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Does anyone remember, or have pictures of, the green Fendt tractor that was used on Alexandra Road in Dublin Port? It was around until the early 90s and was used to shunt oil tanks from the concrete stand just inside North Wall yard to the various terminals along Alexandra Road. It was nothing fancy, and if memory serves me right it had a couple of wooden railway sleepers lashed on to it acting as buffers.

 

This might have been covered on previous sites but can find no reference, so no harm to revive the thread here for reference purposes.

 

Also wondering who operated it? CIE, Dublin Port Authority or the Oil companies? Did it have a predecessor?

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The tractors were owned by Dublin Port and Docks Board and more recently the Port Company. The tractors seem to have been mainly used to move tank wagons between the Granary Sidings East Wall Road and the various oil and bitumen siding on the Alexandra Road Tramway. Irish Shell had its own shunting loco.

 

Traffic on the Tramway would have been heavier in loose coupled days with wagon load traffic to and from Alexandra Basin, grain traffic for Ranks and Odlums and fertiliser from Gouldings East Wall Road.

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By no means unique - I can remember seeing one used at Newark Northgate in my spotting days. It probably replaced a four legged 1hp version & no doubt there were many others around too. Making a working model might be interesting, though the 7mm scale layout 'End of the Line' had two R/C lorries, so presumably not impossible.

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The were a number of smaller tractors used for per way work, there was recent published photo of a Massey Ferguson 35 on flanged wheels and a small 'train' of per way trolleys on the Harcourt St line before lifting. Think Cork had some Fordson Majors, read somewhere that they used travel up the disused Summerhill stub every so often to re-establish right of way years after it had closed, they probably to be found some shunting work in Tivoli too.

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When was that Summerhill stub finally lifted?

 

A local told me there's some rails still down there in places, buried under decades of lawnmower clippings...he has recovered some cut stone masonry there also, possibly some of the remains of Summerhill or its outbuildings.

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http://catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=tractor&type=AllFields&filter%5B%5D=digitised%3A%22Digitised%22&filter%5B%5D=format%3A%22Photo%22'>http://catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=tractor&type=AllFields&filter%5B%5D=digitised%3A%22Digitised%22&filter%5B%5D=format%3A%22Photo%22

 

http://catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=tractor&type=AllFields&filter%5B%5D=digitised%3A%22Digitised%22&filter%5B%5D=format%3A%22Photo%22

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The Dublin Port tractor hauled it's last fuel tanks August 2006, the loose coupling and shunting of fuel tankers on Alexandra Road is now prohibited, Reynolds Logistics now have the fuel contract for moving all fuel for Irish Rail, probably makes more sense, it's cheaper and Reynolds Logistics takes all the risk.

Regards

hg

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