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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)


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


  • Occupation
    Retired Chartered Engineer

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  1. StevieB

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    Can’t wait to get my hands on one, or four. Stephen
  2. StevieB

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    As one of a famous duo would say to the other, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into. Our politicians do like to make life difficult for us, the ones who voted them in. Stephen
  3. So 7 is not quite a 2 upside down. Stephen
  4. Were the photos taken at Westport? Stephen
  5. The resale value has just plummeted because both of mine are gray. Stephen
  6. The latest issue of RM includes a copy of Railway Times, a special publication dedicated to the history of railways, from the archives of Railway Magazine. On the back page is a half page photo entitled August 1930: Cork-Dublin Pullman Car Express, Great Southern Railways, Ireland. G.& S.W.R. 4-6-0 No. 408. From a photograph by Rex Murphy. Apart from the spelling mistake, quite delightful. Stephen
  7. I believe in the principle ‘you never quite get what you pay for”, and this applies especially to the modern way of delivering railway passenger services If you take the UK as an example, and a very bad example in many people’s eyes, the tendering process is done with government, not the public, and everything is for the government’s benefit, not the public’s. Rail passenger travel may have doubled in the past 20 years but have things really got any better? Investment is still driven by government, because they are by far the biggest payer. On all main routes there is no competition, the operator having agreed to pay the government the largest fee, or conversely require the smallest subsidy. The only competition is by way of open access, and that is severely restricted in what it can provide on the main operator’s route. Surely Ireland, even considering the two parts together, is too small for the EU directive to be effectively delivered. Good regulation will get the best out of the system. Stephen
  8. Without getting political, the EU seems to have trouble seeing reason on occasions. Stephen
  9. Coaches from the BR international set that IR bought to make up the numbers, so to speak. Stephen
  10. You have to order them off the RPSI website. Stephen
  11. I raised the use of brake vans on liner trains some four years ago, since it makes the running of freight trains all the more interesting. In the mid 1970s, we had the last of the traditional loose coupled freights plus BELL liner trains with a brake van but others, like the dolomite and oil/magnesite trains, running without brake vans. Stephen
  12. I used to see such as these in my late father’s collection of a pre war Meccano Magazines. You’re very fortunate to have been given them, even if only to sell on. Stephen
  13. Wow, you just keep on producing such beautiful pieces of miniature engineering. Must get mine ordered. Stephen
  14. I know you have run dolomite trains in the past but have you got enough room in your fiddle yards to add an oil and magnesite? Then you would be able to replicate all the trains that would have run on your imaginary piece of ‘Rails through the South’. Stephen
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