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Weathered Ballast Wagon examples!

What’s better than a fresh out of the box model featuring the highest levels of detail? One that is beautifully weathered!

Our Technical Director decided to weather a pack of our ballast wagons up using a mixture of interactive weathering powders and washes. The end result is something quite special

Have you weathered your ballast wagons yet? Share your pictures below if you have as we would love to see them! We’d also love to see them on your layout too! Join the discussion over on Irish railway Modeller!

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Ballast Wagons Arrive with Pack A available once again!

As you may have seen elsewhere, our first production item, the CIE ballast hopper wagon, has arrived from China!

Ballast Wagons Shunting, Photo Courtesy of Noel Enright

We have been working tirelessly to dispatch pre-orders to our customers over the past couple of weeks, a herculean task in itself!

It was a proud moment for the team to see a van loaded with cartons of wagon packs and it has truly made all the hard work worthwhile. This has been confirmed with the numerous positive comments, as well as pictures and videos of the wagons running on peoples’ layouts.

There are still a limited number of packs B and C left to order with us.

We also have freed up a limited amount of pack A thanks to swapping out for packs B and C with customers. You can order here:

Once again we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our customers who supported us throughout this venture. It would not have been possible without you.

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Ballast hoppers en route!

Irish Railway Models ballast wagons

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 is the first time we will be conducting this task, we cannot provide a definite timeframe for completion, but should take no longer than a few days to complete. We will definitely have stock available at our stand at the North Down Model Railway Society’s show in Bangor on April 22nd and 23rd. If you would like to collect your order at the show, please let us know in advance and remember to bring ID and proof of purchase with you on the day. Postal orders will be dispatched on the week following the Bangor show, if not beforehand.

We understand you have waited a considerable length of time to receive these models and we thank you for your patience. However, we believe the quality of the end product will have made it all worthwhile. As a token of our appreciation, a code entitling you to a 10% discount on eight-wagon rakes (four two-wagon sets) of our forthcoming Tara wagons ordered from will be enclosed with each set.

Now that the ballast wagons are completed, our attention is shifting to the CIÉ/Irish Rail cement ‘bubble’ wagons and we are currently on course to deliver the first batch (CIÉ/Irish Cement ivory and black livery) during the summer of 2017. These models are still available to order through

Meanwhile, the tooling process for the Tara Mines bogie zinc/lead ore wagons is well underway. We are planning for a late 2017/early 2018 delivery date and we hope to announce pricing in the near future, after which we will be accepting payments.

Since we made the decision to work directly with factories last December, we have begun working on a number of other exciting projects. Some will be announced well in advance of their delivery dates, while others will come as pleasant surprises! Either way, we are confident these products will push the boundaries of what is possible with Irish-outline ready-to-run, and indeed OO/4mm scale in general. To keep up to date with the latest developments, keep an eye on

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Irish Railway Models ceases working arrangement with DJ Models Ltd

Irish Railway Models Ltd today announces that it has ceased its working arrangement with DJ Models Ltd for its upcoming CIÉ/Irish Rail ballast wagon and cement ‘bubble’ wagon projects with immediate effect and will now deal directly with a factory in China for the production of these models.

It is envisaged that only minimal disruption to the manufacturing process will result from this development, with delivery of the ballast wagon expected in the first quarter of 2017. A definite production schedule will be provided in due course.

Furthermore, Irish Railway Models Ltd wishes to assure its customers that prices will not be affected by this move and we wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has placed orders for their loyalty and understanding.

Irish Railway Models Ltd wish DJ Models Ltd the very best for the future.

Responsibility for manufacturing the recently-announced Tara Mines lead/zinc ore wagon will also lie directly with Irish Railway Models Ltd.

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IRM announce Tara Wagon


Irish Railway Models (IRM), today announces that it is to produce the distinctive ‘Tara Mines’ bogie ore wagon in 4mm (OO) scale.

The Tara Mines wagon were built by CIÉ in 1977 for Tara Mines Ltd to convey zinc and lead ore from their mine near Navan, Co. Meath to Dublin Port for export. They are still in operation today and currently represent the heaviest freight trains operated on a daily basis in Ireland. Three laden trains operate in a block formation between the mine and Dublin Port each day.

The Irish Railway Models 4mm scale rendition of the wagon will look to emulate the high standards set by their Ballast and Cement ‘Bubble’ wagon projects. The prototype has been surveyed and CAD work has been completed. The wagon will feature accurately rendered body, separately applied detail such as brake gear, close coupling mechanism and will also be designed with easy conversion to 21mm gauge in mind.

Due to the corrosive nature of the ore, the distinctive lids on the wagons have been upgraded and replaced three times since their introduction in 1977. In order to cover the complete operational timeframe of the wagons, Irish Railway Models will be tooling the three lid variants to ensure accuracy across all livery variants.

It is planned to offer the wagons in their current guise of bauxite livery in the first run of models. Like the Ballast and Cement Bubble projects, there will be multiple wagon packs offered with unique running numbers to allow the modeller to create a prototypical rake. Future releases will include the wagons in earlier guises, including their distinctive original blue livery.

Prices and a delivery date are yet to be announced but are due for confirmation shortly. Pre-ordering will be available via and selected retailers.







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Irish Railway Models at the MRSI October Bank Holiday show

MRSI October Bank Holiday Show

Irish Railway Models will be at the Model Railway Society of Ireland’s bi-annual October Bank Holiday model railway exhibition on the 29th, 30th and 31st of this month.

The IRM team will be located at trade stand #D and we will have samples of our forthcoming ballast and cement bubble wagons on display. We will also be revealing our third project to the public shortly after the doors open on Saturday, October 29th!

For more details on the exhibition, click here.

MRSI 2017 Floor plan

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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 which needed to be rectified. This required alterations to the CAD design and subsequently the tooling for the moulds also has to be altered. This process can take weeks to complete as the factory’s engineering team has to find a new slot in their production schedule, during which they can fill in the faults in the moulds and apply the changes by conducting further spark erosion. At the same time, the paint samples we sent to the factory for colour-matching purposes took an inexplicable detour en route and only recently reached their intended destination.

To further compound the situation, production levels at factories right across China is minimal right now as workers are entitled to time off during the week of the country’s annual National Day celebrations.

As a result, it is only now that the revised pre-production sample is being readied and we have to receive and inspect this sample before we sign-off on the production run. This is a vital stage for us as we do not want to compromise on the fidelity of the model. We cannot provide an accurate timeframe for delivery until this sequence is completed; all we can say is that we are aiming for late 2016/early 2017.

While we understand that you are eager to receive your models and may be disappointed by this news, we hope you can appreciate why this delay has occurred and why we are not rushing the manufacturing process. We’re confident that the end result will be a highly accurate, detailed scale model of a distinctive Irish wagon.