Trainless wheels and a wheeless train - can we arrange a marriage?

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Stranorlar railway yard in all it's glory with a vast range of equipment on display. Lest there be any doubters out there there is a dog in this picture - he's called Rover and is in the signal cabin with Patsy Mc Gonagle;-) I love those little bus-like carriages. They must have had a character all their own when full?

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: September 2nd 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 13/78

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    Foxglove

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:01:37

    taking a Monday holiday, kicked off those tired wheels and shoen ..

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    Foxglove

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:03:02

    I think Rover is in the railway kennel attached to the wheeless carriage

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    O Mac

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:10:51

    I see the railcar has a puncture

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    DannyM8

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:11:36

    There is NO DOG

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:18:16

    2 September 1959 was a Wednesday ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:22:16

    Wikipedia says the station closed in February 1960.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:27:51

    Flickr is sometimes amazing. Railcar 18 on that turntable in 1958 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/6180277183/in/photostream/

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    derangedlemur

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:30:19

    The railbus probably has dogs in the drivetrain, but they're not visible.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:33:21

    Restored! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/spoorhaar/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/spoorhaar/39661697582/ Via google translate - "Against the background of an upcoming rainstorm, another picture of the 1940 Fintown Railway Walker railcoach 18, built for the 3 foot gauge County Donegal Railways and seen here at the original Fintown station on the former Stranorlar - Glenties CDR line. 12-09-2010 (slide Erwin Voorhaar)"

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:34:49

    How's your eyes? I think it says "18" ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 08:41:54

    Don't blink or you'll miss it - youtu.be/5bzqEh3eRrw?t=29

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    O Mac

    • 23/Aug/2021 09:36:25

    Station building is gone and the yard is a Bus Eireann depot today. maps.app.goo.gl/QM7b2Kdh2ZmReUqC8

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 09:48:47

    The turntable is under this shed in Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 10:02:07

    Previously on this photostream, from 1964: Railcar, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

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    marc.barrot

    • 23/Aug/2021 10:04:42

    This is an excellent Black and white Photo. Seen in Black & White Unlimited (pool) Your photo deserves a compliment from the special fish!!! compliment copy Please be sure your photo is TAGGED "Black & White" Black and White unlimited (pool) post 1 comment 2

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 10:08:26

    The railcar appears on the signs for the Fintown railway in Streetview.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 10:27:55

    Here is a 50s Morgan Aerial view of the far end of the station and the church. In another Morgan, I see that the station had another turntable down beside the bridge and the junction of the Glenties/Donegal Killybegs lines. Visible on the 30s Cassini map, but not the 1900ish 25".

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2021 10:44:10

    Railcars 19 and 20 were sold to the Isle of Man railway in the early 60s and ran there for some years, but are out of service since 1998.

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    robinparkes

    • 23/Aug/2021 11:16:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia It is 18 as it has a full width cab. I've ridden in it at Fintown.

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    suckindeesel

    • 23/Aug/2021 12:44:14

    On the 25" arcg.is/TXufb Stranorlar was a junction on the Donegal Rly from Strabane. One branch went to Glenties on the Finn Valley line, the other to Donegal town on the West Donegal line. It was all 3-ft narrow gauge. The presence of railbuses is a sign that times were becoming financially tough as they were brought in to extend a railway's life due to their lower running costs.. However, the CDR was a pioneer in the use of diesel rail cars. St. Mary's church in background. The station on Archiseek www.archiseek.com/2014/railway-station-stranorlar-co-done... The closures of this line and others has left Co. Donegal a railway desert.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Aug/2021 21:31:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Whoopee! What was she like to ride in? I imagine noisy and smelly from the diesel engine, and lurching and bouncing all over the place due to the narrow gauge.

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    robinparkes

    • 23/Aug/2021 21:39:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ It was actually very smooth. It was not smelly but quite noisy. It is towed out the single track beside Lough Finn for about a mile towards Glenties by a tractor unit due to health and safety regulations. The engine in the railcar is started and it is driven from the cab of the railcar. It has a crash gearbox and the driving cab is a separate unit that is connected to the passenger compartment. It’s articulated allowing it to traverse tight curves inherent with narrow gauge railways.

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    Flickr

    • 24/Aug/2021 04:15:20

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ August 23, 2021

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    Brunswick Forge

    • 24/Aug/2021 04:20:59

    This is an excellent addition to today's Explore page. 👍📷 Greetings from southwestern Virginia, USA.

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    onasmer

    • 24/Aug/2021 08:37:11

    Enhorabona, excel.lent foto en blanc y negre. ⭐⭐

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    le cabri

    • 24/Aug/2021 13:52:42

    Great catch

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    kari.krantz

    • 24/Aug/2021 19:02:10

    Congrats on Explore!