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The Listowel and Ballybunion Railway was opened in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1888. Built to the Lartigue system, it was the world’s first commercial passenger monorail, operating until 1924, and remains one of the most famous monorail systems ever constructed. Although scrapped, a working replica was constructed in 2003, continuing the history of this remarkable railway experiment.
This model is of one of the line’s twin-boilered Hunslet tender locomotives in original as-built condition, complete with a rendition of its auxiliary power tender. Built in England and shipped over it makes an unusual wagon load or static display model (track and rolling stock separately available), but can also be made into a fully operational model with the use of steel strip and magnets (see video below). Also included are wheels for engine and rolling stock (x16) and a headlamp – this can be temporarily attached by gluing wire into its base and slotting into the locating hole at the front of the engine.
Necessary to Complete:
Sleepers (3D print, available separately)
Axles (1mm wire such as a from a large paperclip is ideal; 6.5mm long) NB wheels should be drilled out to 1.4mm.
Styrene strips (2mm wide; used to keep the axles in place)
Necessary for Operation (NOTE this requires a thin baseboard and fine-tuning for reliable running):
Steel strip (locate in the recesses beneath the floor)
Couplings (the method used is at the builder's discretion)
Magnets (for details see the video below)
Optional additional details to scratchbuild (at the builder's discretion; please see images for locations):
Brake pipes (x2; locating holes provided)
Tender funnels (x2; locating holes provided)
Support stanchions and cab brake piping (holes provided in the roof to slot these into position)
Reverser lever and rod
Regulator handle (x2) and rod
Brake reservoir piping (x2)
Cab support wires
Sander support bracket
Tender water filler pipe
Coal & Crew