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    Interesting comments re CIE

    Here are a few comments regarding CIE which you might find interesting (well I did, sad I know). They come from this thread http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=160297&p=1344014&hilit=cie#p1344014 1. "This is anecdotal so I will understand if gets deleted in such a technical discussion. I visited Ireland with my family in 1963. Due to a storm in Galway preventing the tender reaching our ship, CIE put together a special train to take us to Cobh. How they threw together a train for 150 passengers so quickly is a true wonder. When we got to station platform, the driver was standing next to a relatively new Class 121 EMD. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_lo ... of_Ireland As noted in this article, the engine was oriented "cab forward". I asked the driver how come it was pointed opposite to the American style. He replied that this way they only needed one man in the cab, i.e. no fireman. I'll find another forum to discuss the behavior of my mother and my aunt as they drank Baby Chams at every station stop on the trip" .2 "(pjw1967-- CIE continued to be able to put on special trains on short notice. When I first went to Ireland in September 1977, Dublin Airport was fogged in and Are Lingus had to let us off at Shannon. And arranged a special train with CIE to take a 747-load of passengers from Limerick to Dublin.) Pneudyne-- I didn't realize that EMD had made a 3-foot gauge traction motor! I had assumed they relied on things like the GA-8 for sub-meter gauge applications. (National of Mexico had a few GA-8 and I think even its successor model the GA-18 to serve some of their surviving 3-foot gauge lines.)" 3 " Re CIE, my understanding is that it adopted single-person crewing for its main-line diesel locomotives quite early on. Its mid/late 1950s A, B and C classes, all of the double end-cab type, were designed for that, and had driving positions on both sides of the cab. Somewhere – and I might be able to find the reference – I read that in the days of mixed traction, where a given crew might operate both diesel and steam locomotives during a shift, the fireman typically travelled as a passenger on the diesel legs. Re Babycham, I recall that it was popular with the YLs when I was living in London in the 1970s. I wouldn’t though have associated it with mothers and aunts..... Returning to EMD exports, I have attached a drawing for the Clyde-GM version of the G12. This clearly shows the extra length and the back porch. The drawing is from the 1957 January edition of the generic operating manual, and I suspect, basis the buffers and couplers, was based upon the initial QR delivery, with fabricated trucks. The D36 3-foot gauge traction motor was used for example on the Colombia GR12 fleet. Clyde-GM also used its version, the CD36, on the (Cape gauge) QR GL8C and GL18C models, ostensibly to assist in keeping weights down". )
  2. Imagine if the boss says "Get the 35th in line out and back in action" Bit sad really as I like diesel locos......
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    IRM 2018 Range; 'Project 42' and Plough

    Like you say, there is always a fly in the ointment but in my case it turned out to be an ELEPHANT! Read on (but for those of a nervous disposition I'd advise reading no further) "Well as you are not going to that train thing tonight, perhaps we could watch those "50 Shades" films ? Then afterwards maybe we could...." All I can say is these wagons better be GOOD and the discount even better.
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    IRM 2018 Range; 'Project 42' and Plough

    "I thought you were going to that train thing tonight" "I was, but I changed my mind" "But that's all you've talked about for the last few weeks" " I know, I know. I thought it would be nicer to spend Saturday night with you. Besides there was all that expense. You know the travelling, the food, some drink and the overnight stay. So I decided against it and decided on a nice Saturday night with you instead. So as I am staying in with you tonight, would you mind if I bought some wagons for the layout with the money instead?" (Nailed it, me thinks)
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    IRM 2018 Range; 'Project 42' and Plough

    "Good morning dear, light of my life, apple of my eye. You are looking exceptionally lovely today. By the way, what's the limit on the credit card?"
  6. Any of the CIE shunters . Anyone with a small layout could use them with the bubbles or shale wagons. I'd definitely be in for a couple.
  7. Joint venture with a UK company to produce UK wagon?
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    Piko HO diesels

    Just ordered this for €86 which includes postage. https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/produkt/PIKO/15-4-004001-184331-0-0-0-6-10-2-0-gatt-gb-p-0/ein_produkt.html
  9. Here are some very nice Piko HO scale locos. Some are really well priced. I'll be getting some of these myself. Here's one I fancy,https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/produkt/PIKO/15-4-004001-256014-0-0-0-6-10-2-0-gatt-gb-p-0/ein_produkt.html. Just thought I'd post this incase someone fancies something different. https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/gattungliste/0/15-4-004001-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-gatt-gb-p-0/gattungliste.html
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    Irish firm selling locos

    Never knew this was an Irish registered company. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/business/single-view/view/mrce-sells-diesel-locomotives.html
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    Loco assembly line...

    Wonder if the Murphy Models assembly operation looks anything like this????
  12. Came across this. It is from Iran. http://www.andrewgrantham.co.uk/images/rail/iq-dem2410.jpg This is the only details I found on it. J26CW/AC EMD 16-645E engine 2200hp diesel-electric 1981. Only work on western lines, owing to weight. All are out of service (Feb 2004). .
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    Group purchase?

    Thinking that €5 a member ought to do it..... http://www.sterlingrail.com/classifieds/classified.php?id=16401 Each contributor gets to keep it for a weekend.
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    Irish Rail freight trial


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