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  1. The exact date was Saturday 1st June 1996, it was the June Bank Holiday weekend and was indeed the 50th Anniversary IRRS special to Derry, the 50th heading is clearly displayed on front of the locomotive. Regards hg
  2. Not all the perway workings were listed in the WTT, but the 7.50 from Limerick to Inchicore or North Wall empty barytes was a regular Saturday working in the early 1990s, and even today in 2021 the 7.50 path is still used for the weekly wagon transfer from Limerick to Inchicore. When Silver Mines closed in November 1993, the Saturday 7.50 empty baryte from Limerick ceased as the wagons were transferred to North Wall, they were gradually refurbished permanently to spoil wagons with the exception of one 26703. When you be out on the lineside on Saturdays in the early 1990s, expecting to see the ammonia, cement or whatever and what regularly showed up the 7.50 from Limerick empty barytes, Limerick didn't care where they went, as long as they returned in time for Monday mornings working to Silver Mines for the baryte ore working to Foynes Port. Regards hg
  3. Absolutely fantastic presentation Leslie, the quality of the photos was excellent, particular the Donegal railway in stunning sunny weather, loading sugar beet in the wilds of West Cork was very interesting, it's a great photographic record, Lance king seeming didn't just go on rail tours but recorded ordinary daily events on the railway, a great night to be had in these times. Regards hg
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    Wasn't too sure if this is the photo you were referring to, anyway I took this photo of Tuam signal cabin on Saturday 5th October 1985, 35 years ago, departing on the Éireann Counties Crusader pathfinder rail tour. Regards h.gricer
  5. Yes I fully echo that too, Ciarán's photographic knowledge, skills and qualifications in photographic technology is just incredible, some of my own rejected slides that I had consigned to the recycle bin unable to scan were brought back to life by Ciarán's skills. The improved photographic quality in the IRRS journal, particularly photos from the late J. McCartney Robbins who is nearly 70 years dead, his priceless negatives in storage for decades and now being scanned, digitized and restored by Ciarán, sometimes spending hours restoring a single photo, maybe a damaged negative where the original image is so badly worn. McCartney Robbins and Bob Clements were friends, both born in 1910, but Clements outlived McCartney Robbins by 40 years, McCartney Robbins died at the young age of 42, but he squeezed a lot in his short life leaving a legacy of high quality historical photos. The workload just keeps increasing with more collections waiting on restoration, and the cine films is just another workload, the late Tom Dowling films have been restored and covers the early 1960s, another great photographer that recorded very historical workings and can be seen here.
  6. Many thanks for posting the link, I spent about 2 hours this afternoon browsing through Clements photos and it's just incredible stuff, so much variety from wagons, coaches and all types of rolling stock, I thought we were spoiled by the George Mahon collection, Clements is equally outstanding, and his favorite company the Midland is well covered, photos taken at Broadstone in 1926, nearly one hundred years ago, it's just fantastic these photos are available now online particularly in the present times, to think the IRRS has existed since 1946 and it's only in the last 10 years since the present Photographic Archivist came into the position the photos are now digitized to a high quality and now available online, it must be very tedious work in all that scanning but you can see it in the results, such high quality and detail, hard to believe some of the photos nearly one hundred years old, rare and superb stuff, excellent. Regards hg
  7. Very sad, Tuesday nights at the IRRS will be a quieter place, Anthony was very much into drawings and diagrams, he was delighted when I gave a set of De Dietrich coach drawings into the IRRS last year, one man's surplus is another man's treasure, hard work trying to keep one's photos in place, and no space for diagrams, a young man taken too soon. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhilis. Regards hg
  8. The first 9 tank ammonia trial ran on Sunday 23rd January 1994 with 071class 080, the 071s worked the ammonia intermittently till the 201class became firmly established on the workings, 072 075 and 082 were regulars. Regards h gricer
