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Hi folks the up to date position.

 

Our impromptu Grouping met a month ago in Tralee and held a Meeting .What followed that day was a photo taken with our Town Engineer and a marvellous article in The Kerryman Newspaper by marisa reidy see link attached http://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/lifestyle/we-want-to-get-our-train-back-on-track-30943062.html , which ( excuse the pun ) helped set off a head of steam , for the regenerated Campaign.

 

The Blennerville Windmill Company controls the Steam Railway facility - dormant now for nearly seven years.

 

The informal group met on the 21st Feb in Tralee and following a short Meeting, visited The Blennerville facility and then walked the Rail Line, including an evaluation of the track with sleeper inspection and rail inspection. All is not as worse feared, and is very easily rectified.

 

 

 

At 4.15pm , we then met Jim Finucane, MCC & Tralee District Mayor. He was accompanied by John Griffin , representing KCC who has a proven record, going all the way back to the original Project in getting The Tralee - Blennerville Steam Line , up in running in 1995.

 

We have had, what we describe, as a preliminary sounding out Meeting .We will meet again , with John & Jim , to present a detailed Proposal.

 

We are not at one Yet , in the way they perceive control over the project succeeding and where we see it going. We see a very Volunteer orientated Organisation, which we believe , may appeal to them , when they see the fuller picture. A 3ft diesel loco has been identified.

 

In the meantime , we need to stabilise and formulate our structure. We have lots of work to do and we need people to Volunteer their Services - where they feel that they have a particular Skill level ?

 

So basically , an Audit of Talents , is immediately needed and then we can assess where we are going .We are setting our perceptive sites on 2016 or late 2015 at the earliest, to get this project up and running - if we succeed in selling our ability and skills to the current Company and Kerry County Council.

 

check the facebook page which has now grown massively to over 530 members! http://www.facebook.com/groups/traleeanddinglesteamrailway/

 

http://traleesteamrailway.webs.com

 

Eddie Barrett & Darragh Connolly

 

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Online character asassinations are always best ignored....!

 

This reads like a carbon copy of Derry. Local "business interests" are just that; they see a business opportunity, and there's nothing wrong with that per se. In fact, with no credible business case, any fledgling outfit will probably fail, and deservedly so.

 

The difference between Tralee (and Derry) as opposed to, say, the RPSI, DCDR or Dromod, is the involvement of "local business interests" aka the local bar-room intellectuals and gombeen men, as opposed to genuine enthusiasts. For while the former will lose interest and walk away at the first sign that the thing won't be the cash cow they imagined having a trough to bury their nose in, the latter are under no initial illusions on that point, and will persist against all odds, to make reality out of whatever's possible.

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Of those 555 how many will actually actively do something more than offer encouragement via social media

 

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The Facebook page has already started to resemble the one set-up to save the Waterford/Rpsslare line i.e. all sorts of unrealistic/irrelevant posts and pie in the sky ideas. Time will tell.

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I've fond memories of that little railway many many summers ago when we used to bring our children to see it and travel the short run. On the southerly coast of the Dingle bay ria there is another track bed which I had always thought was a narrow gauge line, formerly operated by GS&WR but I think it must have been 5'3". From the road the mountain side trackbed is clearly visible for miles with many small bridges still intact. The scenery down there is awesome, what it must have been like travelling by train on some of those lines.

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The Facebook page has already started to resemble the one set-up to save the Waterford/Rpsslare line i.e. all sorts of unrealistic/irrelevant posts and pie in the sky ideas. Time will tell.

 

Well it didn't take long and for those of you who like bloodsports it's all happening here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/385672148111486/

 

and more here: http://irishrailways.blogspot.ie/

 

All so predictable.

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