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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. I have developed a serum Antidote to protect against voodoo dolls invoked by the Female Women (of the Opposite Sex) who comment on our purse-strings. I am happy to share details about which pubs do a good pint of it for, say, €50 a time. (I’ve got to save for As and 121s SOMEHOW!)
  2. Looking good - can't wait for mine! Great to see so many variations possible. Maybe a D16 "Achill Bogie" or a GSWR D14 or D17 next!
  3. A pair of 121/141/181 roaring up the gullet with about eleven heavily loaded laminates & Park Royals (10:30 Dublin-Cork about 1977), or a single 141 lifting nine Mk 2s stuffed with commuters (Lisburn-Belfast about 1995-2000) was the best I ever recall hearing!
  4. Six-wheelers were the majority of passenger stock well into the 20th century. In Ireland, four-wheelers in passenger service had as good as disappeared by 1890, bar the extremely few examples I mentioned above. Bogies became more commonplace by the 1920s, but six-wheelers were still extensively in use until the late 1950s, by which time they were increasingly confined to branch and secondary lines, West Cork, and the Cork and Dublin suburban services. The last ones in traffic were an excursion rake in Cork, withdrawn in 1963. Several ex-GSWR 6w passenger brake vans were in use until about 1966/7, and these were the only six-wheelers ever painted black’n’tan. No passenger-carrying ones ever were. One was used on the Galway line on the mail train as late as 1967. By that stage, it’s companions were laminates, Park Royals, Bredins, and the odd Craven. As Mayner states, some found departmental use. The last in such use appear to have been withdrawn about 1971. The last ones in use in passenger traffic were a mix of GSWR and MGWR origin. DSER examples were largely scrapped in early CIE days; I’m not sure why. Vehicles surviving in departmental use were all (as far as I know) of MGWR types. The last few passenger brakes in use (1963-7) were all GSWR types. I bought one for £60 and donated it to the RPSI......
  5. A gentleman I knew, an Inchicore fitter who was called to fix breakdowns the odd time, had nothing good to say about Crossley “A”s or “C”s..... I don’t recall if he commented on B101s, though. He said that cracked fuel pipes and oil leaks were a major cause of failures, because they had put what was basically a marine diesel engine into a jolting, jarring railway locomotive. When I get my silver one, I’ll have to weather it with oil stains and general grime. Please don't tell IRM, though, or that Pat fella will cancel my order!
  6. Actually, serious point: sieved turf ash might be a good colour and consistency for certain types of crushed sandy gravel?
  7. I meant new-builds - What I think Murray meant was that in the 1890s such beasts were still running, as opposed to new builds at that time. The last four-wheeler in actual service that I’m aware of was a Midland third of very ancient ancestry, which was gutted and rebuilt as first class saloon, lasting until perhaps 1910-15 or so. The Hatton coaches are of more-or-less 1880s-1910s design. In. Ritalin they were still building new four wheelers WELL within that period, Anything four wheeled here was of much earlier design (1865-75 era), and as stated by Murray, likely to be in departmental use. A GSWR passenger brake of 1877 vintage, but an even earlier 1860s “flat-roofed” design, was put into departmental use by the GSR a long time ago, and still in such use with CIE in 1960 when it was scrapped, STILL in GSWR dark lake livery.
  8. Curved ends would have limited them to a few W & L types. Good that they’re flat-ended. Important thing: Irish railways didn’t use 4-wheelers at all during the era (approx 1880-1915) when body designs of this type were in vogue. Thus, the only useful ones for Irish lines are the six-wheeled ones, though they’d need footboards for all lines. A pair of the bodies of the 4-wheeled ones would make a nice “generic” bogie coach.
  9. Has anyone tried something like modelling clay smeared over the sleepers, with very fine ballast (like N scale gravel) rubbed into it? Just leaving rails showing like in the photo of the industrial siding above?
  10. If they’re going to be like the drawings show, they’re closest to 1880s GSWR in design. BCDR: wrong window profile MGWR: wrong roof, window and body sides profile GNR(I) & DSER: wrong everything profile BNCR: BNCR stock had flat sides, so unsuitable for NCC overall. Oddball stuff: The Waterford & Wexford Railway had a couple of carriages which would be similar in generic design to these. With most today having little or no knowledge of the eclectic mix of stock the West Cork system had, one might run one on a layout based on the CBSCR without attracting too much comment. The CBSCR had several short bogie coaches of a design not that unlike these. A further thought - do they have full length foot boards? All but a very few one-off exceptions of 6-wheelers in Ireland had these. In Britain many didn’t.
  11. Excellent news. I’d probably go for a couple, though I’d prefer Irish prototypes.
  12. Yes, mixed feelings indeed. I’d rather see a greenway on a railway line than a widened road or a housing estate called Buckingham Lawns (in rural Ireland), or some such other stupid, inane, pretentious and inappropriate name. But: once the sanctimonious Lycra cycling dictatorship get in there, it would be easier to defeat the taliban than get the railway reopened, should a necessity arise. In reality, this “necessity” is exceptionally unlikely to arise, but I might be inclined to suggest that Foynes might be one to keep railborne. I do think that when they reopened Midleton, they should have gone on to Youghal.....
  13. You shouldn’t pay to go into dodgy places like that. They’ll shaft you.
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