In 1984 a new but short lived magazine was launched called 'Practical Model Railways'.

What caught my eye early on was a conversion using Lima Mk2 coaches into a Northern Ireland Railways 80 Class DEMU.

Even today there still isnt one of these classes available in ready to run form, there is now a kit but if your on a budget this is the way ahead to do it,

The Lima coaches can now be purchased on Ebay for relatively little so if you just want to have a go you wont be risking much, if however your an experienced modeller the same conversion could be done using the more superior Bachmann coaches.

The article was in two parts both sections are reproduced here unfortunately every image we put on the site has to be reduced to 50% so the scale drawings will have to be enlarged


Part One

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NIR 80 Class Model

Part Two