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Mike 84C
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I have looked in vain for pictures of coaling facilities at medium sized CIE loco sheds.Was coal shovelled straight out of wagons into tenders at Depots like Wexford, Limerick, Tralee? If so it may explain why CIE tenders were rarely coaled to excess. Having worked on BR they never seem to carry enough coal but BR locos were often coaled to excess.

Does anyone make an etching for the tablet catcher carried on the K class?

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it may be something to do with enthusiasts being reluctant to get to dirty and close to the coal stage.

 

Some of the larger depots such as Broadstone, Cork & Tralee seem to have used small self propelled rail mounted steam cranes or even a diesel crawler crane like a 10RB for coaling.

 

In some depots coal was dumped on the ground and loaded with a crane than using a coal stage, the MGWR used hopper wagons for loco coal traffic between the North Wall and Broadstone. At Broadstone and Cork loco coal wagons were unload from a raised gantry system similar to NER coal drops.

 

The cranes seem to have used a roll-over skip rather than a grab, so the coal men would have to load the coal into the skip using a shovel, but at crane could tip the coal into the tenders of the larger locos built from the1900s onwards.

 

 

I think Anthony Burges book "Chasing the Flying Snail" may have some photos of the coaling arrangements at Tralee

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it may be something to do with enthusiasts being reluctant to get to dirty and close to the coal stage.

 

 

It might be considered by some a waste of film taking pics of mundane tasks and dirty locations. Plus some of these tasks may be carried out very early in the morning when it was too dark, or when photographers were still in bed?!

 

Inchicore had the only mechanical coal stage on the CIE system afaik. I know at interchange/break of gauge places like Dromod, manually shovelling from one set of open wagons into another was commonplace. Wouldn't fancy that.

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