scratchbuilt opens.  Centre; a rake of scratch built coal wagons on modified Backwoods chassis out in the garden when we had some sun and wagons with loco - still not toned down yet.  Centre right;  Looking the part as a roadside tramway, a now toned down C&L loco with brake coach - a Worsley Works product - a vacuum formed roof would be very helpful for this 'kit' to help with the curving ends!  Right; the rear of the train, this time with a Backwoods brake van.  Sadly the version included in the kit does not cater for later periods of its existence.  The panelling is very nice and so I modelled it thus, but it is definitely out of period. 

Above left; Two 22L's and a 61L!  The bogie van is a Backwoods kit (ex T&D 5T) which was done up and relocated to the Cavan and Leitrim.  The coal wagon was made as discussed before.  The standard C&L van was scratchbuilt on a Backwoods chassis.  The Backwoods parts for this van are in whitemetal so mine is weighed down with some lead flashing (from some recent building work we had done).  The kit ends are wrong as the middle uprights (must learn the correct terms for this) should be proud of the wagon. All bolt heads are individually placed (thanks for that idea Simon) as mentioned above for the milk van.  The vans were almost unique on the Irish narrow gauge in having a missing middle section of roof - this was covered by a tarpaulin for goods traffic or left open for cattle (very rarely done if photos show anything).  It must have been a bit of a pain to untie the cover each time you wanted to open the doors!  Middle; The afore mentioned van on its own.  The lower guide rail for the sliding door has been left as a single thickness of brass - the kit has an extra layer on the outside.  I cut a groove in the brass with a 'scrawker' - didn't do the blade much good - it's meant for plasticard! Right two; 21L on its own and with its C&L partner.  Photographs suggest that they were always an item - inseparable!

Below; Recent acquisitions include some lovely Cavan cattle wagons and ex Cork and Blackrock break van.  The cattle wagons are seen below left, the brake right.  All of these are kits produce by Simon de Souza under the tradename Foxrock models.

There will be more appearing here in time.  Some I did not get a chance to picture as they were not available or under repair (e.g. CDR Class 5, Clogher Valley loco) and some is still being built ( more CDR railcars etc.).



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