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This Harry Crosby may not have the money or fame of his current namesake but he looks like a man who is content with his lot. A portrait from the lens of Mr. O'Dea this morning from the signal cabin in Sallins, County Kildare. Full of levers, switches and buttons the signal cabin was not for the faint hearted - except on the West Clare Railway:-)
I love the brush handle being used to hang the cap:-)

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date:March 05 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 24/76

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/Mar/2020 08:18:42

    We went there eight years ago, but two years later - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6174237797/

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/Mar/2020 08:28:51

    Thinking outside the box (in 1963) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306618 Is there more than one signal box at Sallins?

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/Mar/2020 08:59:32

    Trainspotters in 1957 - Sallins at 3:02 - youtu.be/77OitTLkwso Virtual prize to anyone who can spot Harry Crosby ...

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/Mar/2020 09:07:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia There were two, North and South, now there are none. Everything is now controlled centrally from Connolly. Was a junction to Naas and on eventually to Tullow. Lots of sidings, engine sheds, goods shed and turntable. Board shows diagram of lines and points. Also shows, bottom left, diagram of gradient.

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    O Mac

    • 09/Mar/2020 09:25:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Lovely video. Didn't spot Harry but Frank Hall of Pictorial Weekly fame appears at 2:25.

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/Mar/2020 09:29:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Didn't spot him either, modern health & safety would have had a meltdown over the antics of the railfans.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Mar/2020 09:37:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Great video, Mr O'Dea himself, must be in there somewhere?

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/Mar/2020 09:45:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Maybe he was the camera man? [Aside] Mr O'Dea liked this Morris Minor "UYI 303" in 1968 at Sallins - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306138 . Also spotted in 1970 centre frame here - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6764797561/]

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    abandoned railways

    • 09/Mar/2020 10:47:25

    Harry has his finger on the bell.

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/Mar/2020 17:02:55

    Can anyone identify the instruments on the shelf behind his elbow?

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/Mar/2020 18:03:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here's a contemporary photo of a similar class loco, #60, as in video, taken around 1910 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000047930 They were built between 1885-1895 in Inchicore, but Mr. Lawrence didn't appear to be taken by them.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Mar/2020 20:42:58

    The king of all he surveys

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    Anthony**Gray

    • 08/May/2021 17:05:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The instruments in order, left to right, are Harpers absolute block (controlling the line on the Dublin side, the lower semaphore indicator is controlled by Sallins and refers to the line approaching Sallins. The upper semaphore is controlled by the next signal box on the Dublin side and indicates whether the line from Sallins towards Dublin is clear for a train to proceed. If the white arm is lowered Sallins has given permission for a train to approach from the next signalbox, if the red arm is lowered Sallins has received permission to allow a train depart towards the next signal box). There is probably another Harpers instrument to the left for the line towards Kildare. The next instrument is the block bell and tapper on which messages are received/sent to the next signal box. There will be another of these on the right. The switch on the round wooden block in front of the Bell/Tapper is the block switch which opens or closes the block circuit depending on whether Sallins North is open or not. The next is a signal repeater which confirms the position of a semaphore signal controlled from the signal box but out of the signalman's view. The next two instruments to the right are track circuit indicators and show whether there is a train occupying a specific piece of track. When the indicator is horizontal there is a train on the section of track concerned. In this image neither section of track is occupied. The next to the right is a signal repeater and the next after that is too obscured to be sure but might be another track circuit indicator.

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/May/2021 10:18:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks for all that info!