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About Mayner

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  • Biography
    Born Dublin, lived most of my life in Dublin and the UK. One time builder, moved to New Zealand several years ago. One time WHHR Volunteer Portmadoc, track ganger, diesel loco driver and bulldozer driver, plant operator, now an Armchair


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    Hamilton, New Zealand


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    My family, solving problems, anything to do with railways, travel, blues, rock, jazz, stirring thing


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    Fun Police
  1. Bantry Town Station c 1950's

    The West Cork an interesting choice for a club in deepest Linconshire. Is MikeC building some locos & stock to run on it?
  2. Although large scale I thought this might be useful for anyone considering or using DCC I recently restored track power to the garden railway after a major re-sleepering programme. Basically I have had to replace about 50% of sleepers on the main line after 7-8 years use as a result of UV damage. Although most of my locos are now battery electric, I though it was a good opportunity to upgrade the DCC system rather than converting all of my locos to on board battery power. Schematic of railway showing power districts The main line has a 2% ruling gradient, the High Line 4% which limits loadings and results in high current draw from locos climbing the grades. I divided the Large Scale layout into separate power districts protected by DCC Specialties Power Shield PSX1 circuit breakers. These both protect the DCC Command station and avoid shutting down the entire railway in the event of a short or a loco de-railing and should simplify trouble shooting. Control system for Large Scale Digitrax DB150 ampmeter, Radio & IR receivers and DPDT isolating switches for Power Districts The circuit breakers have basically eliminated the need to return command stations to Digitrax for in service fault repair. The circuit breakers are fed through DPDT switches bought from Peats of Parnell St about 40 years ago, the circuit breakers and Digitrax Command station was used on a layout in Dublin before moving to New Zealand in 2004. The radio receivers and radio throttles were bought about 5-6 years ago when we moved up from N to G Scale  Circuit breakers behind panel Hidden away beneath the N Gauge. The DCC control system for the large scale layout lives on a shelf below the baseboards currently used to support the N gauge. The biggest job was the bonding of rail joints, most of the rail is heavily weathered after 9-10 years use in the humid Waikato climate. The Code 250 brass rails are used to conduct power rather than a parallel power bus, wiring between the shed and individual blocks or power districts is by a combination of mains and outdoor low voltage cabeling. I clean the web of the rail using 240g wet and dry, and use a cheap 70watt soldering iron with resin cored electrical solder. I use a drop of phosphoric acid flux (10-15%) diluted from a liquid rust convertor (28%) as a wetting agent which improves the flow of solder. The Waikato rain neutralises the flux.
  3. CIE 6w Heating Vans

    Has anyone a copy of a CIE GA or Weight/Painting diagram of the 6w Heating Vans? I will consider producing a set of etched brass parts for the van including chassis and roof, if I get a minimum of 10 expressions of interest and a copy of the all important drawing.
  4. An interesting weekend

