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  1. What's the history of the model? Where is it? Who built it?
  2. The blue Tara's looked like that for about a week I will have to bite the bullet and weather them!
  3. I was in Corsica in 2014 walking the GR20 long distance trek with my daughter. We went by train from Vizzavona to Corte on a rest day and then from Calvi to Bastia after completing it The scenery everywhere is amazing. Yes, the old railcars had been replaced but the railway itself is still magnificent and well worth a visit.
  4. Its not this - this is an OPW funded project for Rosslare Strand village, they are still dithering about the funding. What I am talking about is much closer to Rosslare Harbour where there has been serious erosion of the cliff and fields have vanished into the sea over the last few years. Along a half kilometre stretch the line is now only about 20m from falling into the sea. This is the area where the work is going on.
  5. There seems to be a major costal protection scheme ongoing between Rosslare harbour and Rosslare strand. The line is closed south of Wexford during the day. I can't find any details about it on line. Anyone her know the details?
  6. The cracks were in the main frames of the locomotives above the bogie bolsters. A repair program was agreed with EMD involving strengthening the frames by welding reinforcement tubes into the frame above the bolsters. At one stage half the fleet was out of service either undergoing repair or waiting for repair.It only got into the public domain when a revised timetable had to be brought in as even a pair of 181's couldn't keep up the sectional running times of the 071's on the main line.
  7. "I wonder can anyone, meantime, help with 3406M? Similar to the wagon to the right, very "American-looking" bogie rail flats. I recall seeing one derelict many many years ago somewhere round the North Wall area. Senior pointed it out to me. " War surplus, bought by the best bargin hunting railway in the country. i think some were later incorporated in the Bretland relaying train.
  8. Maybe I can add some background to cement traffic as I was involved in it when I worked for CIE in the 1980's Cement wagons were loaded by gravity in either Platin or limerick. The hatch in the top of the bubble or bogie wagon was opened and a circular canvas chute was lowered in contact with the wagon. The chute was double walled as air was drawn up as the wagon was being filled to contain the dust. I think the loading silos had multiple chutes and could load several wagons at a time. A loco was still needed to pull the train through as each set of wagons were loaded. When the train reached the destination storage silo the operator connected the compressed air supply to the wagon and also a large diameter rubber hose to the unloading pipe. this was via a Bauer connection.The air blew the cement up through the hose up a pipe to the top of the silo. The train engine stayed with the train while it was being unloaded as only 4 wagons could be unloaded for each shunt, two at a time if I remember rightly. Hence why the bubbles were marshaled pipe to pipe so when the first wagon was empty the operator just moved the air and unloading hoses to the second wagon. Cork was different as a gantry with multiple hoses ran down between two sidings so the train could be split and left there. Wagons were moved using a capstan in Cabra but not anywhere else. Road tankers where driven in under the silo onto the weighbridge and were loaded using a similar telescopic chute to that for loading the wagons. The silos at Tullamore and Waterford were 1000 ton while the one at Athenry was 2 x 500 ton as there was a local customer how used a lot of rapid hardening cement rather than the normal portland cement. So they had to be careful to unload the correct wagons into the right silo. All three were built a company called IMC . The much larger silo in Cork was built by Kocums who had supplied the original bubble bodies. The one in Sligo was built by Portosilo and was 4 250 ton silos in a row There were also storage silos at Adelaide in Belfast. These were owned by Blue Circle but if I remember right were just mounted on the ground and the cement was blown in and blown out.
  9. Yes bubbles could be discharged anywhere using the compressor mounted on the back of a cement lorry to fluidise the cement and pump it directly into the bulk road tanker. This was not ideal as the wagons spent a lot of time sitting in sidings and not earning revenue. This changed when bulk cement silos were built in Cork, Waterford Athenry Tullamore and Sligo. All were up and running by 1980 and from then on all cement was dispatched in block trains either from Limerick or Platin. In the early days the bogie bulk cement wagons only ran Platin to Cork as they were too heavy for the branches. All the others were supplied by bubbles. The only exception that I remember was Tegral in Athy who at the time were owned by Irish cement. Wagons were shunted down the siding and left until they were unloaded. They built a storage silo sufficient to take a full trainload in the mid 80's. During this period Cabra cement depot was closed for several years due to a strike by operatives, but when it reopened it never got back its market share as most Dublin customers had got used to driving direct to Platin to load
  10. During the 1970's after both the A & C class were re-engined and loco reliability and availability improved pilot engines were generally withdrawn from around the country. Railplan 80 called for fixed rakes of coaching stock and block liner trains creating the so called "No Shunt " railway. Most maintenance was centralized in Dublin. During the 1980's Heuston passenger station always had at least one pilot engine generally a Maybach until they were withdrawn and after that usually a 141 with worn wheels due a bogie exam., All trainsets were pulled out of the platform road either to the wash, carriage maintenance depot or just to release the locomotive. The locos released usually went up to the running shed in inchicore for fueling and daily exams. An interesting feature of that time was that often two 071s would couple together for the run down the gullet to Heuston, one towing the other. I think Connolly had a passenger pilot as well for both Dundalk and Belfast trains but i think the Sligo train was run through to the Boston sidings to run around. While Cork used to have locomotives based in the shed there all mainline trains pulled out towards Cobh through a carriage wash where the train locomotive ran around. I don't think there was a passenger pilot based in Limerick and I am pretty sure that all passenger trains were propelled out of the station to run around and propeled back in. All other country locations either ran around at the platform ( incl. Waterford, Kilkenny, Tralee Dundalk) or propelled out the line to run around ( incl Galway & Sligo). Rosslare was interesting in that the train continued on empty all the way onto the pier to run around before pulling back towards the platform.
  11. Next most important is a BR van for all those lovely cravens out there and also for the weed sprayer.
  12. Just check with the IIRS journal. The modifications were carried out in 1986. Pipes were added to TPOs 2972-2981 and 8 GSVs The vacuum braked stock had to be marshalled next to the loco. Mails were carried in 20' containers on the bogie wagons not sundries. They were used on both the Cork and the Galway mails.
  13. Air brake pipes were added in the mid eighties to allow them to work with the 60' air braked bogie flat wagons. It meant that the sundries and night mail trains could be combined
  14. I really want to support IRM hence have bought the ballast wagon and the bubbles. Will definitely buy the CIE ploughs. Will be buying fert's, flats and anything else that comes along as long as it was around pre 1990. Will wait for the blue Tara's. I am not overly worried about paint colour as 90% of wagons should be heavily weathered to be in any way accurate. The principle cause of the weathering in the pre graffiti era was dust from the cast iron break shoes. My memory of the Tara's is that if one or two wagons in the train was blue, that was it. Hence the reason that Inchicore decide to paint everything brown in the mid eighties. The only wagons that were kept in any way clean were the ammonia's. Even these got very dirty, but because of the inspection regime, they were washed at regular intervals.
  15. I mean the lid I think it was mentioned that IRM are planning to do a blue tar with the older style lid
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