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GNR coaches now clad in dark UTA green (a lot still in brown, though, or navy and cream), while blue 4.4.0s are still going to be around, albeit increasingly uncared for, over the next few years.

 

Talk of closures hangs in the air like cordite. Railways are inefficient, costly and old fashioned. Sure they'll all be closed in a few years. Buses and cars are the new way; the swinging sixties approach. You can buy a new Morris Minor or a Ford Zephyr. Much better than the smoky old trains.

 

By the way, isn't it hard to believe it's over ten years since the war ended! Sure the men who came back from it are hitting 40 now.....

 

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This one's from a public timetable, to show a picture of a flagship 70 class railcar, and the sort of running they did. Compare with the pedestrian 2015 timetable!

 

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It's 1938, passenger engines are almost all blue now, and the coaching stock remains varnished and wooden!

 

The golden era of the GNR. Not a pesky diesel in sight.

 

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It's 1969. Steam rules York Road, with quite a few Jeeps about still on the spoil trains. Elsewhere, the railcars are being repainted into maroon and grey, while elderly musty-smelling old steam-hauled stock, most still in old UTA green, choke the sidings in Antrim where they've been moved to facilitate the shrinkage of York Road in preparation for building the M2.

 

Up the road, a group of youngsters have former a train society of some sort called the RPSI. I wonder how long that will last! They actually want to run real steam engines - that'll be all very well till they need a few new boiler tubes, I tell ye. Sure if they can keep steam alive 3 or 4 years into the 70s, well and good.....

 

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CIE bring the goods to Lisburn. NIR railcars take over to bring it up the otherwise disused Antrim branch to Derry.

 

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24 to follow now, in two lots of 12; it's starting into the black'n'tan era. Much is green, some is BnT; steam clings on for a few months more, with a few dingy J15s, mostly in Waterford, the odd shunt in Dublin, and that's about it. Ballaghderreen, Ballinrobe and Waterford - Macmine will cling onto steam until closure.

 

Grubby silver (actually dirty grey!) C class locos potter about, awaiting either green or black paint.

 

At Amiens Street, the odd GNR 4.4.0 is still lurking. GAA, rugby or pilgrimage trains can still bring a surprising amount of steam out of the woodwork, but within a year it'll all be history.

 

The swansong of steam on CIE.

 

The Newmarket branch goods is designated for "D.E." haulage, i.e. a diesel electric, as is Fenit, but "G" class haulage was more usual, especially on the former.

 

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More from 1963..... including the B101 class, new grey 121s, and on beet a few old J15 steam engines on the Mallow - Waterford. What a mix, what a line. It's got to be a top seller - a 1963 based layout on that line. Scenery included.

 

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Jayus the lads in CIE must have really regretted the silver livery! I think there was one or two J15s shunting at Limerick at the end of steam. Amazing how they outlived their supposed replacements the J15as and Bs.

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More 1972, Loughrea included. G and C heaven!

 

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By November 1975, Loughrea was gone. But there was still lots of interest. See how much goods there is on the main line - I've enclosed a few page headings to show this.

 

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Really interesting collection of timetables. The Bundoran line is of particular interest to me as I used to be taken on it as a child to the seaside, including the 'tea and suger' Sunday evening trains! My recollection is that all the trains were steam hauled but is there any record of AEC/BUT railcars ever reaching Bundoran?

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Great Northern, 1955. Blue locos, brown carriages, still a good few varnished. And brand new navy and cream railcars on Belfast - Dublin, Belfast - Banbridge - Newcastle, and Belfast - Enniskillen via Clones. The artic sets are on the Howth line, and the oddball collection of Gardner engined railcars of 1930s origin are to be found on the Bundoran line, Derry to Omagh locals, and Scarva - Banbridge.

 

Elsewhere - steam, steam and steam.

 

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"......Really interesting collection of timetables. The Bundoran line is of particular interest to me as I used to be taken on it as a child to the seaside, including the 'tea and suger' Sunday evening trains! My recollection is that all the trains were steam hauled but is there any record of AEC/BUT railcars ever reaching Bundoran?....."

 

I'm pretty certain they didn't, but the old 1934-era Gardner engined cars worked the line. Jhb171senior often used them to go there and back when he was District Engineer in Enniskillen. They had a special diesel fuel store there for them and the local GNR buses.

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Grand finale for the moment, though if anyone has any requests there's a great deal more where this came from.

 

The truly golden, if impecunious age of Irish railways. This is the first of two GSR posts from 1926.

 

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Final post for the moment, finishing 1926 off down south in Caark, boyo!

 

Narrow gauge heaven.....

 

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Final post for the moment, finishing 1926 off down south in Caark, boyo! This is a re-post of the one above, as the images don't seem to have come out.

 

Narrow gauge heaven.....

 

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Jonathan, unsure if you are still taking requests, but if so, any chance of a few pics of the section covering the Athlone-Mullingar (Midland) route from the CIE 1972 timetable please?

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2 hours ago, iarnrod said:

Jonathan, unsure if you are still taking requests, but if so, any chance of a few pics of the section covering the Athlone-Mullingar (Midland) route from the CIE 1972 timetable please?

Will do. To follow.....

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They’re not going to be in the right order, due to problems uploading, but you’ll get the picture! 

These are from the June 1972 WTT.

 

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That’s it for now!

I have only just got a 1948 CIE WTT, which makes interesting reading. When I get round to it, I’ll post some stuff.

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9 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

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That’s it for now!

I have only just got a 1948 CIE WTT, which makes interesting reading. When I get round to it, I’ll post some stuff.

Many thanks for uploading the Galway line pages, Jonathan.

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