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  2. Travel was a factor in the Spanish Flu, perhaps for the first* large scale event that kind. It happened around the end of WW1, even precipitating the end, in part - then commercial shipping reemerged, as the U-boat threat disappeared, and large numbers of troops were shipped home, all over the world. Not as fast as air transport would spread things today, of course. In terms of the current situation, there's little point even informing 'us' that it's going on at the moment, but it's free news and they need to fill up their spaces with stuff that's 'different and interesting'. Every time there is a successful containment, it essentially just raises the scepticism that it will ever happen on a proper large scale and require 'us' to take difficult measures ourselves. * The bubonic plague was transport-related, I suppose, but much slower, of course.
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  4. The difference nowadays is air travel. Right now and just about any point in time there are 5 million people up there in the sky travelling on board civilian aircraft. So geographic containment like 30 years ago is no longer possible. The problem is the media hype the facts to such an extent that a degree of unfounded hysteria can be generated that is disproportionate to the actual risk. 50 fatalities so far, but we don't know if these fatalities were amongst vulnerable people such as very elderly folk or folks with pre-existing complicating serious medical conditions. 50 fatalities from a global population of 7700,000,000 statistically rounds down to Zero % risk for most of us. Like the SARs crisis of 2009, folks were unnecessarily alarmed by media fuelled over hyping the facts. Millions did not die, not even one thousand thank God. So rest easy and do not worry about opening your next pack of Chinese manufactured wagons, or visiting a Chinese take away this week, the car journey there, or even your walk down the stairs this morning had a far greater statistical risk of fatality. Too many scary movies combined with an insatiable 24hr media business selling adverts. Rest easy. Just some of the aircraft in flight at the time of this post, and only in two parts of the globe.
  5. The caption on the pic (which I lifted off some website) said it was taken in 1993 - caption clearly wrong in that case.....
  6. Yep, I remember watching the 'survivors' serial thing as a kid, didn't the intro have airport arrival travellers sneezing and dropping dead as i recall!...Armageddon virus type theme is certainly a popular vehicle for film and tv drama..
  7. I don't know about copied, it's generic looking, like all the variations of winged wheels used by numerous (usually European) transport companies.
  8. gph2000

    The GHCJR

    And from the other end, it got as far as Birr.
  9. Does anyone remember the '70s BBC series "Survivors"? Scary stuff. The difference between the Spanish Flu after WW1, and the coronavirus today, is the ability for the virus to spread thanks to international flights. The fact it can be passed on to someone from somebody who isn't showing symptoms makes it even worse.
  10. While this all seems to be remote from the majority of users on this forum 2019-nCoV has been confirmed in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United States and Vietnam. The bigger issue is the cases that have not yet been diagnosed and the fact that it may be transmissible even by person who do not appear ill. This novel virus has adapted to human hosts remarkably quickly. SARS was transmitted to humans from cats, MERS from camels, Avian flu from birds. None has an effective vaccine. The SARS epidemic was handled poorly so at least the Chinese have been more proactive with curfews on non-essential travel and provision of better protective equipment and medical personnel and treatment facilities. While the plastic goodies are probably going to be ok, there are now cases in Shanghai and Beijing (as you'd have predicted), 3000 have been infected, and 100 people have died (so far). These are just the facts (I hope) whether you consider them relevant to you or not.
  11. REFER was formed in 1997 ten years after IR used the set of point logo. ,Although the logos are not identical the "R" obviously is the same. They may have copied the PWD colors too 😁
  12. The arrival & departure boards at Santa Apolónia station in Lisbon featured the logo when I visited in 2015: It had been removed when I returned last summer, however.
  13. Any idea who copied who? Who had it first? The Irish version dates back to 1987.
  14. I, too, saw a single 121 on a fert once, but only once; it would have been an exceptionally rare one indeed. In terms of livery queries earlier, as seen in photos, yes, BnT locos ran with them. In fact, when the ferts were introduced, the majority of locomotives were still black'n'tan.
  15. Where I live, on the Big Island, there was an infected farm about a mile and a half away. There were no precautions of any sort anywhere that I saw during the whole event, apart from a feedstuffs yard that did have straw down at the entrance. I saw a bloke walk out of a field of sheep, swill his wellies in a puddle, then get in his car and drive off.
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  17. NIR used the 111 Class to haul fertiliser trains through to Derry, I don't know if the NIR loco took over at Dundalk or Adelaide. 121s were occasionally used to haul fertiliser trains during the early 1990s. I once saw a single 121 departing Cork on the Dublin line with an empty fertiliser on a Saturday evening in 93, the fertiliser departed shortly before the up evening Dublin passenger, I am not sure if the passenger overtook the freight at Rathpeacon Yard or Mallow, the surprising thing was that we overtook another 121 on a north bound fertiliser train at Limerick Junction. At the time I met a Cork Gricer who said Motive Power control must have been desperate to put a 121 on a fertiliser train and that works were due to start on a new Down Platform at Limerick Junction the following week😉
  18. The logo of REFER, the former Portuguese rail infrastructure company obsolete since 2015.
  19. What's this all about? In the Algarve....
  20. Ah, the pixels. We were infested with them too. You can get some sort of spray which kills them off, I believe. It's their chattering at night that does my head in.
  21. I had another look at it. It was printed by their own printing works - where they made their bottle labels. The print font used was common enough back then; before the days of the all-encompassing "arial" which seems to have pervaded just about everything, worldwide, from the late 1960s. It actually fell out of a book that I was consulting for something else. I have hundreds of books, and even more railway documents and timetables, and it's amazing what pops out of them now and again - I found an original 1947 GNR "Enterprise" brochure last week! I had forgotten I had it, as I sold three or four that I DID know I had, some years ago....! It's coincidental in this case.
  22. Not enough pixels to capture the wife
  23. Interesting the booklets are similar in style and format to the CIE Working Timetables. I wonder whether there was a connection?
  24. Mayner

    The GHCJR

    The Great Hibernian Central Junction looks more like a serious railway scheme than a purely speculative venture to separate gullible shareholders from their money. Clones-Limerick makes sense in terms of an extension of the Ulster Railways Belfast-Armagh-Clones main line to a port in the South West. In the 1840s Ulster Railway immediate objective was to build a line to the south west of the province rather than link up with the Dublin & Drogheda potentially taking business away from Belfast and the North East. At the time the Dublin & Drogheda and Ulster Railway built their railways to different gauges to block competitors from invading their territories. While the provisional committee had the usual list of titled gentry and prominent people, it included directors of connecting railways (in Ulster) and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, potentially opening up shipping links to the Iberian Peninsula, Egypt, India, the Far East and Australia. Important for opening up export markets for Ulster's manufactured goods and raw materials in return. Line today shipping Companies Peninsular and Oriental may have been using the threat of setting up a steam ship route out of Limerick to obtain better terms from English ports rather than seriously supporting the scheme. In a way part of the route was completed with the Ulster Railway & Irish North West extending the Portadown-Clones line to Cavan and the Midland building the Inny-Junction Cavan Line.
  25. The attached may be of interest, from another of the (extremely) occasional posts of stuff in the “catacombs” in the study..... I well recall the ”Lady Patricia”, the ”Lady Gwendoline”, the ”Grania” and the “Miranda Guinness”, the latter not yet built when this booklet was produced about 1959/60.
  26. Electrifying!! Got 2 lengths of 3rd rail in. Thought it would be a lot worse than I expected. Used super glue to cement the pots in and slid the track into the pot and dabbed a bit of accelorator to grab the pot into the sleeper and did one pot each time the same way.
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