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  1. If anyone is on the look still for a copy of the Doyle/Hirsch rolling stock books, and first edition (1979) one going on eBay just now: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Locomotives-Rolling-Stock-of-Coras-Iompair-Eireann-Northern-Ireland-Railways/233593852317?epid=87420448&hash=item366347519d:g:YF0AAOSwTsNexSVu
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Locomotives-Rolling-Stock-of-Coras-Iompair-Eireann-Northern-Ireland-Railways/223981616103?epid=87420448&hash=item3426583be7:g:uGYAAOSw2T9emxOz
  3. A heads-up if anyone's after a copy of the first (1979) edition of the Doyle/Hirsch Locomotives and Rolling stock book, one going for £9 + £2 p&p. Took me long enough to get all three!
  4. Journal 101 by any chance (Oct. 1986)? There's a segment in the news section which mentions many 071s being out of action with frame cracks above the bogies. On one day only 2 were in service. There's a good photo of replacement traction during this period with double 121s replacing an 071 on a Westport Mk2d set, 10 coaches making quite a sight iirc. Sadly I cannot find that photograph again, but I distinctly remember the train make-up and the fact the 121s had replaced an 071. Not from the Journal, but I was informed the frame cracks were thought to be as a consequence of the 071s running at sustained higher speeds and braking harder (90 vs 75mph) and the track forces and braking forces simply took their toll on the locos more so than when they were running at the old 70/75 general limits. Whether this is true, I can't say, but the 071s were said to ride quite roughly at speed this eventually being cured by the fitting of yaw dampers from the early 1990s. Would the multi working have allowed triples? Very wasteful no doubt, but out of curiosity.
  5. I think Cork is one of my favourite Irish stations, mixture of the overall roof and that graceful curve through the station - features of any truly great railway station! Though asides from much less traffic on the roads, there were fewer trains as well. I remember first seeing the 1933 timetable and having a double whammy shock of how few services even the "mainlines" had as well as the journey times. I suppose though that railway journeys truly were that then - journeys, you had a sense of actually going somewhere so to speak. Now we have the dual luxury of increased frequency and increased speed but along the way much of the luxury and delight to be savoured from such journeys has sadly passed us by.
  6. I have a few myself, though all GB ones. The older ones, as you rightly say, have a whole host of interesting snapshots of working practices of the time. One of the things that interests me most asides from the specific practices particular to specific locations is the list of permitted speeds on each line. To me they provide as much a picture of the developing rail network as the other information contained within.
  7. Could someone tell me what the previous timetable issue to the 2nd April 1973 was? Would it be the June 1972 issue or was there one in-between? Thanks
  8. One thing I've never quite understood - why was the horse always called "Dick"? Purely tradition?
  9. Reminds me of an accident which resulted in a similar situation at Largs in July 1995. A Class 318 electric unit from Glasgow failed to stop, ran through the buffers, the station and right out into the high street.
  10. It may not be 100% perfect, but it shows the scale of the 800s well, the picture simply says "power"!
  11. I've no idea I'm afraid, but that's perfectly possible and that would alter the sound. It's about the closest thing I could think of.
  12. How about the proposed 4,400hp 'Super' Deltic in a highly appropriate 'Super' train livery?
  13. You definitely can, simply the trains reverse into and out of Kilarney station to gain the line to Tralee. It was in my opinion one of the more interesting operations of Irish Railways, reversing long express trains in and out of Kilarney in the days of loco-haulage. Now drivers of ICRs just change cabs and continue on their merry way
  14. A fascinating article, they remind me somewhat of the railcars British Rail fitted out with battery equipment as a trial in the 1950s at Cowlairs in Glasgow and trialled on the Royal Deeside line from Aberdeen to Ballater alternating workings with the more usual diesel units. Very much the same principles and the body side styling of the 1939 sets even looks quite similar. Not wishing to be pedantic and you may actually mean the same thing, but the central unit actually has only the diesel engines (I'm not sure if that's what you meant by motors), two on the 3-car and four on the 4-car, the traction motors themselves are mounted on the bogies under the driver's cabs. The idea being that to convert to pure electric operation you only need to remove the central unit eith the diesel engines.
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