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Was SLNCR railcar B ever green

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When the SLNCR B was bought by CIE in 1959 when its home line closed was it painted green or orange and black? Is there any pics?

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37 minutes ago, Midland Man said:

When the SLNCR B was bought by CIE in 1959 when its home line closed was it painted green or orange and black? Is there any pics?

Both.

It was painted green almost immediately. It does not seem to have even entered CIE traffic in SLNCR livery. It had a black roof.

Despite having been painted thus, one must assume, in 1959, it seems to have been an early conversion to black'n'tan, and obviously it retained that until withdrawal. Indeed, what's left of it still does.

In my DCDR days I put in a grant app for that thing, and got a tender from Rail Restorations North East in England to fully restore it to full running order. Technologically it's a dead simple one. The cost was £170k, later reduced after bargaining to £160k.

However, the funding didn't appear as there were too many projects in for the same funding round. Otherwise, it would have been off on a low loader. 

It's just as well that it didn't. RRNE would receive the RPSI's 171 a few years later, and they started work on it - but then went bust! Luckily the RPSI got 171 back just in time. Had the railcar been also there at the time, it would very likely have been seized and scrapped to pay off the bankrupt firm's debts...certainly, the DCDR would have ended up with a very nasty bill indeed to try to get it back.....

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