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Where: Laois, Ireland

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When: 24 April 1961

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This is engine 207 (aka Boyne) at Conniberry, Co. Laois. According to our catalogue, this picture was taken while 207 was "getting coal supplies". However, the consensus from comments below is that it is water that's being taken on, so I'll change the description in our catalogue...

Thanks to a link provided by blackpoolbeach, we now know this engine was blue!

Date: Monday, 24 April 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 25/44

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    martindevlin

    • 21/Jun/2012 08:21:46

    Your Correct, water is being taken on in this image and not coal! You can see in enlargement water running from the end of the metal feed pipe where it meets the canvas hose, on close inspection you can see the canvas hose entering the water tank on the tender just below the circular tank cover which is standing up against the upright of the coal bunker and the fireman is watching closely the water level as I think this tank is almost full

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2012 10:38:30

    The folks in that house on the right have built an extension since 1961 (Google Streetview). The railway layout was a little different in 1907 (Os 25" map), the tank was originally to the right, not between the tracks, and there was a turntable to the right where that engine shed is in 1961.

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    ClickKen04

    • 21/Jun/2012 11:13:29

    This looks great on black Carol.

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    Gerard Knight

    • 21/Jun/2012 13:52:46

    Nice shot

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/Jun/2012 15:08:36

    I was trying to figure out why the worker had to put such effort into lifting the hose but of course he is not lifting the hose he is opening the valve to allow the water to flow into the tank. Its a nice shot of the operation though the hose connection below the tower is a lot lower than I remember them.

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    RETRO STU

    • 21/Jun/2012 23:16:15

    Yes, definitely water. No coal there.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 22/Jun/2012 01:28:05

    Although it looks like a 4-4-6 from this end. Wonder if they changed the tender on the loco between photos. No coal there either.

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 22/Jun/2012 09:52:07

    Here is a colour photo of No 207 from the Stephenson Locomotive Society. www.stephensonloco.org.uk/irish_cov.jpg "Former GNR(I) VS 4-4-0 207 Boyne passing Dundalk on return excursion to Belfast, 26 May 1964. This was the last blue engine in service and was latterly used on these Tuesday and Thursday excursions. Photo by John G. Dewing"

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    soilse

    • 25/Jun/2012 15:19:17

    A very clean engine! The houses and the electricity lines in the background all look very modern in comparison.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jun/2012 15:36:34

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks all, for water rather than coal confirmation. I'll change the description on our catalogue - great that you're all helping us to improve what we know about your/our photographs!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jun/2012 15:41:12

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thanks for the mapping!

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    Eiretrains

    • 25/Jun/2012 15:50:17

    Very unusual to see a VS Great Northern loco in Conniberry, I wonder was it working a special tour during that time. The loco sheds in the background are still extant, though much expanded as the main PWD depot on Irish Rail.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jun/2012 16:08:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail VS??

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    Eiretrains

    • 25/Jun/2012 16:19:08

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] VS was the class name designated by the GNR to these locos. They had an earlier version which was simply a 'V' Class compound, like Merlin. GNRI Then there was an 'S' Class such as Slieve Gullion and so on. You might even say the VS were a combination of the two! GNRI

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2012 20:04:16

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail Gorgeous, and couldn't help thinking that the top one, GNRI "Merlin" No 85 RPSI, is very Thomas the Tank Engine!

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    mambo1935

    • 22/Jul/2012 21:39:27

    good photo!

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    brave legs

    • 20/May/2013 14:03:58

    From Irish Railfans' News issue 7.4 (October 1961): "Of interest, too, are the workings of ex GNR locos on trial trains between Inchicore and Portarlington or Port Laoise. Most frequent were 170 and 197 (4-4-0) although 174 (4-4-0) appeared twice or three times, 132 once and, perhaps most notable of all, large 4-4-0 207 "Boyne" was seen three times."

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/May/2013 15:14:45

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Fantastic! And I double-checked - look what we have! Shame we seem to be missing the first issue...

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    Lamplighter 1979

    • 15/Jun/2014 20:52:32

    This is a grand picture my dad was born in Maryborough in 1922 and one of my uncles lived in the houses to the right, I remember this area well

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2018 09:21:24

    Guess why O'Dea was at Conniberry Junction in 1961! Per wikipedia: In 1867 the line from Waterford was extended from Kilkenny to Portlaoise (formerly Maryborough). This line closed in 1962.