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Hi guys, 

I know there has been lots of useful info on the bubbles but saw the photo below and was wondering what logo would have been under the caked cement?

Any suggestions?

148 - Seagoe

 

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Going by the loco and the fact that it's carrying it's IR livery but with day-glow panels, plus there's still some Bell containers to be seen there in the mix, you're looking at mid 90s. 

Irish Cement branded bubbles would have been on the scene at this stage but it wouldn't have been unusual to see one or two with the CIE logo either.   

Edited by JasonB

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As Jason says above, these would be the ivory liveried bubbles, painted in that livery from around 1980 and stayed in that livery until the were withdrawn in 2008. We have evidence of 6 with Irish cement logos while the rest carried the CIE roundels all the way to 2008. Every bubble we have done in that livery with the CIE logo had it at withdrawal as we used pictures from around that time for reference. The Irish cement logo is very popular (and does look great) but the CIE roundel was far more numerous.

The original grey livery was 1964 until the early 70s, replaced by orange from the early 70s which was then replaced by ivory in the early 80s. Orange would have run mixed with both liveries as they overlapped. 

Hope this helps! 

Cheers

Fran

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2 hours ago, Wexford70 said:

Hi guys, 

I know there has been lots of useful info on the bubbles but saw the photo below and was wondering what logo would have been under the caked cement?

Any suggestions?

148 - Seagoe

 

That interesting photo of mixed freight traffic formation has given me the inspiration to order a single pair of fertiliser wagons when they become available. Photos like this just go to show that not everything was made up of uniform rakes of the same wagon. A pair of ferts plus a pair of Bell 42s and six existing bubbles would make up that interesting formation. Modern era but interesting.

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Great photograph, this is the freight i remember when my old man used to bring me to portadown and craigavon lakes to watch the freight trains!! Fondest memories thanks for sharing

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3 hours ago, Noel said:

......would make up that interesting formation.

My thoughts exactly!! I just ordered some bubbles .

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