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Where: Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1961

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F502 on rail train, Ennis, Co. Clare.

The Córas Iompair Éireann 501 Class locomotives were built in 1955 by Walker Brothers Limited of Wigan, Lancashire for use on the narrow gauge (3 feet) lines on the West Clare section of CIÉ. They were small diesel mechanical locomotives, of 0-4-0+0-4-0 wheel arrangement. Controlled from a central cab the locomotives had two Gardner engines of 224 hp, one under each end casing, driving through a fluid coupling and Wilson gear box the inner axle of the opposite bogie, through a spiral-bevel-reverse and reduction gear box.

Paddywhack56 Tells us that it is a Walker Bros (Wigan) railcar in the background similar to those used on the Co Donegal Railway.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: September 04 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 27/32

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    • 05/May/2015 08:11:28


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    • 05/May/2015 08:18:42

    Walker Bros (Wigan) railcar in the background similar to those used on the Co Donegal Railway. Four of these were bought in 1951 (numbered 286-9) according to H.C. Casserley's Outline of Irish Railway History.

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    • 05/May/2015 08:20:29

    Is the location wrong on this one? Ennis station is in the middle of nowhere and the station building itself doesn't match the roofline visible on the left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2015 08:29:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I'm not convinced it's Ennis either. The only possibility I see is here on the GeoHive 25", which is now an ESB yard.. But that two storey building with all the chimney pots doesn't fit.

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    • 05/May/2015 08:40:42

    Is it not the buillding in this photo on the left middle.

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    O Mac

    • 05/May/2015 08:42:31

    This was taken outside the shed as seen in this reverse view. ( where the people are also standing ) Niall was right catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305666

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    • 05/May/2015 19:28:40

    children love these sort of things

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    • 08/May/2015 02:39:31

    They were all cut up, and none survive today... www.irishtractiongroup.com/withdrawn.html