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Old December 20th, 2016, 11:18 PM   #81
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Pictures taken on Saturday the 17th of December on a surprisingly sunny day!


3003 & 4011 Whitehead 17 December 2016


B142 Whitehead 17 December 2016


MK3 Sleeper Whitehead 17 December 2016
From the UK, Irish Rail never had Mk3 Sleepers.


4011 Whiteabbey 17 December 2016


No. 85 in the sun of Belfast Central 17 December 2016


No. 85 Belfast Central 17 December 2016


C3Ks cross the River Lagan 17 December 2016


No. 85 passes Harland & Wolff Crane 17 December 2016


No. 85 crosses the River Lagan 17 December 2016


No. 85 crosses the River Lagan 17 December 2016


4019 Great Victoria St 17 December 2016

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https://transportsceneireland.smugmu...December-2016/
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 09:26 PM   #82
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Irish rail never had MkIII sleepers but 5 of their old MKIIIs have been refurbished as sleepers for the the Grand Hibernian train.
http://www.belmond.com/grand-hiberni...eland-by-train I imagine the ex BR example would have a different interior but.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 12:35 AM   #83
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Some pictures from this evening:


22211 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017


22348 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017


4004 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017


234 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017


22135 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017


22343 Hazelhatch & Celbridge 31 May 2017

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Old July 26th, 2017, 11:39 PM   #84
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Some pictures from Limerick taken last Saturday. The 2800 class are currently based in Limerick. These consist of 10x2 coach sets and operate on services to Galway, Ballybrophy, Limerick Junction and Waterford. Stored 2700 sets are to be refurbished and may replace the 2800s in 2018, the 2800s to return to Dublin for Commuter services.


2809 Limerick 22 July 2017


2802 & 22217 Limerick 22 July 2017


2806 Limerick 22 July 2017


2801 front Limerick 22 July 2017

https://transportsceneireland.smugmu...RSI-July-2017/
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Old April 9th, 2018, 09:02 AM   #85
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RPSI train

After Iarnród Eireann and Translink/Northern Ireland Railways, the third operator of passenger trains in Ireland is the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). The RPSI operates tour trains on both sides of the border and owns a carriages and locomotives, both steam and diesel.

None of the diesel locomotives is currently certified for main line running, but 121-class number 134 dating from 1961 is currently being restored to full operating condition. As part of the fundraising efforts for this the RPSI ran "The Branchline Wanderer" rail tour on 7 April 2018. The tour left Dublin Connolly station and visited Waterford and Limerick.

1. Until their displacement to second-line duties, the 071 class worked CIE/Irish Rail's top link trains between 1977 and the arrival of the 201 class in 1994. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the arrival of this type, Irish Rail painted the class leader into its original livery in 2016. Still sporting this colour scheme, 071 stands at the head of the tour train in Dublin Connolly on 07.04.2018.
[IMG]IMG_0252 by csd75, on Flickr[/IMG]

2. Having left the main Dublin - Cork line at Cherryville Junction south of Kildare, the tour train approaches Thomastown viaduct on the single line to Waterford. The first coach behind the locomotive is the Brake Generating Steam Van, number 3173. This provides steam heating and electricity for the coaching stock, Irish locomotives not generally being capable of providing 'hotel power' for passenger stock. 3173 was one of a series of 13 converted from former British Rail Mark 1 carriages in 1972.
IMG_0264 by csd75, on Flickr

3. The tour train stands in Waterford station on Ireland's south coast. At its peak Waterford had six platforms, but following a landslip on the cliff you can see behind the train on 31.12.2013, the signal box and all but one of the platforms were taken out of use. Movements in and out of the station are now controlled from Waterford West signal box, located 800 metres to the west of the station. It controls access to the remaining active platform (number 5) and the line to Belview (Waterford Port).
There are plans to move the station further east as part of a North Docks redevelopment project. Part of this work involves the stabilisation of the cliff face to allow passenger trains to pass once more.
IMG_0268 by csd75, on Flickr

4. Leaving Waterford, we head towards Limerick on the little-used Limerick - Waterford line. This shot was taken shortly after departure from Waterford, with a view of the River Suir and bridges old and new. The nearer bridge (with the missing span) used to carry the Waterford - Cork line (via Dungarvan and Fermoy). This line was closed in 1967, but a section as far as Ballinacourty near Dungarvan was reopened in 1969 to serve Quigley's magnesite plant.
Waterford West signal box is also visible. This is the fringe box to mainline CTC (Centralised Traffic Control) which controls the line to Dublin. The line we're taking uses mechanical signalling and an electrically-interlocked token system. The driver has slowed the train to collect the token for the Waterford West to Carrick on Suir section here.
IMG_0271 by csd75, on Flickr
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Old July 2nd, 2018, 11:41 PM   #86
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2816, 2819, 22261 & 22319 Limerick 30 June 2018


2801 Limerick 30 June 2018

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Old August 12th, 2018, 11:27 PM   #87
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Went to see the Belmond come and go and other action:

22328 Connolly 11 August 2018


082 & Belmond Connolly 11 August 2018


216 arrives into Connolly 11 August 2018


8607 & 29428 Connolly 11 August 2018


8633 Connolly 11 August 2018

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Old February 27th, 2019, 08:45 PM   #88
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The Listowel and Ballybunnion Railway

I love this monorail system which was proposed in a number of places in Europe. The design was by Lartigue and this line was the only line of this type that saw regular use for scheduled services.