    I had a very interesting weekend well Saturday anyway touring layouts at an informal American Railroaders convention in Auckland. We visited four layouts including our hosts N gauge. Second: A double and treble deck GNR layout in a converted double garage. The government owned NZR was very slow in completing rail links in Northland ferry sailings on Kaipara Harbour ceasing in the late 1940s when Dargaville was finally connected to the national network. Finally: How many modellers can fit into an isle on a classical multi-level American layout? [attachment=:name] Built on the ground floor of a split level house it almost qualifies as the classical American basement empire, while scenery is reasonably complete in the main area, the layout has extended into an adjoining workshop and into the area underneath a raised deck. Track is mainly handlaid. Smoothness of running without lurching through pointwork without hesitation or lurching was the most noticeable contrast between the two HO and the NZR layout thanks to matched NMRA track and wheel standards, in contrast to the Peco Universal points and wheels made to different manufacturers standards. The tour gave me a lot to think about including whether to build an American N gauge or Irish Narrow gauge layout in the garden shed as the space available is tight for a realistic Irish broad gauge layout in 21mm or 00.
  5. GSR/CIE 650 Class superheated round topped boiler Inchacore cab MGWR Ks/GSR 650 Class superheated round topped boiler round canopy cab, open coal rails tender as running 1916-Mid 1930s I am accepting expressions of interest in this loco kit for release in mid-late 2017. The design of the loco is at the final stages updates include (non working) inside valve gear and slotted valences for locos in CIE condition. Jeremy Suter is preparing the patterns for the castings which are also suitable for the Midland Standard Goods & Achill Bogie. Jeremy once produced a small range of Irish wagon kits and prepared the patterns for the castings for the JM Design MGWR Vans. The kit is designed for OO or 21mm gauge and can be assembled in late MGWR early GSR condition with canopy cab saturated or superheated round topped boilers or GSR/CIE condition with Inchacore cab and superheated boilers. The 650 Class worked DSER suburban and main line services, in addition to MGWR branch and main line workings.
  6. The fret The parts are designed to fold to shape with the engraved fold lines on the inside of the bend. The tipper sub frames fold up into a U shape its best to clamp the section to be folded in a vice. Modifications to Base Toys Leyland Comet Chassis. The overhang at the rear of the flat bed chassis needs to be reduced for a tipper. Cut back with a junior hacksaw or a razor saw and tidy up the cut edge with a needle file.
  7. Two versions of the same loco built nearly 30 years apart more of a long running saga than a workbench. The TMD (Terry McDermott) MGWR E introduced 1983? was the first brass kit for an Irish steam loco. The kit like the J15 was originally designed with a chassis in 0.40" brass which is considered a bit flimsy for a chassis, a stronger nickel silver chassis has been supplied with kits produced from the late 80s. The original kit was a must for someone who modelled the Midland though a tender loco would have been a lot more useful, I had no real need or intention of building another of these locos until I found an unbuilt MGWR tank among a job lot of part built TMD & SSM kits at Expo EM about 15 years ago. I finally got round to building the loco in GSR/CIE condition a couple of years ago. A pair of 551 Class tanks at Keadue possibly the GSR has re-gauged the line in the face of competition from the SLNCR at Arigna Town. The tanks were less powerful than a tender engine but may have been easier on the curves. The first loco was originally assembled in MGWR condition in Dublin about 30 years ago, before a rebuilt into 553 in CIE condition while living in the UK in 1993, the riveted smoke box is an overlay from an SSM J15 not sure where the funnel came from. The original (brush painted) paint work was stripped down and finished in Howes "Dirty Black" with an airbrush with a satin finish using an air brush. The loco got a misting with some form of Floquil weathered black and a coating of satin about two years ago. 553 need a new cab roof/cab interior and vacuum pipes to match the ne 55w loco. 553 still has its original brass chassis & 1980s state of the art Sharman wheels, 40:1 gearbox and Anchorage DS10 motor. Mike Sharman & Iain Rice popularised the idea of compensated or flexible chassis, Mike producing an excellent range of wheels and enclosed gearbox. M.G. Sharp of Sheffield imported the "Anchorage" range of small powerful 5 pole motors. The DS10 designed for American N gauge was one of the smallest available was happiest at very high speed and bearings not up to the end trust with a typical British single stage worm/gear transmission The loco has a slight rear end waddle otherwise a smooth and reliable runner with a good turn of speed. 553 was assembled with a compensated chassis by simply letting the bearing float in the axle cut outs in the chassis. I made a keeper plat from brass rod and wire to represent the brake pull rods and to prevent the wheels falling out
  8. AEC Comet Tipper body

    Photo © CIE I have had a number of enquiries about releasing this kit. Based on a minimum of 10 confirmed orders I can supply a body kit for $27.50 NZ (£15) plus $4.00 international postage. The kit fold up no need for solder about 30 minutes work. I chickened out on the 3 way mechanism but the body can be posed in raised position supported by a strut.
  9. Happy 2016

