Rush & Lusk accident, Rush & Lusk, County Dublin

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 05 January 1963

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Giving the Poole collection a (well deserved) break for a while, we return today to the O'Dea collection. This shot captures some seemingly dramatic events. Whether because of the conditions at the time of the capture, or later in the digitising process, this O'Dea image seems uncharacteristically dull (likely unavoidable given the immediate nature of the subject).

With thanks to today's contributors, we learned that no-one was badly injured in the accident which occurred in January 1963. We were similarly delighted and surprised to see additional footage and read the investigators report. Thanks as usual to the amazing community for all the great input...

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: 5 January 1963

NLI Ref.: ODEA 34/83

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Gregory PC

    • 12/Jul/2016 07:58:58

    Video footage

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    • 12/Jul/2016 08:34:47

    The "Rush in History" Facebook page has the report on the derailment.

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    • 12/Jul/2016 08:39:37

    That video clip in very interesting, they seem to spend a lot of time looking at the worn flanges! Could that have been a contributory factor?

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    • 12/Jul/2016 09:05:32

    [] The report that Sharon links suggests that a fault in one of the wheels caused an axle to crack. Probably the one examined in the video.

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    • 12/Jul/2016 10:55:31

    Possibly the first Irish rail crash covered by RTE.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jul/2016 11:02:13

    That's fantastic. The video is great to see - the accident report a really unexpected surprise! As regards mapping and location, do we think it's appropriate to map it to the station itself? Given the damage shown in the aftermath image and video, it is great to hear that all 200+ passengers were spared major injury. Does anyone know if the planned documentary described here ever went ahead?

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 12/Jul/2016 11:08:58

    I think the documentary did get made, yes, was shown as Gaelige on TG4, who also broadcast a similar series about the older buses.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 12/Jul/2016 11:12:02

    I think I am correct in saying that there are a number of shots of a certain diesel railway engine in the O'Dea Collection, C227 to be precise. Quite why he took so many of them is a mystery but I think that C227 may have been the first of its type to be unloaded at Dublin docks and placed into service. The thing is, C227 still exists in an unrestored state in County Waterford, where a group of people are currently trying to organise its restoration..... It would therefore be great to see those shots listed here soon.....!

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    • 12/Jul/2016 18:10:13

    [] I think the position is about 100 m to the south of the station. We are looking towards the station and the bridge. This is the station building in the background: It seems that the signal box still exists and can be seen here (from the other side):

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jul/2016 22:46:01

    Great Thanks for that. Have updated map and description!

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    • 13/Jul/2016 01:45:03

    Train! oh it's an accident. still neat though.