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  2. Many thanks both! Seems to me that brake vans are a sometimes neglected area in early Irish Railway history, but what is available can be fascinating - the MGWR examples especially, though my favourites remain the SLNCR road vans - possibly the shortest mixed train ever? As for the pay coach, the bank counter idea is an excellent one and one wonders if there were ever any Butch and Sundance style attacks, especially in the early years of seeking independence and the civil war too. You'd certainly think there would have to be a safe and the little ensemble must have been a tempting t
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  4. Looking at my copy of the book, David, it appears that the rear part of the vehicle - furthest from the engine - was probably used as the pay office, with staff receiving pay at the rear door. I’d imagine a desk with a lifting counter across the doorway. Probably with racks on either side. A bank in one of the heritage villages such as Cultra or Beamish might give some inspiration as to the style of Victorian cash handling. @jhb171achill may remember banks like this - I know my dad does from his working life. The rear compartment with conventional seating and perhaps a toilet as you s
  5. The W & L was made up of a multiplicity of different companies, so by the time it became the WL&WR it is probable that there were barely two vans alike. Personally I am unaware of the survival of details of any of them. If I was undertaking your project, I would probably use an early GSWR one, as these would been interchanged with their own after 1901 anyway. Sorry, that's the best I can do!
  6. 301s had 6'7, same as the 800s, so difference isn't that significant.
  7. Thanks Jim - I think they kept the low building to the right of these two old views ?
  8. Any idea where I might find photos or drawing of Waterford Limerick and Western Railway brake vans? Haven't been able to find anything thus far, but would like to build one to go with my 'mail goods', as hauled by 0-6-0 Shannon. While I'm here, something even more obscure. The new book Locomotives of the GSW has a drawing of Sprite with its 4w coach, which made up the 'pay train'. This toured the whole system on a fortnightly basis, so I fancy having a go at building a model. The question is, what was the internal layout of the coach? Suspect there may have been a toilet at the loc
  9. Sheer size of the drivers is also an issue - 6’8” !! Even bigger than an 800 class ....although to be quite honest I think stripping off the air pump, adding a smoke box door wheel, flying snail on the tender and lots of weathering, and she would look very passable indeed as a ‘generic’ Irish type 4-4-0.
  10. A neat looking thing, indeed, with a distinctly "Irish" look. While the grey is too light for GSR, it gives an idea of what a GSR derivative would look like. I am not sure of the dimensions, but a cursory look makes me wonder if, given a bit of jiggery-pokery and a "two-foot rule", it might be possible to make it resemble a WLWR D15, a GSWR D2 or D3, or a MGWR D5, D6, or D7? Apart from the splashers, actual length of loco would be the biggest of a number of issues with many of these.
  11. Olderfleet modified but still there 76 was of course River Inver!
  12. Nice view of the late Olderfleet hotel too !
  13. Yes, I have that one. Was also going to include this 1981 picture, with River Bush. Shows a lot of detail of the canopy!
  14. I have a Lima class 33 repaint into IR 015,would someone please give me 500 or 600 euro for it?
  15. Those Robinson WLW locos are beauties. Even the 4-4-2Ts have a real grace.
  16. Speaking of pretty engines, Robinson's WL&WR 4-4-0s, which became D15 class were also an elegant design, albeit with only 6' drivers. Featured on the cover of HC Casserley's history, they sported crimson lake livery too and occasionally cross my mind as a loco for Belmullet - but then so do half a dozen others!
  17. Reckon this lot might get me a couple of weeks in Los Fariones DJ?
  18. Wonderful Jim, I can almost hear the steady beat of that EE power unit. Nice to see the containers at stage left. All helps set the scene for modelling.
  19. I'll second that, Edo. The economy down here is probably about 95% tourism, so even though the impact on me personally has been the opposite, more hours, no breaks, I see the devastation all around me. At the same time, people are itching to travel, emailing about apartments every time there is even a hint of restrictions easing. They just can't wait to get out and fly somewhere. Once a critical mass have been vaccinated, and travel starts up again, there'll be a years worth of pent-up need to fly unleashed all at once. Fingers crossed that it's not too much longer for you.
  20. I hope things turn around for you soon Edo. Surreal is right. The only good thing is, that the first thing most people will do when they can is start travelling again! We haven't been home in two and half years. We were booked to visit Easter last year but yeah, that never happened.
  21. Excellent stuff. Recreating a real locale is challenging but doubly rewarding. You will find yourself learning much in the research and the building.
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