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    Born Dublin, lived most of my life in Dublin and the UK. One time builder, moved to New Zealand several years ago. One time WHHR Volunteer Portmadoc, track ganger, diesel loco driver and bulldozer driver, plant operator, now an Armchair

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  1. Downloadable version of catalogue 2019 Catalogue.pdf
  2. Not quite a mobile crane but working mechanical horse and gantry in 2mm😄
  3. There was a yellow one stored out of use for many years at the town end of Mullingar Goods yard.
  4. The GSR introduced power signalling on the Amiens St-Dunlaoire section during the 1930s with a elevated signalbox at Westland Row. Signalling was using fullsize & miniature searchlight signals commonly used during the 1930s, pointmotors and signals were possibly supplied by Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company in the UK. http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/tag/searchlight-signal/ http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305055
  5. It looks like a Coles crane often used in larger railway good yards in the 50s & 60s. CIE Coles cranes seen to have been standard yellow, though GNR & UTA may have painted theirs in company colours. Corgi produced a 1:76 diecast model that seems to come up on e-bay or the second hand market https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Corgi-Trac kside-DG226001-OO-Scale-Coles-Argus-6-Ton-Crane-British-Rail/1321328048
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    IRM Fert Wagon

    I suddenly realised how bad the smog in Dublin was when I returned home from London for the Christmas holidays during the late 80s early 90s I vaguely remember seeing Bogie Fertiliser wagons laden with briquettes from Littleton in the Holyhead Yard when I was working in the port area during the late 90s, I was more interested in the intermodal operations at the time with the new gantry crane and new bunded storage area for tanked container storage and the daily Liner down the Alexandra Road Tramway to the new Merchant Ferry Terminal. The BNM traffic for the Dublin market arose following the closure of Lullymore and the opening of the new Littleton briquette plant. Great photo of the MK1 flat wagon I have been looking for one for years!
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    IRM Fert Wagon

    The BNM traffic rings a bell arose as a result of clean air legislation introduced to eliminate air pollution from coal fires in the Dublin area during the late 1980s, during winter smog from coal fires was really bad in many of the suburbs before widespread conversion to natural gas heating. Did not realise that a couple of coal trains operated to Cabra Bank though the yard seems to have been used as a staging point for fertiliser trains to and from the south and west. For a long time CIE realised the development potential of Cabra Bank and discontinued the railborne bulk cement traffic to Dublin in order to sell the site, following the opening of the M50 between the N2 & N7 it may have been marginally more profitable for IE to supply the concrete plants in the Dublin area direct by road from Platin than by rail and road through Cabra Bank.
  8. Noel Apart from 3-4 short branch lines, steam hauled passenger trains that would run behind a J15 on suburban or secondary main line passenger services in CIE days were more likely to be made up of elderly bogie GSWR coaches than 6 wheelers. You might be better off re-painting some Triang Clerestory coaches http://www.gwr.org.uk/protriang.html for layout train that passes the 2' rule, at a pass the Ratio GWR 4 wheel coaches could pass for ex-WLWR coaches taken over by the GSWR. Years ago Tim Cramer kitbashed GSWR 45' coaches out of Triang Clerestory coaches by replacing the roof with a plasticard low arch roof and fitting whitemetal ventilators and light fittings, he also widened the coach to a scale width 21mm gauge model, by throwing away basically everything apart from the sides and building new floor, ends and partitions out of plasticard but that's another story. The SSM GSWR 6w coaches are supplied as a complete kit including OO gauge wheels and the main components are basically designed to bolt together. The Worsley Works GSWR 6 wheelers are supplied as a sheet of etched parts only without castings or wheels. Ken & Popeye identified some design issues with their threads on Worsley Works 6 wheelers, on the plus side a much wider variety of coaches than the SSM kits.
  9. I had a very memorable journey behind an 071 down the DSER with a group of college friends en-route to Paris purportedly to visit construction sites in early January 1980 which turned out to be a very educating experience indeed😃. I don't remember too much of the train ride too busy playing cards, but between the sound turbo and steam from the generator van the train made a very dramatic entrance to Pearse Station, from what I recall we traveled in a Laminate coach marshaled at the rear of the train behind the usual Cravens and a Park Royal. We crossed an up ballast train behind a 141 at Enniscorthy the driver giving advice to the card school.
  10. The MGWR used double slips usually as part of a crossover from a main running line to goods yard or a loop at several main and branch line stations. The arrangement on your layout is not unlike Broadstone or Galway on a slightly smaller scale. You may need to build some Emerald Green or Royal Blue engines to offset the GSWR black of your time period David! There is a Hamilton-Ellis colour print of a train on the Clifden Branch with a MGWR 2-4-0 in the short lived royal blue livery in "The Trains we Loved" (Allen & Unwins version)
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    A Gaggle of J15s

    The two classes could have a bit more in common than meets the eye, both the GWR ordered the 322 Class and the GSWR ordered the 1st of the 101 Class from Beyer Peacock during the 1860s. Beyer Peacock also supplied locos of the same design of the 101 Class to the Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway.
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    A Gaggle of J15s

    A bit more progress cab and running boards fitted to chassis and reversing levers assembled and fitted.. Boiler fittinges, lamp irons, sandbox operating levers and grabrails to be fitted to new locos before trip to paint shop. McDonnell style linkage reversing level and new frames fitted to the "White Engine". I need to replace the wonky riveted strip at the cab running board joint. Engine personalities becoming more distinct 229 "Coey" J15 with direct reversing lever, raised sandboxes and slightly exposed rear splashers. Apparently these locos were considered sluggish compared to the original design and tended to oscillate at speed. (J O'Neill & D Dondalson a "Decade of Speed" IRRS 197? 1?? Superheated J15 with new deeper frames and original motion with linkage reverser. Like the GNR S Class 4-4-0s a significant number of superheated J15 received new heavier frames during re-building and were practically new locomotives with few original parts remaining. This rebuilding significantly reduced the cost of GSRs goods train operation by cutting coal consumption and maintenance costs at a time the company was struggling with the effects of the Great Depression and The Economic War and probably contributed to the GSRs superior financial performance in terms of goods train operation compared with the GNR(I).
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    Class 121

    The UTA used a similar apparatus to CIE to exchange tokens on the single track sections of the Larne and Derry lines. The snatcher was mounted on a post in the doorway of the guards compartment of an MPD railcar, when the door was open the snatcher could be rotated outwards through the doorway to make the exchange then brought inbound and the door closed. There is a photo of the token exchange operation in "Diesel Dawn"
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    Class 121

    Up to the 1960s mechanical staff exchange on CIE was largely limited to the Dublin-Galway & Mallow Rosslare lines and mechanical staff exchange was later introduced on the Limierick Junction-Waterford and Cherryville Junction-Waterford Lines after the AEC railcars were bumped from the principal main line passenger duties. The guard normally did the staff exchange with the CIE AEC railcars, with a bell signal to the driver that he had collected the correct staff. Staff snatchers were fitted inside the guards compartment on some CIE railcars with a small roller shutter door to allow the snatcher head to swing out to make the exchange. The snatchers and roller shutter doors were removed and plated over after the railcars ceased operating main line passenger services.
  15. The diagram looks like its from Pender & Richards book of GSWR Carriage Diagrams. The biggest drawback with this type of drawing (apart from the lack of dimensions) is that they usually show one side of the vehicle which with a side corridor coach leaves the modeler with a lot of guesswork trying to work out window & door positions and beading detail. The GAs available in the IRRS digital collection contain a lot more detail and importantly measurements and construction details.
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