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  1. I'm still amazed that they've lasted this long. Great location, no dosh and no enthusiast involvement does not bode well for the future.
  2. So that would date it post 1953 - their foundation date on the website.
  3. The power station is Portarlington and the photograph came with a souvenir booklet for the opening in April 1950. However, the date of the photograph and the railcar details are what puzzles me. What does REC on the railcar indicate and can anyone make out the number.
  4. The date is 1950 and the weathering is just the poor photographic reproduction. It's not Ardnacrusha - what about the railcar?
  5. Correct. What about the railcar?
  6. Here's a later view of the Turfburner on the occasion of the IRRS Works Visit - September 1974. Pic is for sale on eBay. And here's a recent acquisition. I'd be interested in comments on this one.
  7. The Alan Keef carriage at Dromod was specially commissioned based on drawings by Nicky Wakeford and has little in common with the Lullymore carriage save its gauge.
  8. Fintown is a pretty location but far, far too remote to ever be sustainable. I also had a run on it way back shortly after it opened - in the ex.Shane's Castle tramcars if I remember correctly - but never felt the urge to return.
  9. Spotted this on eBay tonight. At first glance with tired eyes I thought it was an old sandite machine but no it's definitely a standard gauge Wickham railcar. I've never seen it before and never came across it in my travels down the years. I'm sure it's long been scrapped but I would be interested to know its identity and fate.
  10. Whatever fool paid that deserves precisely what they got - a few kg of cast iron scrap. No sympathy - be informed or don't bid.
  11. @ Wexford70 The first shed in your opening post is poor old G601 - its main claim to fame is that it was used to restore freight services on the Banteer/Newmarket branch on the 1/6/1956. It was a big deal and there was an official piss-up in Newmarket on reopening day with toasts to CIE and all - there are menus from the event in the IRRS archives. Like most innovations in CIE the reopening experiment was short-lived. The loco was finally stopped on the 22/7/72. Latterly it was dumped on the scrap bank in Inchicore. I (not the Irish Narrow Gauge Trust or anybody else) paid for it and was physically involved in recovering it from Inchicore on the 25/7/92 to temporary storage at Bord na Mona (Littleton) and then to Dromod on the 4/9/93. Like so many other things it was sold to keep things at Dromod going - the Irish Traction Group being the buyer. Cosmetically restored it returned to Inchicore for the Works "Open Weekend" in June 1996 - see attached pic. Hopefully, it will run again one day!
  12. A selection of views of the first map to be removed (36" x 24") - a small tear in the sea off the West Coast but otherwise in excellent condition. €75 or best offer.
  13. Hours away from breaking up - any takers - price reduced to €150 plus p+p?
  14. Ultra rare Working Timetable showing details of all DSER lines including the Shillelagh branch and the North Wexford line (Macmine Junction/Waterford). Worn but clean condition as it is only a paper item - no card cover. €40 including .p+p.
  15. Another set of these reports - 7 in number - has come my way. Before I give in to my usual bad ways of breaking the set and selling the maps separately would somebody take the whole lot off my hands? They are in well used condition - see images - but the maps alone are worth well more than the asking price. And, no, before anybody asks I'm not going to open them all out to photograph them - too fragile and the lucky buyer can do that to their hearts content. They are all there and worth the gamble. Just €200 plus p+p or can be collected from Enniscorthy.
  16. A nice clean copy of the 1948 CIE Working Timetable. Loads of long lost lines - T&D, West Clare, Clara/Streamstown, Shillelagh, West Cork, Cashel and much more. 84 pages plus light card cover. Does not look like it ever saw use as there's no cabin or station name on it. First offer of €40 including p+p secures. You won't be disappointed! SOLD!
  17. It was Channel 5 (?) Anyway, it was Chris Tarrant and the whole video is here:
  18. This is the big one (22 inches x 30 inches) and ultra rare. The last example seen at auction was at Sheffield Railwayana Auctions in 1990 and it went for £1,150. This one has been in the owners possession for more than twenty years. It is cracked from top to bottom - see mark on image - and it is held together by a strip of iron across the top - on the reverse. Further pics are available. This steel is probably part of what it was originally attached to rather than a later addition. The new owner could get it repaired by somebody specialising in cast iron welding but in reality it would not be needed as it is quite stable and if it was me I would just strip and repaint it. €800 delivered to Dublin or can be collected from Enniscorthy for €750. Alternatively you can wait until I get it repaired and shipped to a UK saleroom.
