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  1. 301s had 6'7, same as the 800s, so difference isn't that significant.
  2. Made it as far as Limerick too no? Cultra has definitely made some bizarre decisions on livery, slapping G S on Maedbh after CIE had just repainted her in the Dark CIE green is just one!
  3. One can see that they were the "matchstick" variant. I believe there was usually only one in a train, at least by CIE days. Theres a photo of 102 withdrawn in a siding at Naas in 1959 in Irish Railways in Colour, still in the older dark green and eu de nil livery, which may be what you are referring to. JB would probably know if any of the three got as far as the light green, I'd doubt it myself. Good thread on them here
  4. With an NCC mogul under construction, it's clear the way to go for any kind of new build would be mid size, with commonality of parts between other in use preserved locomotives. Very clear from the RPSI site the primary reason to go ahead with it at all was commonality of parts. The problem for anything new build outside of the GNR and NCC origin stuff is there's nothing in service to standardise to, unless 461 has a common boiler, cylinders and other fittings to other GSR types? Good thing about a Woolwich would be it has cousins across the way. Getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but
  5. S class definitely, well known, good looking locomotives with attractive liveries and a preserved example. J15s are a good bet too. Cost would be immense, 400s travel availablility wouldn't be much better than the 800s, iirc Clements mentioned issues regarding frame strength. Would be a nightmare in terms of fueling costs, and creeping up well past the ton in years. 500s would've been a better bet but still would be very expensive. Seemingly all withdrawn relatively early (mid 50s) wheras some 400s lingered on. GSR 4-4-0s are the biggest miss, along with the Bandon tank.
  6. Outside the famous, preserved types, 800, V class, S class, J15s, perhaps the (nearly preserved) Bandons, I'd be inclined to agree. Too much in the way of diversity in classes, too little notoriety, many more famous examples (850, Sambo) are one offs. Even for something like the 400s, mainline steam with decent numbers, I feel there would be a real need to get the locomotives promoted to be somewhat more in 'public' knowledge before ever going down the RTR track. Preserved locos have an automatic advantage in that regard, not to mention can get away with pulling more modern stock, ev
  7. Agreed, all high quality kits! DItto with JM models, similar allowance for 21mm.
  8. brass kit or scratchbuild is easier at that stage
  9. Well the question is what has the most suitable chassis you can pull off, lot harder to cut and shut a steam locomotive(!) but realistically unless you've got serious kit or access to serious kit (ala Kirley making the BCDR Baltic) there aren't many suitable chassis to fit an irish prototype, so any kit will be limited by that. that said, Jeeps are probably up there, maybe the ncc moguls too, could they fit under some Crab chassis? 800s, maybe 400s and 500s could be lobbed under royal scot, n15 and s15 class, J15s under deans good and likely many other 0-6-0 types, V class under comp
  10. you'd swear they could've taken the footage used from ironing the land for the same effort. but sure here I'm forgetting the time the A4s were trialled at 130 mph down the dungarvin stretch...
  11. Both tank designs have grown on me, though i find the pacific tank extremely bizarre, the gigantic coal bunker and the last set of drivers behind the cab, you can certainly see the origins from the older design. The big one weighs 80 tons....can't see them going on many branches, axle load on the drivers is more than on the woolwich 4-6-0 rebuild. However the 4-4-2 tank catches my eye, similar to 850 but 4-4-0 inspired rather than from the moguls. Standardisation of parts would no doubt have been something greatly desired by the GSR. It was essentially an alternative design proposed as fa
  12. Would love to know who gave that the green light. Gimmick indeed!
  13. JB She's a hornby type rather than Hattons. May have to buy the latter and do a bit of a comparison! Late 50s early 60s so it's likely she'll end up in either the early dark green or later light green, probably the latter as I think it looks well. Some attained a livery of age... https://rcts.zenfolio.com/coaching-stock/irish-railways-cie RCTS _ Irish Railways (CIE).mhtml
  14. Another building underway and a new arrival at Mullingar Nice piece of kit from Hornby, hopefully a good Irish livery will put an end to the light leakage.
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