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  1. It has just left Kingsbridge and is about to pass Islandbridge Jct. Now where have I heard that name before? In the background is the Kingsbridge (later Heuston) goods yard, now a car park. I like the name 'Heuston': it must be the only major station named after a ticket clerk. That will have been a band of scientific fundamentalists who had read that nature abhors a vacuum.
  2. I'm sorry Don and others. I was just being silly. I started off with a genuine question: why did Sprite have such big wheels and such a small boiler. It must have ended up out of breath, sorry - steam, very quickly, even with such a light train. Then I suggested a silly hypothesis: that it was to outrun train robbers. Then I wondered who the train robbers might be, and reasoned that, as the indigenous population couldn't own horses, it must have been the nobility. (But of course, they already owned the shares in the railway and were coining it.) Besides, by
  3. That's right. It's a model of number 90, a diminutive 0-6-0 originally built with a 1 1/2 compartment coach attached to it for use on the Castleisland branch in Kerry. I gather it wasn't a great success, and they split the loco and coach (which you can read in the photo if you're short sighted like me.) There was a 2nd one. I think it may have been number 100. Number 90 finished her working life on the Courtmacsherry branch along with Argadeen. Then she stood on a plinth on the platform at Mallow until the 1980s when a preservation society rescued her. After the society folded, she had to be r
  4. I'm being very good and not being drawn by mentions of Mr Bowles et al. You should take a look at "Locomotives of the Great Southern and Western Railway," by Jeremy Clements, Michael McMahon and Alan O'Rourke (mentioned above as editor of New Irish Lines.) It's a treasure trove of old photos and drawings, and information on pre-1925 locos, including Sprite which should be right up your street. It's available directly from the publisher, [email protected] or from the usual vendor of all things:
  5. I'm going to guess that the pile on the left is sleepers and that the item to the right is about the right size for a stores shed. I don't think it's a dunny which, as far as I know, is an Australian bog. Presumably there's already a gentlemen's convenience on the platform, connected to the drains.
  6. I have no doubt Dave is correct and knows far more than me. We had a more modern pillar drill in the metalwork room in school in the 80s, and I recognise the handle indicated with the green arrow as the one for pulling the drill down so that it would engage with the metal we wanted drilled. There was an option to move the drill bit forwards or backwards, and left or right. I'm going to guess that the blue arrow is forwards / backwards, and the orange is left / right. I'd then guess that the depth to which the bit will engage is regulated by the table height
  7. Manufactured, I know, but far too good to pass up! As to the grouping issue in 1922, or 1924-5 by the time the Free State was able to look at these things, the reason for not amalgamating the GNR(I) and SLNCR were that they ran on both sides of the Border. The Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbour Company built and owned the section between Waterford and Rosslare, and was jointly owned by the GSWR and GWR. Part of the 1901 deal between the 2 companies was that the GSWR would buy the WLWR. Post 1925, the GSR and GWR owned the shares. Post 1948, it was CIE and BR, but CIE event
  8. As a cosmopolitan, TCD-educated, Dublin lawyer, former papist, and descendant of benighted papist bog-dwellers, I'm really not sure where I should start.... The Midland always seemed to build big when it was using somebody else's money. The Clifden and Achill branches were built to a standard way above what others would pay. And I gather it only built its Mayo line from Athlone to Westport because other people were going to do it if it didn't, and it was afraid the line might fall into the clutches of the dreaded GSWR. It tried to block the Burma Road from Athenry through Tuam and
  9. Cattle? Oh yes, there was a large cattle park north of the station - not pens but a whole big field. As far as I've been able to figure it out, the trade was dairying in the south (make butter and ship to Britain, probably along the WLWR but I'm sure the GSWR routed anything it could through Dublin); take the calves and send them west for fattening, so again probably the WLWR up to Claremorris, Sligo, and everywhere in Connacht; sell the fattened cattle at markets around the west, and send them on the MGWR to Dublin, or the SLNCR and GNR(I) to Belfast or Greenore. Export them to Britain 'on th
  10. Ah, that would explain it. If we had a hollow, it would fill up with water first, then the water would fill up with moss, and then the moss would grow until it was higher than the hollow. Then we'd call it a raised bog. I don't think anywhere in Ireland has a name with 'bog' in the title - which tells you all you need to know.
  11. Thanks for the kind words. The "go to" place? I don't think so, unfortunately. Work has rather ambushed my modelling objectives over the past few years, but I have run through a number of plans. First, there was a 3m long shunting layout which I ultimately decided was only going to frustrate me. I like long. Next up was Headford Junction in 6m - a bit truncated and I had to lose the delightful curve on the main line which was really the key feature of the whole thing, and it really needed 3m more length and 750mm more width to make it worthwhile. The plan was to make it readily foldable so it
  12. If looking for an appropriate name for a firm of Irish solicitors, the real firm of Argue and Phibbs was based inSligo townuntil, I understand, 1944. A short account is on sligotown.net, and elsewhere. Mr Sean Hannigan of Mallarkey and Co., on the other hand, assures me that his family firm, based in Donnybrook, but with a branch office in Blarney, was invented by Mr D. O’Gill for the Irish Tourist Board and is entirely fictitious. ”Combe” is not an ending I have ever seen on an Irish place name. The best way to find a name that suits your part of the country probably o
  13. An excellent video, disproving the frequent criticism that P4 doesn't work. I particularly liked the ride behind the C2X at the end - it had the feel of those old 1950s cine films you find on the web, of lines near the end of steam and the end of their lives, where the cameraman is being bumped around and the image is quite grainy. It's amazing that you can now do in 4mm scale what people could just barely manage in 12" scale at the time.
  14. Excellent detail. If you have a stench pipe, should you not have a lavatory outlet leading into it? (Terrible how putting in an exceptional level of detail only prompts requests for more. Sorry.) Alan
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