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I thought they were left money? Etc?

 

Someone left a few million to it to be put into the casino in Malahide though there appears to be no progress

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The collection has changed hands now, so I'm not sure if that still applies. I think it was property rather than money that was left... Casino House in Malahide.

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I was talking to John Hamill from the MRSI he has been trying to find out what's happening. Its still with Dublin tourism but they are just sitting on it. 1.6 million was left to restore the casino and the renovation of the railway, on the basis it goes back to Malahide.

Looks like it going to be left mothballed. Very sad

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By the look and sound of it no one wants to take responsibility and is hoping its forgotten about.

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I don't know the finer details, but I do know someone who does, so I'll try and get info from them and post it here.

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OK, I received a reply.

 

Dublin Tourism DO still own the collection, but it's in the possession of a third party who are ensuring that it is safely stored and that the items are catalogued. Unfortunately, it seems some repair work will be required, although I've no further details on that.

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OK, I received a reply.

 

Dublin Tourism DO still own the collection, but it's in the possession of a third party who are ensuring that it is safely stored and that the items are catalogued. Unfortunately, it seems some repair work will be required, although I've no further details on that.

 

pat, do they know if the project will go ahead as planned in malahide?

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pat, do they know if the project will go ahead as planned in malahide?

 

No idea, Seamus. That will depend on whether Dublin Tourism want to keep it out there. Despite the offer of a new home in Malahide, I have to say I'd much rather see it set up in a more central location.

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I think some one is hoping it will be forgotten about.

NO CHANCE.

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I wonder (from an admittedly mischievous point of view) what their reaction would be if I told them that DCDR would take it off their hands!

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I wonder (from an admittedly mischievous point of view) what their reaction would be if I told them that DCDR would take it off their hands!

 

You could possibly find they would jump at the chance to part with it and you could have a very large lay-out to play with at DCDR for rainy days.

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JB, Whereabouts would the DCDR put it? It takes up a few thousand square feet before even considering the room needed for visitors to walk around it...

Edited by Garfield

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In theory it could go into the new carriage gallery, but in reality the only thing the DCDR would be in a position to take, or would possibly want, would be any BCDR models in it - and only then if the collection was going to be broken up (which would be a terrible shame).

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I wonder would a more radical approach be to make a new, smaller layout (possibly also with better scenery) and rotate use of the trains. Thus, a visitor could end up seeing Enterprises of 1947 and 1970, with a Donegal train chasing a T & D one on the narrow gauge bit on one visit, and on another visit a DART, a MGWR goods train, a Causeway tram and a pair of 121s with a Craven set!

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I wonder would a more radical approach be to make a new, smaller layout (possibly also with better scenery) and rotate use of the trains. Thus, a visitor could end up seeing Enterprises of 1947 and 1970, with a Donegal train chasing a T & D one on the narrow gauge bit on one visit, and on another visit a DART, a MGWR goods train, a Causeway tram and a pair of 121s with a Craven set!

Any thing would be better than the lights on and off mutter mutter set up that was used at Malahide, it was a shambles on busy days plus no pics and an attitude problem from some staff when some visitors complained they could,nt see as it was a sheep herding exercise with the playing with lights so my moan over.

Any decent set-up run by a sensible person(s) would be better than nothing even if it is a smaller lay-out compared to the original.

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I wonder would a more radical approach be to make a new, smaller layout (possibly also with better scenery) and rotate use of the trains. Thus, a visitor could end up seeing Enterprises of 1947 and 1970, with a Donegal train chasing a T & D one on the narrow gauge bit on one visit, and on another visit a DART, a MGWR goods train, a Causeway tram and a pair of 121s with a Craven set!

 

Better still... go all out and do something like this:

 

[video=youtube_share;XsfN01LbAhc]http://youtu.be/XsfN01LbAhc

 

PIMP:drool:

 

All that's needed is a win in the EuroMillions...

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Couldn't agree more, hidden agenda. Personally I think the models would be seen to better advantage if they took it in turns to run on a smaller layout. I wonder if the actual ones originally made by Cyril Fry got a run in recent times? I remember seeing 071-hauled trains on it - they wouldn't have been made by Fry!

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Lovely photos, it's really soul destroying when you think of the situation the collection is in now.

 

Rich,

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