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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. Would anyone have a spare “hood” / “bonnet” and cab for one of those old MIR 121 class locos?
  2. James Boyd’s photographic collection is in the hands of a private owner in Wales. I’ve been trying to get permission to browse it ever since I became aware of its owner! The owner told me that it was intended to start sorting it “soon”, though that was several years ago!! I remain cautiously hopeful!!
  3. I particularly like the 071 in black’n’tan. If delivered just four years earlier, they’d have had it!
  4. No, not full trains. I’m not sure what happened to their containers, though.
  5. In the early 70s there were trains full of B + I, yes.
  6. Superb!! I had seen some of his work years ago, very well done!
  7. Pretty much all of those shown, so good news!
  8. Years ago, we had a pedigree Persian cat called Louisa in my aunt’s house. Well, she disdainfully tolerated my aunt living there.......
  9. Funny you say that, an IRM guy showed me the test sample today...
  10. Puzzle for “SLNCR Heads”! The layout of the Collooney / Carrignagat / Ballysodare area is shown here. On OLD maps of the area, the unmistakable shape of a railway formation can be seen where I have marked it in red, as a DIRECT curve from the WLWR “Back siding” which ran under the Midland to connect the WLWR station with the SLNCR one. Sprinks’ book does not mention it, nor show it on the diagram, as seen in the illustration shown. This curve appears to be trackless by the 1920s at least. Anyone know if it was ever even completed? Google Earth shows traces of hedg
  11. Yes, I think 90 was painted black about 1958, also the “big” engine - I think it was the only one of those in black. Yes, the grey was indeed bland, more so when filthy. The numbers were a dark cream / pale yellow, rather than bright yellow as they appear in some colour slide renditions. Flying snails on tenders were pale green, never yellow - but with no tender locos in West Cork you don’t have to worry about that! I saw recently someone was 3D-printing a J30.... A RTR J18 would be a very useful yoke to have, so would a J26, the MGWR tank engine type seen as far away from the Midlan
  12. It’s not always easy, Tobin. Prior to mid-50s, all grey. 1956-ish to 1963, most were covered in layers of filth, coal dust and rust to the extent you could barely tell in real life, never mind a photo, never mind a black and white photo! Those repainted black room acquired the same layer of dirt. In these times CIE had dispensed with many cleaners, as the steam railway was not seen by young lads as a viable career choice. I had a list (from Bob Clements) some years ago of what classes had at least some black members, but I’ve been unable to locate it. From memory, but not complete, s
  13. Ah, a RTR Bandon Tank, “Merlin” or 800!! - now THAT would be nice. And you could have one in lined green - a nice change from the universal filthy plain grey used on everything else in West Cork after 1925! On the livery subject, youve the several unique unlined versions of the green livery for older coaches that were the result of “local” one-off jobs too. You mentioned wagons - many of the older types in west Cork were an older, darker shade, almost as dark as locomotives..... The railcars - one at least had stripes on the front part of the cab roof, although these were, of
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