Models of the Irish narrow gauge,
GWR broad gauge and a lot more besides!
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Trainz: A New Era SP4 / 105766 &Trainz 2019 SP5/ 117009
17th August, 2022
My latest models: GWR broad gauge 6-wheel 1st class, and 6-wheel 2nd class
Two new carriages for my range of GWR broad gauge rolling stock. These are two 6-wheel carriages from 1838
in the original livery. They use John Whelan’s Victorian passenger set and are available on the GWR broad gauge
page. Scroll down to the end of the rolling stock section.
I’m also releasing my GWR intermediate station. This is based on plans from the Network Rail archive labelled
‘Chippenham’. However, well into the model making it became clear that whatever station it might have been it
was not Chippenham, either in its original form or later 19th century rebuild. After a brief exchange with a couple
of Broad Gauge Society members it became clear that the plans represented a proposed rebuild of the station
rather than that subsequently built. It appears to date to about 1857/8 at about the time when the GWR’s lengthy
branch line to Weymouth opened. It is available at the bottom of the GWR broad gauge page.
Consequently, I’m releasing it as ‘station that never was’ that nevertheless reflects GWR design from the mid-
Victorian period. It has two main running lines, plus a centre through line and two bay platforms. As part of the
pack I’ve done a new version of my single-line invisible station with the passengers set to 3ft height to match the
platforms of the intermediate station. My YouTube video here explains how to position the invisible station.
Links are to zip files containing the cdp files. All of my new models are only for T:ANE SP4 and above. I am only
including earlier models here that work in this version. I no longer support any earlier versions of my models for
use in any other iteration of Trainz. Usual apologies for any broken links or missing material, let me know and
I’ll correct them.
Mines, Railway & Pier
The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Enterprise
In the latter part of the 19th century a company was
established to extract ironstone from the hillside of Glenariff,
one of the beautiful Glens of Antrim in north-east Ireland.
Unusually, details of much of its working and interaction with
local people was recorded in correspondence between its
secretary in London and its works manager in Glenariff. Here
are the trials and tribulations of this little concern, brought to
vivid life. This book follows the building of the three-foot
narrow-gauge railway and the pier it served, and the digging
of the mines, and follows its daily struggles with litigious
neighbours, recalcitrant sheep and the wild and
unpredictables weather of this Irish Sea coast. The company
only lasted about 15 years, but in its rise and fall it was a
microcosm of so many Victorian enterprises now lost to
history. This is its story.
Available from Amazon Kindle £4.99, and as an Amazon
print-to-order edition for £8, published 10th August, 2019
Ricky Sykes and John Maton