Laying parallel lines

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Where: Leinster, Co Kildare, Ireland

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One would imagine that laying cable beside a railway line would be straightforward enough but judging by the signal pole on the ground that is/was not the case! Obviously electricals related to signalling and points would have been at risk and had to be removed or avoided. I like the fact that the supply wagon has a case of "Macardles" on standby for cases of emergency!

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: February 9th 1975

NLI Ref.: ODEA 125/11

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    • 29/Mar/2022 07:48:12

    9 February 1975 was a Sunday ... a great day to lay a cable.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Mar/2022 08:49:12 And the favourite day for rail replacement bus services.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Mar/2022 08:52:13 Alongside producing tracked vehicles, working on underwater pipelines, laying cables on both railways and motorways, Cuthbertsons’ became well known for plant recovery.

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    • 29/Mar/2022 09:13:42

    looks like they're using a plow to dig the trench. This wasn't without it's dangers

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    O Mac

    • 29/Mar/2022 13:18:24

    It's a cable laying plough. The cable, off the spool is fed down and out through a hole at the bottom and back of the plough. There's no trench as such as the soil back fills on itself as the plough moves along.

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    • 29/Mar/2022 16:32:28

    This photo shows the laying of cables for the implementation of ‘Centralised Traffic Control’ (CTC) which started during the 1970s. This allowed signals and points to be controlled from a control centre in Connolly. Approx 75% of the network is under central control, hence the disappearance of many of those old signal cabins. Current plans are to relocate to a new facility in Houston.