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About StevieB

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  • Birthday 18/04/1949


  • 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)


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


  • Occupation
    Retired Chartered Engineer

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  1. Absolutely stunning. Stephen
  2. According to Hatton, 132 is in CIE Supertrain livery. Stephen
  3. StevieB


    It seems like CIE employed the same tactics as BR when it came to closing railway lines, make them appear to be uneconomic. Stephen
  4. Locos and rolling stock getting dirty is an everyday fact of life but there was a stage when cleaning seemed to be a no-no. Did the 121’s get that dirty when first introduced? Stephen
  5. Tom took his website down after it got hacked and then used the shop on his Facebook page to do his selling. Stephen
  6. You’ll need to email Tom to see what he is doing at present. Effectively his shop is empty and he only sells on eBay what he produces. I think, though, he is open to the right approach if you’re prepared to wait. Stephen
  7. When Gort is finished, I look forward to Noel’s short videos of trains running on it. It is just the right size to demonstrate to the younger ones how our railways used to operate, all the whys and wherefores of the shunting that used to take place. Stephen
  8. Is my purchase of some old IRRS journals still on? Stephen
  9. Thanks for those two photos. Let’s hope both the train service and usage justify the investment in the new station. It’s an interesting re-use of the old train shed. Stephen
  10. During the first national lockdown over here in the UK Peco shut down their production line for some period of time, although the likes of Railway Modeller was produced. Different kind of production line I guess. Strange that you could buy their products online but they weren’t actually making them. Stephen
  11. That Cork goods is an impressive length for a model railway. Stephen
  12. There’s always an exception to the rule about supply and demand, and we’re so glad it’s your good selves. Stephen
  13. I attended my first Dublin meeting of IRRS last Thursday, albeit via Zoom. It was a film show of the work of the late Joe St Leger, a guy who went all over Ireland recording the mundane for the benefit of others. Two pieces were of particular interests, the lengths gone to to run round a magnesite train at Limerick Junction in order to go from Cork to Ballinacourty, and the working of trains between Limerick and Dublin. A train from Limerick ran via Nenagh to Ballybrophy, where it was attached to the rear of a train from Limerick via the junction. Fascinating. Stephen
  14. My local model shop said exactly that the other day, demand is outstripping supply. It won’t be long before prices rise, if they haven’t already. Stephen
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