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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 National Archives have stuff from all 32 counties. I suspect the IRRS goes too. The IRRS is very easy to deal with regarding historical material (though certainly NOT photographs!). I have viewed many old maps in there. Contact Anthony, Norman or Herbie.
  2. My recollections of those cranes are few, but yellow seemed to be standard. Not because yellow was the standard “safety” colour, as nowadays, but because (like JCB) it was the manufacturer’s own livery. I saw a red one regularly when l was a child but it wasn’t railway owned. I’m pretty sure that CIE or the UTA never painted them in their own colours, though a logo might have been possible.
  3. Well, I see the law as too harsh on some, but too lenient on many more. Overall, it could do with tweaks, but not major change. It is the application of the law by judges, and the mealy-mouthed tales that the little fella had a hard childhood and he visits his grandmother every Friday that annoy me - REALLY annoy me. If I was to type here what I would like to do to people like this in general, in addition to being banned I would probably face litigation for hate speech. And I haven't even mentioned my thoughts on instant death penalties (as per Singapore) for anyone and everyone involved with drugs. It is heartening to see such a great response to an appeal for the model railway club, and it must be hoped that they gain encouragement and a new life in modelling from the donations they have received. Let us hope, too, that the parasitic, immoral money-grubbing insurance industry doesn't see this as an excuse to hike premiums.
  4. Correct. The last of the steam-era stock was, I think, withdrawn in 1974. The line in the NIR all-maroon livery was three inches wide, and was the same light grey as upper panels on railcars in the maroon & grey livery. They also carried the then standard NIR monogram in gold, lined white. Numerals were transfers in the same UTA style. Ends were black, and roofs mid grey.
  5. Given the above, I'd be looking for a pair of Jeeps, pair of UTA and a pair of CIE green AECs.
  6. I’m happy - I loved travelling in some of the old laminate types, though Park Royals were neither quiet, comfortable or warm in winter! My recollections of the very few times I travelled in side-corridor Bredins were of warm, comfortable coaches....
  7. Couldn’t agree more. A good quality AEC is well overdue. It spans the GNR, UTA, early NIR and CIE between (variously) 1950 and 1974. Black roof on the above, rather than grey, also! 🙂 Irrespective of my own personal preferences, commercially speaking I think there’s little that would sell better than RTR Jeep, possibly W class, AEC railcar or 80 class railcar.
  8. A RTR “WT” class 2.6.4T (“Jeep”) while not my personal favourite, would unquestionably be the most commercially viable steam loco. Only last night I discussed this at length with one of our respected manufacturers......!
  9. An 800 class would need RTR stock to go with it. Various examples of the 1935 and 1937 “Bredins”, and even the 1933 (first) ones. If offered, the GSR maroon one would go with 800, but green and black’n’tan versions would bring us right up to the 1970s when the last of them were withdrawn.
  10. Correct. I recall my first visit there in 1969 or 70 - the station building was still there too on the opposite platform, as was the Dungiven bay platform. While innovative, distinctive and original, the NCC's trademark functional concrete structures were a truly ghastly sight to behold - pure communist-era Moscow, or Colditz in style; worse when strewn with 1970s sectarian graffiti!
  11. It is. This loco never hauled spoil trains as such. This will be right next to the station.
  12. The GSR did use a Gaelic font - I’ll get details for you. These were still in evidence in some places well into the 1970s, even on hoods only lines like Foynes. CIE, from the 1960s, used Roman fonts for Irish and English versions of names,
  13. That model has indeed so many differences it’s not even worth a repaint! Better to await a proper model or go for a Hunslet. Those shunters were poor and unreliable. The Hunslets, on the rare occasion all three were in traffic together, would feature on PW trains too. You'll need one of Provincial Wagons ex-GNR guard’s vans to go with the wagons. This will give you a nice NIR ballast train (as I’m sure you know, NIR never ran internal goods trains since the UTA has ended them). Paint it in extremely heavily weathered dark grey, with the small letters “U T” barely discernible with the number. Note for modellers of GNR guards vans: never, ever, in any livery were there cream inside balconies, white roofs, or black ironwork as per the Whitehead “Ivan”! All that’s missing there is curtains and a jacuzzi......
  14. All the low plank ones (of which there were about 6-8) were ordinary ones cut down. The grey paint was just a rough coat of emulsion which washed off quickly showing the old UTA livery.
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