Branch Line Society: The Cork Stopper - Sunday 19th May 2019
On Sunday 19th May 2019, the Branch Line Society in conjunction with Iarnrod Eireann operated a charity railtour, raising money for the Railway Children charity. The railtour traversed crossovers, rarely used platforms and sidings with a lunch break at Tralee.
Highlights of this tour include the Cork station avoiding line, the remains of the former line to Youghal at Midleton (and the rarely used non-preferred platform), Killarney avoiding line, engineer's sidings at Cobh / Banteer / Rathmore, and a number of other crossovers / little used platforms particularly Tralee P2. The Society is indebted to Jim Meade, Chief Executive and Brian O'Meara, Train Planning and Performance Manager of Irish Rail for their dedication in supporting this project.
The train was formed by the mainstay of the Cork Commuter fleet, a 2600 Class unit formed of 2605 + 2616 which is recently ex-works.
Click https://bit.ly/2YzVIlu to view all the images plus a full description of all the crossovers, rarely used platforms and sidings.
Hi I will have a surplus of Polak 5453 ballast that I wish to sell. I don’t know the exact amount yet but should have at least 15 bags left over, But not 100 percent certain at the moment as I am still ballasting my track. If anyone is interested please let me know. There 240g bags and I will sell for €2.50 each plus postage. Here some photos of the product. Regards .
YES!!!! These were strengthen wagons to take the increased weight of the Bord na Móna peat briquettes and it was very clearly marked on the wagons to avoid a mistake being made, loading briquettes into a 40toner could have disastrous consequences even with the timber markers, the 40ton wagons only fully loaded over the bogies and limited loading in the centre, timber markers preventing higher loading, the 48 toners were ungraded and strengthen, when the peat briquette traffic finished, the 48 toners continued in use for fertiliser traffic and I noticed on several occasions fully loaded in the centre, ah yes, I notice back in 1995 a new 201class locomotive hauling 10 48 toners out of Shelton Abbey, I'm surprise that a thread has run to 4 pages about fert wagons and no mention of Bord na Móna peat briquettes, the 48toners got a new contract in transporting coal to a fuel merchant at Cabra adjacent to the cement depot, but only 2 trains ran, the business didn't fully materialise, that's another story.
dont ask, i have specific reasons for this strange method of building
small Attic , It just fits 2 x 9x5 boards and a short mid section with an extra few meter runs both sides in holes in walls into small side attics. 2 levels built, 3rd is planned
Track = >100 metres peco 100 track all mostly laid, star shape bus, 2.5 and 1.5 twisted bus, block wiring, two rail isolated gaps, 7 metre bus runs including track, too many insulfrogs , 80% of layout is wired above board, due to low ceiling and it being kids layout, while I sorta understood 'power divisions' and the difference x circuit breakers and then track occupancy requirements, as most is manual, i'v left all that to the latter part of the build, which is where I am now at, i use sand to level tracks and underlay for ballest
when i get the next section of track layed i will upload it to IRM