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Bells and ballast.

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Two questions, would other containers apart from Bells be seen on Bell liners out of Waterford in the early seventies, and were the hopper opening wheels on CIE ballast hoppers always painted yellow? Thanks.

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For your time period patrick, the ballasts were an all over bauxite, wheels included, with a lot less solebar markings too. 

No. 543 Wagon.jpg

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The Bell Liner trains between Waterford-Cork, Limerick & Dublin would normally only have carried Bell traffic.

Their ships were very small by modern standards, traffic mainly seems to have been in their own containers to the UK and Europe they are likely to have acted as a feeder to shipping companies that did not operate a direct service to Ireland. 

Good selection of Bell shipping http://www.irishships.com/bell_lines.html including Bell Ruler with a cargo of OCL containers.

Its possible that Murray Kitchens in Youghal and Waterford Co-Operative in Dungarvan would have generated reasonable railborne container traffic for a Cork-Waterford line. CIE operated a warehousing and distribution services for Murray Kitchens during the mid-late 70s joinery was transported in CIE containers rail was used for the trunk haul between North Esk and Heuston Goods with road collection and delivery by CIE road services 2-3 containers daily, insulated and reefer containers would have been required for Waterford Cooperative traffic.

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Yellow and other bright colourings of brake wheels, levers, handles and other bits and pieces, and yellow walkways etc etc... are all a modern phenomenon. Generally, you're well into the mid / late 1990s before they start appearing.

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Thanks everybody for the replys. My Bell liner shall remain solid bell containers and the yellow hopper operating wheels will get a coat of brown at some point.

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Something else to consider is that the ballast hoppers, (or indeed the dolomite hoppers, if that's what you still intend using the hoppers for),  wouldn't have had any of the large stencilled numbers on the sides in that era. 

 

11 hours ago, Glenderg said:

For your time period patrick, the ballasts were an all over bauxite, wheels included, with a lot less solebar markings too. 

No. 543 Wagon.jpg

I wonder is this a dolomite hopper unloading in the early days of Ballinacourty, before the site work was completed, and health and safety was invented.... 

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