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  1. Aha! I wondered why the 'handrails' continued onto the roof. Now I just need to work out what railcars had what.
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    DEMU 2019.

    I dug up a small German bomb in my back garden when I was 10, threw it against a wall to see what happened, then reburied it. It's still there! I know for sure it was a bomb as I remembered to ask some metal detectorists about it few years back. Just a small explosive to disrupt roofing so incendiaries can take hold. They asked me what I did with it and their heads rolled back and their eyes rolled back when I told them! Apparently you are supposed to ring 999 and ask for RAF Bomb Disposal but, informally, they are happy leaving things alone
  3. I'm trying to understand what might be found on the ends of a carriage, something not often photographed. MU control cables, air/vacuum hoses I can understand but why the steps and handrail? Why would you need to access the carriage roof other than in a depot with a ladder or gantry?
  4. Yes, I spent a few quid in the village shop as I continued on, just because. That whole area was basically shat upon with flooded villages and the like, look hard enough and you can still spot the FWA graffiti.
  5. I was walking along that road a few years ago and a few miles north of Bala I noticed this with fresh lillies on it and some very protective-looking workmen repairing the road nearby. 1600 Irishmen were interned here after the Easter Rising, Dublin, 1916
  6. It's the 70s, the photographer is inside the barriers!
  7. Christ save us! I'll be fashioning mine into a cock and balls and striding around the house.
  8. Tuam station around 1969/70 when it was still open to passengers, walked through to the platforms with my mother and saw something like a C Class running. DĂșn Laoghaire Pier 1972, got off the ferry into a curved station and onto what I now think was an AEC push pull to Pearse (or Westland Row as Dubliners still seemed to call it). Derry Foyle Road in 1972 when derelict, played inside with lots of rubble lying around and a rounded wooden kiosk or buffet or something just beyond the buffers. 1972 on the journey back to England, from Sligo to Dublin I can remember Moate but looking at the map I have no idea how that could have happened as we went past Connolly (Amiens Street) not into Heuston (which I never knew the old name of). Lisburn-Antrim late 70s/mid 80s plus I remember passing the overgrown triangle that led to Great Victoria Street, 'Rosser NF Skins' graffiti prominent across the wasteland. York Road station until mid 80s, older version and newer version.
  9. Looks good, is this a kit and where do you get the grilles?
  10. Of course no NIR (NCC) layout could be complete without one of these totally utilitarian lineside huts Single-skin brickwork, metal-framed windows and a corrugated pent roof - and such little architectural merit they actually have architectural merit. One of these seemed to be passed every couple of miles, I'm assuming they are for PW or maybe a ground frame, this one looks like it might have had telegraph wires* into it via the bracket above the window. This is heavily cropped from a Diesel Dawn/JM Allen photo, does anyone know of other photos? * and there's another detail to model, poles leaning this way and that
  11. They would definitely be more interesting than a 1970s Mark 2 set. Those always seemed boringly BR to me and the Hunslets looked so much like a BR 'Western' too (though the photo of the blue Hunslet with white/blue stripe Mark 2s at Derry is giving me nostalgia now). My home ground would have been BR blue, urban, high/low level, electrified - I even heard someone being electrocuted - so I found the whole NIR experience fascinating.
  12. I've had a look through the tables of stock inherited by NIR in 35 Years of NIR, noting stock that survived into the 1970s and the various ad-hoc conversions that took place, and there are certainly lots of oddities to model outside of the canonical builds of AEC, MED, BUT, MPD and 70 class 9 NCC coaches to 1974/75 1 GNR coach to 1971 5 NCC full brake coaches to 1976/80 2 GNR general utility vans to 1976/77 2 UTA MPD power cars (conv. hauled) 1979-81 2 GNR AEC power cars (conv. van) 1974-83(?) 9 GNR BUT power cars (conv. hauled) 1975-78 4 UTA MED trailers (conv. van) 1975-85(?) 1 UTA MED trailer ex-Ganz trailer (conv. van) 1973-80(?) 6 UTA MPD trailers (conv. hauled) 1979-81 (maybe 7 not 6?) 1 UTA MPD trailer (conv. 70 class trailer) 1976-1986 1 UTA MPD trailer (fitted 70 class) to 1973 1 NCC Railcar 1 and 4 trailer (conv. signals van) 1970-78(?) 1 GNR BUT trailer (fitted/conv. 70 class trailer) 1969-80 2 GNR BUT trailers (conv. PW brake van) 1974-80(?) 1 GNR BUT trailer (conv. hauled) 1975-78 then conv. PW brake van 1978-82(?) 5? GNR 4 wheel vans to 1971 So it looks like an eight to ten coach loco-hauled set of older stock was kept in various forms up until 1981 together with a succession of brakes and vans into the early/mid 1980s. From then onwards except for one twin cab MPD power car in use until 1983 it was just 70 Class, Mark 2 and 80 Class in operation, the 70 Class being inherited from the UTA and the last two being new builds by NIR. Unfortunately not much can be gleaned on the wagons inherited by NIR except for the following survivals and conversions: xx NCC brown vans to 1978 10 NCC parcels vans (conv. 4 wheel flat wagons) 1972-1980s 3 NCC coaches (conv. bogie flat wagons) 1974-1980s then some conv. PW use 1980s- No mention of brakevans, opens, etc
  13. I think the generic term is a yard crane, Coles was a manufacturer of all sorts of cranes.
  14. More essential reading The tables are invaluable - so much to model between 1975 and 1985, a long tail of remnants of this and that - and the photos confirm memories such as blue Hunslets at Derry. That's my budget for books used up.
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