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  • April 12, 2017 Patrick

    Ballast hoppers en route!

    The countdown to delivery of the CIÉ/Irish Rail ballast hoppers has begun! The finished products departed the factory in China yesterday and are currently being airfreighted to Dublin, where we are expecting them to arrive in the coming days. Once the shipment has cleared customs, we will begin a thorough quality control process. As this […]
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  • Ballast wagon: the tooling process
    October 25, 2016 Fran Burke

    Ballast wagon: the tooling process

    The “tooling process” for the moulds associated with a ready-to-run railway model is a term many modellers are familiar with, but an explanation and accompanying photographs are not always provided by manufacturers. Here, we’re going to show you what’s involved, using the tooling for Irish Railway Models’ forthcoming ballast wagon as the basis. The tools […]
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  • October 6, 2016 Patrick

    Ballast hopper delivery update

    As you may know, Irish Railway Models had hoped to have the production version of the ballast wagons ready for delivery in time for the MRSI’s October Bank Holiday Show. Unfortunately, this will not now be the case. When we received the first pre-production sample of the wagon we identified a number of minor issues […]
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  • September 12, 2016 Patrick

    Ballast & Bubble: differences in coupling height and solutions

    We’re sticklers for accuracy here at Irish Railway Models and as modellers ourselves we’re dedicated to manufacturing products which meet exact specifications. So we understand that some of you may be scratching your heads after viewing photos of the first ballast wagon pre-production sample and noticing that the NEM coupler pockets appear to be higher […]
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