  9. Sorry to take the topic back from the main point again here hopefully for the last time, Divecontroller thank you for your response but I may politely decline the PM as I feel what I am writing is in the interest of everyone here, my criticism is not directly aimed at you but are in reference to posts made elsewhere on this forum in which words such as squirreling collections, unhelpful etc.. was introduced by another member and which you have re-used to backup such claims, these posts which I refer to elsewhere fell far below the constructive criticism both you and I advocate and were nothing more than a 'cheap shot' at the IRRS and its hard working volunteers. Its not surprising this sort of negative rhetoric surfaced again when further misinformation was posted in this very thread about photo collections by those who clearly know nothing of the internal workings of this society and therefore gives a bad image of its voluntary endeavours. I note my post has received positive hits suggesting I'm not alone in feeling this way and theres maturity among some members here to neither engage or entertain these kind of slurs. To have this go on unchecked is unacceptable and I hope my final comments on this matter draws attention that those responsible should think carefully about posting before knowing the full facts. Kind Regards h.gricer
  10. Thank you, finally somebody on here gets it, I’ve been a member of the IRRS now for 38 years, and over many months on this forum I’ve read many comments regarding access to the photographic archive etc. and most of it basically untrue, derogatory words being used like ‘’squirreling’’ and slurs implying being unhelpful with photos, it actually amounts to slander and does nothing to encourage its very tiny number and hard working number volunteers. The IRRS are NOT the NLI, who have a fully paid staff, public body with bottomless finance and have their collections freely available to VIEW!!! The comparison is totally out of proportion its ridiculous. But NLI photos are not given away for nothing, some, but not always all, are freely available to view and browse, but make a purchase which I have done with some of the late member Jim O’Dea photos (often erroneously named as Jimmy here like the Comedian which he never ever was known by), now I haven’t got the latest price list, but over 10 years ago when I made my last purchase it was €10euro a print (and that was for personal use) if you purchased a print or prints to be used in any publication or promotion then the price of the print goes up to €70euro with credit going to the NLI, they own the copyright, what I’m basically saying, there’s nothing for nothing. The IRRS is run purely on a voluntary basis with those giving their free time and often their own expense to benefit the society as well as helping others when and where appropriate and actually does need funding, for its Journal, equipment, storage, building (of which I know so well) and so on, the annual subscription alone doesn’t cover the cost, just covers the cost of the Journal, members make their photos freely available, while submitting photos to a magazine photographers get paid. The IRRS for what it is does an outstanding job particularly in recent years in saving photo collections (when I know previously nothing was ever done with them!!) and scanning them to the highest quality as every Journal I pay for and receive shows, to suggest and imply otherwise using those examples I mentioned at the start is nothing short of disrespect and hurtful to the individuals concerned. So nothing is free, if an individual joins The Zoology Society of Ireland they’ll give you a free pass and you can take a stroll around the zoo and view the animals, but they won’t let you take a lion home for the weekend, not even their members, see my point. Regards h.gricer
  11. While sorting through my slide collection I came across a photo I took of the prototype covered gypsum wagon 26674 at North Wall on Monday 25th November 2002, it did 1 trip to Kingscourt on a trial, the entire fleet was to end up this way, but it never happen, issues with the ILDA dispute and then the traffic ceased in October 2001.
  12. In late 1997 and in the spring of 1998 111 replaced 112 temporarily as 112 was getting work done to it. In the beet campaign of 1997 111 spent some time in Mallow doing trip workings of sugar beet between Mallow Station and Mallow Beet Factory Sidings, when the beet campaign finished it was sent back to the Dublin Area were it spent January and February working the Cabra cement and the bogie bulkers between Drogheda and North Wall, it eventually returned to Belfast. 112 is probably the best of the 3 and in recent years workings of 111 and 113 are rare south of the border, it's always 112 that works south if and when required. Regards h.gricer
  13. There was also a little known prototype gypsum wagon that was trialed in the late 1990s with a red cover strapped down to prevent the gypsum from getting wet, I thought it was amusing at the time as the gypsum was carried for over 60 years without covers, it was planned to introduce covers for the gypsum wagon fleet, then the ILDA dispute delayed it, when the dispute finished, the gypsum finished too and the gypsum wagon covers was abandoned. Regards h gricer
  14. Wanderer an amazing selection of photos, but this photo at Campile lineside I can't get over the height of the Leyland Cypress trees, who planted those trees, the adjacent land owner or Irish Rail, probably unlikely Irish Rail, the photo is very recent 28th October 2019 Regards h.gricer
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    IRM Fert Wagon

    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. Regards h.gricer
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