Station, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath

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Where: Westmeath, Ireland

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When: 10 August 1974

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Today we are off to "Children of Lir" country in County Westmeath. It looks to me like Mr O'Dea took the photo from inside a Train? I’ve been meaning to make a list of bad railroad puns…but I keep getting side tracked.

Despite BeachcomberAustralia's attempts to derail us with further railway puns, both he, B-59, Niall McAuley, O Mac and metrovick have verified location, subject and the photographer's own (probable) mode of transport. See comments....


Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: 10 August 1974

NLI Ref.: ODEA 121/3

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    B-59

    • 29/Aug/2018 05:55:31

    Street View 2009

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    B-59

    • 29/Aug/2018 06:06:43

    "Multyfarnham railway station opened on 8 November 1855 and finally closed on 17 June 1963." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multyfarnham www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf See also www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2018 07:54:37

    GeoHive 25" map link

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:05:54

    10 August 1974 was a Saturday.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:07:27

    Still double track when the photo was taken. The Sligo line is single track from Maynooth these days (as seen in https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]'s streetview).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:08:40

    Taken out the back window of the Sligo train, I think?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:11:19

    Mr O'Dea went back for more on Saturday 21 May 1977 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000308324 . Spot the differences!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:12:01

    If the station was 10 years closed, why is there a man on the platform? And why is there a man in the signal box in 2009 who is not even in uniform?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2018 08:16:38

    OK, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia's '77 shot, the gates are manually operated, so that's what the man in 1974 was doing there. Serious questions about the events of 2009 remain.

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    metrovick

    • 29/Aug/2018 10:43:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Id say its taken out the front window of an AEC railcar. The starter signal is off and the signal man looks like he is about to pass the staff over to the driver.

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    O Mac

    • 29/Aug/2018 18:11:16

    it was taken out the front of a Metro-Vick Class 001 or A Class loco. Note similar cill with rivet in this O Dea shot. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305124

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Aug/2018 22:13:21

    I wonder if the fellow on the platform is Joe Geraghty, seen in 1959 in the signal cabin - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304242 Is he wearing platform shoes ? ;-)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2018 22:36:07

    As I'm still reeling from the events of yesterday, I've only managed to pull myself together enough to update the map and tags on this one :) (Though I must admit the mystery of the man in the signal box is an interesting one :) )

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Aug/2018 09:26:03

    I think the person in the signal box (see 2009 streetview) is a famous female trainspotter called Ann O'Rack.