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Ivory bubbles pack B, C and D arrive in stock!


The balance of our ivory bubble order has arrived from China! We have been working hard all day doing QC checks and we’ve even managed to get some orders packed and sent out this evening! We will be doing the same over the next few days. It should take about a week to check all orders and ship them to you.

Thank you everyone for your support and patience as always. We hope you enjoy the definitive model of the iconic cement bubble! We still have bubbles in stock but with just over 70% of the run sold out already they wont hang around for long! Order yours today

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Irish Railway Models to Release Cement Bubble in Iconic Orange Livery

Irish Railway Models today announces that it will release its highly detailed cement bubble wagon in the iconic CIÉ orange and grey livery in time for Christmas 2017.

The announcement was made at the beginning of the South Dublin Model Railway Show at Blackrock, Dublin and is the fourth project that Irish Railway Models has announced to date.

Introduced in seven batches between 1964 and 1972, a total of 150 of these two-axle wagons were built by Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) to convey bulk loads of cement from Irish Cement’s plants  at  Drogheda  in  County  Louth, Castlemungret  in  County Limerick and Platin in County Meath to distribution points throughout the CIÉ/Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways’ networks. Despite being introduced at different stages, the fleet carried numbers in an unbroken sequence ranging from 25050 to 25199. Affectionately known as ‘bubbles’ due to their distinctive profile, most of the fleet remained in service right up until the cessation of cement traffic by rail in 2009.

All 150 bubbles received the distinctive orange and grey livery in the early 1970s, replacing the earlier slate grey, with the last two batches of bubbles constructed receiving the orange livery from new. It was superseded by the ivory and black livery in the late 1970s, although both liveries could be observed running together into the early 1980s.

The Irish Railway Models release consists of two packs of three bubbles, all with unique running numbers. They are available to order at the show or online for €125.00. A special introductory price of €225 for two packs and €425 for four packs is also available at the show and online for the duration of the 2017 October Bank Holiday exhibition. A colour sample has been received from our factory in China, but is incorrect and will be amended for production. Prices after this weekend will revert to €125.00 per pack.

Delivery is slated for December 2017, with production commencing after the current run of Ivory bubbles is completed.
To order your bubbles, please visit

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Irish Railway Models Launch Gift and Prepay Card

Sick of receiving non-railway gifts for Christmas? Finding it difficult to explain the differences between gauge and Irish outline models to loved ones who ask you for gift suggestions? Would you like a way to start a savings scheme, so you can buy the best Irish outline ready-to-run wagons on the market?

What you need is the new IRM Card!

We are launching our new gift and prepay card scheme at the South Dublin Model Railway Club this weekend.

The IRM Card is essentially two cards in one: it can be used as a gift voucher to offer as a present to the modeller in your life, while it can also be used by modellers to set aside funds in anticipation of buying IRM products at a later date. This will act as the reintroduction of the staggered payment scheme.

The IRM Card can be topped up online, or at IRM stands at shows. They can also be bought online or at shows with values of €25, €50 or €100 offered initially.

You can pick them up at the show this weekend, or via from Saturday onwards.

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Delivery of Cement Bubbles


As you may already know, we made big changes to our cement bubble wagon after reviewing the first tooling sample we received. We were unsatisfied with the level of detail and fidelity of the preproduction model delivered by our previous agent and decided to go back to the drawing board.

This caused a delay in bringing the definitive model of the iconic CIE cement bubble, which we had hoped to deliver in August 2017. We were assured that late October 2017 was a more realistic timeline, just in time for the South Dublin Model Railway Show at Blackrock.

However, despite herculean efforts from our Chinese factory, we will only have part of the shipment ready for Blackrock. This consists of enough of Pack As to cover all pre-orders as well as stock for sale on the day, and a limited amount of pack B. The balance of this order is due to follow in mid November.

This delay in production is due to the sheer amount of separately applied detail required to make the bubble the very best 00 gauge wagon on the market. We are immensely thankful to our shipping partner IWT for organising the air freight of this portion of the order in order to get them to Dublin in time for the show.

If you would like to collect your pack A and/or pack B at the South Dublin MRC show, we ask you to email us to let us know before 6pm on Thursday, October 26th at If we do not receive notice before this deadline we will not be able to give the models to you at the show. Anyone who would like to collect their models must also provide proof of purchase and photo ID.

If you have ordered a rake to be delivered by post your models will be sent in one shipment when the balance of bubbles arrive in stock. If you have just ordered Pack A and/or then these will be posted to you next week where stock is available.

We would like to thank you for your patience and apologise for this delay. We promise that the bubbles will be well worth the wait.


Fran, Patrick, Richard and Stephen

Irish Railway Models

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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