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  1. A number of systems had double cabbed steam trams or locos. The only other Irish example I can think of was on the T&DR, but that didn't last long in that state and had a short innings anyhow.
  2. O scale I think, but 00 gauge as a compromise for 3'.
  3. Might have potential as templates for building in another material or customisation. I dislike the blotchy watercolour appearance and painted-on street lighting.
  4. Cork. Site to be occupied by a hotel that looks a bit like the monolith from 2001 A Space Odessey.
  5. I found them to be very delicate, I wasn't sure if that's the way they are or if they degraded in storage.
  6. Attempted to put on decals on SSM brake van, the 30 ton brake van/vac brake lettering broke up on me repeatedly, so I've only got the lettering done acceptably on one side only. Wanted to clear laquer on the rest to seal them, had a guinea pig wagon with a decal already on it to see if that would work before proceeding, but the brake van decals started reacting to the laquer.
  7. I would expect little from the CIE Group, the Dublin Port Rally marked the 70th anniversary of CIE in 2015, plenty staff in attendance but officially a big fat nothing from the company. I think you were lucky to get a tweet off them.
  8. Were these conversions from existing road buses or were they built as railbuses from the outset?
  9. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/trains-hit-large-animals-three-times-a-month-on-average-1.4113597 This quote from IR spokesman: .... said none of the incidents resulted in any injury to staff or passengers. While “in most instances, without being glib, the animals do tend to come off worse” reminds me of when George Stephenson was asked what would happen if one of his locomotives encountered a cow on the track: "It would be awkward for the coo."
  10. What the devil is a "soft" opening?
  11. ZR is Wexford according to the table here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_Republic_of_Ireland
  12. Remember the days when children didn't have trampolines to keep them amused? Whatever did they do back then?
  13. I don't see why the odd item shouldn't have no/minimal weathering applied or just the gloss toned down to represent something not long out of the paint shops.
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