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Would be fun if like on CIE in days gone by when the announcement would come "would passengers at the rear of the train please move forward to alight safely at the platform" or "the dining car is situated near the front of the train". :mrgreen:

As an aside, there's probably more 'proper' carriages in that train than in the entire NIR/CIE fleet. 22000 ICR units don't qualify as proper carriages and are no more than glorified buses on rails. In truth they are like the DeLorean car - exterior style over interior substance.

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Del.Monte wrote: Tue Nov 01, 2022 8:37 am"the dining car is situated near the front of the train". :mrgreen:
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Just found this on YouTube - Rosslare Harbour/Connolly in 30 minutes - just about right. :mrgreen:

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A passing glimpse of the newest model TGV that'll enter service in France in 2024, here passing through Alsace on its way to the test circuit in the Czech Republic.



Apparently it's almost exactly the same as the new high-speed train that Amtrak have just put into service (or are about to) ... except that our European rail network will allow it to run about 100-200kmh faster than it can in the USA. :geek:
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And supposedly the biggest Model Railroad in the US
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That's some job gugleguy.
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Have to admit read title as I like Trans 🤣, must dig out the one in the attic for around the Christmas tree.
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Jack The Stripper wrote: Wed Dec 14, 2022 1:54 pm Have to admit read title as I like Trans 🤣, must dig out the one in the attic for around the Christmas tree.
I'm sure you can have a go at outdoing our American friends, Jack. Good Luck :P
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Heart attacks at Heuston.
This is an extract from an article on 'Freight Only Lines' that appeared in the very respectful Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society in 1981. Over forty years later and it still makes me laugh. The blazers in CIE, and many of the IRRS committee, were apoplectic by the image of the Kingscourt freight depot conjured up by the article. I would have given anything to be a fly on the wall in Heuston when the matter was discussed - as it was - and as the stuffed shirts in the IRRS tried to repair the damage in their relationship with senior CIE management.
In my experience the article very accurately reflected the state of many railway facilities around the country and that's no reflection on the operating staff who had to make the best of whatever management left them with. :mrgreen:

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Thanks for that. I read it years ago.
You can almost smell the fry and feel the armchair.

At leat their was a line back then. CIE closed in in 2001 after ILDA strikes and having spent €1m the year before on level crossing upgrades. No one outside of rail enthuiast circles noticed or cared. Now the tracks are gone to make it into greenway. A very bad decision.

I wonder did Paddy get a new chair in 1981 sent from Heuston with a box of fresh sauce bottles?
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One of my favourite railway videos - back in my mind today due to the sad news of the death of veteran West of Ireland rail campaigner Micheál Mac Gréil.
He appears in the movie.

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And while on the subject of railway movies...."The 3.10 from Claremorris" is another epic (2.5 hour long!) movie about Fr.Mac Greil's railway.

A low budget (no budget according to its director, Tom Walsh of Laighne Films) the 3.10 to Claremorris was shot in the west of Ireland – Mayo and Sligo in 2009. The unlikely storyline concerns the restoration of the railway linking Claremorris to Collooney and is a parody on the classic western “The 3.10 to Yuma” (1957). In this movie the Honda 50 replaces the horse but otherwise it follows faithfully the Hollywood model with bank robberies, saloon fights and a High Noon type showdown. The actors visibly grow into their roles as the two and a half hour (!) epic wends its way to an unlikely conclusion. Coolaney, Sligo railway station, Collooney, Tubbercurry and the Ox Mountains form the backdrop to the movie. A must for the diehard collector of Irish movies but heavy going for your average punter.

It's a rare bird which I have on DVD but you will have to prise it from my cold, dead hands. :mrgreen:

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Walt's larger scale model railroad fancy
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