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Funny you should suggest making the lower end single line. I have considered this because when trains left omagh, they disappeared under road bridges emerging as single track only.

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Not much double track in Ireland anyway is there? Apart from Larne, Belfast, Dublin, Cork and on to Cobh/Middleton, pretty much everything else is/was single, including much of the Derry Road.

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Prior to 1925 or so, there was a lot more - a good deal of the Sligo line, and all of the Galway line, for example. Today, it's Larne, Bangor to Bray, M3 Parkway, Maynooth, Connolly - tunnel - Heuston - Cobh & Midleton, and that's about it!

The main routes now long gone were ALL single - Waterford - Mallow, North Kerry, Limerick - Sligo - Enniskillen, Dundalk - Enniskillen - Derry, Portadown - Cavan - Mullingar, the Derry Road, the BCDR, West Cork; and the existing South Kerry and Limerick Jct - Waterford - Rosslare were always single.

One double track narrow gauge line, and one only, of course: the Cork - Blackrock part of the CBPR. The Crosshaven extension was always single.

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4 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

 Today, it's Larne, Bangor to Bray, 

Not quite the full way to Larne though..... 🤓

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53 minutes ago, Patrick Davey said:

Not quite the full way to Larne though..... 🤓

 

53 minutes ago, Patrick Davey said:

Not quite the full way to Larne though..... 🤓

 

53 minutes ago, Patrick Davey said:

Not quite the full way to Larne though..... 🤓

Indeed, sir; my mistake entirely. Used to be as far as Whitehead, now double just short of there. Never double Whitehead - Larne at all.

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Having spent several weeks in the 'shed' I'm amazed as to how many problems arise when trying to work a decent run around layout into a 10x6 size shed layout. Sure has tested me.

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On 7/28/2018 at 6:18 PM, jhb171achill said:

 

 

Indeed, sir; my mistake entirely. Used to be as far as Whitehead, now double just short of there. Never double Whitehead - Larne at all.

Took a trip to Whitehead today on a return out of Belfast. The ladies were shopping and I decided just to sit and relax by rail.

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