Casts a long shadow! An ESB tractor and wide load on the Naas Road.

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When: 01 October 1963

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Perhaps the alternative title for this should be "wheeling by"? An image from the O'Dea collection of a giant piece of electrical equipment for the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). This was taken out on the Naas Road where it had apparently escaped the traffic congestion it had caused in Dublins city centre and was about to cause in towns such as Naas and Newbridge!

The leading tractor, pulling the low-loader, is identified as a Scammell Transporter/Tractor. The precise spot on the Naas road is not (yet?) confirmed...

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: October 1963

NLI Ref.: ODEA 37/43

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 12/Apr/2017 08:09:18

    I think it is a Scammell Tractor - reminds me of a blue Matchbox Pickfords one I had as a child, like this -

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    Denis Moynihan

    • 12/Apr/2017 08:48:44

    There's a somewhat similar one in the National Transport Museum in Howth.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 12/Apr/2017 09:23:58

    Probably just as part of that road was being converted into dual carriageway?

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    • 12/Apr/2017 10:04:49

    Many of these large loads traveled at night through towns and villages.I do remember in 1958 the "old Hogan Stand coming through Newbridge on its way to The Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, it had been disassembled of course.

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    O Mac

    • 12/Apr/2017 10:15:18

    The other truck is a Foden tractor.

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    • 12/Apr/2017 12:46:29

    almost looks like the front bumper on the first truck was removed

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 12/Apr/2017 15:28:19 An imaginative solution for introducing Limerick Hurling to Croker.

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    • 12/Apr/2017 16:40:32

    That is one seriously big machine. Incredible shot - I like the way he included himself with his shadow.

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    • 12/Apr/2017 22:46:57

    Streetview STREETVIEW! WE WANT STREETVIEW! Sometimes Flickr amazes ;-) ...

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:00:07

    Cool capture