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On the weekend when some lucky person in Clare won €30 million in the Euromillions lottery it would be churlish not to visit and Mr. O'Dea provides the ideal opportunity to do so. Miltown Malbay railway station as it was in 1956 is the subject of the image with a diesel engine at the fore stands at the platform. There's a choice of bicycles available for those who might need to catch up if the train has left the station - or is that taking "Are you right there Michael" too far.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: September 1956

NLI Ref.: ODEA 6/94

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 14/Feb/2022 08:36:53

    Still there... Streetview: www.google.com/maps/@52.8600003,-9.4062558,3a,49.3y,33.87...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 14/Feb/2022 08:45:07

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2007 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/loose_grip_99/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/loose_grip_99/1209653141/

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    Foxglove

    • 14/Feb/2022 08:55:46

    ah, the lost but happy days of the unchained D- lock free bicycles

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:08:54

    It turns out that the winner of all that dosh may not be in Clare after all. The shop that sold the winning ticket is on the Tipperary/Clare border and the West Clare Railway didn't go there, slowly or otherwise! Anyway good luck to whoever won it!

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:16:02

    If the photo really was taken in September 1956 (a fine month by the way), the poster for the Dublin Horse Show is out of date should be taken down, as the event opened on Tuesday August 7 and continued up to and including Saturday August 11.

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:19:31

    I can't find the 1956 poster online, but the 1954 one is similar in design with a giant horse and rider jumping from Dublin into the Atlantic. www.travelpostersonline.com/dublin-horse-show-1954-vintag...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:23:32

    F503 was/is green!! Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/50999055226/in/album-72157718534107730/] From a terrific album - www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/albums/721577185341...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:39:23

    Per eiretrains: Milltown Malbay, Co.Clare, was one of the more important stations on the 1887/95 narrow gauge West Clare Railway, which ran from Ennis to Kilkee and Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary. Despite modernisation, the West Clare line was closed in February 1961 by CIE, and was the last surviving 3ft gauge line in the country.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2022 09:44:46

    So why was O'Dea here in 1956? Per wikipedia In the early 1950s, under CIÉ management, the West Clare Railway became a pioneer in the use of diesel traction. Passenger services were largely operated by four new articulated diesel railcars, built by Walker Brothers of Wigan, England (almost identical to units built for the County Donegal Railways). These were followed by three diesel locomotives (also built by Walkers). The use of diesel traction reduced operating costs, yet the investment in new rolling stock would largely be wasted by the early closure of the line. F503 107 bhp diesel locomotive 1955 Walker Brothers

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Feb/2022 10:02:22

    In April 1956 the West Clare Railway was used for filming the third story A Minute's Wait in John Ford's film trilogy Three Leaves of a Shamrock but the filming took place at Killkee station. The soundtrack included the Percy French melodies "Slattery's Mounted Foot" and "The West Clare Railway" ("Are you right there, Michael, are you right?"). 45 locals were employed as extras.

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    Foxglove

    • 14/Feb/2022 10:16:44

    and on a Valentine's Day remember the bitter sweet sadness of Andy Irvine's "West Coast of Clare" ... in Milton there's a pub, that's where I sat down etc. Then it's all tears afterwards

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2022 10:27:54

    The wiki article mentions articulated railcars - we saw one of the Donegal ones before: Railcar, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Feb/2022 14:17:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Well, in 1956 the loco was only a year old, so still a novelty and worthy of a shot. I think it had two 107 bhp Gardner 6WL engines, one each end. The Isle of Man Railway wanted to buy them following closure in 1961, but CIE in their wisdom preferred to scrap them. Such is the level of interest in preserving our industrial heritage.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 14/Feb/2022 14:56:51

    Fairly ar strae off-topic, but sure lookit...

    CARRIAGE OVERTURNS A railway carriage, purchased from the West Clare Railway for use as a summer residence at Galway, failed to make a successful journey there on Sunday last. The carriage, mounted on a bogey drawn by a lorry, was proceeding down a steep hill just outside Clarenbridge when it broke loose. Careering downhill at great speed, it failed to negotiate the corner, crashed the wall and overturned into the field. No one was injured.
    (Connacht Tribune, 27 April 1957)

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    O Mac

    • 14/Feb/2022 17:11:39

    "A Minute's Wait" a short clip from the 1956 John Ford film shot at Kilkee station... the only word that comes to mind is "dire". youtu.be/jMTEOvs8VLQ

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Feb/2022 17:45:46

    Different loco, same place, shortly before closure https://flic.kr/p/ik4Utr

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Feb/2022 17:49:40

    Same loco, same place, same bikes?, date unknown https://flic.kr/p/2n3wSY6

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Feb/2022 22:09:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ There’s even one bike with a pump fitted, people were very honest back then