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  1. Well, neither Garfield nor myself are old enough to have been there at the time, so we are relying on sources. In fairness to JHB, he would have been a little young too I think, for such detailed record taking! Barry Carse's book also mentions the two greens, and he also, like JHB, would have a keen observer in a father who would have been about at the time. Barry also mentions that A46 was the only one to migrate from dark to light green - a statement I have seen elsewhere, and hardly something to make special mention of if there were not more than one dark green loco that could be repainted
  2. I offer the following from Irish Railfans' News, August 1969. "The A class diesel loco was introduced to this country in 1955. The first arrivals entered service in a silver livery but there have been many changes since. The following article deals with this specialised but interesting aspect of locomotive development. The silver livery of the first As was offset by green numerals at each end and about half-way along each side, by a green CIÉ “snail” emblem on each side, and by the red buffer beams. As the years passed the livery became more and more dishevelled until by 1958 all (exce
  3. In the early 90's, until the arrival of the (new) 201 Class and the first railcars, IR were badly strapped for motive power. Failures were common and the locos would be sent back out with a sticking plaster on, as there was nothing else. An A on the Rosslare road was an alternative to the frequent appearance of a single Bo-Bo.
  4. I really enjoyed it, and many thanks to Leslie for his work in preparing and presenting it. I loved the photos of fair day at Baltinglass.
  5. The CR ones don't appear to have clerestories, but the GSWR ones did have, didn't they?
  6. No. The MK2AC stock was vac braked like the BR Vans.
  7. There's a tanker at DCDR that looks similar too: https://www.downrail.co.uk/trains/
  8. As you say, but could have a motor issue too. On the GM's you need to isolate a pair, so an 071 would be on four motors. I think 071's also very occasionally were used in that state on the Limerick - Ballybrophy line, in similar circumstances.
  9. I would agree with Ernie that the larger map shows the gravel pit in use from c1896. After all, the signal diagram shows the line from the pit having an Up Home signal before Dunsandle station, clearly to prevent trains from the pit proceeding beyond that point until station staff were prepared for them. The signal cabin appears (from Weekly Circular) to have closed on 08/03/1926, with Homes and Starters in both directions removed. I expect the distants were left for the level crossing gates. Ground frames either end controlled the points to the good's loop.
  10. Yes, B4's, but without the dampers generally on UK bogies. The dampers are (or aren't) each end of the bogie beside the springs. Looking at a few photos should make it clear.
  11. The first named trains ran with the introduction of the Summer timetable on 13/06/60. The initial 09:20 Galway - Dublin and 18:50 return were formed 2616+1367+2422+2609 (Galway portion) and 2608+1361+2637 (Westport portion).
  12. The GSWR retained three classes until the Amalgamation, along with some of the smaller companies, but the GSR move to two-class (1/3) early on. The GNRI kept three classes until 31/12/50 and, like CIE, changed the former 3rd to 2nd from 03/06/56.
  13. The first two were loco-hauled, as JHB says, the latter railcars with two portions, one each for Galway and Westport, splitting/joining at Athlone. This train was unusual in travelling via Portarlington, when the rest went via Mullingar. Well, in fairness to JHB, that is the CIE date, and I've not seen similar for the UTA. CIE announced it was going to make the change earlier in 1965. I had thought end September/start October would mark the summer to winter timetable change.
  14. Second became standard from 20/09/65. Vac cylinder looks very close to the near solebar, so could be possible to pull the valve by reaching in from this side. May just need a string the far side.
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