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Over twenty going Ballybrophy to Nenagh and back? That in itself is interesting, as I assume that the few that DO use the woeful service on the branch were probably mostly going to Limerick.

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Over twenty going Ballybrophy to Nenagh and back? That in itself is interesting, as I assume that the few that DO use the woeful service on the branch were probably mostly going to Limerick.

 

I wonder? It might be preferable, if going all the way to Limerick, to aim for a train, or trains, via Limerick Junction - if the timing still fits with your journey plans.

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I wonder? It might be preferable, if going all the way to Limerick, to aim for a train, or trains, via Limerick Junction - if the timing still fits with your journey plans.

 

 

True, indeed.... maybe originating from the likes of Nenagh it's more towards Limerick....

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Over twenty going Ballybrophy to Nenagh and back? That in itself is interesting, as I assume that the few that DO use the woeful service on the branch were probably mostly going to Limerick.

 

JB this is quite correct I used the train quite a lot in 2014 and 2015.

 

Majority of passengers go as far as Nenagh...very few after...which is why I think it was ridiculous investing in the Nenagh - Limerick section with a vastly improved motorway being built adjacent. If the line was terminated at Nenagh the same rolling stock could be used to double the frequency on the Nenagh - Ballybrophy section at more suitable times for passengers, this has been indicated in the Aecom Report published relatively recently within the past few years.

 

Also when on the train I know of a handful of people that DROVE to Ballybrophy from Nenagh to commute!!!! They always got the 18:00 back to Ballybrophy to collect their cars

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The branch siding has been fenced off properly.

 

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Some interesting trolleys for those keen on the yellow stuff.

 

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And a selection of machinery.

 

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The footbridge has roller-shutter doors now.

 

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The water tower still survives.

 

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A newish van was in evidence.

 

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4 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Yes, it's one of Jimmy O'Dea's. A fascinating collection to go through, but a pity he never did any colour photography.

Indeed - quite a few things that I've never seen before, from when Ballybrophy was the centre of the Universe.

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The parking situation is reaching crisis levels - this was the scene at 3pm yesterday, both sides of the access road almost out to the main road. There were two spots in the 'official' car park, due to people returning from a morning visit to Dublin, presumably.

 

The Orange Army, or at least part of an orange platoon, were renovating the platform edges.

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9 minutes ago, murrayec said:

Hi Borithe

It's an exceptionally neat and tidy station!

Eoin

Most days the wind blows straight up the track - it may be almost self-cleaning?

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Hi Broithe

Sid Meade used to do futuristic city & vehicle calenders for a Japanese tyre company, one of his designs was self cleaning streets- the street was in sections and had different faces like a drum, when they needed cleaning they rotated to bring up a new clean face.....

Eoin

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55 minutes ago, murrayec said:

Hi Broithe

Sid Meade used to do futuristic city & vehicle calenders for a Japanese tyre company, one of his designs was self cleaning streets- the street was in sections and had different faces like a drum, when they needed cleaning they rotated to bring up a new clean face.....

Eoin

No stopping the Japanese...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Dome#Retractable_surface

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It looked sharp in the Sun today.

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The water tower hasn't improved, the remains of the water gauge was flapping about in the wind.

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The goods shed may be joining it on the Endangered List - there seems to be some concern over the roofing.

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This has caused some of the overflow car-parking to be cordoned off, making things even tighter elsewhere.

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Some interesting details were spotted.

Some of the weathering might draw criticisms of being rather amateurish if actually applied.

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This was amusing...

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Not all the chimneys are secured from habitation.

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The "Armco" barrier in the car-park is impressive.

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The vacant 'building' remains, er, vacant.

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Looks like they are trying to keep the birds out of the Goods Shed, aside from possible loose slates at the edges, but given the amount of other holes that seem to be visible... 

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On 3/22/2018 at 5:36 PM, murrayec said:

Sid Meade used to do futuristic city & vehicle calenders for a Japanese tyre company, one of his designs was self cleaning streets- the street was in sections and had different faces like a drum, when they needed cleaning they rotated to bring up a new clean face.....

 

The Sid Meade of Bladerunner?  That's interesting

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23 hours ago, Broithe said:

This was amusing...

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I couldn't walk past that without rotating the cover right way up! :) Opps did I say that out loud? parapet.gif

 

Seriously some great pics. You have good eyes to see things.

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3 hours ago, Weshty said:

The Sid Meade of Bladerunner?  That's interesting

Yep, that's the man- we can also thank him for the design of the hatch-back car = Mazda 323, and the VW Scirocco, also big private ships for princess and rather rich people, but his best stuff is the futuristic artwork, I have a book from the early 80's about him- one wheel gyro cars, levitating cars that drive themselves guided by a central divide beacon, one wheel gyro personnel transport units one wares on your back, press the button, down drops the wheel and your away.... and oh he has designed passenger train interiors!

I bet he would appreciate the architectural quality of this station building- he does modern-futuristic but with an old quality

Here is a link if you want to see his stuff;- https://www.google.com/search?q=syd+mead+art&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjzrfDVjcfaAhWJKFAKHVNJBJAQsAQIKA&biw=1280&bih=890

Eoin

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2 hours ago, Noel said:

I couldn't walk past that without rotating the cover right way up! :) Opps did I say that out loud? parapet.gif

 

Seriously some great pics. You have good eyes to see things.

To be fair, it is on the loop platform which will rarely see a passenger train against it these days.

I did consider going back and painting another 'e' on it, so that it didn't matter which way it went back next time.

 

There is CCTV there, but this is behind the tower of the new bridge - probably out of view...

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