Jump to content

Two RPSI Carriage Sets and a Presidential Mark 2

Rate this topic


Recommended Posts

Hi all,

Have now uploaded some shots taken in Dublin Connolly yesterday which show the two RPSI active carriage sets. They show 226 with the Mark 2 set:

P1090894-S.jpg

 

Included on the set was the Presidential/State Carriage Mark 2, no. 5408, which is going to Whitehead today:

P1090900-S.jpg

 

Finally 206 is seen shunting the Craven set after its arrival back from the 'South Clare' tour:

P1090948-S.jpg

 

Rest of the shots can be found here:

http://smu.gs/K9g86H

 

Enjoy!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A slight addendum to yesterday's shots. First up is a video of 226 hauling 5408 and the RPSI Mark 2 rake out of Platform 5 at Connolly yesterday afternoon:

P1090921-M.jpg

 

And then a photo of NIR 8208 shunting the Presidential Mark 2 back into the carriage shed this morning:

P1090979-M.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...
  • 2 years later...

Is there an official presidential or vip coach in use anymore? I remember seeing Erskin Childers on board the Killarney train in 73 or 74. The old presidential coach back then looked like something from the 19th century, but a piece of historic art. Can't imagine anything as modern as a mk2 having much heritage value.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Is there an official presidential or vip coach in use anymore? I remember seeing Erskin Childers on board the Killarney train in 73 or 74. The old presidential coach back then looked like something from the 19th century' date=' but a piece of historic art. Can't imagine anything as modern as a mk2 having much heritage value.[/quote']

 

No not anymore. Having been in both coaches the old GSWR coach is stunning and has been wonderfully restored both inside and out. The Mark II is in good condition inside but it's very 70s; velour everywhere. There are some rubbish pics of both interiors on my Flickr page.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The majority of the RPSI heritage coaches are still in existence, but no longer allowed on the main line.

 

Good to hear. Are most of them up north or are there any at Inchicore?

 

This is the coach I saw in Heuston (Kingsbridge) in the early 70s.

351_traverser_inchicore.jpg

 

351_inside4.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The heritage stock is in both Whitehead and Inchicore - probably about half and half. There's info is he still in the shed at Mullingar (GSWR 813). The RPSI volunteers there used to use it as a "tarry". It was never restored, though the RPSI externally painted it in CIE green years ago.

 

Thanks. Is the coaching stock stored indoors or outdoors?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Both, Noel. Unfortunately there isn't room for it all to be indoors. The most important vehicles are under cover in both places.

 

Cheers JB. I assume the Mk2s can take the weather better than the Cravens which in turn can survive better out doors than the older vintage stock.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The heritage stock is in both Whitehead and Inchicore - probably about half and half. There's info is he still in the shed at Mullingar (GSWR 813). The RPSI volunteers there used to use it as a "tarry". It was never restored, though the RPSI externally painted it in CIE green years ago.

Jahsus, Mullingar? The shed is in pretty dire condition, they would really need to fix it up, and clean up the yard.

On that note, for an update on the greenway thing, buffers had been put in place just before the newbrook road bridge, and the line is cut off in several other places also

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cheers JB. I assume the Mk2s can take the weather better than the Cravens which in turn can survive better out doors than the older vintage stock.

 

The Cravens actually hold up better outdoors than the Mk2s. The Mk2Ds were in worse condition than the older Cravens when they were withdrawn. Some Mk2Ds were send to Scotland over the years for body rebuilds at the gangway ends because of corrosion problems.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Mk 2 design was inherently prone to rust, much more so than other "modern" coaches, though in our climate obviously none are exempt. When the RPSI acquired the ones they have, the condition varied but some were in absolutely dire condition due to internal rust and were as good as rebuilt at Whitehead.

 

These need to be kept inside as they are need for traffic. Cravens are a much better design, thus more hard wearing, but as any preservationist knows, you ignore TLC at your peril, so they - as Dublin area breadwinners - have to have pride of place in the care stakes too.

 

Mullingar shed is not really used much any more as it's falling to bits. Once the current coach in there leaves, it won't be used by the RPSI again.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use