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1 hour ago, Irishswissernie said:

The last photo though is actually narrow gauge West Clare railway No 5, possibly the " W C" initials fooled the Editor/Author! 

An interesting photo in its own right. Looks like one of the WC locos as painted for a movie contract. Colin Boocock’s Irish Railway Album pictures the same loco at Inchicore in 57 in the same paintwork rather the worse for wear. Note the scroll decoration on the cab roof.

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6 hours ago, Westcorkrailway said:

Now we wait for april fools articles to pop up!

 

My little piece from yesterday, worth a gander to look at pictures if you aren't already familiar with them

https://www.facebook.com/106687211088100/posts/268523431571143/

Thanks for those fabulous series of photos. Wow can you imagine how busy those lines could be with seasonal passenger traffic these days bringing tourists to the busy hot spots like Kinsale, Baltimore, Conakility, etc, not to mention all the commuters in and out of Cork city all year round. A lost treasure. I think the old Baltimore station is now the Life boat base.

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10 hours ago, Westcorkrailway said:

Now we wait for april fools articles to pop up!

My little piece from yesterday, worth a gander to look at pictures if you aren't already familiar with them

https://www.facebook.com/106687211088100/posts/268523431571143/

Excellent stuff. Pity at least some of it didn't survive, though today it would probably have a single two-car 2800 doing two daily return trips to Bantry and nothing else! Still, I'd rather see that than nothing....

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1 hour ago, murrayec said:

Baltimore railway station is closer to the village than the Lifeboat station, the building still stands although a bit modified by previous use as a sailing school and other things;-

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Eoin

 

the station building is across the road, boarded up since the Glenaans Sailing Club left. I think what you have there is the loco shed. 

The large derelict building probably an old boat repair yard unconnected with the railway.

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13 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Excellent stuff. Pity at least some of it didn't survive, though today it would probably have a single two-car 2800 doing two daily return trips to Bantry and nothing else! Still, I'd rather see that than nothing....

After giving it some thought, ids say 1 or none of the branches would be open for it to make it to the 21st centuary (probobly clonakilty for the sugar beet although by 2006 that would be irrelevant!) Run simular to the Ballima branch. The mainline would either go all the way to Bantry, clon junction (where clonakilty becomes the mainline terminus) or bandon depending on how it surived. And would be worked by a 22000 set

 

Either that or it would be a greenway by now.....

 

Probably the later!

 

1 hour ago, murrayec said:

Baltimore railway station is closer to the village than the Lifeboat station, the building still stands although a bit modified by previous use as a sailing school and other things;-

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Eoin

 

Turn about 90 degrees and you see station building. There is a group wanting to turn it into a sailing meuseum as baltimore is famous for its wooden boat making (there are clips of trains with a wagon full of wood for it) with a train cafe with 00 or even 0 gauge layout running around it!

Irelands most southern model railway station!

 

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1 hour ago, Westcorkrailway said:

After giving it some thought, ids say 1 or none of the branches would be open for it to make it to the 21st centuary (probobly clonakilty for the sugar beet although by 2006 that would be irrelevant!) Run simular to the Ballima branch. The mainline would either go all the way to Bantry, clon junction (where clonakilty becomes the mainline terminus) or bandon depending on how it surived. And would be worked by a 22000 set

Either that or it would be a greenway by now.....

Probably the latter!

 

Wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.....

Even a commuter line to Bandon would do!

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