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  1. GSR Pullman Coaches

  2. GSR Pullman Coaches

    Great stuff, MikeO! Any pics? Incidentally, I had another thought. I had a notion the end windows weren't the same as British ones but I am not sure. I must check! The gangways were standard Irish, of course, not British Pullman type.
  3. Flying Snail for locos & carriages

    See attached; this, with gold lining, is the ONLY authentic "snail" for steam engines and carriages. Post-1955, in lighter green livery, sometimes without gold lining. In all other cases, with, same as green buses.
  4. How to identify

    Yes, there was a glut of such things back then, ranging from high-quality models specially liveries, to crude children's toys. Even the real thing; a number of USA railways painted locomotives in traffic in patriotic-based liveries.
  5. Karl's Workbench

    Couldn't agree more. Well done, Karl.
  6. GSR Pullman Coaches

    Ah - matchboarded panelling? Yes, the Irish ones had that. I don't know if all of the British ones did. Get rid of the Pullman name / crests and gold lining, paint the roof darker grey, and repaint the brown above the windows in cream, and you've got a reasonable approximation if an Irish one in GSR days. Might be as easy to just paint it green with light green lining!
  7. Jadotville Medal Presentation Ceremony 2017

    Not the place here, but I don't think CCOB ever covered himself with anything but shame anywhere.
  8. GNR(I) memorial.

    If they eventually restore the Waterside station in Derry, it ought to go there.
  9. Track was mostly chaired on main lines, with soleplates increasingly used as this period went on, especially after the 1960s. Secondary lines and sidings were spiked directly to sleepers usually with rail of lighter section. Some spiked sidings were still to be seen in obscure places until comparatively recently - maybe early 1990s. Many chairs only seemed to have three screws! The GNR and CIE used rectangular chairs, while NCC ones were curved round on the inner side. Examples of all three may still be seen on sidings; some GSR soleplates may be seen in Galway, or were until only months ago when some of the old track was cleared. I am sure that soleplates of GSR and CIE origin are still kicking about in use on sidings.
  10. GSR Pullman Coaches

    The GSR painted carriage roofs a mid-grey, and this would have applied to the Pullmans too. They never had the dedicated British brown and cream Pullman livery here as such; but (a) they did initially have the word "Pullman" on them; jhbSenior recalls lettering above window level in gold shaded black and red (standard GSR carriage livery font) saying "Great Southern Pullman" at an early stage, when maroon though. (b) While it wasn't actually the formal Pullman livery, by coincidence the GSR had their own brown and cream livery for a short time (about 1927/8 to mid 30s). This had apparently the same shade of brown as the GWR in Britain, and the brown section (lower) was separated from the cream above by a one-inch black line. Another two black lines were placed immediately above window level, and just below cantrail level, there being no brown above the windows like on the British ones/ Roofs, as always, mid grey. Indeed, it was only well into the CIE era that roofs began to be black. While in the darker (bus / loco shade) CIE green pre-1955, roofs were generally grey, but some photos appear to show black appearing then. When the ghastly unpainted "livery" appeared on new-builds, the roof was unpainted too! After that, with the lighter green, roofs black, which carried on, obviously, right through the "black'n'tan" era. Back to the Pullmans, then. You can have the above brown & cream (black ends too), the standard GSR (LMS shade) maroon with black ends and dark grey roof, or the darker CIE green. None survived to have the lighter CIE green. With both GSR liveries, "Great Southern Pullman" or "Pullman" adorned the sides above window level, and unlike the British ones none of them had names, or "Car No. 444" on the sides. I'm pretty certain that the Pullman crest was never displayed on them. The actual Pullman organisation didn't control them like in Britain - they were fully acquired after only a short time by the GSR, after which repaints would probably have had no "Pullman" wording at all. The "umber" was simply cream, which had got weathered! In steam days, anyone who has ever seen a coach in regular use will see this happening. Look at old pics of Donegal coaches when in use, or for those of us lucky enough to see South African steam in the 1970s / 80s / 90s, same. They carried both the GSR brown and cream (as opposed to Pullman brown and cream) AND the GSR maroon at different times prior to repainting in green by CIE at some stage between 1945 and 1946/7. "....Were there matching boards ( if that is the right term)below the waist on the Irish version?...." Not sure what you mean by that?
  11. Bantry Town Station 1950's

  12. Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Ah! Yes...... Excellent stuff.
  13. Bantry Town Station 1950's

    The loco fits in very well.... while J15s never got anywhere near Bantry, the weathered finish to the paintwork on the shed and the (correct CIE grey!) loco finish look just right for 1950s CIE. A Bandon tank next - I know you've one on the way - now that'll be a sight to behold. The SSM ex-MGWR "J16" 0.6.0T will of course also fit well into a West Cork layout, as will any amount of (filthy!) "C" class diesels!
  14. Behind the scenes at IRM

    The snow's the wrong shade of white.......

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