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    I was born at a very early age. I am still here and will remain until I am no longer with us.


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  1. The 2.2.2s were VERY early on. They were green. carriages in those days were little 4-wheelers with small windows. You're looking at when the line from Dublin to Athlone first opened, and on into the 1850s.
  2. Yes, she was the last! I think she got her first coat of grey paint in the mid-1930s. I have the date somewhere - Bob Clements gave it to me years ago.
  3. Yes, the "bunchlo" font is by far the nearest I've been able to find, anyway. I'd be inclined to put the English-language version in bold, though.
  4. NCC narrow-gauge time, and NIR about 1972. GVS pic 1974.
  5. I wonder if that girder IS at Carrickfergus, but destined for Derry Central? All I have is a note which says "D Cent"...... or, were there any stations on the "D Cent" with such sheds? I would defer to superior knowledge! If Ciarán Cooney is about, he's a good man for identifying stations!
  6. I posted a long post on midlandman's post the other day regarding MGWR liveries. PM me if there's anything specific you're interested in. Regarding the blue locomotive livery, this was both short-lived and also only confined to a few locomotives, mainly those 4.4.0s which operated on the Broadstone-Galway main line. The various 0.6.0 goods engines would have remained green before, during and after the few "blue" years (mid 1910s) and afterwards. It is unlikely that any of the "G2" 2.4.0s were ever blue either. Only a small minority of coaching stock was blue & white. Locos were green, coaches brown, as explained in detail on midlandman's question. After 1918 there was new livery. Black locomotives and very deep maroon coaches; mind you, many remained in the older livery after the GSR takeover in 1925, when locos all turned grey and carriages dark "crimson lake".
  7. Tomorrow's lot are more modern - NIR in the maroon'n'grey era.....
  8. Ballyclare Junction it is. Not sure WHICH 0.6.0, no mention of it in his list. Some he quoted dates and everything else not obvious - others, the notes appear not to have survived. The pic from the footplate - yes, you've got it. From the cab of a "Jeep"; on a spoil train about 1968/9. The most unusual "spoil train" photo I've ever seen. This particular one was taken by someone else - not sure who.
  9. QUIZ QUESTION; the answer to which might surprise someone! What and where is this?
  10. The late Bob Clements told me that he would give me a “stick” with MGWR paint on it. He was in Broadstone one time and while they were only painting engines black at the very end, he found a tin of loco green. He went off and found what he described as a “bit of a stick”, and came back and gave the paint a good stirring, wrapped the stick in newspaper and took it home. I promised to call with him to collect it. Several weeks passed and I had this in the back of my mind. Then one morning a friend rang me to say that he had passed away. I learned a sharp lesson that day. When someone of that stature offers information to you, you stop EVERYTHING and go. Now. RIGHT now. I’d love to have that stick! But I never saw it, after all.
  11. Back to the Derry Central, and other things NCC. The winter of 1947 had the heaviest snow ever seen in Ireland. One of the worst affected areas was the NCC. And they built an almost totally unknown thing in Ireland, a full size snowplough. Again, this is a copy of a truly dreadful print, but I have negative and it’s much better. The other pictures are the dual gauge track at Larne Harbour, and a crane. Regarding the crane, I don’t know what’s happening other than its on the Derry Central, it’s sometime between 1944 and 1947, and there’s a Civil Engineer’s possession. I suspect it might be a bridge replacement. Answers welcome on the back of a €100 note.
  12. Just as well nobody knows about the 146,000 toilet rolls, 32,400 hand sanitisers, and 115,670 cement bubble packs I got from a man I know this afternoon. If anyone wants to swop them for four bars of fruit'n'nut chocolate and a freshly poured pint of Guinness, I'm open to offers.
  13. That, as always, is WAY beyond superb! I thought I was looking at REAL weeds, the scenery is so realistic.
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