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I belive 121s did on rare occasions but it was mainly the preserve of the C class; their withdrawal followed not long after the last former AEC push-pull set was taken out of service. A class locos, as well as 141/181s and 071s were never fitted for push-pull working.

 

The 121's worked the push pulls on the Bray/Greystones shuttle until the Dart was extended to Greystones.

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The 121's worked the push pulls on the Bray/Greystones shuttle until the Dart was extended to Greystones.

 

Ah, that makes sense... getting stuff muddled in my head! Although it was operated by one of the 80 class sets on hire from late 1980s, after the last push-pull was withdrawn (to much joy of passengers, no doubt). :)

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121 Class locos were used on the ex-AEC push-pulls operating the Bray-Greystones shuttle for the period between the withdrawal of the last of the B201 Class in November 1986 and the withdrawal of the final push-pull on 14 September 1987. The shuttle ceased to operate from that date.

 

The 80-class DEMUs hired from NIR took over the working of the shuttle and the service was restored from 30 October 1987. They remained on the service until 25 November 1990 when, at 13:26, the final shuttle departed from Greystones. From that date until DART services commenced almost ten years later on 10 April 2000, Greystones was served only by the Up and Down Arklow commuter services and the three Rosslare Harbour trains in each direction.

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Yes - it would be an interesting rarity. Before seeing it, I'll wager that it was an ex-GSWR dining car!

It is just a terrible pity that Jimmy O'Dea took nothing but black and white. I have been through his entire collection several times, and he has some amazing stuff. It is all available via the National Photographic Archive, free for view.

However, errors in captions are very common, some ridiculously so. the photo above of an AEC car being built at Inchicore as late as 1960 may be an error - it is at least as likely to be a refurb, perhaps after accidental damage. Knowing the railcar number would assist in this.

I notice in the GNR set at Clones...look away to the right of the photo in the distance; a DNGR brake passenger luggage van, still in brown and cream. 

I might add that these photos simply amplify, if such was ever necessary, the great necessity to have a ready to run AEC set; these monopolised many services on the GNR, CIE, UTA and NIR for twenty five years.

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It is just a terrible pity that Jimmy O'Dea took nothing but black and white. I have been through his entire collection several times, and he has some amazing stuff. It is all available via the National Photographic Archive, free for view.

Slightly ot but in light of the fact that there are "reasonable" amounts of home movies and cine film of railways here in 50s and 60s, it's a shame there's no sound film I'm aware of. We will never get to hear what lost classes of loco (or railcar) really sounded like. 

 

An rtr AEC would be a winner for me, haven't the patience, expertise or equipment for anything other than a simple wagon kit.

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They had a very distinctive sound, minister. A bit "throatier" than anything seen after the 1970s!

I looked up one of the preserved AEC cars of GWR origin in Britain. They sound much the same as I remember, though I think the Irish ones were a bit louder - maybe bigger AEC engines?

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1 hour ago, minister_for_hardship said:

Slightly ot but in light of the fact that there are "reasonable" amounts of home movies and cine film of railways here in 50s and 60s, it's a shame there's no sound film I'm aware of. We will never get to hear what lost classes of loco (or railcar) really sounded like. 

 

An rtr AEC would be a winner for me, haven't the patience, expertise or equipment for anything other than a simple wagon kit.

The Tom Ferris videos surely would have some audio, not the best quality perhaps but I digress.

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27 minutes ago, Noel said:

Wonder what it was like travelling from Westland Row to Galway on the 2600............

Did the AEC sets ever do any of the other main line routes in the 50s or 60s (eg Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Westport, Belfast)?

 

The AEC 2600 cars were very comfortable seating wise and very solid and steady. Like all older railcars they were noisier, though, especially in later years. 

They did all the routes you mentioned above, plus others. The GNR used them in Belfast - Clones and Belfast - Portadown - Derry as well as Dublin - Belfast. CIE used them to Kerry, both the Mallow route and the North Kerry Line, also Waterford - Limerick and Limerick - Sligo. They appeared on Dublin - Wexford too and, of course, Cork to Bantry. (They only did that one route in West Cork).

Indeed, immediately before the “A” and “B101” classes were introduced in 1955/6, they were the principal main-line power.

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The 2600 are one of the wonders of Irish modeling. The reason they are a wonder is that they came in 2 or 3 railcar units but during GAA specials they would use older stock to accommodate more people thus a unit could consist of 7 carriages (not including the original units). This means you mix and match different stock to your fancy.

