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TJ the go to place for an operational and educational running session. 

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Some weekend engineering  work is currently taking place on Tara junction involving some road rail and other machinery,

Retro 073 arrived at the worksite earlier hauling the Donelli relaying gantries which were put to work removing some track panels,

The area is been cleared to facilitate the installation of a new crossover...…. here are a selection photos from todays operation.

 

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A few photos of the ballasting operation involving road/rail machinery and the two axle ballast hopper train.....

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Fantastic. Wonderful visual story telling from the real world of Tara Junction. You've a fantastic selection LLP workmen, looking very busy. 

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Bloody Hell, that’s just awesome, brilliant absolutely brilliant,

BTB

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I recently finished scratch building a model of the Linmag  rail milling machine, I used a non motorised tamper and a tipping truck as the base models to work on,

The real machine travels around the country working at night on the rail network but can normally be found parked up at stations or yards during the day,

Here are a few photos of the model version as it arrives at the Lakeview freight yard to access the network via the concrete hard standing area,

Later on after some checks are made we see the vehicle pass through Tara junction station prior to starting work-and after the up main line was done the vehicle worked to the permanent way siding to stable for the day.:tumbsup:

 

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As brilliant as those photos are & they are brilliant, I’d love to see this operation at NIGHT with of course the lights....!& the SHADOWS.....
BTB

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On 3/22/2020 at 2:36 PM, burnthebox said:

As brilliant as those photos are & they are brilliant, I’d love to see this operation at NIGHT with of course the lights....!& the SHADOWS.....
BTB

Keep watching and thank you BTB...:tumbsup:

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087 accelerates away from a signal check hauling the heavy laden fertiliser train through Tara junction station-a lucky catch while I was waiting for my train home :tumbsup:

 

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The new load bank building was commissioned yesterday at the MPD on Tara junction,

Enterprise locomotive 8208 was the first to be tested at the facility, here is a video of that operation taking place.

I scratch built the building after observing the real load bank being used to test locomotive 079 at Inchicore works in early March.

 

 

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Some passenger train action on Tara junction,

6101+234 on Mk3 push pull duties depart with a late running service from the platform to make way for the arrival from Belfast of the Enterprise with 9001 leading and 209 propelling,

Over on platform two 222 hauls the Mk4 set away from the platform with control car 4001 trailing.

A general overview of the layout since a dimmer switch was fitted to the main room lights-this has greatly added to the warm atmosphere of the layout.

 

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On 3/21/2020 at 3:36 PM, ttc0169 said:

Phase two of the installation of a new crossover at the west end of Tara junction was completed last weekend with final ballasting and tamping being completed last night,

Here we see a video of tamper 751 packing the crossover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZohBKsflNaM

 

Brilliant as usual Noel. That's a nice piece of kit. There's also something very relaxing about watching the tamper in action :)

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On 3/22/2020 at 2:36 PM, burnthebox said:

As brilliant as those photos are & they are brilliant, I’d love to see this operation at NIGHT with of course the lights....!& the SHADOWS.....
BTB

This one is for you BTB.....

086 passes non-stop through Tara junction station working the 21:00 passenger/mail to Cork, comprised of two TPOs, a BR GSV and six MK2 coaches.....

 

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25 minutes ago, JasonB said:

Brilliant as usual Noel. That's a nice piece of kit. There's also something very relaxing about watching the tamper in action :)

Thanks Jason...:tumbsup:

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Awesome, bloody Awesome is the only way to describe that operation, & was it RAINING..!! the whole atmosphere was just like a damp night in an Irish station, just mega, 

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The driver of 087 observes the 5mph speed restriction as it enters road two at the Lakeview freight yard with the laden fertiliser liner,

Locomotives 190+183 are ticking over on road one while their pallet cement train is being unloaded.

 

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The locomotive fleet controller has nominated locomotive 0117076 to work the wheel wagon transfer to Limerick,it is seen here being coupled by the shunter,

In the distance a worn out Enterprise locomotive 233 has arrived at the MPD for some attention to the exhaust and silencer.

 

Happy Easter to all fellow modellers.:cheers:

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The view from the cab of 175 as evening descends on the stabling point... 

The Arrow railcar 2601+2602 in the bay platform while Enterprise 209 brings up the rear of the De Dietrich set .

 

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160+192 pass through Tara junction hauling the empty timber train.....

 

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Always a favourite of mine. You can't go wrong with Baby GM's double heading the timber train :tumbsup:  

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As night falls on Tara junction 160+192 pass through with the empty timber train to Ballina......

 

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 On this day eight years ago I started this thread about Tara junction, its been a fantastic journey to date-a house move a few years later brought a bigger house and a larger room to accommodate the layout, and more time to plan for what I wanted, a garage has been added two years ago and it has the potential for a 30'x 20' layout if required

For now I am very happy with what I have and with Irish railway modelling continuing to provide highly detailed rolling stock and the prospect of 001s and 121s the possibility's for recreating scenes from the 1980s/1990s are and will be possible fairly soon, Thanks must go to the lads at IRM and Paddy Murphy..

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write kind comments about the layout, it is appreciated, so for my 1,534th post, here is a different view of the layout, the high street looking out the Sligo road direction. .Its not all about the train either.....:tumbsup:

 

 

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When regular push pull locomotive 234 was required for examination at the MPD, a suitable replacement had to be found....so 220 was allocated to the push pull MK3 set and it is seen here propelling the set through Tara junction station.

 

 

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A reeling in the years moment on Tara junction  after a marathon operating session that lasted six hours,

It was a back to a Sunday evening in the 1990s when orange and black ruled the rails, we see a variety of rolling stock from that era including two large passenger trains being hauled by 2x141s and an 071,see the following list for details,

  • 160+192 hauling nine Cravens and a BR GSV forming the 15:35 Westport-Heuston,
  • 085 hauling ten Mk2 a/b coaches forming the 14:05 Tralee-Heuston
  • 087 hauling six Mk3s forming the 13:45 Limerick-Heuston,
  • 220 leading a five piece Mk3 push pull set-(6105)-forming the 17:30 Heuston-Waterford.
  • 187 has charge of the branch three coach Park royal set at the platform waiting for the road to proceed
  • 2601+2602 Arrow railcars are stabled in the bay platform.

Enjoy the memories....

 

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Good stuff ! 4 train operation and you filming shows great confidence and a testament to good track !  It was good to see the orange army no where near the track with such activity. 

Thanks for showing and 8 years have flown by!

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192+160 arrive at the platform with the 10 piece Cravens set-passengers in the rear coaches were asked to move towards the front of the train in order to alight safely on the platform.

 

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Locomotive 220 at the rear of the MK3 push pull set passing through Tara junction station earlier....

 

 

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