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About StevieB

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  • Birthday 04/18/1949


  • Biography
    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. Looking very good David. Stephen
  2. Earlier on there was reference to David Malone’s Cliffoney, a presumed MGWR line from Sligo to Bundoran, an alternative to a GNR(I) line from Bundoran to Sligo. Apart from some pieces in Rail Model Digest and Irish Railway Modelling, I can find no other references to it anywhere else. Can anyone help? Stephen
  3. Have a look at the Colm Creedon collection on corklocalstudies.ie. You’ll find a very personal record by a true enthusiast. Stephen
  4. There is an American 00 scale, which utilises a track gauge of 19mm. If that had been adopted over here,rather than 16.5mm, there would have no great need for EM/P4. Stephen
  5. Whose numbers did you use for the re-numbering exercise? I have a number of 141/181’s awaiting to go through this exercise. Stephen
  6. Are things still progressing ok with Gort? Stephen
  7. That’s as bad as £279.50 for the Lima 201 that keeps appearing on eBay. Stephen
  8. StevieB

    IRRS Journal 201

    Back in the middle of the 19th century, the Cork and Waterford Railway was set up by Act of Parliament to link the two cities by way of Youghal, Dungarvan and Tramore. However, it was not to be but we did end up with the Cork to Youghal and Waterford to Tramore lines. In my model railway world, it wouldn’t have been the Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway that completed the link but rather a line from Dungarvan to Youghal, providing a much shorter and quicker route between the two cities. It would certainly have stayed open for the magnesite factory at Ballinacourty together with BELL liner trains. Such is the power of imagination. Stephen
  9. StevieB

    IRRS Journal 201

    Well said Noel. Stephen
  10. Patrick, I can only agree with the comments above. Absolutely lovely. Stephen
  11. StevieB

    IRRS Journal 201

    This dropped on the mat on Saturday morning and is, as usual, a good read. In the news section there is a reference to the clearance of vegetation on the former line between Midleton to Youghal and the fact that there is local opposition to the greenway proposal. This is based on continuing growth in housing between the aforementioned places and the fact that reinstatement of the railway would be environmentally beneficial, something that the greenway could not provide for long distance travellers. The transport plan for Cork includes dualling Cork to Midleton, together with electrification of the remaining suburban routes along the lines of DART, CART? Re-opening of Midleton to Youghal then becomes the logical next step. From experiences elsewhere, you can build a greenway alongside an existing railway but you can’t easily re-open a railway where a greenway has been built on the former railway alignment. Stephen
  12. I’m up for everything that both Noel and JHB have suggested. Probably top of my list would be C/201’s, AEC railcars and palvans. Stephen
  13. You could have a look at Colm Creedon’s collection online at Cork County Library. It makes fascinating reading. Stephen
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