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Thanks, Broithe!

 

Indeed, Minister! Up to 20 years ago, pictures taken from the top of signal post ladders by people without PTS, steel-capped boots or head-to-toe day-glo clothing were common. Not a single enthusiast ever appears to have died that way, therefore, irrespective of what current laws and H & S police say, in actual terms of fact, the practice was statistically as good as 100% safe; unlike actual travel by train, which despite being the safest form of travel there is, occasionally it has been known for passengers to die in an accident.....

 

Now there's a statistic for ye!

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Very true, Mike. I burned the midnight oil till well into the small hours in recent times going through this stuff. I've had it got some years, but it's only recently I've got around to starting to sort and catalogue it all.

 

Here's a book published by the LMS about their Irish Sea shipping services, complete with original compliment slip...

 

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Yes. I can even remember white metal "K"'s 00 scale loco kits being advertised in the late 60s with prices like 27/6d, ie one pound (20 shillings), seven shillings and sixpence. For younger readers a shilling was 5p, thus there were 20s to the £. However there were 12 OLD pennies to a shilling, so the modern sterling penny is worth 2.4 times an old penny; there were 240 old pennies to the £.

 

Does that make any sense?

 

So: 35/6d = £1.15s.6d. (Yes, "d" - for the Latin "denarius" meant "penny")

= £1.77 and a half pence. 15 shillings was obviously 75p.

 

Here endeth the Lesson.

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Yes. I can even remember white metal "K"'s 00 scale loco kits being advertised in the late 60s with prices like 27/6d, ie one pound (20 shillings), seven shillings and sixpence. For younger readers a shilling was 5p, thus there were 20s to the £. However there were 12 OLD pennies to a shilling, so the modern sterling penny is worth 2.4 times an old penny; there were 240 old pennies to the £.

 

Does that make any sense?

 

No. Thank **** for decimalisation.

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Yes. I can even remember white metal "K"'s 00 scale loco kits being advertised in the late 60s with prices like 27/6d, ie one pound (20 shillings), seven shillings and sixpence. For younger readers a shilling was 5p, thus there were 20s to the £. However there were 12 OLD pennies to a shilling, so the modern sterling penny is worth 2.4 times an old penny; there were 240 old pennies to the £.

 

Does that make any sense?

 

So: 35/6d = £1.15s.6d. (Yes, "d" - for the Latin "denarius" meant "penny")

= £1.77 and a half pence. 15 shillings was obviously 75p.

 

Here endeth the Lesson.

 

jhb you're really showing your age now, or did you break open your little piggy box. :ROFL::ROFL:

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Come on boys - you have forgotten

 

Farthings - four to a penny

Half Pence - two to a penny

Thruppeny piece - two type, the wooden ones and the silver ones - four to a shilling.

Sixpenny bits - two to a shilling

Two shilling coins, ten to a pound

Half Crowns - eight to the pound

Ten shilling notes - two to a pound

Guineas - one pound and one shilling.

 

Five Woodbine in a paper wrapper, a gobstopper and a box of matches with a halfpenny change out of a shilling - all obtainable from Miss Macs wee shop on Sydney parade station. Ah the memories!!

 

Old Blarney.

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In 1954, the GNR was considering buying another rail bicycle, as the District Engineer was aware that the GSR and CIE had used a type he considered suitable for his own needs. He wanted one for when inspecting parts of the Cavan and Dundalk - Enniskillen - Omagh lines. He wrote to a former colleague in the old GSR Drawing Office in Westland Row, and received the following reply:

 

Chief Engineer's Office

Westland Row

9th April 1954

 

Dear ---

 

Sorry not to have written before re rail cycles. The last we got were from Dr. Albers & Co., HAMBURG. The Dublin agent is GERHARD SCHLOSS, LISEEN, GREENFIELD PARK, DONNYBROOK, DUBLIN.

 

The price quoted for 2 seater bicycle was DM* 862.75 less 4 1/2% = 38.80 = 823.95.

 

1 DM = 1.71 shillings.

 

DM 823.95 in ordinary money is about £70.9.0**

 

The first quotation included free wheel and a sample bicycle was sent.

 

The free wheel was not a success and was cut out and larger saddles and pedals supplied instead at above price.

 

Hope this will be of some use. Personally I am very keen on the rail cycle provided it is used with reasonable care.

 

With best wishes

 

(Illegible)

 

Edward D Moore

 

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This, and other items relating to the activities of the GNR in general in and around Enniskillen, and those of the resident District Engineer there, will be donated for public viewing to the Headhunters Railway Museum in Enniskillen; the above item is being posted to them today!

 

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