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dr. Quirkeys good time emporium, spar shops and a lack of trams could make for a fairly naff model. Would a "what might have been" model work instead?

 

 

It wouldn't make for a naff model mate and as for the lack of trams does the LUAS not count. You could also motorise Dublin buses,taxis, vans, cars. Etc etc would make for a very interesting project.

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Modern o'connell street is shadow of her former glory, and if you could build from the first floor up it would have some style. Unfortunately the ground floor of most of it is grubby and cheap. And as for trams, well you'd have to wait a few years before they get the grangegorman link finished. Hopefully by then DCC will have put the main street of the capital city on a priority list to be developed as a European capital boulevard.

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Modern o'connell street is shadow of her former glory, and if you could build from the first floor up it would have some style. Unfortunately the ground floor of most of it is grubby and cheap. And as for trams, well you'd have to wait a few years before they get the grangegorman link finished. Hopefully by then DCC will have put the main street of the capital city on a priority list to be developed as a European capital boulevard.

 

You're spot on Richie. The layout represents a period and vehicles that you don't see on many Irish layouts and it is unique in those respects. For building the layout in that period must have taken a lot of research and planing before any model building or work was carried out. It's a testament to the skill of the modelers that were involved in the build and those that operate it.

 

It's perfect as it is and deserves all the accolades it gets. Modern O'Connell street has the historical presence of the GPO and Cleary's is a landmark building that defines the opposite side of the road. The rest is a bit bland compared to other European capital city main streets or thoroughfares. Having said that it has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 25 years and is a fine city.

 

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Modern o'connell street is shadow of her former glory, and if you could build from the first floor up it would have some style. Unfortunately the ground floor of most of it is grubby and cheap. And as for trams, well you'd have to wait a few years before they get the grangegorman link finished. Hopefully by then DCC will have put the main street of the capital city on a priority list to be developed as a European capital boulevard.

 

 

I see where you are coming from bud but I think you are looking at the idea of modelling a modern day O'Connell street from an architect point of view. If you look at the idea from a modelling point of view fabulous buildings (maybe not the contents) motorised oo vehicles, the LUAS where it crosses the street, then you could do the night time scene even down to the drunks getting thrown into the back of the Garda van after scrapping outside Supermacs. I know the street has gone down hill but that's all part of the fun of modelling the grubby and cheap ground floors. :tumbsup:

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Modern o'connell street is shadow of her former glory, and if you could build from the first floor up it would have some style. Unfortunately the ground floor of most of it is grubby and cheap. And as for trams, well you'd have to wait a few years before they get the grangegorman link finished. Hopefully by then DCC will have put the main street of the capital city on a priority list to be developed as a European capital boulevard.
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Too true, but it is a hell of a lot better than its absolute nadir in the 70's.

 

At least now:

there is some sort of structured bias towards the pedestrian

The GPO was cleaned up and fire damaged stone remedied

Daniel O'Connell monument and others have been cleaned up and renovated

The hoor in the sewer is gone ( the stilletto beats it even on a bad day)

The Luas is sure better than nothing.

 

The jury is still a bit out about the lime trees as versus the plane trees....

Faoi na líomaí how are are yez!

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Ahhhh I remember..... "Zhivago's" night club (as advertised on the back of th bus in that vid as he turn s left at the Rotunda... and U2 were the support act in McGonigles and the Baggot Inn (which was my haunt)....

 

Ah Sloopies for the really sophisticated urbanites, the National Ballroom for country people and the Television Club for teeny-boppers, final year in secondary school trying to look older and get into the Pembroke Inn or O'Dwyers on a Saturday night places so noisey you could not hear the music.

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  • 6 years later...

yip bos, describes you well, i had seen this before on Youtube, didnt know it was your layout, fab.  love the dart, so you have a dark side!

the building next left besides Easons was the Palm grove ice cream parlor, i often had Roma Cafolla's peach melbas, while looking out at paddies day and easter parades,  that building was bought by Easons sometime later, they extended the book depts into Dublins very best ice cream shop..

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