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I travel a lot with my work and I get to visit a lot of locations on the Irish railway network.  Yes that's great but it gives me an overload of ideas for future projects.   Here are a few examples of locations which start me thinking:

 

Tassagh Viaduct, Co. Armagh:

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Knocloughrim, Co. Derry:

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Kilmessan, Co. Meath:

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Kells, Co. Kerry:

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Gleensk Viaduct, Co. Kerry:

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Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim:

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Randalstown, Co. Antrim:

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Maybe when I retire!

 

 

 

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As a child, I was often taken to places where the lifting train was either about to arrive, or had just left; this was the 1960s, the "golden age" of branch line closures, and many miles of as-yet unadulterated formations of recently abandoned lines....

Seen here, the dreaded lifting train somewhere between Richill and Armagh, approx. 1960. (H C A Beaumont)

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Bit scary to see that. About ten years ago, I managed to walk through the Lissummon tunnel. It was tricky to find, but amazingly there were even still some sleepers in place! Dead straight with a slight climb and it was obviously not visited very much (unlike Gogginshill).  I think there are plans for a greenway now on the line.

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34 minutes ago, Newtoncork said:

Bit scary to see that. About ten years ago, I managed to walk through the Lissummon tunnel. It was tricky to find, but amazingly there were even still some sleepers in place! Dead straight with a slight climb and it was obviously not visited very much (unlike Gogginshill).  I think there are plans for a greenway now on the line.

jhbSenior was involved with lifting the Markethill line. The track was so knackered that they actually had to partially re-sleeper and relay a few short stretches of it, just to get the lifting train (very possibly the same one above) to the end of it, in order to turn round and lift it up as it returned...........

A modelling project for a 1955-65 era layout - a lifting train! Arguably more interesting than today's yellow machines, or do I dare say that?

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31 minutes ago, Patrick Davey said:

And another - just taken a few minutes ago!!

Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh, making @Galteemore jealous now!!!

 

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Just a bit….got the building made just not enough room for a layout to go IMG_4902.thumb.jpeg.2e04190d8ebdb711627cb0e4f04b96d6.jpegwith it!!!

 

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