  19. A while back I posted about CC1 on another thread regarding the stock that it hauled on its various test runs and since then Belfast artist, David Briggs, did this wonderful painting for me. CC1 -The Turf Burner Trials - David Briggs. First commission of 2021 ready to go to its new home! The setting for this painting is Inchicore on the mainline from Dublin to Cork. It has been the main workshops for the railways in the Republic of Ireland since it was constructed by the Great Southern & Western railway in the mid 1840’s. The castellated facade on the right hand side of the painting fronted vast workshops, the smaller building on the left hand side of the view was until recent times a signal cabin. In the mid 1950s the then Irish state transport company was CIE. They had already begun a process of dieselisation indeed one of their early diesel locomotives can be seen in the background approaching on the shed road. It is a Metro Vic A class - A57, one of a class of 60 that would undertake the bulk of mainline duties for many years, and prove very successful once re-engined with General Motors power plants., however the main featured loco in the painting is what is of interest here. As a result of a late 1940’s report (the Milne report ) into the state of Irish railways the chairman of CIE Thaddeus C Courtney ( in the painting with the camel coloured coat and bowler hat ) invited one of the committee who carried out the study, one OVS Bulleid to join CIE as Consulting Mechanical Engineer ( later Chief Mechanical Engineer - CME ). Oliver Bulleid resigned as CME of the southern region of British Rail and moved to Ireland. He was one of the last of the famous CME’s of the steam era and although some of his ideas were questioned at times by his peers he was undoubtedly an able engineer and designer. Ireland had little suitable coal resources for steaming but did have abundant supplies of low calorific value fuel in the form of peat or turf as its more commonly known. Bulleid reckoned he could design and build a suitable locomotive that utilised this fuel and thus was born CC1 - The Turf Burner. As this is a narrative to give context to the painting I won’t go into the details of how it works but it makes interesting reading if you care to do your own research! Ultimately the project was not pursued just as with Bulleids other innovative project for BR ‘ The Leader’. You can do your own homework on that one too! Our scene here then is CC1 passing Inchicore on a test train to Cork in October 1957 with a hotch potch of available carriages ( purely to provide a load for the loco ) . The loco would ultimately be fully painted in lined green but during the trials was as is usual painted in workshop grey. Bulleid ( black coat, red bow tie, and bowler hat ) is explaining to the ‘ brass’ at Inchicore some technical point or other as the train, driven by a skilled and enthusiastic Inchicore works driver Michael Keely, passes heading west. Bulleid designed and built other excellent rolling stock during his time in Ireland, however he tends to be remembered on both sides of the Irish sea for his more ‘outside the box’ type thinking and perhaps not concentrating on maximising the company’s effficient operating and therefore profit. He was certainly a visionary but the steam age was coming to an end and so was his career, he retired in 1958 to Devon and then Malta where he died in 1970 aged 87. I think he was just born too late for his steam engineering dreams to be fulfilled.
  20. Ah, a bit like painting the West Cork stations before closure so. I need to invest in some railway books instead of having to ask dopey questions here but the reason will be unveiled in due course. And, no, I haven't found CC1 hidden in a walled up tunnel!
  21. Many thanks, just what I was looking for...and another question. When were the warning stripes and lining out added as all the pics that I can find online of testing show the loco as above?
  22. Not Noo Yawk - nearer to home - and can be viewed at Dromod unless it has been flogged to somebody.
  23. I urgently need any information on the rolling stock that was hauled by CC1 when on trial and or when it operated some services to Cork. Anything at all - what services did it operate? I'm aware that it would have hauled old GSWR bogie stock on the Inchicore Trial train but did it ever haul 1950s CIE passenger stock. I know about all the different books but I haven't time to order same as I need the info. today or tomorrow at the latest. Thanks in advance for any information, links etc.
  24. Probably worth about €10 as seller has at least cleaned it up. Yet another chancer!
  25. I note that a photograph of mine - 175 at Newcastle West - has also been used without permission or credit on the Tralee/Fenit Greenway website.
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