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When: 04 May 1968

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Clearance testing N.I.R. 56 at Clonsilla in Co. Dublin seems to have attracted some admirers, including a member of the canine fraternity who has the best seat in the house! A very different scene I imagine to the Clonsilla of today, with its role as part of Dublin’s commuter belt!

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: O'Dea Photograph Collection

Date: Saturday, 4 May 1968

NLI Ref.: ODEA 56/4

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Nov/2020 08:51:20

    4 May 1968 was a Saturday . . .

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    Foxglove

    • 04/Nov/2020 08:51:57

    a dog waits patiently ..

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Nov/2020 08:55:23

    Flickr sometimes has an amazing earlier photo! Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/fingallocalstudies/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fingallocalstudies/7838143584/ Was Mr O'Dea on that wonderful old footbridge? The station seems to have been rebuilt nearer the level crossing. In May 2020 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/barrykelly/https://www.flickr.com/photos/barrykelly/49905448443/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Nov/2020 09:04:51

    Mr O'Dea was there in 1940! - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303279

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    suckindeesel

    • 04/Nov/2020 09:09:52

    ex NCC Class WT ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Nov/2020 09:19:28

    Ah, the footbridge has moved and the stairways reversed; very confusing to someone who is upside down. See Geohive 25" map - bit.ly/2I6pAU1.

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    suckindeesel

    • 04/Nov/2020 09:59:20

    Delivered to the LMS (NCC) in 1948/9 from Derby. Withdrawn 1971, making this class the last commercially operating steam loco both in Ireland and the UK. This one had its coal bunker enlarged the previous year to extend its range, although would still need a separate tender to do Belfast/Dublin. Mostly used in its latter years on Belfast/Lisburn/Portadown suburban services. Ironically, their later duties included hauling spoil for the construction of the new motorway, per Wiki: "In early 1966 and towards the end of their careers, the Class WT locomotives were involved in working notable traffic. This was on spoil trains that transported fill for motorway construction from the Blue Circle cement works at Magheramorne to Greencastle near Belfast. Three trains of twenty hopper wagons each were made up, with a Class WT locomotive at each end. Each train when filled carried 600 long tons (610 t; 670 short tons) of rock and in all, some 7,600 trains had carried 4,250,000 long tons (4,320,000 t; 4,760,000 short tons) of material by the time the contract ended in May 1970." Only one example, no. 4, has survived at Whitehead. PS, seems a strange location to find an NIR loco, what were they up to?

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    suckindeesel

    • 04/Nov/2020 17:59:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Could even be the same footbridge repositioned? I see another footbridge at the far end of the platforms which appear to include lifts for wheelchair users. The original station buildings haven't survived except for the Signal Cabin which has been preserved. This line was once part of the MGW main line out of Connolly to Athlone and on to Galway. However, it was later abandoned in favour of the alternative, but longer, GSR Cork line via I'm still puzzled about what an NIR loco was doing there performing gauging tests as this line was never part of their network. However, there was a connection from beyond Closilla to Navan, which lay on the old GNR route of Drogheda/Navan/Oldcastle. GoogleEarth view (my Streetview not working) earth.app.goo.gl/?link=https://earth.google.com/web/@53.3...

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    O Mac

    • 04/Nov/2020 18:31:30

    Known as Jeeps. Here's two of them being spoil sports in late 60's. 06:10 in. youtu.be/eOeIbJHawV0

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    silverio10

    • 04/Nov/2020 22:24:01

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Nov/2020 08:18:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] A great find, worth the watch.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Nov/2020 08:19:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I wonder did https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] take the day off!

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    Eiretrains

    • 05/Dec/2020 16:11:57

    The clearance test was run due to a steam special that was to take place on the line soon after, using an identical locomotive (RPSI's preserved No. 4). I recall reading somewhere they used lead strips attached to the engine to gauge the clearance. The old style footbridge that still exists at Clonsilla was only installed in the early 1980's when the commuter traffic started (it came from a station in the Munster area) - there was an original footbridge much nearer the level crossing which was removed many years before.