The line has fascinated me for some time. I hope this post is of interest.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/31...bunion-railway
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Dublin Connolly Railway Station


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Old April 13th, 2019, 09:53 PM   #90
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The West Clare Railway

This post is the result of reading an article in The Railway Magazine, this time from the May 1951 edition!

We are in the Republic of Ireland, specifically in County Clare. The May 1951 edition of the magazine carried an article on the 3ft gauge light railway which ran from Ennis to Kilrush and Kilkee. The total length of the railway was about 53 miles.

The first post gives some consideration to the history of the line and then looks at the section of the journey between Ennis and Corofin.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/08...nis-to-corofin
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The West Clare Railway

This is the next part of the journey along the West Clare Railway.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/15...fin-to-lahinch
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The West Clare Railway

This is the next part of the journey along the West Clare Railway.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/15...fin-to-lahinch
I found it fascinating how archaic those railways were into the early 1960s before they closed. It's easy to imagine how people in that era who witnessed the demise of these rural lines would have been at once very sad to see them go but also likely saw them as severely outdated. A modern bus would probably hold more passengers than two of those passenger coaches and travel at highway speeds.
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The West Clare Railway

This is the next part of the journey along the West Clare Railway.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/15...fin-to-lahinch
That's a nice railway to model.
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The West Clare Railway

The next length of the line takes us from Lahinch to Miltown-Malbay. .....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/20...miltown-malbay

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The Cavan and Leitrim Railway - The Extension

I have started work on a study of the Cavan and Leitrim Railway and hopefully the first post on the two main lines will be ready soon. While I was reading various sources on-line and Patrick Flanagan's book about the line, I became aware of a series of attempts to extend the tramway which ran from Ballinamore to Arigna through to Sligo. None of these attempts was successful.

In the end an extension line was built to aid transport of coal from the Arigna mines down to the tramway station. This extension was under 5 miles in length and was soon truncated to a much shorter version. It was known as the Arigna Valley Railway.

The story is worth reading. For much of it I am indebted to Patrick Flanagan and his contributions are referenced throughout.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/26...valley-railway
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I found it fascinating how archaic those railways were into the early 1960s before they closed. It's easy to imagine how people in that era who witnessed the demise of these rural lines would have been at once very sad to see them go but also likely saw them as severely outdated. A modern bus would probably hold more passengers than two of those passenger coaches and travel at highway speeds.
What is more difficult to imagine, than a narrow guage service, is

a) the appalling state of the roads in that area in 1960
b) how low car ownership was before the 1960s in Ireland.


There were 4 major narrow guage networks, all rural services in the west. The County Donegal railways (the largest) the Cavan and Leitrim the Dingle line and the West Clare. The build quality in the late 19th century was atrocious, I mean atrocious by 19th centure standards, and there were few places on these networks where a train could safely do 40mph.

The first one to succumb to bus competition was the Dingle line which closed just before WW2.
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Has anyone besides me been watching All The Stations Ireland.

Some interesting videos so far, but I haven't seen them all yet.
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The Guinness Brewery Railways, Dublin

The St. James's Gate Brewery belonging to Guinness had what was apparently, apart from the bog railways of the Midlands, the longest private railway system in Ireland. In total there were 10 miles of track of which 8 miles were narrow gauge. There were some interesting innovations in lured within the system - a spiral in narrow gauge allowing trains to pass under St. James's Street, an ingenious conversion wagon which allowed narrow gauge locomotive to work on the broad gauge sidings, a unique design of narrow gauge locomotive specifically suited to the needs of the site.

This is another post prompted by reading 1951 editions of The Railway Magazine!

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/26...ailways-dublin
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The West Clare Railway

The next length of the line from Miltown Malbay to Quilty brings us back once again to the Atlantic Coast. ........

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/30...bay-to-quilty/
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Has anyone besides me been watching All The Stations Ireland.

Some interesting videos so far, but I haven't seen them all yet.
Yeah I watched it. Kind of got the feeling Geoff didn't really give a sh*t. It was nothing compared to the GB version. I thought they'd do more considering they raised 25K
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