    Managed to run the 1st train of the year this morning before the weather turned with rainstorms threatened over weekend. Freight arrives with diesel shunter cut in behind stock car. The shunter is used to shunt the yard and a local trip working while the train loco is turned and serviced. New Year resolution to paint the loco shed roof
  10. Along with the Bob Barlow obituary Model Railway Journal No 240 has quite an Irish flavour with an article on scratch building Irish Narrow gauge locos and a colour photo of David Holman's Arigna. The models of C&L No1 Isabel and Tralee & Dingle Kerr No 4 are so realistically modelled I first though they were O rather than 4mm scale For modern traction modellers there is an article on converting an O gauge Class 37 to a real Co Co with traction motors driving each axle
  11. JM Design BSSGV Overlays

    The BSSGVs were late 1970s rebuilds of Corridor Standard coaches into Brake Standard Steam Generator Vans to replace the last of the Tin Vans still in service BSSGV from corridor side. Compartment side Close up boiler/generator/luggage compartment. Boiler roof panel Van from corridor side. The BSGV overlays are priced at $53.00 NZ +$10 postage (approx. £22 Stg + £4.5 postage) The $NZ has taken a tumble in recent months which results in a real reduction in shipping costs to Irish and UK customers. The sides for these coaches should be ready for shipping in approx. 3 weeks
  12. Not just Network Rail woes!

    Not just Ireland and the UK Governments seem to be taking a very hard look at the future of the railways. NZ Treasury urges Government to consider closing down most of rail network http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/70115591/treasury-urged-government-to-consider-closing-most-of-kiwirail The railway carries around 17 million tonnes annually about over a 4000Km system at roughly 3 times the freight traffic density of CIE in the 60s & 70s. Low prices and poor demand for commodities like coal, logs and dairy products is adversely effecting railway profitability and Treasury loses patience and pulls the plug. The whole business feels like deja vu, massive Government investment in rail like the British Rail Modernisation Plan, CIE in the 50s and AMTRAK in the 1990s result in failure and retrenchment.
  13. Has anyone a photo which shows the roof detail for the boiler/generator compartment? The CIE drawing isn't very clear there appears to be a removable access panel immediately above the boiler and funnel shaped exhaust vent above the generator.
  14. JM Design Tin Vans

    Trying to gauge if there I sufficient interest to release a second run of Tin Vans. The Heating and Luggage (tin van) and Luggage (hooded vans) are out of stock a small number of TPO/Heuston Vans are in stock at $106 + $20 shipping ($NZ) approx. ₤55 Stg+₤10 shipping. 4w Post Office Van The original Tin Van kit was based on the early version of the van as introduced in 1955, if there is sufficient interest it may be feasible to supply the kit with later variations of the van including recessed doors or blanked out windows. Tin Vans Luggage Vans
  15. I am trying to establish if there is sufficient interest to add further coach sides to the Buffet & Corridor Second released last year. The illustrations are in green because I was too lazy to draw them in black & tan Originally built 1953 classified as 3rds built to run as railcar trailers 1356-1371 were the first of CIEs family of 64 seat standard open coaches. These coaches were also very close in outline to 1497-1503 some of the last traditional coaches built at Inchacore in the early 1960s. Originally classified as 3rds and introduced in 1953 some of these coaches were converted to driving trailers for use with the AEC railcars on the Westland Row-Galway & Westport "Cu na Mara" express service. One of these coaches was later fitted with storage heaters for use on the Ballina Branch These coaches seem to have originally been introduced with guards look outs, some of which were later plated over, separate frets would be required for coaches with or without lookouts. One of the coaches on the Loughrea Branch not sure of the identity of the photographer Almost modern image introduced in 1978 Brake Steam Generator Van converted from 1953 Side Corridor Coach This fret will be a tad more expensive than the ordinary coaches and a bit more involved to build as the van doors will have be engraved on a separate section of the fret to the sides. I am looking at expressions of interest for a minimum run of 6 of any one type.

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