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Where: Laois, Ireland

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When: 24 April 1961

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Starting the week with a train trip, steam locomotive 207 on the turntable as work is being done around it! O'Dea continues to delight almost 60 years after taking his shots!

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: 24 April 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 25/43

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    • 13/May/2019 08:37:38

    Built in 1948 in Dundalk and taken out of service by 1965 apparently...

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    O Mac

    • 13/May/2019 08:52:39

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    • 13/May/2019 09:16:03[email protected] Looks like the two photos were taken in the same place

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    • 13/May/2019 09:20:21

    24 April 1961 was a Monday. Three years later in June 1964

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    • 13/May/2019 09:56:15

    The smoke deflectors are very low down. I wonder how well they worked?

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    Csalem's Lot

    • 13/May/2019 11:08:15

    The modern electrical pylons on the left offer a great contrast to the locomotive. Ireland in transition.

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    • 13/May/2019 11:15:41

    Building up a head of steam. Days of our youth.

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    O Mac

    • 13/May/2019 12:15:14

    Huffin' and Puffin' in 1962

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/May/2019 13:37:20

    The turntable at Conniberry Junction on the Geohive 25" map.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2019 08:20:30

    Why was O'Dea here in 1961? The line North goes only as far as Mountmellick: Passenger and goods services ceased in 1947, but the line remained open for sugar beet and specials until January 1963. The next station to the South is Abbeyleix as below, and we learned that that section of line also closed in 1963. Train at Abbeyleix

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    • 19/Oct/2019 21:45:22

    Ex GNR loco, originally used on the Enterprise (Belfast/Dublin) service. Passed into CIE ownership in 1958 following GNR's closure. Translink reused this number for one of their current Enterprise locos.

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    • 29/Nov/2019 15:37:16

    I am so tempted by the thought there is a Drumm Battery Carriage (C/D) not (A/B) in the background converted to loco haulage .....