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    I was born at a very early age. I am still here and will remain until I am no longer with us.


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  1. 1960 I'm reading forward from January 1960. First thing of interest is that in 1959/60, ten "C"'s were fitted with electric heating equipment. Clearly, it was not to prove successful, as subsequently tin vans were used. It seems that lining was first added to green-repainted As and Cs once they were repainted from silver, but new paint jobs (green, obviously) were seen by April 1960 with no lining. In spring 1960, we see the first instance of an ex-GNR dining car on a CIE line - Westland Row to Galway; plus a CIE diner (No. 2400) appearing on the Enterprise. Meanwhile, branch closures abound. Some lines are in an advanced stage of having track lifted, others are just closed, and announcements are being made that others are either under threat, or rumoured to be, or notices have been published. Interestingly, the West Clare, now Ireland's last narrow gauge system, is thriving and traffic is heavy. CIE appear to be making positive noises about its future (ten months before closure!) - so that's all right, then! By summer 1960, CIE have 140 steam engines nominally on their books. Many, however, are long out of use. 800, 801 and "Sambo" are among them. Almost half of the surviving steam engines are J15s. The UTA have started putting their full coat of arms on rolling stock, and repainting ex-GNR locos. It is thus certain that no GNR loco in UTA livery ever bore the older "Red Hand" emblem. On CIE, the first repaint of a GNR dining car into green has taken place, at the same time that the UTA paint an ex-GNR diner (88) in their dark green. By summer 1960, the UTA is starting to put the "wasp" stripes on railcars, and the first ex-GN BUT car has received UTA green. Closures abound again: now the West Cork, West Clare and Tramore lines are scheduled for closure. All are reporting record traffic! Thank you, Todd Andrews; you're responsible for both this AND Tubridy. Ghastly. The IRN mentions that the obviously planned closure of the West Clare is doubtless the reason that CIE didn't seek an stock off the Donegal. One would have thought railcars 19 and 20 would have come in handy, plus some carriages. Elsewhere, the IRN expresses incredulity that CIE would propose closing four Dublin suburban halts, and raises eyebrows at some closure policies. This is the difference between this periodical and the IRRS journal: we have here a refreshing look at the railway through open, measured eyes. The IRRS Journal has, inexplicably, throughout its 60+ year life, never, ever criticised the railway, even when clearly warranted. We'll finish 1960 and I'll come back to this in a while. I'm off on holiday for two weeks so expect radio silence for a while after this post!
  2. Believe it or not, I meant to write 15p sterling, or about 17 cents! So there’s two free extra cents!
  3. This is not meant to be an exhaustive deluge of stuff from this source, but I was prompted to delve in regard to the (justifiably) growing interest in the earlier history of A class diesels, in particular their appearance. Over time, I’ll throw in whatever other details strike me as being of possible interest to modellers. A subscription cost the equivalent of 15c in 1960......!
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    A closer look at our A Classes!

    001 wasn't the only one to get this early shaded style. Several 141/181 class did too, as well as other As. It didn't last long. I'm unaware of any 121s ever having it, though I could be wrong, and most certainly no 101 did. The lighter green had variously lining and no lining; two varieties, not counting the rarer dark green. There's something niggling the back of my mind regarding the dark green. It is easy, given lighting and dirt and different camera film, to occasionally mistake the darker bus green for the post-55 railway green. I'm pretty sure there was nothing like as much dark green on "A"s as seems to be assumed; I will search for concrete information if I get a chance today.
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    A closer look at our A Classes!

    Nor here! A load of children's bikes pilfered recently!
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    David's Workbench

    That is (yet another) masterpiece, David!
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    Cultra Model Railway Exhibition

    It's just a great shame that you can't photograph anything in a glass case because of the glare.....
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    NCC, old photographs from April 1949

    I did a double take there as one of them looked like one of my dad’s! On comparing, his is of the same class of loco and a similar angle! My dad’s NCC photos were taken between (from memory) 1944 and 1947.
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    The buses of Tara Jctn.

    I'm sure Boris could tell us that leaving the EU will give the UK enough to buy 62 new buses every day for every bus route from Lands End to John O'Groats!
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    A closer look at our A Classes!

    That's the beast for me, then!
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    Wow! This will be one to watch!
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    One could look real, the other far away................ (I'll just get me coat......)
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    IRM Plough Preordering Now Open!

    You almost think it WAS painted brown!! Yellow is a very impractical colour for railways......
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    The Great Model Railway Challenge - Channel 5

    Likewise, I don’t see it as much of interest.
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    LIMA Murphy Models

    Wow! ......"proper" cranes from the days before just about everything maintenance-wise was sheep-dipped in garish yellow! If they're for sale.....?

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