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  1. I think thing about this was that locomotive 001's cab-front numbers were unlike those shaded numbers that were applied later to other A Classes and GMs; possibly unique as the shaded part was an unusual peach colour with a bolder shadow and was applied, along with the black roof, as part of the inaugural Supertrain livery, making 001 easily recognisable (the numbers sort of jump out!) compared to the other locomotives which got shaded numbers as the fleet were gradually repainted from 1972 onward.
  2. The A42 was the loco involved in the Mullingar accident referenced below in earlier posts of this thread. The picture of it at Carlisle Pier dated 1962 I always thought may be suspect(!), given the black & tan stock, as it more reminiscent of the way the engine emerged from Inchicore post-1963 in the dark green unlined livery. This is believed to be the last A Class to remain in green in the 1960s.
  3. Locomotive A42 was originally in the silver as delivered and it may have retained this prior to the accident, as a few silver ones survived into early 1960s (in poor appearance as one can imagine) but I suspect if it had a livery change before then it would be green. This picture (slightly off colour) suggests dark green without lining in 1962, a year before Mullingar - date may be suspect though. I may draw attention that the dark green it did re-emerge in following the accident did not feature any lining too (like as in the picture) and it remained so until repainted into the overall black livery just prior to the re-engining programme.
  4. Yes I believe it was the last A Class in service to carry the green livery. It was involved in the Mullingar smash in December 1963 and when it re-emerged from the works repaired a year or two later it was in the dark green livery mentioned above, which it had until the late 1960s, it should have been repainted into the black colours but Inchicore staff painted it green so making it a little unique.
  5. The old platform in Barrack St yard was removed in the mid-1970s during track alterations to accommodate the freight container gantry, around 1975-6. The video you mention, I've seen it posted on Facebook groups. This is a direct link to the video (but you may have to join the page Dundalk Northend and Friends Old and New Photos to see it), it was filmed shortly before Barrack St closed in 1995. https://www.facebook.com/larry.ohagan/videos/10209655126169960/ Hope this of help.
  6. There are some photos of Youghal on Jonathan M Allen's Flickr site, not sure if they might be useful, but a few show the buildings beyond the turntable, link: https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=152343870%40N07&view_all=1&text=youghal
  7. This is the church here, it's across the way from the station on the north side of the line as pictured. Again a nice view of the rolling stock, the 12-bogey Rosslare carriage at one end and a CIÉ heating-van at the other.
  8. That one appears to be at Youghal Ernie, very nice picture of what looks to be a GS&WR brakevan. The tracks in Youghal always had that sandy, gravel sort of appearance, the station being so close to the sea.
  9. That looks to be the sidings at Bangor station adjacent to the bus depot, with Abbey Street and the Old Abbey Church in the background.
  10. The photo site www.flickr.com is a handy free site for archiving and displaying one's photos, which enables users to determine whether they wish to display photos entirely to the public or specifically restrict images to other individual like-minded users on Flickr. Although any form of image display is impossible to fully protect, Flickr to some extent allows for a trustworthy environment to exist for people to display photos. It's used, for instance, for IRRS members to view some of the society's Irish railway archive photos here: www.flickr.com/people/irishrailwayarchive/
  11. That's an interesting photo, the A Classes were gathered there in 1980 to get the asbestos removed from their cabs, the work been undertaken inside the old locomotive shed in the distance. I suspect that may not be a double header on the sprayer but just engines positioned temporarily there. The old sprayer was no longer used by then, with the newer yellow tanks version being introduced in 1978, but the old sprayer languished in Ballybrophy during 1980s. I was wondering with the model version proposed, will one be able to remove the yellow tanks from the bogey flat so one could recreate the sprayer with shorter 4-wheel flat wagons?
  12. Thanks for that info, I wasn't sure why 202 may have have acquired those style of numbers after delivery in 1994. I just checked the IRRS Journals and 202 is recorded as having a mishap first in Ballinasloe in 1997 and secondly with 182 in February 1998. Likewise I recall been told that 202's shaded numbers came about because of some of the 'old' Inchicore staff.
  13. Aside from what is known of locomotive 001's own style and the A Class fleet, which I had specifically referred to in my post, yes some GMs received those deep shaded numerals, 190 being a well known one due to her stint on the last passenger operated days of the WRC in 1976, and thus crops up now and again in photos from that time. An odd one of the modern period was 201 Class engine 202 which had those exact same style numerals from the 1970s, making it easily identifiable in a way that locomotive 001 would have stood out amongst other similarly liveried A Class 'Supertrain' engines in the 1970s.
  14. I too was thrown by the b/w image. The engine was A59R, and the scene was set up for the press to record the 'new' wagon, particularly alongside the older bulleid wagons and the earlier shorter flats. On the subject of liveries and the B+I liner workings, the early runs of this train featured locomotive B206 (the first re-engined C Class), and which featured the wider tan band, believed to be the only B201 Class engine with this livery variant. When locomotive A1R become Supertrain '001' it first had shaded numerals and a black roof but I don't think the remaining A Class locos were similarly outshopped.
  15. During the period of the blue livery on the Tara Mines wagons it was almost always an A Class, that said a (B)201 did also work one. During the very early days of trial running to Tara Mines and at Dublin Port with the blue wagons some trains were hauled by 141/181 GMs, some in both Supertrain and Black/Tan liveries, so a rake of blue Taras with those locomotives is still very prototypical. The 071s did not regularly appear on Taras until the mid-1990s when the A Class fleet dwindled, by then the wagons had long lost their original blue appearance. I think there was something about the track layout at the ore terminals which may have prevented the 071s working the trains until track alterations were made.
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