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Guinness, Clonmel goods yard, 1975.

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Nice pic from that wonderful era. The buffers on the keg wagon seem exceptionally long.


Just checked my survey notebook against the photo. the buffer casing is 450mm long and the buffer itself is another 150mm beyond that, or 2 feet in old money. It's quite standard for the 14' wheelbase /22' flat wagons.

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Richie's cad does not lie (does it ever?).


Here's a shot of a flat in Limerick 10 years ago, plain to see that the buffer is a big boy all right.

Any reason for the casing being so long? The excursion of the buffer itself doesn't seem to be that long. Was there a reason to space the flats? Couplings?

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