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About jhb171achill

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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. jhb171achill

    How to make your own 121 class

    A superb article! And a really excellent job!
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    CIE Standard coach (laminate stock)

    Late to be coming back to this, but I just spotted it. The upholstery there is not original.
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    Bray Train & Model Fair

    They’ll all be repainted in MGWR carriage brown livery by then.
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    Bray Train & Model Fair

    They’re all in the wrong livery......
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    Like Ying Tong Song or Kay Dee? Avoid Taa Ra as she’s a bit of a wagon.
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    Fry Model Railway

    I sincerely hope not, but little surprises me these days.....
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    Fry Model Railway

    Fry had a large collection of railway artefacts as well as his models. His models ran into the hundreds. All are in varying condition. The artefact list is currently being perused to see what bits are of the highest historical interest for display. I understand that all concerned may be meeting again very soon to evaluate progress.
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    Correct, indeed! An Irish Rail one, the whole way through? I had thought it was NIR ones.... Interesting, Ernie, many thanks!
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    Yet another new book!

    Many thanks for that recommendation, Noel, much appreciated. Barry and I have several vague ideas about a third volume in the series, and as it happens I’m off to call with him this evening! A goods volume may indeed be interesting, and one project we had (albeit only vaguely) considered would include quite a bit of fertiliser and beet. As always, as a schoolteacher of mine used to say at exam time, “time is of the essence”!
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    Until 1965, steam engines and loose-coupled trucks (generally looking extremely dishevelled / neglected). After the UTA abolished all internal goods traffic and the Derry Road closed, MPD cars (2 or 3 together) were used generally, but as the 1970s progressed, these were gradually replaced by 70 class cars. Waterside station in Derry usually had a single MPD car as a shunter in the late sixties and early seventies. The CIE engine would bring the Derry goods as far as Lisburn, where it would be left in the back platform for the UTA / NIR railcars to pick up. CIE locos worked the Belfast goods first to Grosvenor Road, later to Adelaide. The CIE engine shunted Belfast after 1972; the ex BCDR diesel plus the CIE loco before that, and steam up to about 1968/9, usually Jeeps. The CIE motive power was usually pairs of 121/141/181s. As mentioned, very short lived timber traffic operated in the 1990s. I am not sure of the exact dates. This traffic, plus fertiliser traffic was also operated between Dundalk and Lisburn by CIE / IE, but as the 70 class cars were withdrawn in the early 1980s, NIR diesels took over. The three Hunslets had a turn, especially 102 but rarely 103; later the three 071s (111/2 especially; 113 less often). The second hand C class locos were occasionally used in the mid 1990s. By the time the Adelaide goods traffic ended (was that, I think, about ten years ago?), motive power was still inevitably “pairs” - variously 121, 141 and 181 classes. I recall 133 & 135 on it quite often, but I’m sure they all had a go. I never once saw a CIE / IE 071 on goods in the north. I can’t say with certainty that not one ever did, but I think it unlikely. If an 071 ever DID deal with goods to the north, it would have been an extremely rare one-off. Perhaps others might be able to clarify this.
  11. jhb171achill

    A closer look at our A Classes!

    Yes, neither an A nor anything else had the “tanner” and the “more orange” shades together - it was one or the other.
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    A closer look at our A Classes!

    Aaaaarrrrggghhhh what did yiz post those pictures of all the different liveries for! Now I’m going to have to buy at least one and maybe two or three more!! Incidentally, has 027 got an 071-style white roundel, or is it just the illustration?
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    The wagon in the photo looks new, yet the “TARA” isn’t green. I wonder if it is s hastily-arranged paper one for a photo-shoot? I saw a whole rake brand-new and they all had lime green writing.
  14. Yes, that was one of the 2 (or 3?) rakes of old wooden coaches kept for excursion use. They were all, as far as I know, ofswr origin - mostly corridor but a few non-corridor. Several survive - the DCDR's 837, now restored and in use; 1287, which is the staff room on the DCDR but not operational, and I think 1142 and 1097 may have come from that source too. I never travelled in them, but I certainly remember the black noisy diesels, and the noisy exhausts of the AEC, BUT and MED railcars!
  15. That’s 207, and UTA AEC railcar sets, no doubt! Mine are of UG class locos, Jeeps and wooden carriages with a strong smell of damp in them (Lisburn, Portadown and Great Victoria Street), and big black diesels and AEC cars in Westland Row....

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