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24 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Hopefully there will be some day a model of one.... they are a completely essential item on any GNR, GN-area of UTA / NIR or CIE layout of the 1950-70 period.

Or could IRM perhaps be on the verge of announcing a 22k?

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AEC 2600 push pull set. Silverfox 2600 Driving trailer + Silverfox C class kit on a Bachmann bo-bo donor chassis. One of my abiding memories of AEC 2600 were the massive round buffers, standing at Bray station behind the closed railway gates waiting to depart for Westland Row.

 

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43 minutes ago, Midland Man said:

Lovely model @Noel

 Are they get kit or are they RTR?

Cheers MM, The C class was a resin kit, the AEC 2600 DVT was RTR bought a few years ago from SF (Silverfox models) http://silverfoxmodels.co.uk/ir-ie-2600-class-railcar-pushpull-trailer-car/

 

 

SF RTR AEC ex2600 6107 class driving trailer sitting on the former loco release road between platforms 4 and 5 at Kingsbridge. The model passes the 'duck test'. :) 

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AEC DVT 6107 sitting on platform 5

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SF C class kit below. Reengined C class were later used to push-pull former AEC 2600 sets where the power unit had been converted to a driving trailer. These ran between Bray and Dublin until the Dart tool over.

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This is the timetable mentioned above Regarding West Cork. This is September 1960 onwards, the last timetable issued for the section before closure six months later. It was much the same as for many previous years. 

The two return passenger trains to Bantry were AEC sets, normally three-car. By this stage, the branches and goods trains were all “C” class diesels.

 

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The problem I have with the otherwise excellent Silver Fox models, is that the front is incorrect.

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The cab front did not overhang the main chassis and large 2' diameter buffers were a CIE feature, not that of the GNR or the UTA. The correct profile for the front cab was an outward angled middle window bar, bottom of cab windows angled backwards horizontally, gentle but pronounced curve along the cab lower panel. On most models to date (INCLUDING MY OWN!) the front profile is too flat.

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What may not be apparent in the upper picture but which can be seen better in the lower picture is the amount of buffer beam that was exposed at the outer ends by the curvature of the cab front. Also noticeable in many photographs of these Railcars are the grab handles on the front, one under each cab window.

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I have asked before, but has anyone a suggestion as to how one might construct a correctly fashioned AEC cab front that could be retro fitted to an aspiring model of one these vehicles?

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1 hour ago, Noel said:

What a loss that line was and how busy it could be today with both summer holiday traffic to the busy west cork hot spots and for commuters into Cork city. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Yes, indeed - I always thought that at the very least, Cork - Bandon should have been retained as a commuter line....or Cork - Clonakilty....

1 hour ago, Lambeg man said:

The problem I have with the otherwise excellent Silver Fox models, is that the front is incorrect.

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The cab front did not overhang the main chassis and large 2' diameter buffers were a CIE feature, not that of the GNR or the UTA. The correct profile for the front cab was an outward angled middle window bar, bottom of cab windows angled backwards horizontally, gentle but pronounced curve along the cab lower panel. On most models to date (INCLUDING MY OWN!) the front profile is too flat.

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What may not be apparent in the upper picture but which can be seen better in the lower picture is the amount of buffer beam that was exposed at the outer ends by the curvature of the cab front. Also noticeable in many photographs of these Railcars are the grab handles on the front, one under each cab window.

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I have asked before, but has anyone a suggestion as to how one might construct a correctly fashioned AEC cab front that could be retro fitted to an aspiring model of one these vehicles?

And then there's the light grey roofs......😉

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9 hours ago, Noel said:

Or could IRM perhaps be on the verge of announcing a 22k?

Oh, please no! The AEC would suit everything 50s-80s

4 hours ago, Noel said:

What a loss that line was and how busy it could be today with both summer holiday traffic to the busy west cork hot spots and for commuters into Cork city. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Foresight is a wonderful thing, surprisingly uncommon, like sense!

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10 hours ago, Noel said:

Or could IRM perhaps be on the verge of announcing a 22k?

I think we should stay on topic, we already had complaints about off topic posts on this thread today which has been dealt with. Let’s not go further with idle and unfounded speculation.

Thank you.

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So since I have had a very brief read of this tread one question which comes to mind is who is doing what in AEC Railcar kits in 4mm scale?

I know about the Silver Fox model, but is there anyone else doing a model of them and if so who?

I am not sure if Worsley works do the basic parts and if they are any good has anyone tried them yet?

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