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  1. An NCC beauty in 1937. (Copyright P Dillon Collection)
  2. Interesting - the list looks OK to me, too, though as you say such things can have errors. However, these would usually be in the form of modern omissions, I would think. I'm in the middle of a house move, so all my "stuff" is packed away, but I can't ex feeling that date-wise, there may be an overlap....the BHBR was simply the BCDR by an earlier name, rather than a totally separate thing. In any event, a superb photo!
  3. The 4.4.2Ts, I think, were indeed also BP. The 2.4.0Ts were inherited from the BHBR, and I believe were ordered when it was extended from Holywood to Bangor.
  4. Cyril Fry made this model bus to advertise the Great Southern Railway's bus services, a few years after the GSR had taken over the IOC (Irish Omnibus Co.) in January 1934. The bus is one of a batch built in 1936, registered as ZA 7184. It was a Leyland TS7 9918 - GSR FC26F; to CIE TP43 1/45; withdrawn and scrapped 1949. The GSR crest, reproduced in perfect miniature, may be seen on the back of the model. Here, Fry is seen with his creation, resplendent in its red and ivory-white livery; the GSR carried on with the same colours the IOC had used. The GSR used
  5. The Bessbrook & Newry Tramway was one of Ireland's early electric railways with its own generating station, long before e-cars could be plugged into the mains! Interesting issue, of course - who will be the first to come up with a battery-operated local line like that, with "Toyota Hybrid" railcars for shortish distances? No overhead wires ort third rail? No vast expense in electrifying a line? Suitable to operate alongside diesel, steam, petrol, gas-oil, horse-drawn and veggie-oil-eco-powered stock? Anyway - a scene not often recorded was the INNARDS of the generat
  6. Yes, it is the BCDR, at Queen's Quay, Belfast. The buildings in the background would be related to the Harland & Wolff Shipyard - though its most famous product, the Titanic, wasn't even thought of when that picture was taken. I think that I am right in saying that the saddle tank loco on the right is ex-Belfast, Holywood & Bangor Railway; the photo must be around 1900 or so. The 4.4.2T is also a BCDR loco, obviously; both are wearing the very dark green livery that the BCDR had for most of its life (not the incorrect colour on preserved No. 30 in Cultra).
  7. Another view, this time of a Limerick - Sligo train at Ennis in 1937. The interchange platform for the West Clare narrow gauge line is to the right. With regard to the current discussion on the Hattons "Genesis" six-wheel generic coaches, look at the second and third vehicle. This route, which also passed through Ballyglunin, where the "Quiet Man" was filmed in 1951, always had ex-GSWR or WLWR stock as the norm, despite going deep into MGWR territory - as it was a WLWR / GSWR line, not a Midland one! Equally, a GSWR loco was the norm by this time. Thus the carriages ar
  8. I could never understand why, as a museum, they cannot manage to paint a single exhibit in anything remotely like a livery it ever carried!
  9. Locomotives in 1949 (as far as I can ascertain). All from the P Dillon collection.
  10. Quite a number of cattle wagons were vacuum braked as they could be stuck on the end of passenger trains from time to time; same with horse boxes. The "Palvans" plus ordinary "H" vans were just goods vans and wpould not have been piped, unless there was some sort of one-off. I never saw a palvan in any other form that loose-coupled. I've seen a pic somewhere of a 2-car AEC set on a Bantry to Cork working with a cattle truck tagged onto the end.....
  11. Down to the south-west, a former Macroom locomotive at Albert Quay on an unspecified dates (believed to be 1940s) and an unusual view of Bantry terminus, plus the small pier terminus beyond that. These date from about the 1945-52 period, as far as I can gather. (All copyright P Dillon Collection)
  12. The above one has the light green lettering, and is coupled to another. The coach in the background is a green Park Royal.
  13. When new, not much need for decals! Original vans were like this, until they were in traffic a matter of days, when they became covered in a patina of brake dust, ordinary dirt, locomotive oil, steam and coal dust from when they travelled directly behind the engine. By 1960 a good few plus all NEW ones were in CIE green. By the time they started painting them into the black'n'tan livery in 1963, most were green, but a few still were a filthy dull grey colour - the remnants of this "silver". In no livery did these vans ever carry any logo, either "flying sn
  14. Schull & Skib about 1938 (train about to leave Schull) and just after closure. The "crooked" chimney on the loco is, I assure you, an error in my scanning rather than a very unique locomotive design! The coach is one of but two which received new CIE green, and only a month or so before closure. It will noted that it has a reversed "flying snail" logo - this would be an offside loco tender or bus example. (P Dillon Collection)
  15. May I echo what Skinnylinny says above, and ask "How about it, @Hattons Dave?" Serious enquiry? Just from people I know here (in Ireland), I believe there's a small demand for such items.
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