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    Fry Model Railway

    Disappointed, but not surprised, unenlightened Ireland being what it is. One train set (sic.) is as good as the next it seems. From the post above it looks like it's going to be a new fangled "Interpretive Centre" rather than the Fry Model Railway we knew.
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    OO Works 101 - Coming Closer!

    They carried the GSWR type doors that opened in two halves, the more usual doors with 'dart' opening handles and the typical GSR/CIE smokebox wheel so there's a few varieties. Wasn't 184 painted in an interpretation of GSWR lined green complete with cast numberplates when still on CIEs books?
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    Cie parts

    Found a few more images online and they all either have '40' or '25' so must be a long service badge. The railways here didn't have those as far as I know but CIE bus drivers did get small star shaped ones for 10, 15, 25 years safe driving.
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    Cie parts

    If German, the Crown would mean it's one of the old pre Deutsche Reichsbahn companies. Could be Royal Bavarian State Railway or something. Don't think it's 40 years service, 40 may be just the staff id number. The model loco appears to be carrying the old SNCB livery and logo.
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    'Huge' Model Railway in 'De Paper'

    These are journalists. They refer to diesel hauled trains as 'choo-choos'.
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    Correct restoration of Railwayana (Lineside Signs)

    Yes it is an untitled GWR gate sign. Oddly enough, CIE produced an enamelled gate sign in the 50s quoting the very same Victorian Act of Parliament...in English AND Irish. Just because it mentions an Act from a certain year doesn't mean it dates from that time.
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    Midland Railway (of England)
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    Correct restoration of Railwayana (Lineside Signs)

    A retired railwayman, gone to his reward years ago, told me that the men sent out to paint the signs weren't given small brushes to paint the letters. They dipped their thumbs into the paint and painted them that way.
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    Bachmann OO9 Rusty and HO/OO Spiteful Brakevan and Tankers for Thomas Range

    Rusty isn't a million miles away from a Bord na Mona jobbie.
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    Cork, Blackrock and Passage Station building at Crosshaven

    Some interesting platform furniture; two "what the butler saw" Mutoscope machines, a vending machine for sweetmeats...presumably confectionary and what looks like a machine for stamping souvenir name tags.
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    GSWR Brake Vans

    Identical to wagon plate, just GSWR (running no) INCHICORE WORKS. A pretty good broadside photo of one in original condition in the Murray / Mc Neil GSWR book.
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    Black 47 - MGWR (ish) loco featured

    Watched this tonight. What appears to be presumably an early MGWR 2-2-2 and train is shown for a half a minute, with a fully enclosed cab rather than the expected simple backplate (or nothing at all) All computer generated of course. Set in Connemara, so a bit of artistic licence there too, the railway not having got to those parts until much later.
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    Western Rail Corridor

    I see that some of these 'keen cyclists' aren't at all bothered about our greenhouse emissions (which we will get hammered by the EU over, make no mistake) and consigning to history something that can reduce the numbers of cars and heavy lorries off the roads.
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    Western Rail Corridor

    Why can't it be both? Why is it always either/or?
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    Curved Goods Store?

    Have never seen a curved one anywhere. Maybe with some visual trickery you could get away with making a smaller straight one that fits?

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