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  1. Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    That's an interesting photo, the A Classes were gathered there in 1980 to get the asbestos removed from their cabs, the work been undertaken inside the old locomotive shed in the distance. I suspect that may not be a double header on the sprayer but just engines positioned temporarily there. The old sprayer was no longer used by then, with the newer yellow tanks version being introduced in 1978, but the old sprayer languished in Ballybrophy during 1980s. I was wondering with the model version proposed, will one be able to remove the yellow tanks from the bogey flat so one could recreate the sprayer with shorter 4-wheel flat wagons?
  2. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    Thanks for that info, I wasn't sure why 202 may have have acquired those style of numbers after delivery in 1994. I just checked the IRRS Journals and 202 is recorded as having a mishap first in Ballinasloe in 1997 and secondly with 182 in February 1998. Likewise I recall been told that 202's shaded numbers came about because of some of the 'old' Inchicore staff.
  3. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    Aside from what is known of locomotive 001's own style and the A Class fleet, which I had specifically referred to in my post, yes some GMs received those deep shaded numerals, 190 being a well known one due to her stint on the last passenger operated days of the WRC in 1976, and thus crops up now and again in photos from that time. An odd one of the modern period was 201 Class engine 202 which had those exact same style numerals from the 1970s, making it easily identifiable in a way that locomotive 001 would have stood out amongst other similarly liveried A Class 'Supertrain' engines in the 1970s.
  4. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    I too was thrown by the b/w image. The engine was A59R, and the scene was set up for the press to record the 'new' wagon, particularly alongside the older bulleid wagons and the earlier shorter flats. On the subject of liveries and the B+I liner workings, the early runs of this train featured locomotive B206 (the first re-engined C Class), and which featured the wider tan band, believed to be the only B201 Class engine with this livery variant. When locomotive A1R become Supertrain '001' it first had shaded numerals and a black roof but I don't think the remaining A Class locos were similarly outshopped.
  5. Tara mines wagons.

    During the period of the blue livery on the Tara Mines wagons it was almost always an A Class, that said a (B)201 did also work one. During the very early days of trial running to Tara Mines and at Dublin Port with the blue wagons some trains were hauled by 141/181 GMs, some in both Supertrain and Black/Tan liveries, so a rake of blue Taras with those locomotives is still very prototypical. The 071s did not regularly appear on Taras until the mid-1990s when the A Class fleet dwindled, by then the wagons had long lost their original blue appearance. I think there was something about the track layout at the ore terminals which may have prevented the 071s working the trains until track alterations were made.
  6. MGWR Inspection Saloon

    According to Railfans News (full details August 1969, No.3), the vintage carriage used in the film shoot at Enniscorthy was saloon carriage 150N (in NIR ownership), an illustration of the complete unusual train appears in IRRS Journal No. 185. The photo of GSWR No. 352 is likely on the IRRS outing of 9 July 1960, the one via Ballylinan and Palace East.
  7. G class diesel livery

    G602 had a bit of black/orange tarpaulin thrown over it when stored in Inchicore during the 1970s, and at a quick glance a photo may give the impression of black/tan colour. Incidentally one of the Silverfox models now and again shows what the livery may have looked like on the G601s.
  8. G class diesel livery

    In addition to Kevin Murray, the late Jim O'Dea recorded the G611 Class upon delivery at Inchicore in 1962, and shows how some effort had been made in accessioning some, but not all, the fleet into the CIÉ series (G611, G612 as well as G613 featuring their fleet numbers): http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305876 It is unclear whether the numbers were temporary, and in any case, the livery was changed completely, it is interesting to note the cabside number position differed from that applied when repainted for traffic in the black/tan colours.
  9. G class diesel livery

    As far as it's know, the three members of the G601 Class (601, 602, 603) skipped the black/tan livery and all three eventually ended their CIÉ careers in the plain black/white livery. The CIÉ green particularly suited the Deutz, such as on G603 in the early 1960s and it's common knowledge that the later batch (G611 Class) arrived in green but were quickly received the new black/tan colours prior to entering traffic, then some of them too later received the black/white colours and both liveries could be seen in tandem, such as on Loughrea branch operations. The IRRS Journal (No. 189) already quoted above explains and illustrates this information in far more greater detail. In the preservation era, I believe one of them carried the red Westrail livery, and as shown above, G611 was repainted into the CIÉ green colours, the nearest appearance to when they were delivered from Deutz in early 1962.
  10. Which station is this please?

    It's the LNWR station in North Wall, Dublin, looking from the train shed towards the road bridge at Sheriff Street and onward to Church Road. The shed became a goods depot after the station ceased operating in the 1920s, then demolished to make way for the re-developed docklands area in the 2000s. The main station building and adjoining LNWR hotel still survive. I believe the original photo now resides in the National Railway Museum archive in York.
  11. Omagh GNRi station

    If this is of any use, PRONI has amongst their collection from the erstwhile UTA, sets of drawings of GNR(I) wagons (reference code UTA/23/AB/1), including a detailed drawing of the GNR(I) weed spraying plant dated 1937. A small image of this drawing was publicised recently in Archives & Records Magazine and it shows the tank wagon with its 6-wheel companion.
  12. Maybach Re-engined 201's

    I'm glad to read that there's a conscious recognition of respecting copyright re: IRRS Journal on this forum. Without this respect, it would only undermine the voluntary efforts and costs incurred that goes into producing the IRRS Journal and in particularly the pictures contained therein. If there is sufficient interest, the photo concerned can be made viewable via the IRRS's own Flickr photo-archive which is dedicated for such purposes for IRRS members. https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishrailwayarchive/
  13. Field Trip

    Glad you enjoyed exploring the old lines in the west, still plenty to see with a lot of variety. You probably didn't see the station in Bundoran, as unfortunately there's no trace left of the one time attractive terminus. I don't think the track in Clifden is original, more in place for the aesthetic feel of the restored buildings. Glad to read that the Fintown Railway is still operational, the last place you can see a CDR railcar operating on Donegal.
  14. A late reminder for everyone, but the IRRS Annual Slide Show is on this evening. Usual location and time at the IRRS Headquarters beside Heuston Station, shows starts @ 19:30 sharp. So if you're the area and doing nothing else you should attend, as it's generally a good show and I'm aware there's a good lineup of juicy material tonight, all Irish as well of course.
  15. Waterford Line Videos - 1990s

    Thought I might post this here too; had this obscure link saved from a few years back. Features passenger and freight mostly on the Waterford line in the mid 1990s. http://blip.tv/irish-rail-video-footage This particular video shows motive power used on the Bell Liners, which included a 201 in its final years.

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