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About StevieB

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  • Birthday 18/04/1949


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    I am a 64 year old Englishman who has long found Irish railways fascinating because of both their similarity to and difference from the railways in the UK. Save for the fact that my younger son's father-in-law came from Dundalk, I have no connections with Ireland whatsoever. I do, however, have the same birthday as the republic. That's probably where my interest comes from!


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    Wychavon (South Worcestershire)


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    Railways (full size and model), cats (Siamese and Bengal), American oval racing, Sunderland AFC


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    Retired Chartered Engineer

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  1. I asked that question of IRM some while ago and the market for the magnesite wagons is so small as to be not a goer at all! Stephen
  2. Noel They’re the sectional running times, although what’s really interesting is that all the trains are described as mixed but the times quoted are for passenger or goods. Presumably, mixed ran to goods times. Stephen
  3. If you have a sixties operating session, you’ll be able to increase the pasenger trains by 50% from 2 to 3 by adding the all stations stopper to the two boat trains you’ve already got. Stephen
  4. It’s sad that both Ireland and the UK go in for short term planning. I’m sure that planners would disagree but there needs to be a change in thinking such that people can have real choice when it comes to travelling between taking the train, bus and car, or cycling and walking. In the ideal world, Cork would still have a suburban rail network that included Bandon and Macroom. Wishful thinking I know but the new generation of electric/hydrogen cars will still be causing congestion in the future. Youghal should have been chosen as an area to be re-developed in terms of housing and employment, wi
  5. The latest issue of IRRS Journal says much the same about expanding the network. The recent study on transportation within the Cork area included a proposal for doubling the Glounthaune-Midleton line. Sadly, re-opening Midleton-Youghal doesn’t appear on the radar of any of the relevant transport authorities. Stephen
  6. Those were the days. Stephen
  7. The new coaches from Silver Fox really are rather nice, although I must get round to addressing the fact that some of the internal compartments don’t line up with the windows. How’s the foot coming along? Stephen
  8. We live in interesting times. Despite what Boris said, it is not a free trade agreement between UK and EU as most of us would understand it. It’s going to be a ‘buyer beware’ situation from now on to find out whether you are paying the retailer all taxes and duties or the postman. My wife and I found out a long time ago that it’s so much nicer to pay everything upfront rather than getting a demand from the postman for money before delivery takes place. Nevertheless, you have to feel for the little man in all this. Politicians never life easy! Stephen
  9. There were a good many ex BR mk2 coaches in their various guises that ran in the two railway systems in Ireland, not just the mk2 TSO’s that were available from Murphy Models. Producing some of them in both IR/IE and RPSI liveries would make for greater variety and accuracy. Stephen
  10. Am I correct in thinking that the K1a was the Irish version of the Maunsell U class, with the boiler raised a few inches to take account of the increased size of the driving wheels? Stephen
  11. We’ll have to hope that IRM’s next diesel is the C class, and that they follow Accurascale and produce their first steam loco the J15 class. Stephen
  12. Simply delightful. Stephen
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