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  1. Yes. I also saw it. The livery was, if I'm correct, the same as that applied to A 23R.
  2. That's brooming terrible. Is it a Brush type 1? You don't want to beat about the bush with that.! You'll need to learn how to handle it, no strings attached!! A Classic case of no smoke without fire!
  3. "Just seems to me that those who paid their money first should be served sooner rather than later." "Exactly. Keep it simple and ship the product. Adding in more variables would just slow down the process for all." Patience is a Virtue, Virtue is a grace, Grace was a little girl, Who never washed her face. A rhyme I learnt many years ago. And one that, in general, seems to be out-of-favour nowadays. It seems to me that too many individuals want everything yesterday and to pay for it next year! I'm no time-and motion expert but consider these processes: (1) Order Book - Check Order and Order No - xxxx ( Are there multiple orders from this customer?) In my case the answer is YES. Orders placed - 27th October 2018 - 30th April2021 - 14th Aug 2021 - 7th October 2021. (2) Pick Order/s (3) Check Order/orders against Order Book (4) Pack Order (5) Package Order (6) Label Box - (Prepare Customs documentation where necessary) (7) Place box/s in (appropriate) despatch area (8) Despatch Order/s as appropriate - (1) Courier -Postal Services - Collect (2) (8A) Transport Orders to an appropriate location for shipping. Assuming 2 minutes per task, it's fair to assume an order may take, on average, fifteen (15) minutes to prepare and have ready for despatch. That's four per hour. Assuming the four lads are doing all this work Therefor 4x4 = 16 Orders per hour x 7 Hours per day =112 Per day X 5 Days = 560 Orders per week. Somewhere, I read there were approximately 2,000 Orders to be despatched. I'm allowing anything up to 3.5 weeks for my deliver. Patience is a Virtue. Personally I just want to say, Thank you, to the Team at IRM. Old Blarney
  4. Does the LAIS decoder have stay-alive? Suggest you use a decoder that has this facility to prevent flickering of lights both internal and external when traversing points and crossovers. That's my experience with these Plough Vans. Old Blarney
  5. Sure me bhoy, dish has to be wonof de worsht chasis of asphalt and battery I've evor scheen.
  6. Fowler 4f, My pleasure. I'm glad I have been of assistance to you. I'm of an age to remember the introduction of the GNR (600) and CIÉ (2600) Railcars as well as the A and C class locomotives. If my aged memory can be of assistance just ask! Regards, Old Blarney.
  7. Might this link help you? https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/collections/72157626625058875/
  8. There were Munster Simms pumps on the pavement in Donnybrook, if my memory serves me correctly!, These pumps (two?)were on the pavement at the left-hand side of the road, just before the road narrows as you head south; today according to Google Maps, a business "Electra" occupies the site. Munster Simms, exists as a renowned manufacturer of pumps and is based in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Founded in 1810, as Timber merchants and Shipbrokers, they became agents for "Consolidated Petroleum Company" selling rock-light lamp oil on behalf of the Nobel and Rothschild dynasties. In 1929 they entered a deal with McMullan Bros (Maxol) to sell them over a million gallons of petroleum. In 1930 McMullan Brothers purchased a fleet of ten and fourteen ton fuel tank wagons for distributing their fuel by rail throughout Ireland. Divisional offices and depots in Belfast, Londonderry, Cork and Dublin with a further nineteen depots in, Newtonards, Newry, Portadown, Ballymena, Portrush, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Strabane, Carlow, Limerick, Dunmanway, Clonmel, Macroom, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Kilkenny, Navan, Naas and Dundalk. All one need is now is for a manufacturer to produce a MEX Tank Wagon for our Irish railway scene - Please note - MEX was an independent brand in Ireland, distributed by and through McMullan Bros.
  9. A Class Sound I have a number of A Class Locomotives and Sound Decoders on order. Each of my locomotives should have a Crossley Sound Decoder, however, as these are as yet unavailable, I have chosen to use the GM version. My reasoning being this: I can hopefully have these re-blown when the Crossley decoders become available. Is it possible that this facility (re-blown) will be will be provided by Irish Railway Models? What would be the cost for such a service? In the event if IRM not providing this service, will they sanction a third part to do so? An immediate answer is not required, should these question still need consideration!
  10. MEX - Tank Wagon 207. Owned by - McMullan Bros McMullan Bros own MAXOL. They had a fleet of railway wagons for the transporting their Oil products throughout Ireland. I have a book with a photograph of their wagon 101. The text accompanying this photograph reads; "In 1930, the company upped the stakes again, purchasing tank wagons capable of carrying between ten and fourteen tons of fuel. Some of these appear to have been either built or maintained by Clearance Engineering Company Belfast." This information is from MAXOL -celebrating 100 years - Page 42.
  11. One for The Catacombs? Fifty years ago, yes, can you believe it? If you are unable to recall what happened on a certain section of CIÉ, have a wee LOOK at this link:- https://www.railscot.co.uk/locations/E/Ennis/ HOW TIME FLIES
  12. I bow the thee young Sir, you with the keen eye-sight of a teenager. How I envy you. Wishing you and your team well; and those who are unfortunate enough to have made my acquaintance.
  13. Mallow Station, County Cork. Photograph take on or after the formation of Irish Rail in 1987. The coaches on the right-hand side of this picture are carrying Irish Rail (IR) livery. White band above and below the Central Black band between the Golden Brown. Prior to this the CIE, Super Train livery on the MKii coaches did not have these white lines. Train on left side of picture - Locomotive 011 (A11) in CIE (Super Train) livery with its heating van and two Craven Coaches in CIE livery with a single white line above the windows. The Locomotive in the distance, beyond the Gantry, i cannot se it clearly enough to state its livery - CIE or IR.
  14. What about 2A? CIÉ from 1945 to 1959. A mixture of former GSR maroon (LMS) and CIÉ with two shades of green lined in black and white. If my memory serves me correctly, there were 2600 Railcars in the darker shade of green with a single line of light green below window level.
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